HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art is hosting "Visiting Inspiration: Twenty Years of Gropius Artists" and "The Collection of Alex E. Booth, Jr." The two exhibits continue through Oct. 7.
An opening reception for these two exhibits will take place June 16. Walter Gropius Master Artist Judy Pfaff will make her public presentation at 6 p.m. and the reception will follow. Judy Pfaff's artwork will be on display through Aug. 26.
In 1992, the Huntington Museum of Art began the Walter Gropius Master Artist Series. "Visiting Inspiration" has been 20 years in the making. The exhibit is comprised of representative works from many of the 99 artists who have participated in the program.
"The Collection of Alex E. Booth Jr." contains important American works including a painting by John Singer Sargent, a sound sculpture by Harry Bertoia, and a sketch by George Bellows. Alex E. Booth Jr. helped to create the Walter Gropius Master Artist Series that is funded by the estate of his mother, Roxanna Y. Booth.
Fort Lee history lecture
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gilbert Casto will present "History of the Kanawha Valley and Fort Lee" at 6 p.m. June 14, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Casto will discuss the settlement of the Kanawha Valley in the 18th century, including who came to the area and why they came. He will talk about the different forts in the Kanawha Valley, and will show the clothing, weapons and accoutrements the settlers brought with them. An open discussion during the presentation is encouraged.
Fort Lee was built in 1788 and was located near the present-day intersection of Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard. The frontier outpost was used as a place to protect settlers from American Indian raids.
Casto's family has lived in the area since 1800. He is a graduate of West Virginia State University and is retired from Republic Container Co. of Nitro. He is a member of the board of the Fort Randolph Committee and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Confederacy and the American Long Rifle Association.
Contact Robert Taylor at bobby.l.tay...@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
Marshall Expedition lectures
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Ranger Frank Sellers of the New River Gorge National River will give two presentations of "The John Marshall Expedition: An 1812 Survey through the Virginias."
He'll speak at 7 p.m. June 26 in the courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse. Refreshments will be provided after the talk by the Fayette County Historical Society.
Sellers will also present his program at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the courtroom of the Summers County Courthouse, Hinton, 200 years to the day that the expedition party spent the night at Hinton.
Both events are free and open to the public.
In 1812, John Marshall led a 227-mile expedition over the Allegheny Mountains to seek a canal route between Richmond, Va., and the Ohio River. Marshall was chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the time.
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