Clay Center exhibits
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two new exhibits opened Saturday and run through July 1 at the Clay Center.
"The Curious World of Patent Models," organized by Smith Kramer and the Rothschild Patent Model Collection, offers a nostalgic trip back in time. Visitors can see the start of many early American dreams and inventions, from model cars, toys and washing machines to the first patented rocking chair, fold-out bed and burglar alarm.
From the time the U.S. Patent Office was formed in 1790 and throughout the industrial revolution, inventors were required to submit a working scale model of their invention when applying for a patent. The Rothschild Collection is the world's largest gathering of viewable U.S. Patent Models. These original antiques range from intricately crafted miniature weaving looms, motors and bridges to common household items such as washing machines, vehicles, mechanical toys, caskets, swing sets and even the checker. Only one model exists for each invention, complete with its original handwritten tag.
This interdisciplinary exhibition includes 50 patent models of household, agricultural, medical, toys, musical instruments, tools and more dating from 1809 to 1902.
Also now showing is "Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008," curated by Michele M. Penhall and organized by the University of New Mexico Art Museum, runs through July 29. This exhibit includes photographs, collages and multimedia pieces that span the artist's 30-year career. Elements of fact and fiction merge and span a range of themes including politics, the post-nuclear world and our changing environment.
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, One Clay Square, Charleston; www.theclaycenter.org, 304-561-3570. "Smart Pass" (includes galleries, film and planetarium) $14.50 adults and $12 children, teachers and senior citizens; galleries only $7.50 adults and $6 children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.
Works by George Snyder
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia artist George Snyder will show more than 40 works never before seen at The Art Store in his "Tailor Made" exhibition opening April 28. There will be an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. with a reception following until 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is Snyder's first solo show at The Art Store and will continue through June 1.
A South Charleston native, Snyder has been creating artwork since the early 1970s, exploring aspects of color, design, materials and techniques. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of paintings and sculptures in cities stretching from Boston to Los Angeles and from Chicago to Miami.
His art hangs in the permanent collections of General Electric, Federal Express and Upjohn Corp., as well as in the private collections of Peter Nero, Andre Agassi, Jack Palance and Dennis Rodman. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including New Orleans Museum of Art and the Vero Beach (Fla.) Center for the Arts. Local collections with his work include the Huntington Museum of Art and Marshall University College of Graduate Studies in Charleston.
The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; 304-345-1038. Visit the "Tailor Made" exhibition online at www.theartstorewv.com.
'Cirque des Artistes'
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- "Cirque des Artistes," the West Virginia State University Senior Exhibition, opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and runs through May 13 at the Della Brown Taylor Hardman Art Gallery. Admission is free.
Exhibiting artists include Leslie Bragg, Jessica Fisher, Charles Smith, Patrick Shea Black and Chris Rodgers.
Della Brown Taylor Gallery, Davis Fine Arts Building, West Virginia State University, Institute. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 304-766-3196 or dbt-gall...@wvstateu.edu.
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