'My Illustrated Life'
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Art Emporium presents "My Illustrated Life -- Watercolor Reflections," a series of recently completed works by Sharon Harms, Sept. 17 through Oct. 13.
Growing up in Chicago, Harms studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from age 8 until college, when she enrolled at the American Academy of Art to focus on communication art, graphic design and illustration.
She moved to West Virginia 30 years ago to work as an illustrator for a large paper product manufacturer and fell in love with the state's natural beauty. Harms' work reflects her love of nature and gardening and her personal experiences.
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.
Poffenbarger at Art Store
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store will open "New Works" by award-winning West Virginia native Susan Poffenbarger on Sept. 15 with a talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow until 7:30 p.m.
"New Works" allows the viewer to experience the landscape through Poffenbarger's eyes, depicting scenes she has experienced on her exploration of the West Virginia outdoors. From Hawks Nest to Bear Town, this body of work showcases her ability to capture natural light and interpret the play of light and texture on scenes of waterways. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 18.
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.
Gallery features Pat Miller
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven's featured artist for the month of September is Pat Miller.
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.
High school contests
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in cooperation with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is sponsoring two contests with cash prizes for high school students.
Students who submit essays on a topic related to the Civil War and West Virginia statehood have the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, while the teacher of the winning author will receive a $500 cash award.
Student photographers who capture historic sites related to the sesquicentennial as part of the division's Sesquicentennial Snapshot program also could win $1,000.
Winners of both contests will have their work published in Goldenseal magazine, the state's journal of traditional life, and the best photos will be included in the West Virginia State Museum's "WV 150" exhibit set to open in early 2013.
Deadline is Nov. 1.
For more information about the essay contest, contact Caryn Gresham at caryn.s.gres...@wv.gov or 304-558-0220. For more information about the Sesquicentennial Snapshot contest, contact Tyler Evert at c.tyler.ev...@wv.gov or 304-558-0220. For forms and other information, visit www.wvculture.org/wv150/sesquicentennial.html.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Applications are being accepted for a second round of historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. About $250,000 will be available, contingent upon appropriation of funds from the Legislature or Congress.
Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of most historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. There are properties that aren't eligible.
The Preservation Office also is accepting heritage education grant applications for technical workshops related to historic preservation restoration work. Local and county governments, historic landmark commissions and nonprofit organizations interested in co-sponsoring a workshop with the preservation office should contact the office for a workshop application.
For more information, contact Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator, at 304-558-0240, ext. 720. Visit the division's website at www.wvculture.org/shpo/forms.html.
Clay Center exhibits