BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Tamarack Foundation gala "Courting the Muse" will start at 6:30 p.m. June 22 with a special surprise guest who, gala coordinators say, will show that he did it "My Way" to bring accolades to West Virginia and the arts community. He will perform live at the artisan gala and auction benefiting artists and their small West Virginia businesses.
The gala will feature gourmet dinner in the art deco supper-club style of the 1930s by Greenbrier-trained chefs, sparkling cocktails, dancing and the special surprise concert. Tickets are available for $150 at 304-926-3770 or at www.tamarackwv.com.
Also at Tamarack, the "Best of West Virginia" juried exhibition opens with a reception and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. June 17 and run through Aug. 18. Major cash awards are sponsored by Tamarack, Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC and through donor support of the Tamarack Foundation.
Quilt, wall hanging show
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History's annual exhibition, "Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012," in the Culture Center. The juried show, featuring 55 quilts and wall hangings by West Virginia quilters, is on display through Sept. 3.
Awards were presented during the Vandalia Gathering. Quilt awards are $750 for first place, $400 for second place and $300 for third place. The wall hanging awards are $400 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The division also made two purchase awards, one quilt and one wall hanging, and the judge designated a best-of-show prize of $100.
Awards went to Mary Ellen Sparks, of Philippi, second place, mixed/other; Victoria Caldwell, Oak Hill, second place, appliqué; Patricia Gray, Bridgeport, third place, mixed/other; Elwanda Dennison, Mount Clare, second place, pieced; Shirley Higginbotham, Clarksburg, third place, pieced; Carolinda Cutlip, South Charleston, second place, wall hanging (purchase award); Evelyn M. Miller, Charleston, first place, appliqué; Mary A. Parsons, Charleston, first place, wall hanging; Serena Toppins, Branchland, third place, appliqué; Jerry Adkins, Hurricane, first place, pieced (best of show, purchase award); Susan Amos, Hurricane, first place, mixed/other; and Jean Boggess, Hurricane, third place, wall hanging.
The Culture Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Contact Caryn Gresham, 304-558-0220.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Judy Pfaff is the Walter Gropius Master Artist in June at the Huntington Museum of Art. An exhibit of her work is on view through Aug. 26.
Internationally recognized for her complex large-scale installations, Pfaff pioneered installation art in the 1970s and remains one of the movement's most influential artists, renowned for her ability to manipulate space.