CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Researcher, writer and historian Gerald W. Sutphin will present "West Virginia Rivers, Steamboats and River Improvements" at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Sutphin will make a visual presentation on West Virginia rivers that were improved by the invention and development of the Western River steamboat in 1811. The rivers flowing into the Ohio River, from the Monongahela to the Big Sandy, played a role in the development of river transportation, economic development and social and cultural changes. Sutphin will discuss how steam packets, towboats, ferries and showboats impacted citizens and the growth of West Virginia.
Sutphin is recognized as one of the foremost inland rivers and river transportation historians in the U.S. Since working for the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 20 years, he has been the owner-operator of a visual communication arts company for two decades and specializes as a consultant in the research, development and presentation of inland river projects such as museum exhibits, publications and motion picture production.
Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to register for the lecture by contacting Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Tay...@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- "Covenant," an exhibit of work by Libby Caligan Vass Stephens, is on display through Aug. 31 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
She is best known for her vibrant abstract realism. Each work is narrative, telling many stories within one painting. Born in Atlanta, she moved to Huntington when she was in the fourth grade. Since leaving there in 1980, she has lived in 11 places, enabling her to study and exhibit art in many places, from St. Simons Island, Ga., to Tucson, Ariz.
Also on display through August are Pamela Gatens' "Colorful Cats & Flowers" and Romney Collins' "Nothing but Joy" exhibits. The galleries at Carnegie Hall are open and free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Many of the works are available for purchase. The purchase of artwork exhibiting at Carnegie Hall benefits the artist and the Hall.
For more information, call 304-645-7917 or visit Carnegie Hall's website at www.carnegiehallwv.org.
Carnegie Hall's exhibits are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
SUTTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival, which will take place Oct. 4-6 in Sutton's Elk Theatre, is expanding its horizons this year.
Festival director Caitlin Renée Campbell said the group has opened the submissions process to films worldwide.
For the first 13 years, she said, the festival had a special interest in films shot in West Virginia, about West Virginia, by West Virginians. This year the festival is reaching out to include films and filmmakers worldwide.
Categories in the festival competition include: narrative, documentary, short, experimental/animation/music video and student, with prizes awarded in these categories. Also, a West Virginia filmmaker of the year will be named.
The deadline for submission of entries is Aug. 15. More information is available at the festival's website, https://sites.google.com/site/wvfilmmakersfest/home, or by email at informat...@wvfilmmakersfestival.org. The festival's mailing address is P.O. Box 382, Sutton, WV 26601.