Call 304-357-4804 for more information. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and the galleries are open to the public.
Master artist at HMOA
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Painter and printmaker Tom Nakashima is the Walter Gropius Master Artist in April at the Huntington Museum of Art.
Nakashima will speak about his work during a free public presentation at 7 p.m. April 4. Admission is free. Nakashima will present a three-day workshop titled "Painting and a Philosophy of Life" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5-7 at the museum. For workshop fee information, call 304-529-2701.
An exhibition of work by Nakashima will be on view through April 28.
Nakashima has a master of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame. His work has appeared in or been reviewed by hundreds of international publications including Art in America, New American Paintings, The Washington Post, The Paris Review and Elle magazine.
He has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and his work is in more than 50 permanent collections, including the National Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Lynch reception
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten years ago on April 1, Jessica Lynch, a young and severely injured soldier from Wirt County, was rescued from an Iraqi hospital.
Lynch will be honored at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1 at the West Virginia Culture Center. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is giving the reception, which is free and open to the public.
Lynch is a teacher, student and motivational speaker.
She has loaned the division a selection of photographs and other memorabilia, which will be on display at the Culture Center. Also from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3, she will speak to students visiting the Culture Center. Her hour-long presentations, geared toward middle and high school students, are free and will take place in the Culture Center Theater.
"Our state's rich history of military service includes thousands of women and men who have served and sacrificed for our state and country," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. "Jessica's story shines a spotlight on what it means to be a West Virginian who bravely wore the uniform. I'm grateful she continues to serve her state, working to help others achieve their dreams through education."
New play finalist
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- An audience favorite at the 2012 Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown has been named a finalist in the nation's largest new play competition.
"Gidion's Knot" is one of six new plays up for the $25,000 prize from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theater Critic Award, which will be announced April 6.
The play was written by Johnna Adams and was directed by festival producing director Ed Herendeen for its 26 performances last summer.
The festival's 23rd season, July 5-28, will feature five new plays.
Beckley Art Group
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- In the show "Duos," the Beckley Art Group Members Exhibit 2013 and Photography Club Exhibit will present members' arts and crafts in pairs of works with complementary or unifying elements.
The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Cynthia Bickey Gallery, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley. Local musicians will provide entertainment and light refreshments will be served.
The show will run through May 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Call 304-253-9226; email beckleyartgr...@gmail.com; visit beckleyartgroup.blogspot.com.
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