Renaissance Art Gallery
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Class Acts -- Earth Wind and Fire," an exhibit featuring the work of Leona Mackey, Vernon Howell and Rabert Fulks, continues through April 21 at Renaissance Art Gallery.
Mackey will be at the gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. March 17 to talk about and to demonstrate her glass techniques. A longtime art instructor at Huntington High School, Mackey transitioned from ceramics and painting to dichroic and reactive glass in sterling jewelry pieces. Now she is concentrating on unique fine art works featuring fired glass in stainless steel mounts, either as wall hangings or freestanding pieces. She received the first-place award in the 2009 West Virginia Emerging Artist Exhibit.
Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or galler...@yahoo.com; www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance; http://renaissancegalleryart.blogspot.com. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
'Art Moves on Main'
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Main Street Art Studio has renewed its program "Art Moves On Main" from 6 to 8 p.m. March 23 at the Hurricane studio.
Musician and author Joe Dobbs will provide the entertainment and also sign copies of his new book about his life in music.
Cooper in New Zealand
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Grant Cooper, artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, has been in Wellington, New Zealand, this month to participate in the Capital E National Arts Festival, billed as New Zealand's biggest arts festival for children.
Cooper conducted the world premiere of a New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Capital E National Theatre for Children collaboration called "Sky Dancer." The performance included the entire orchestra accompanied by giant projections and puppetry to bring together a mythical tale of epic proportions. Cooper called the production "a stunning panorama in sound that captures beautifully this evocative story."
Encore of 'Parsifal'
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- An encore screening in high-definition of the Metropolitan Opera's live production of "Parsifal," by Richard Wagner, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the Cinemark in the Huntington Mall. The opera will last until about midnight.
Tickets at Cinemark are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for children. For a free pass, call 304-344-9091.
Illustrator to discuss work
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Illustrator C.F. Payne will talk about his work at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Refreshments will be served at the free event.
Payne is the Walter Gropius Master Artist for March. An exhibit of his work hangs through May 5 at the museum.
He will present a three-day workshop titled "Step-by-Step Process for Effective Illustration" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through March 24. Call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information.
Payne is considered one of America's foremost contemporary artist-illustrators. Now based in his hometown of Cincinnati, Payne's illustrations have been featured on the covers of Time, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, Mad and others.
He has been commissioned to paint numerous politicians, authors and entertainers, and has illustrated 10 children's picture books, including "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" and "Micawber," written by actor John Lithgow. Payne is a professor of illustration and chairman of graduate studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design.