Ballet art awards
The Charleston Ballet and Allied Artists of West Virginia announced the winners of their live studio drawing partnership from the May 17 ArtWalk.
Judges, Jeff Pierson, director of Arts, West Virginia Division of Culture and History; Rob Cleland, artist; and Dick Allowatt of The Arnold Agency selected "Best Artwork." Images of art pieces created during the live drawing class were posted on the Allied Artists Facebook pages to vote for viewers' favorites for the People's Choice Award, according to Sandra King, Allied Artists president.
Kim Pauley, artistic director of the Charleston Ballet, presented the awards at the dance troupe's performance in June during FestivALL.
Sandra King was awarded "Best Artwork" for her painting, "The Barre," and a $250 Charleston Town Center Gift Card. Dawn Combs received the People's Choice award of a $100 gift certificate at The Art Emporium for her painting, "The Couronne."
Gallery Eleven's featured artist for July is Sharon McClanahan. Her exhibit is titled "West Virginia Creeks and Hollers."
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.
Photography at the Clay Center
Two new photography exhibits are on display at the Clay Center through Sept. 16.
"Artist to Icon: Early Photographs of Elvis, Dylan and the Beatles," organized by Experience Music Project in Seattle, features black-and-white photos of three music icons, just before the world knew them as legends. See how the influences of these 49 photos not only defined the image of the musicians, but of rock 'n' roll itself.
"The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography," organized by Aperture Foundation of New York City, focuses on contemporary photography and the force of abstraction. Explore light, color and form in this exhibit featuring 20 international, contemporary artists.
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 adults and $12 children, teachers and senior citizens; Galleries only $7.50 adults and $6 children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.
Photographer's favorites show
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Photographer Steve Payne's work is on exhibit in a show in The Auditorium Gallery at Carnegie Hall.
The Favorites Show features a small selection of Payne's top sellers over the past 10 years, plus a few that he loves, that haven't quite lived up to his expectations.
"You never know what people will respond to," Payne said. "Many times, I'm over the top about an image, and then it just doesn't get quite the response that I expect in terms of popularity, but that's OK. It's a give and take thing and the main point is to share your vision of what moves you."
Payne, a Charleston native, has been photographing the mountain state for more than 25 years. All of the photographs in this exhibition, except one, are of West Virginia.
The exhibition runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and during weekend performances through Aug. 25.