CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Applications are being accepted through March 31 for historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. About $500,000 will be available for grant awards, contingent upon appropriation of funds from the Legislature or Congress.
Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Properties owned by church organizations or used exclusively for religious purposes are not eligible for funding. Privately owned properties are eligible only if there is evidence of public support or public benefit. Governmental properties that are not accessible to the public are not eligible.
Visit www.wvculture.org/shpo/forms.html, or contact Pamela Brooks at 304-558-0240, ext. 720.
Governor's Arts Awards
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Commission on the Arts are seeking nominations for the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards. All West Virginians are encouraged to nominate individual artists, organizations and communities in five categories. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 22.
The award categories are:
A ceremony and gala to present the awards will take place in March at the Culture Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Thermal Traces" is the latest exhibition at Gallery 842 and features encaustic (hot wax) paintings by three artists: Kristy Deetz, Lorraine Glessner and Reni Gower, who curated the exhibit.
Deetz is chairwoman of the art department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Glessner is assistant professor at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Gower is professor of art in the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In other news, Gallery 842 is calling for submissions to its second annual Juried Exhibition. Open to artists in all disciplines, original works of art in any media, addressing any theme, created within the past three years are welcome. The works will be submitted via CD and juried by a committee comprised of faculty, staff and community representatives. Accepted works will be displayed March 2 to April 13 at Gallery 842, a university/community gallery.
Marshall University Department of Art and Design faculty are excluded from this exhibition. Works previously displayed at Marshall University's art galleries are ineligible.
Entry fees and CDs must be delivered to Gallery 842 or postmarked by Feb. 8. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2.
Gallery 842, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 842 Fourth Ave., Huntington. Contact Jaye Ike, 304-696-3296 or jaye....@marshall.edu. Admission is free.
Watts Museum exhibit
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The latest exhibit at West Virginia University's Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum focuses on the history of mine illumination and the struggle to develop and adopt safe, sufficient mining lights.
"Defying the Darkness: The Struggle for Safe and Sufficient Mine Illumination" will remain open through July 2012.
"For thousands of years, miners used open-flame lights to illuminate their workspaces," said Danielle Petrak, museum coordinator and curator. "But during the Industrial Revolution, these lights became great hazards, as mechanized mining techniques enabled miners to dig deeper into the earth, where flammable gas accumulated."
The exhibit displays a variety of mine lighting implements. Historical photographs and prints vividly capture the faces and activities of those who participated in the slow and uneven transition toward safer mine lighting.
The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, room 125, Mineral Resources Building, Evansdale Campus, West Virginia University. Admission is free, parking is available at the WVU Coliseum. Contact 304-293-4609 or wattsmus...@mail.wvu.edu.