If you go
When: 5 to 8 p.m. today
Where: Downtown galleries and businesses with gallery space
FYI: This is the last ArtWalk until spring.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charleston artist Kathy Boland hasn't spent nearly as much time wandering the grounds and buildings of The Greenbrier resort as her body of work might suggest.
For more than 20 years, Boland has done paintings and drawings of scenes at The Greenbrier, from small 6-inch squares to large oil paintings. Recently, she painted scenes on pottery pieces during a visit to a pottery studio with one of her 11 grandchildren.
The art comes from sketches and photographs Boland has collected for many years longer than that - but she says her visits often have been just once-a-year excursions.
She has been inspired by the history of the resort, its moods during many times of the day and by the colorful scenes created by the late interior decorator, Dorothy Draper.
"Dorothy Draper was brilliant," Boland said. "She created motifs."
Boland, 73, first visited the resort when her late husband, surgeon James Boland, was invited for a medical meeting there. The mother of six recalled traveling with children in tow and taking sketchbooks to occupy both her and the children while their father was in meetings.
In fact, art was always a family affair. Boland said she learned to keep drawing and coloring supplies in the car to keep the children occupied. When they were older, she taught them printmaking with a studio she set up in the family's garage.
When the children grew up, Boland had time to focus on her own art and turned to her passion for the historical resort, painting from her many sketches and revisiting scenes and settings.
Locally, her work is exhibited both at Gallery Eleven and The Art Emporium, where she is the featured artist for tonight's ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Boland will begin the evening with a talk about her work.
She said she realized her Greenbrier work might appeal to buyers years ago when she set up a booth at the Rhododendron Art and Craft Festival at the state Capitol.