Stiles is credited for introducing the endless cable pumping system to the oil production industry. He founded Volcano, in Wood County, primarily to serve his oil business in the area. It existed from about 1863 until destroyed by fire in 1879, when many people moved away rather than rebuild.
The Thornhill estate was built in 1874 and was one of the finest in the region, with an expansive wine cellar and a tennis court. The home was torn down in the 1940s, having been stripped of furniture and accoutrements during the Great Depression. The estate and town site are in Mountwood Park.
Ericksen received a doctorate in anthropology from Ohio State University. She has worked in the field for 30 years and specializes in historic Appalachian archaeology, with a focus on industrialization and ethnicity. During the past two years, she has led a team excavating the Thornhill site.
Contact Robert Taylor at bobby.l.tay...@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first in a two-part exhibition series on American printmaking, "Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription," runs through Dec. 9 at the Clay Center.
At the height of the Great Depression, the Associated American Artists partnered with some of the nation's most famous artists to make fine art more accessible and affordable for the masses. Through the innovation of mail-order subscriptions, edition lithographs, etchings and other printmaking techniques were published and sent to homes throughout the nation.
The exhibit includes fine-art prints from the 1930s through 1960s by such famed artists as Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Peter Hurd, Grant Wood and others.
A free lecture series, "Impressions: Conversations on American Prints and Printmaking," begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the art gallery. Richard Baiano, president of Boston's Childs Gallery, will explain the historical significance of the works in the featured exhibit and why collectors prize them today.
The series will feature two lectures in the fall and two in the spring, which will coincide with another exhibit celebrating American printmaking. "Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty" will be on display Jan. 11 through April 21 in the art gallery.
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 for adults and $12 for children, teachers and senior citizens; galleries only: $7.50 for adults and $6 for children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven is asking for submissions for "Crazy Eights," an art invitational small works show, to run Jan. 12 through Feb. 23.
Works in any medium, 8 inches by 8 inches, may be submitted. Entry fee is $5 and all artwork must be ready to hang. Art will be hung at the discretion of the Gallery.
All works will be priced at $88. No reserved or for-exhibit-only items. The gallery will retain 30 percent commission on all sales.
Works should be delivered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 through Jan. 8. Each work must be labeled on the back (top left corner) with name, address, telephone number, title of work and medium. Artist is responsible for insurance. The gallery will not accept responsibility for damage, loss or theft during the exhibit.
Gallery Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1035 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV, 25301; www.galleryeleven.com or 304-342-0083.
W.Va. holiday ornament
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- First lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will unveil the 2012 limited-edition West Virginia Governor's Mansion holiday ornament at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Culture Center.
The first lady and the artist will sign cards that accompany the ornaments during and after the event, which is free and open to the public. This year's ornament is the third in a series of four ornaments hand-painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident Shelley Goodman.
The ornament will be available in the West Virginia State Museum Gift Shop for $24, with proceeds going toward the Governor's Mansion preservation fund.
Contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220.
To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email ea...@wvgazette.com or send it to Arts Notes, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Artwork can be submitted electronically or by mail. Deadline for inclusion in the Sunday Gazette-Mail is the Tuesday before Sunday publication.