Artists are encouraged to create handcrafted ornaments suitable for hanging on a 14-foot tree. Ornaments made for each year's tree will be kept at the Governor's Mansion for future use.
Participating artists also will be featured in a commemorative catalog and invited to an opening celebration at the mansion.
Submissions are due by Nov. 23 and must include a short biography of the artist and a description of the ornament. Submission forms are available on the Division of Culture and History's website at www.wvculture.org/arts, the governor's website at www.governor.wv.gov, the first lady's website at www.firstlady.wv.gov, or at the Culture Center.
Ornaments may be mailed to Glen Reed, Director of Operations, Governor's Mansion, 1716 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV, 25305. They also can be hand-delivered to Jeff Pierson, director of arts for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, at the Culture Center.
For more information, contact Pierson at 304-558-0240 or at jeff.a.pier...@wv.gov.
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack has a fall calendar filled with artists, music, demonstrations and more. Event listings follow.
The 2012 Tamarack Foundation calendars will be available the week of Sept. 24 for $12.95 plus tax. All proceeds benefit the Tamarack Foundation. Call the foundation office at 304-926-3770 to order.
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Interstate 77, exit 45, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.
Poems and calligraphy
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A collection of calligraphic art inspired by poems written by West Virginians will be on exhibit this fall in the Culture Center's Balcony Gallery.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil the new exhibit "Expressions in Word: Calligraphers and Poets," at 6 p.m. Sept. 17.
The 31-piece collection features poems written by members of Kanawha Valley Poets with corresponding calligraphic and 3-D art created by members of the Charleston and Huntington calligraphers' guilds.
Visitors will see some of the implements and tools calligraphers have used since medieval times, including quills, pens and inks, as well as videotaped demonstrations of the art form, and a brief history of Western writing from hieroglyphics to modern handwriting. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through Veterans Day.
Contact Charles Morris at 304-558-0220.
Miners strike lecture
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek miners strikes of 1912-13, the Archives and History Library of the state Division of Culture and History will present a discussion forum at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Culture Center. The two-hour program is free and open to the public.
Historians Ken Bailey and Fred Barkey will join Charleston Gazette reporter Paul Nyden to explain and explore this important event in West Virginia's history.
During the year-long strike, martial law was imposed and enforced on the district three times by the West Virginia National Guard. More than 200 miners and their allies, including the 86-year-old labor activist Mother Jones, were arrested. The strike drew national attention and eventually resulted in a U.S. Senate investigation into conditions in the area.
Bailey received a doctorate from Ohio State University. He is retired dean of the College of Business, Humanities and Sciences and emeritus professor of history and geography at WVU Tech. He is the author of numerous articles and books.
Barkey earned a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in U.S. labor history. An emeritus professor at West Virginia Graduate College, he also taught history at the University of Charleston and the Institute for Labor Studies at WVU. Barkey is the author of several articles and books.
Nyden has been a reporter for the Gazette for more than 30 years and has won many awards, including the George Polk Award and three first-place reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He received a doctorate from Columbia University with the dissertation "Miners for Democracy: Struggle in the Coalfields."
Contact Bryan Ward at 304-558-0230, ext. 723.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The Hansford Center, in St. Albans, will offer a beginning watercolor class this fall. Registration is open.
The class covers color theory, composition and materials.
Teacher Brenda Beatty holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from West Virginia University. A former instructor at Sunrise and the Charleston Art Gallery, Beatty is a member of West Virginia Allied Artists and the West Virginia Watercolor Society.
Classes run for five weeks and begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 18. The fee is $60, plus $20 for materials. Preregistration is required. Contact Beatty at 304-727-3015.
Hansford Center, 500 Washington St., St. Albans, WV 25177; Janie Hamilton, director, 304-722-4621.
To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email sara.bu...@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.