ABINGDON, Va. – Creeper Vapor Art Gallery, the newest art space on the First Thursday Abingdon Art Walk, will host an opening reception kicking off an exhibition by nationally acclaimed Bristol, Tenn., artist, Eric Cunningham. The First Thursday Art Walk will take place May 1, from 6-9 p.m.
Cunningham, who produces his art under the moniker Erikus Maximus, has lived in the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia area his whole life and has been painting, doodling and or drawing since he could hold a pencil. About 15 years ago he started painting heavily as a form of relaxation to deal with the pressures and stress of a hectic 40+ hour a week job. He started selling artwork online a few years ago and has sold hundreds of works throughout the nation and worldwide.
Not only does he have a plethora of fans and collectors in the Appalachian region, his collector base includes art dealers in Chicago, Atlanta and the west coast. He is also collected in Germany, Italy and England. His self-produced videos have been featured on several reality TV shows including the Animal Planet, The Speed Channel (now Fox Sports) and the SyFy channel.
Cunningham is also an owner/partner in blowfish emporium, an eclectic, brick and mortar art gallery located in downtown Bristol, Va.
In addition to Cunningham, other artists with work at the gallery will be present for the Art Walk, including: Painter and glass artist, Joyce Samuel; iPhoneagrapher, The HipstaChick and; photographer, Malcolm J. Wilson. Refreshments will be served by the Uncanny Kitchen, an Abingdon, Va. vegan restaurant.
Creeper Vapor Art Gallery is located at 301 West Main Street, Abingdon, (above Brandywine Antiques). The Cunningham exhibit will run through May 24. The space is open from noon until 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.