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Arts Notes: Dec. 18, 2011

Contemporary prints

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art presents a new exhibit from its permanent collection, "Fifty Years of Contemporary Prints 1960-2010," through Feb. 19.

This exhibit will explore prints from the past five decades and will present examples of work by well-known artists, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, Chuck Close, Jennifer Bartlett, John Baldessari, Yvonne Jacquette and Willie Cole, among others.

This exhibit is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org. Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.

'Square Meal'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The next Arts Council of Kanawha Valley's "Square Meal" event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E.

"Square Meal" is a mini grant opportunity for artists in music, dance, visual, theater, literary and film, arts organizations and other creative projects. Patrons share a meal and all or part of the income from that meal is given as a grant to support a creative project. Everyone who purchases the meal gets one vote to determine who receives the grant. The grants proposals meet four criteria and will be awarded at the discretion of the audience.

Grant proposals deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 2. Visit www.artskv.org.

Reservations before Jan. 6: $16 ($10 to the grant, $5 to the chef, $1 to the ACKV); after Jan. 6: $21 ($10 grant, $5 chef, $6 ACKV).

To reserve, visit http://artskv.org/support-ackv. Online reservations cost slightly more.

Free movies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three family movies will be shown at the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Culture Center at noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 27, 28 and 29. Each day will feature a different film. The family films are free and open to the public.

The Dec. 27 film is "Nanny McPhee Returns," Dec. 28 features "Tangled" and on Dec. 29 see "Cars 2."

In the balcony gallery, visitors can see "Games, Toys and Music: Fun Times of Yesterday," a selection of objects from the museum's collection including skis and poles circa 1910 and 1930s; a pair of snowshoes circa 1920; assorted musical instruments including an Appalachian dulcimer made in the 1800s and a cigar box fiddle circa 1900; Civil War painted lead soldiers; sleds; and a display case made from the wood of a tree under which Gen. Robert E. Lee pitched his tent while on Sewell Mountain in Fayette County in 1861.

"Celebrating 35 Years of the Culture Center" in the lobby gallery has selections from many of the division's previous exhibits including Homer Laughlin China Co., Blenko Glass, Fenton Glass, West Virginia National Guard, The Greenbrier Resort, West Virginia State Parks, Marble King and Ron Hinkle Glass. The North Wing exhibit area off the Great Hall has a display of photographs from the West Virginia Forest Festival, and the South Wing has artwork by clients of the Center for Excellence in Disabilities Fine and Creative Arts program at WVU.

In addition, the Great Hall is filled with holiday decorations including wreaths, six trees with ornaments made by schoolchildren and a Victorian parlor setting.

Contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220.

'Daydreams and Doodles'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Daydreams and Doodles: an Exhibition of Napkin Art" by Bruce Bowersock is on display at the Watercolor Dreams Gallery.

There will be 40 framed napkins and T-shirts sporting napkin art. For about 40 years, Bowersock sat in coffee shops and bookstores with art on his mind. These napkins are the first flashes of ideas that he hopes will become paintings.

Watercolor Dreams Gallery, Heritage Station Shop #11, 210 11th St. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 304-633-6035 or visit watercolordreamsgallery.com or bowersocksartgallery.com.

Poetry deadline extended

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has extended the deadline for registration for Poetry Out Loud until Dec. 31. This annual poetry recitation contest is coordinated by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Division of Culture and History.

Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Schools are invited to participate in classroom and school-wide contests, advancing to a state competition on March 2 and 3. State champions will advance to the national finals May 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C.

Contact Cicely Bosley, 304-558-0240 or cicely.j.bosley@wv.gov, or visit www.wvculture.org/arts/pol.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email sara.busse@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.


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