A team of Googlers and then guest judges -- such as Katy Perry, "Phineas and Ferb" creator and executive producer Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and recording artist Jordin Sparks -- will help choose the top doodles. On May 2, Google will give the final vote to the public, and one winner from each grade group will be chosen.
Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org. Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.
Youth symphony season set
OAK HILL, W.Va. -- The spring season of the New River Youth Symphony and Chorus will begin Monday at Oak Hill High School.
The Beginner Chorus, under the direction of Kathie Kiser, serves 5- to 10-year-olds. This group helps children to focus, understand rhythms and match pitch. Kiser and her team use sign language, puppets and games to develop the children's ability to enjoy and understand how to sing together as a group.
The Youth Chorus, under the direction of Judith Arnold, provides the students with exposure to classical, folk and popular pieces. Arnold teaches the techniques necessary to use their voices effectively as individuals and as a group.
William Bailey, Youth Symphony director, provides an opportunity for young instrumentalists in Southern West Virginia to interpret and perform classical/symphonic music. Openings are available for musicians ages 8 to 24 in strings, woodwinds, brass and concert percussion.
Visit www.newrivermusic.org for details on auditions and rehearsals, or call Agnes Casto, general manager, 304-574-3567.
At the Smithsonian
WASHINGTON -- Planning a trip to Washington, D.C., for spring break? Here are a few of the exhibitions open this spring at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
"The Art of Video Games," March 16 to Sept. 30, explores the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium. Eighty games will be represented through still images and video footage; five will be available on kiosks where visitors can play brief excerpts.
"African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond," April 27 to Sept. 3, presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs by 43 black artists who explored the black American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the civil-rights era and the decades beyond. More than half of the 100 featured works are being exhibited and circulated by the museum for the first time.
"Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage," through May 20, charts a new direction for the photographer. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits, these photographs were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. Included are photographs of homes of iconic figures as well as places such as Niagara Falls, Walden Pond, Old Faithful and the Yosemite Valley.
At the Renwick Gallery, visit "Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House," through May 6.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW., Washington, D.C. Daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit www.AmericanArt.si.edu. All programs and tours are free.
Congressional art winners
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Six young artists have been selected as winners in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which is on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center through April 1. The exhibition is sponsored in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
Three first-place winners received a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials, and their work will represent West Virginia in the national competition. Three second-place winners received $50 gift certificates from Dick Blick Art Materials.
All winners were chosen by Vernon Howell, an art teacher at Barboursville High School for 30 years.
The Congressional Art exhibition consists of 34 pieces by 28 students, grades 9 through 12, from 11 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition.
Congressional Award winners:
Shawna Clayton, "A Winter's Walk," Liberty High School, grade 12, Harrison County
Joey Dawson, "Smelling Fresh," Ravenswood High School, grade 12, Jackson County
Stephen Santonia, "Strange Tides," Sherman High School, grade 12, Boone County
James Crim, "Poised for Lift-Off," Liberty High School, grade 9, Harrison County
Amelia Long, "Untitled," North Marion High School, grade 12, Marion County
Blake Stephens, "Let the Mouse Hunt Begin," Parkersburg High School, grade 12, Wood County
To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or send it to Arts Notes, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Artwork can be submitted electronically or by mail. Deadline for inclusion in the Sunday Gazette-Mail is the Tuesday before Sunday publication.