CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The State Museum will commemorate West Virginia's 150th birthday with a special sesquicentennial exhibit that opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Culture Center.
"West Virginia 150" focuses on 150 people, places and events that helped to shape life in West Virginia during the past 150 years. It also features West Virginia's national and international accomplishments and achievements since West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863.
The exhibit's artifacts cover the state's steel, coal, glass, timber and railroad industries as well as notable West Virginians and institutions.
"West Virginia has such a rich and interesting history that it was really difficult to narrow the exhibit down to 150 items," says museum director Charles Morris.
Visitors to the exhibit may add their own suggestions. A special online exhibit featuring these recommendations will open later this year. The public also is encouraged to donate items to commemorate the state's birthday.
The State Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Applications are being accepted for the 2013 FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair, which will take place June 29 and 30. The juried fair is dedicated to fine arts and fine crafts.
The early postmark deadline, with reduced fees, is Feb. 1. The final postmark deadline is March 1. For the application packet, visit www.festivallcharleston.com or contact Betty Rivard at bettyriv...@yahoo.com or 304-364-8972.
Wildlife art wanted
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting original wildlife art for its 2014 wildlife calendar. There is a Feb. 18 deadline to submit artwork for the calendar.
An electronic image of each entry capable of being sized at 14 1/2 inches wide by 11 1/2 inches high at 300 dpi is preferred, but a lower-resolution image or 35 mm color slide will be accepted. Artists may submit multiple entries.
Paintings may depict popular game and fish species or feature the state's lesser-known animals such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals and nongame fish. Paintings not chosen in previous years may be resubmitted.
A $100 prize is awarded for each painting chosen, with $500 going to the artist whose artwork is picked for the cover. Paintings are chosen based on overall composition and quality, along with anatomical and contextual accuracy. The quality of the electronic image or submitted slide is very important for judging the artwork.
To obtain 2014 calendar art rules or to purchase a 2013 calendar, contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Calendar Art, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241, phone 304-637-0245. Electronic images should be emailed to Jerry.R.Sh...@wv.gov.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Applications are now available for historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The deadline for submission is April 1.
About $500,000 is expected to be available for the grant awards.