If you go
What: ArtMares reception
When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday
Where: Contemporary Galleries, Smith Street, 3rd Floor
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rob Cleland did a soft opening of recent artwork at the same place that inspired him: Facebook.
The Charleston artist's contribution to this year's ArtMares Art Exhibit as part of HallowEast is a series of caricatures of well-known Charleston folks.
He used images of the people that they posted on their Facebook pages. And as he completed them, he posted them on Facebook.
Imagine Ric Cavender's surprise to see "Ric Cadaver." The head of East End Main Street — and an organizer of HallowEast — had no idea Cleland was memorializing him in art.
No word yet if Mayor Danny Jones has seen the "Danny Bones" version of himself or if his assistant, Rod Blackstone, has seen "Rod Blacksoul."
The eight-character series is rounded out with "Mark Wolfeman" (fellow artist and graphic designer Mark Wolfe); "Madman Michael Flipton" (Charleston musician Michael Lipton, who also heads the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame); "Scary Larry Gross" (Larry Groce, host of Mountain Stage and director of FestivAll and FestivAll Fall, which joins forces with HallowEast); "Crystal Bad" (local spoken word artist and businesswoman Crystal Good) and "Killee Steele" (Bluegrass Kitchen owner and artist Keeley Steele).
"It was a surprise," Cleland said of his project, which so far has been received well by the folks who have seen their caricatures. Perhaps best known for his large-scale outdoor murals, Cleland also has been doing caricatures for about 15 years.