CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Returning home
West Virginia native Steve Pauley is returning home from a career in New York to present a show at The Art Emporium.
"Rock Show" opens Thursday and runs through June 16. Artist reception will be during ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn. He earned his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and his MA from Marshall University. Pauley has shown internationally, including at Skolska28 Prague, CR. Solo exhibitions include Broadway Gallery in New York, Amalie Rothschild Gallery in Baltimore and Della Brown Taylor Gallery, Institute.
New York Times art critic Holland Cotter described Pauley's work as the most striking and unorthodox in the exhibition "Bird Flew," curated by Robert Storr, at Tribes gallery in New York. His work has been featured on "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio and on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."
Bridging sculpture with photography, printmaking, painting, installation and performance, Pauley's art evolved organically from his work as a headstone carver and as a photography teacher. "Rock Show" explores engraving anamorphic images into polished granite, which are then projected onto a wall by bouncing light off the stone's surface. Fusing the time-intensive labor of hand engraving stone and the mechanical reproduction of photography, Pauley's current investigations include projecting that image onto light sensitive paper in a darkroom without the use of a camera or film. His new body of work is influenced by the archive of the early American labor movement of coal mines of West Virginia.
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.
Charleston Ballet partnership
The Allied Artists of West Virginia will partner with the Charleston Ballet for a live studio drawing session during ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Images of art pieces created during the live drawing class will be posted online for voting of favorites on both the Charleston Ballet and Allied Artists Facebook pages. Three notable judges' votes combined with the public's choices will determine the winning piece. A $250 Charleston Town Center gift card will be awarded to the winner of combined judges and public voting. This winner will be announced in June during FestivALL.
Artwork must be submitted no later than May 21 to be included in the contest. Submitted pieces will be on display at a public location for viewing. Viewing and voting will take place through the months of May and June. This event is also open to individual artists. Bring your easels if you would like to use one and what you need to work with. Only tables and chairs and dancers will be provided.
Additional art selections from Allied Artists members will also be on display and for sale Thursday.
The Charleston Ballet Inc., 100 Capitol St., mezzanine, Charleston, WV 25301; 304-342-6541. www.thecharlestonballet.com.
Thursday's Downtown Charleston ArtWalk (5 to 8 p.m.) also will include the following:
The Annex Gallery, 226 Capitol St., will feature new paintings from Sutton native and West Virginia Wesleyan graduate Tiera Floyd, "Legacy of the Lines."
Katheryne Hawkins, a recent graduate of West Virginia State University, will feature "Frail Yet Firm" at Romano and Associates, 230 Capitol St., Suite 200.
Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation features photography by Debroah Herndon and jewelry designs by Faye Johnson at their offices, 1600 Huntington Square (16th floor of Huntington Bank Building), 900 Lee St. E.
Mission Savvy, 202 Hale St., will be selling its new collection of hand painted wooden photo blocks and "Grow Kits" - planting kits for a range of garden themes designed by local Unicorn Lane Farms.
FestivALL Art Parade Workshop
There will be a FestivALL Art Parade Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon May 26 at the Habitat for Humanity's Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St.
Join FestivALL volunteers to create costumes, masks, flags and noisemakers that can be used during this year's Art Parade during FestivALL. Creative materials will be on hand, but participants are encouraged to bring items from home if they have a specific idea in mind. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Contact Terry St Germain, 304-720-8733 ext. 3 or donati...@hfhkp.org.
This year's FestivALL Art Parade will be at 10 a.m. June 16 running from Kanawha Boulevard to Capitol Market. For parade information, email Festivallartpar...@gmail.com.
C&O Railroad lecture
Cicero M. Fain will present "Into the Crucible: The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and the Black Industrial Worker in Southern West Virginia, 1870-1900" at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Fain will discuss the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad through south-central West Virginia in the post-Civil War era. The C&O led to the founding of Huntington as the railroad's western terminus in 1870 and was instrumental in bringing development to the southern coalfields. He will relate the contributions of black labor to the C&O's construction, the rise of Huntington as an urban industrial center, and the linkage of the New River Valley and Huntington to the regional and national economy.
Fain is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Fellowship from Marshall University and a graduate of Ohio State University, where he received his doctorate in history.
Fain is an assistant professor of history at the College of Southern Maryland. He has published articles in the Journal of Appalachian Studies, Ohio Valley History, and West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies.
Contact Robert Tayler at bobby.l.tay...@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.