Art at Tamarack
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- "The Color Wheel," Tamarack's latest art gallery exhibit, opens with a meet-the-artists reception at 3 p.m. March 24. Artists who work in several media will be featured along with the five student artists who won the recent "Art in the Parks" competition.
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Interstate 77, exit 45, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charles T. Ledbetter will present "The West Virginia State College Aviation Program: The Tuskegee Airmen Connection in the Experiment" at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, state Capitol complex.
In the free program, Ledbetter will explain how the former West Virginia State College, now a university, was able to get the first aviation program awarded to an all-black college, and how three administrators were key figures in the acquisition of the program.
Most historians credit the heroic deeds of the Tuskegee Airmen with playing a major role in ending black Americans' struggle for the right to fight for their country and the segregation of the military.
Ledbetter holds a doctorate from Kent State University. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, and spent almost 30 years at WVSU, where he retired as professor emeritus in education.
Attendees are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Tay...@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
Participants registering by email should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston are presenting an exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolors.
The 93 works will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum April 5 to July 28. They'll be in Boston from Oct. 13 to Jan. 20, 2014.
The Brooklyn Museum bought 38 works from Sargent's 1909 debut exhibition in New York.
Boston's were acquired in 1912 from a New York gallery.
The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to see a broad range of Sargent's finest watercolors.
A special section will analyze the American portrait painter's methods. It's based on a scientific study of his pigments, drawing techniques and paper preparation.
The exhibition will later travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- "Les Misérables" will be performed for the first time in West Virginia July 17-21 at the Metropolitan Theater in downtown Morgantown as part of the West Virginia Public Theatre's summer season of musicals.
The season will open with "Nunsense II: The Second Coming," July 10-14. Also on the schedule are "The Fantasticks," July 24-28, and "Happy Days: A New Musical," July 31-Aug. 3.
For tickets and season subscriptions, call 304-291-4122 or toll free at 877-999-9878 or online at www.wvpublictheatre.org.
Outdoor drama auditions
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- Mary Ingles Trail Associates, in conjunction with Beech Fork State Park, will hold auditions for an outdoor drama from 2 to 4 p.m. April 7 and May 4 at the Beech Fork State Park office.