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Arts Notes: April 7, 2013

By Staff reports

Quilt-style barn art

SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. -- Artwork on a Mason County barn has been chosen to represent West Virginia in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by needlework designer The Posy Collection.

The maple leaf design on Mollie Yauger's barn is also featured in the book "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.

Barn quilts from 12 states were selected for the redwork kit, which features a form of needle art that uses red thread on natural-colored fabric.

"Barn quilts are colorful patterns of quilt squares painted on panels and hung on barns and buildings that capture the spirit of American quilting and local heritage," said Posy Lough, owner of the Posy Collection. "We took some of the more iconic ones and put them together in a kit for quilt lovers and stitchers to enjoy."

In addition to being a work of art, each barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property in which it is placed. Yauger chose hers, for example, because it is located on her family's Maple Glen farm, at 20935 Kanawha Valley Road. She painted the barn quilt in 2004.

Groves conceived of the barn quilt concept. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail, and now thousands of barns across the United States feature quiltlike designs.

For more information on the quilt trail movement and Parron's book, visit www.barnquiltinfo.com. For details on the American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit, visit www.posycollection.com.

Exhibit entries sought

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Carnegie Hall invites artists 18 and older to submit their work to the 24h Annual Season of Colors Juried Art Exhibition for state and regional artists. The theme chosen for the show is "reflection."

Entries for the exhibit will be accepted through July 6, and notification of accepted works will take place the week of Aug. 5. Works selected will reflect the theme, and will be judged on the basis of originality, technical quality and thematic depth.

Cash awards totaling $750 will be given for best of show and first, second and third places. The awards reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. The exhibit will close Oct. 26. For more information or to obtain an entry form, phone 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

Tamarack demonstrations

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Artisans who will demonstrate their crafts in April at Tamarack are:

Stephanie Danz, stained glass, April 12-14.

Delbert Pitchford, wooden décor, April 19-21.

Jeff Davis, wildlife paintings on wood, April 26-28.

Open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tamarack is located off exit 45 of Interstate 64/77 in Beckley. For details about menus, catering, shopping, conference center availability and scheduled events, call 88-TAMARACK or visit tamarackwv.com. Also find Tamarack on Facebook and Twitter.

Slavery in Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Greg Carroll will present the free talk "Slavery in Virginia: 1619-1860" at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center.

Carroll will talk about the development and spread of slavery from Virginia's early years to the Civil War, and how its slavery system differed from types elsewhere. He will delve into the main aspects of slavery in economic and social terms and will explain the contradictions the system fostered.

Carroll was a staff historian for the state's Archives and History Section for 23 years until his retirement in October 2012.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required for the lecture. To pre-register, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

New State Museum app

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia State Museum has a new app that gives smartphone and tablet users the ability to get the latest information on programs and services at the State Museum. The app is a free download available in the Apple and Google app stores.

The home page provides the options available. Discovery Room features videos of the 26 discovery rooms in the museum and a touring map of the museum. Fact Finder has West Virginia history quizzes, News and Social posts notices on programs and upcoming activities, and Get Me There will direct users to the museum and a selection of historic communities across the state. ScanMe is a special option for museum visitors that provides extended information on selected artifacts using quick response codes. Contact Us provides users with several ways to communicate with the museum: mail, email, Facebook and Twitter.

To download the new app, go to the app store and search WVSM or West Virginia Museum.


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