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Arts Notes: March 24, 2013

By Staff, wire reports

Art at Tamarack

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- "The Color Wheel," Tamarack's latest art gallery exhibit, opens with a meet-the-artists reception at 3 p.m. March 24. Artists who work in several media will be featured along with the five student artists who won the recent "Art in the Parks" competition.

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.

Aviation history

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charles T. Ledbetter will present "The West Virginia State College Aviation Program: The Tuskegee Airmen Connection in the Experiment" at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, state Capitol complex.

In the free program, Ledbetter will explain how the former West Virginia State College, now a university, was able to get the first aviation program awarded to an all-black college, and how three administrators were key figures in the acquisition of the program.

Most historians credit the heroic deeds of the Tuskegee Airmen with playing a major role in ending black Americans' struggle for the right to fight for their country and the segregation of the military.

Ledbetter holds a doctorate from Kent State University. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, and spent almost 30 years at WVSU, where he retired as professor emeritus in education.

Attendees are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

Participants registering by email should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.

Sargent exhibitions

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston are presenting an exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolors.

The 93 works will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum April 5 to July 28. They'll be in Boston from Oct. 13 to Jan. 20, 2014.

The Brooklyn Museum bought 38 works from Sargent's 1909 debut exhibition in New York.

Boston's were acquired in 1912 from a New York gallery.

The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to see a broad range of Sargent's finest watercolors.

A special section will analyze the American portrait painter's methods. It's based on a scientific study of his pigments, drawing techniques and paper preparation.

The exhibition will later travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Summer theater

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- "Les Misérables" will be performed for the first time in West Virginia July 17-21 at the Metropolitan Theater in downtown Morgantown as part of the West Virginia Public Theatre's summer season of musicals.

The season will open with "Nunsense II: The Second Coming," July 10-14. Also on the schedule are "The Fantasticks," July 24-28, and "Happy Days: A New Musical," July 31-Aug. 3.

For tickets and season subscriptions, call 304-291-4122 or toll free at 877-999-9878 or online at www.wvpublictheatre.org.

Outdoor drama auditions

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- Mary Ingles Trail Associates, in conjunction with Beech Fork State Park, will hold auditions for an outdoor drama from 2 to 4 p.m. April 7 and May 4 at the Beech Fork State Park office.

There are parts for 10 women and 10 men, ages 16 and older, for the outdoor drama and for the 18th-century encampment. The event will take place Sept. 12-15.

In 1755, Mary Ingles was captured by Shawnee Indians and taken to Ohio. After several months, she escaped and made her way back home by walking more than 500 miles. That journey took her through the Kanawha Valley.

For more information, call Amy Fairchild at 304-550-2876, email maryinglestrail@yahoo.com or visit www.maryinglestrail.org.

Exhibit set to close

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Helen Chilton's "FRESH" art exhibition at The Art Store on Bridge Road closes March 29.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.

Digital photo workshops

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thorney Lieberman, of Charleston, is offering a three-week digital photo workshop starting in April.

The workshop will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. April 7, 14 and 21. The workshop is for beginning and intermediate photographers with point-and-shoot or advanced SLR digital cameras. Lieberman will cover using the camera, shooting and lighting, and processing photos on computer.

The fee is $150. To register, call 304-342-1842. For more information, visit www.ThorneyLieberman.com.

Photography show

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new exhibit, "From Jackson's Mill to Paris: The Fine Art Photography of Sam McColloch," is on display in the library on Marshall University's South Charleston campus, 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive.

McColloch, who grew up in New Martinsville and now lives in Texas, still uses his vintage cameras and darkroom equipment to turn out black-and-white photos.

After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in geology and chemistry from WVU, McColloch traveled extensively for 28 years in his work for Shell Oil Co.

His photos have taken top prizes in numerous competitions, been featured in exhibits throughout the U.S. and are in both private and corporate collections, including the permanent collections in the libraries at WVU and Bethany College.

The MU exhibit is made possible through the cooperation of McColloch's cousin, Jerry Gorby. Several of McColloch's prints are on display in the showroom of Gorby's Music in South Charleston.

The exhibit will be on display through early August. For hours of operation, directions or other information, phone 304-746-8910.

Vandalia Gathering set

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Vandalia Gathering will take place as usual on Memorial Day weekend on the Capitol grounds and will have a featured role in the celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday in June.

For the Vandalia Gathering, the focus will be on music contests and concerts, annual juried quilt exhibition awards program and the presentation of the Vandalia Award. Food vendors will be on the grounds.

For the state's sesquicentennial, the winning musicians from the Vandalia Gathering will play on an outdoor stage to highlight the importance of Appalachian music in West Virginia's culture.

The celebration will take place June 20-22 at the Capitol Complex. The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission will also host the food and craft vendors who traditionally participate during Memorial Day weekend and will set up the food contests, craft circle, dance stages, and liars competition.

To view a complete schedule for the 2013 Vandalia Gathering, visit www.wvculture.org.

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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