CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Emporium will feature the recent works of T. Paige Dalporto in a show titled "Indelible," opening Monday. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The Art Emporium, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 823 Quarrier St., Charleston; www.artemporium.net or 304-345-2787.
West Virginia 'Power'
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The photography exhibit "Power of West Virginia" will be shown Tuesday through April 12 in the University of Charleston's Frankenberger Art Gallery. The exhibition features photographs by West Virginia native Tracy Toler that document the faces and places of energy production in West Virginia.
The exhibit coincides with a lecture by Nick Akins, president of American Electric Power, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in UC's Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall.
"With energy as the leading industry in the Mountain State, coal, natural gas and alternative energy sources, like wind energy, are common themes for extensive conversations underneath the cover of the gold-plated West Virginia state Capitol dome," Toler said.
"Energy legislation leads to personal protection for our coal miners, environmental protection for our land and watersheds and legal protection for our greatest source of exportation. The innovation and sweat equity of our energy professionals creates jobs and tax revenue that in turn push our senators and representatives for more protection and more room to grow," he said.
"West Virginia power is represented by two vastly different sectors united under the same vision for moving West Virginia forward and it was my hope to capture this power. As a native West Virginian, I feel blessed to be able to bring the Power of West Virginia to this show."
An opening reception will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and is free and open to the public.
University of Charleston, Frankenberger Art Gallery, second floor of Geary Student Union, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE., Charleston. Contact Ray Yaeger at rayyae...@ucwv.edu or 304-357-4387.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two digital photo workshops will be hosted by photographer Thorney Lieberman in February at his studio at 1514 Virginia St. E.
"Introduction to Digital Photography" runs from 3 to 5 p.m. for three Sundays, beginning Feb. 12. Introduction to Photoshop and Lightroom will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 9.
Classes cost $150 and class size is limited. Call 304-342-1842.
Artist and musicians
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Charleston artist Deborah Herndon juried her original metallic photograph, "Orchestra Hall, Blue Violin," for the Annual Re/Vision Project of The Visual Arts Association of Louisville, to raise funds for visually impaired children of Kentucky and southern Indiana. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 18 at the Water Tower Art Museum.
"For this exhibit, the artwork needed to be accessible to visually impaired visitors," Herndon said. "Meeting that challenge with photographic art required thinking 'outside the frame.'"
After some brainstorming, West Virginia Symphony Maestro Grant Cooper and his wife, violinist Margie Cooper, donated an original composition by the maestro that interprets the colors of magenta and blue, played by Margie Cooper on violin. In addition, Steven Murray, who framed the large metallic photograph at Watson's Picture Framing, arranged to have all of the artwork credits typed with a Braille typewriter for a display card. Herndon traced the photograph on mat board to create a line drawing in raised ink for tactile response.
Herndon used a small blue table topped with Blenko glass to hold the CD player, Braille credit cards and traced line drawing.
"The violin music is exquisitely composed and played to evoke strong emotional response from the listener. Without seeing the photograph, you can visualize the image from the music. I am very proud of the collaboration with such talented and creative individuals," Herndon said. Her artwork donation was the only work submitted with these auditory and tactile amenities.
Part of the proceeds of the artwork auction at the close of the exhibit is distributed to the artist. Herndon donated her share to the West Virginia Symphony.
Herndon's metallic photograph "Deering's Vizcaya" recently won first place in a regional exhibit at the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts in Fredericksburg, Va., with a prize of $200.