Best of West Virginia
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. June 16 for the winners of Tamarack's fifth annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition in the Gov. Hulett Smith Theater at Tamarack.
According to gallery manager Zack Hartsog, more than 400 pieces were submitted for the show, which offers seven monetary awards. "The work submitted by 140 artisans included 90 two-dimensional pieces and 68 three-dimensional pieces," said Hartsog. "Over 100 artists were accepted represented by 158 pieces of work."
Artists who work in glass, pottery, wood, textiles, fine art, metal, basketry, jewelry, furniture, paper, sculpture and multimedia submitted up to three entries per medium to be considered for the show that opens June 16 in the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack.
A first-place prize for one Best of Show will be awarded at $1,500, one second place at $1,000, one third place at $500 and four merit awards at $250 each.
"This exhibition demonstrates the breadth and depth of West Virginia artists," Hartsog said. "There are full-size furniturelike pieces, large stained-glass windows and screens, mobiles, photography, glass, mixed media and even a gigantic Tonka truck made of clay."
Accepted artworks are on display for sale in the gallery through Aug. 1.
Judges for the show were: Kathy Jacobs, patron; Barbara Kyle, West Virginia Women's Commission; and Raymond Yeager, University of Charleston.
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, exit 45 off Interstate 77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, will present the lecture "When Western Virginians Remained Loyal: West Virginia Statehood and the Union" at 10 a.m. June 21 in the Archives and History Library at the West Virginia Culture Center. The free program is part of West Virginia's official Sesquicentennial events.