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Arts Notes: Feb. 5, 2012

Art Emporium

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Emporium will feature the recent works of T. Paige Dalporto in a show titled "Indelible," opening Monday. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Art Emporium, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 823 Quarrier St., Charleston; www.artemporium.net or 304-345-2787.

West Virginia 'Power'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The photography exhibit "Power of West Virginia" will be shown Tuesday through April 12 in the University of Charleston's Frankenberger Art Gallery. The exhibition features photographs by West Virginia native Tracy Toler that document the faces and places of energy production in West Virginia.

The exhibit coincides with a lecture by Nick Akins, president of American Electric Power, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in UC's Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall.

"With energy as the leading industry in the Mountain State, coal, natural gas and alternative energy sources, like wind energy, are common themes for extensive conversations underneath the cover of the gold-plated West Virginia state Capitol dome," Toler said.

"Energy legislation leads to personal protection for our coal miners, environmental protection for our land and watersheds and legal protection for our greatest source of exportation. The innovation and sweat equity of our energy professionals creates jobs and tax revenue that in turn push our senators and representatives for more protection and more room to grow," he said.

"West Virginia power is represented by two vastly different sectors united under the same vision for moving West Virginia forward and it was my hope to capture this power. As a native West Virginian, I feel blessed to be able to bring the Power of West Virginia to this show."

An opening reception will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and is free and open to the public.

University of Charleston, Frankenberger Art Gallery, second floor of Geary Student Union, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE., Charleston. Contact Ray Yaeger at rayyaeger@ucwv.edu or 304-357-4387.

Photography workshops

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two digital photo workshops will be hosted by photographer Thorney Lieberman in February at his studio at 1514 Virginia St. E.

"Introduction to Digital Photography" runs from 3 to 5 p.m. for three Sundays, beginning Feb. 12. Introduction to Photoshop and Lightroom will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 9.

Classes cost $150 and class size is limited. Call 304-342-1842.

Artist and musicians

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Charleston artist Deborah Herndon juried her original metallic photograph, "Orchestra Hall, Blue Violin," for the Annual Re/Vision Project of The Visual Arts Association of Louisville, to raise funds for visually impaired children of Kentucky and southern Indiana. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 18 at the Water Tower Art Museum.

"For this exhibit, the artwork needed to be accessible to visually impaired visitors," Herndon said. "Meeting that challenge with photographic art required thinking 'outside the frame.'"

After some brainstorming, West Virginia Symphony Maestro Grant Cooper and his wife, violinist Margie Cooper, donated an original composition by the maestro that interprets the colors of magenta and blue, played by Margie Cooper on violin. In addition, Steven Murray, who framed the large metallic photograph at Watson's Picture Framing, arranged to have all of the artwork credits typed with a Braille typewriter for a display card. Herndon traced the photograph on mat board to create a line drawing in raised ink for tactile response.

Herndon used a small blue table topped with Blenko glass to hold the CD player, Braille credit cards and traced line drawing.

"The violin music is exquisitely composed and played to evoke strong emotional response from the listener. Without seeing the photograph, you can visualize the image from the music. I am very proud of the collaboration with such talented and creative individuals," Herndon said. Her artwork donation was the only work submitted with these auditory and tactile amenities.

Part of the proceeds of the artwork auction at the close of the exhibit is distributed to the artist. Herndon donated her share to the West Virginia Symphony.

Herndon's metallic photograph "Deering's Vizcaya" recently won first place in a regional exhibit at the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts in Fredericksburg, Va., with a prize of $200.

ReStore DIY workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will host a do-it-yourself workshop, "Creative Light Fixtures," from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St.

Design one-of-a-kind light fixtures using ReStore materials. The $25 fee covers electrical supplies and an assortment of creative items. Participants are encouraged to bring creative items from home.

Registration is required by Monday by contacting Terry St. Germain, 304-720-8733, ext. 3, or donations@hfhkp.org.

Art and poetry

PITTSBURGH -- Second Block Studio, a husband-and-wife creative team originally from Nitro, W.Va., who specialize in print and interactive media, has announced their first charitable endeavor, "Monster Haiku." The project fuses art and poetry in a unique way, consisting of a limited-run book, "Monster Haiku Vol. 1," along with greeting cards, collectible posters and original paintings available for purchase through March 3 at www.monsterhaiku.org.

"Monster Haiku" features artwork from "52ills," a weekly illustration blog created in 2009 by Rachel Arnold Sager, accompanied by haiku poetry by Will Rutherford. All of the proceeds from the project will benefit the March of Dimes.

"It's been extremely rewarding to work on such a creative project that also gives back to the community," said Josh Sager, founder of Second Block Studio. "When Will Rutherford was looking for visual inspiration for his haiku, teaming up with Rachel was a natural fit. Will's poems are contemporary and easy to identify with. And they can be silly, just like Rachel's artwork."

Second Block Studio will host an event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 13, showcasing the Monster Haiku Project, at Wildcard, 4209 Butler St., in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, featuring "Monster Haiku Vol. 1," as well as posters, cards, original paintings and selected prints from the book.

Like "Monster Haiku" on Facebook, and follow @monster_haiku on Twitter for updates on the project.

Visit http://secondblockstudio.com/.

Photography seminar

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A two-hour photography seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Commons (formerly the Museum in the Community), 1 Valley Way.

The seminar will focus on travel photography and will be taught by photographer Laura Moul, whose works hang at Tamarack and Renaissance Art Gallery.

The fee is $20. Contact Maul at 304-743-8281 or lauramoul@aol.com.

Archives lecture

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A professional surveyor will offer tips on using land deeds and other records to help trace family roots in a lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Donald L. Teter will provide an introduction to research sources and analysis methods that boundary surveyors use, as well as tips on how to apply them to genealogical and historical research. His presentation, "Property Research for Genealogy and History," will address land grants, books and deeds; wills; circuit court records; tax, historic and topographic maps; plotting property descriptions to create maps; online record resources; and errors and ambiguities in records.

Teter, a graduate of Davis & Elkins College, began surveying as a chainman and brush cutter in 1974. Since receiving a West Virginia surveying license in 1982, he has worked primarily with rural properties, involving research in 26 counties. Teter presents continuing education seminars for licensed surveyors and is a director of the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors.

Contact Robert Taylor at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

Tamarack events

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack's Sunday@Two for February starts off with Lady D and Mi$$ion today, followed by The Ginsangers on Feb. 12. Gary Lee Tolley performs on Feb. 19 with Patricia Smith closing out the month's Sunday@Two on Feb. 26.

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, exit 45 off Interstate 77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.

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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