Visual Arts


A huge thanks to everyone who attended any part of FestivALL Charleston 2015! Special thanks to the organizers and producers of the individual events, the FestivALL board and committee members, all the sponsors, supporters and Friends of FestivALL, the hundreds of volunteers and The Mayor and all the City of Charleston workers without whom FestivALL could not exist.

We hope you'll join us October 23-25 for FestivALL Fall when a season becomes a work of art. Here is what you can look forward to:

Top O Rock: Spirit of Reinvention Live Pitch & Reception

Meet and mingle with seven design teams, internationally recognized architectural experts, and potential investors for this first-ever design event created to empower community members to seriously consider the reinvention of our internationally award winning mid-century masterpiece, Top O Rock. The evening includes expert talk on mid-century modernism and the competitive pitches of seven design teams competing for more than $4000 in cash prizes, must more importantly, to preserve Top O Rock for future generations.

The Glass House/Top O Rock TOUR: Inside Charleston's Iconic Mid-Century Modernist Masterpiece

Whether it’s called the Glass House or Top O Rock, Henry Elden’s iconic 10,000 square foot mid-century modernist masterpiece continues to capture the attention and imagination of thousands. Since 1968, this award-winning modernist structure has inspired celebrities, politicians, international dignitaries, students and regular folks who still talk about it daily.

The Longest Day: Art with Heart

On The Longest Day, summer solstice, teams around the world come together from sunrise to sunset to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity. Local artists will design a work that can be contributed to by anyone. Each artist will have a two hour window to complete their work and the final products will be auctioned off at the Edgewood Country Club Culinary Cook-off (see June 23, 6pm).

"In the Making" The artistry of WV Master Artisans

The Tamarack Foundation presents "In the Making," a documentary series featuring WV Master craftsmen in their studios discussing their life's work.

Join us in the Cultural Center Great Hall

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   Opening Reception

6:30 - 7:15 p.m.   Video Premiere and Live Artist Talk

WVIFF Screening of the 2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Action

WVIFF Screening of the 2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Action

These action shorts are traditionally among the year’s most creative and surprising films of any kind, yet they’re also the most difficult to find. They’re presented in one eye-popping program, with a brief intermission between the animated and live-action categories. The live-action shorts however are recommended for ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY.

Location: Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street

WVIFF Screening of the 2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Animated


Here’s your ticket to a satisfying banquet of this year’s Oscar® nominated animated shorts appropriate for ages 10 and up. See also Tuesday, June 23, 6pm.


Location: Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street


Street Performers and Artists

FestivALL Princess Jude Binder and her Birds (Crystal Yoak & Rachel Perry), Stilt Walkers Chally Erb and Elizabeth White, Mutts Gone Nuts, Jonathon Burns, Magician Dewayne Hill, Visual Artist Ian Bode

Community Keys

Play a tune on the Community Keys pianos located at Davis Park and Capitol Market throughout FestivALL. One piano has been altered by local high school artists Kaitlyn Pullium, Paola Garcia, Melissa Jarrett, Katerina Thongdara and Sydney Moore and the other by Charleston Art Group. Take part in your own visual and musical art performance as you're out enjoying the rest of FestivALL!

Locations: Davis Park, 301 Capitol Street and Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

"Power" Mural with artist Rebecca Recco

Drop by the 1300 block of Lewis Street, near Appalachian Power Park at any time during FestivALL to see the newest East End Main Street Mural, “Power,” painted by Charleston WV artist Rebecca Recco.