Gallery Eleven entries
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven is accepting entries through Jan. 8 for its "Crazy Eights" exhibit. All works must be a maximum size of 8 inches by 8 inches and will be for sale for $88. Entry fee is $5. There is no jurying.
The exhibit is up Jan. 12 through Feb. 23.
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.
Socialist Party history
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Labor historian Fred Barkey will present "The Socialist Party in West Virginia" at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Archives and History library at the Culture Center. The program is free.
The West Virginia Socialist Party was established in Wheeling in 1901. By 1912, more than 15,000 West Virginians voted for Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs.
Socialists were prominent in several craft trades, including glass- and cigar-making, and proved popular with coal miners in the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-13.
For his doctoral research, Barkey examined the rise of the Socialist Party in West Virginia through its decline during World War I. Barkey received a doctorate in history from the University of Pittsburgh. He is professor emeritus at West Virginia Graduate College and also taught history at the University of Charleston and the Institute for Labor Studies at West Virginia University.
Barkey is the author of "Cinder Heads in the Hills: The Belgian Window Glass Workers of West Virginia" (1988) and "Working Class Radicals: The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920" (2012).
For this presentation, the library will close at 5 p.m., and reopen at 5:45 p.m. At advance registration is not required but is encouraged. To register in advance, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director of archives and history, by email at bryan.e.w...@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 723.
Dance festival sign-up
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dance company/school directors in West Virginia have until Jan. 7 to enroll their students in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's State Dance Festival April 19-21.
Company/school directors have until Monday to submit applications; scholarship and dancers' applications are due by Jan. 18. Adjudications are scheduled for Feb. 15-17.
The West Virginia State Dance Festival showcases the talents of West Virginia dancers and offers classes by nationally acclaimed dance instructors.
Student applications will be accepted only from directors affiliated with full-time dance establishments in West Virginia.
For more information, contact Pat Cowdery, events coordinator, at 304-558-0220 or by email at Pat.M.Cowd...@wv.gov.