Chilton at The Art Store
FRESH, a solo exhibition of new paintings by West Virginia artist Helen Chilton, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at The Art Store. The show will continue through March 29.
Chilton received her Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Dennison University, and continued her studies in watercolor at University of Charleston. She has exhibited her artwork with The Art Store since 1978.
In this new body of work, Chilton brings the viewer into the garden with extreme close-ups focused on various forms of vegetation. Her oil paintings magnify the size of her subjects, and in doing so she explores the textures and natural patterns found on the surface of flowers and foliage.
Chilton's artwork has been in group exhibitions at the Chautauqua National Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the West Virginia Juried Exhibition and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Virginia. She was named the 2006 West Virginia Woman of the Year in Arts by the West Virginia Woman's Commission and continues to win awards for her outstanding artwork.
The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; www.theartstorewv.com or 304-345-1038.
Creating primitive furniture
Local artist Aimee Figgatt will lead a class titled Creating Primitive Furniture from 1 to 3 p.m. March 16 at Habitat for Humanity's Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St.
The class will open with a demonstration and conclude with hands-on practice. ReStore will provide some of the tools needed to take on a primitive project. Students will also receive a coupon for 50 percent off one piece of ReStore furniture.
Cost is $25 and registration is required. Call Terry St Germain at 304-720-8733, ext. 3.
Opera at the movies
The opera "Rigoletto" by Verdi will be shown in an encore high-definition production from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at Cinemark in the Huntington Mall at Barboursville.
Tickets are $22 adults, $20 seniors, $15 children. For a free pass call 304-344-9091.
Win a pair of free passes by listening to Classical Music on WVPR!
Eisenhower's the topic at Lecture Series
The Little Lecture Series of the West Virginia Humanities Council opens on March 17 with a program by one of today's most respected biographers
Jean Edward Smith will talk about the subject of his latest critically acclaimed biography, Dwight D. Eisenhower, at 2 p.m. March 17 at the MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd.E.
Smith's talk will open the West Virginia's Humanities Council's The Little Lecture Series. His most recent biography, "Eisenhower in War and Peace," was published by Random House in 2012 and has been credited with reintroducing the virtues of the American war hero and 34th president.
A member of the Marshall University faculty for 12 years, Smith is now a senior scholar in the history department at Columbia University. He has written biographies on John Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt. His book Grant was a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist and FDR won the 2008 Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians.
He has been a guest on programs such as Book TV on C-SPAN 2 and the Charlie Rose Show on PBS.
Admission is $10 and includes a reception after the program. Seating is limited and attendance should be confirmed by calling 304-346-8500 before noon March 13.
Congressional youth art winners
Three young artists will represent West Virginia in the 2013 Congressional Art Exhibit at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
First place winners are: Kaleigh Tucker, a junior at Lincoln High School, Harrison County; Chloe Richardson, a freshman at Wahama High School, Mason County; and Cassidy Metzger, a junior at Spring Valley High School, Wayne County.
Runners-up are Ryan George, a senior at Spring Valley High School, Wayne County; Michelle Riffle, a junior at Ravenswood High School, Jackson County; and Cassidy Sullivan, a sophomore at Spring Valley High School, Wayne County.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Students submitted entries to the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston and exhibition juror Staci Leech Cornell selected the winning entries. The students' work will be featured in a Culture Center exhibition that runs through March.
Easter Expo & Craft Fair
A free Easter Expo and Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Dunbar Recreation Center, 2601 Fairlawn Ave.
Local crafters, artists and vendors for handmade gift items and other unique crafts from primitive furniture and decor to purses, jewelry and hand-poured candles. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.
Vendors who want to take part can call 681-205-6955 or email eventsbyanita...@gmail.com.
HUNTINGTON -- Visiting ceramic artists Darien Johnson and Casey McDonough have a two-person exhibition of their work titled "Connection: Formation through Disconnect" at Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery.
Johnson received his M.F.A. at Arizona State University in 2009. He is an assistant professor of ceramics at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y. Johnson's work has been in national exhibitions and are part of public collections including the Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, Ariz.) and California State Polytechnic Collection (Pomona, Calif.).
McDonough holds an M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, and is a visiting professor at the University of Central Arkansas. He's given numerous lectures and workshops at academic institutions across the country.
A closing reception for the exhibition will be at 5:30 p.m. March 14. Johnson will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m. that evening in Smith Hall, room 154.
The Birke Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.
A five-week beginning watercolor painting class will begin Thursday, March 7 at the Hansford Center in Saint Albans. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4.
Cost is $90. All materials will be furnished. Class will cover color theory, composition, proper painting materials and techniques. Pre-registration required. Call 304 727-3015.
The teacher, Brenda Beatty, has a BFA degree from West Virginia University and is a member of West Virginia Watercolor Society, West Virginia Allied Artists, and The Art and Crafts Guild.
Renaissance Gallery's new show
HUNTINGTON -- "Class Act -- Earth, Wind and Fire," featuring the artwork of Leona Mackey, Vernon Howell and Rabert Fulks, opens with at reception from 2 to 4 p.m. March 10 at the Renaissance Art Gallery. The show will hang through April 21.