Smithsonian Museum Day
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four West Virginia Division of Culture and History museums are joining more than 1,400 others across the country Sept. 29 to celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day.
The Culture Center will showcase special artifacts that were aboard the battleship USS West Virginia, including a bell, and several military and ship accessories that were donated to the museum by individuals who served on the ship, which was sunk in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, repaired, and saw much action during the rest of World War II. A model of the ship will be on display.
Adults and children also can participate in the West Virginia State Museum's Journeys Program for 2012-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New challenges for the program are available at the front desk in the Great Hall.
Museum Day in Logan coincides with the Rebellion in the Hills re-enactment at Chief Logan State Park. Included are children's activities, a ladies tea, a battle skirmish re-enactment, historical portrayals, a Civil War-era period dance featuring 19th-century music, Civil War church services, and public displays at the campsites with re-enactors. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville and West Virginia Independence Hall will participate in Museum Day as well.
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences West Virginia and the Huntington Museum of Art also will mark Museum Day.
To participate in Museum Day, visitors must present the free Museum Day admission card, which is available in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine or can be downloaded from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Applications are being accepted for a second round of historic-preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office. About $250,000 will be available for grant awards, contingent upon appropriation of funds from the Legislature or Congress. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 15.
Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Properties owned by church organizations or used exclusively for religious purposes are not eligible for funding. Privately owned properties are eligible only in instances where there is evidence of public support or public benefit.
Heritage education grant applications for technical workshops related to historic preservation restoration work also are being accepted. Local and county governments, historic landmark commissions and nonprofit organizations interested in co-sponsoring a workshop should contact the office for a workshop application.
For more information about the historic preservation development grants, a complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria, or a heritage education grant workshop application, contact Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator, at 304-558-0240, ext. 720. Visit www.wvculture.org/shpo/forms.html.
Chalk, pastel drawings
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Gallery 842 will exhibit large-scale chalk and pastel drawings by Michael K. Paxton, an artist based in Chicago and a Marshall University alumnus, executed directly on the gallery walls. The exhibit "Riven" has involved months of coordination and several intensive days of collaborative work with students on site, according to John Farley, director of the gallery.
Paxton grew up in Raleigh and Wayne counties graduated with a degree in art from Marshall in 1975. He received an MFA in drawing and painting in 1979 from the University of Georgia. Paxton was a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981. Two years later he and his wife moved to Chicago, where he has maintained a studio ever since.
Paxton has been featured as a visiting artist at Miami University, West Virginia University, Loyola University in Chicago, and the Snow City Arts Foundation in Chicago, among others. He has been an adjunct instructor in drawing and painting in the art and design department of Columbia College Chicago since 2005.