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Arts Notes: March 17, 2013

By Staff reports

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 gallerywv@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.

Payne has exhibited work in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the National Academy Museum in New York City, and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

Blenko Glass sale

MILTON, W.Va. -- Blenko Glass Co. is holding its annual Blenko Warehouse Sale and special events through March 30 at its warehouse and visitors center, 9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton.

Warehouse hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Factory overruns and one-of-a-kind pieces are discounted 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. Specials also are offered on Dalle de Verre art glass slabs and Blenko sheet glass.

For more information, visit www.blenko.com.

Theater auditions

MABSCOTT, W.Va. -- Theatre West Virginia is holding auditions for its summer productions from noon to 4 p.m. March 30 at its administrative offices in Mabscott.

TWV is looking for cast members for its historical dramas, "Honey in the Rock" and "Hatfields and McCoys," as well as two musical productions, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Rocket Boys: The Musical."

TWV's season runs June 11 to Aug. 25, with rehearsals beginning in May. Performances take place at Grandview State Park, near Beckley.

Those wishing to audition need to prepare 16 bars (30 seconds) of an up-tempo musical number and 16 bars of a ballad as well as a one-minute contemporary monologue. Prerecorded accompaniment is needed; there will not be an accompanist onsite. A headshot and résumé are also required.

Children ages 8 and up are encouraged to audition.

TWV's offices are located at Spruce and Whitestick streets in Mabscott. For more information, call TWV from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 304-256-6800 or toll-free at 800-666-9142. Visit www.theatrewestvirginia.com for information on this season's productions.

FestivALL internships

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Students may obtain internships to work with FestivALL, Charleston's arts festival, which will run June 21-30.

Students must be available to work from April or May through the end of June.

High school juniors through college-age students may apply to work in such areas as promotions, dance events, theater events, public art, music events, volunteer coordination and assistant to the executive director.

Applications may be picked up from high school counselors' offices, on www.festivallcharleston.com or by email from Chrissy Preservati at cpreservati@yahoo.com.

The deadline is April 1. The internships are unpaid but may be used toward community service credit for high school students.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email earle@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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