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Arts Notes: Aug. 4, 2013

By Staff reports

Coal camp violence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Paul H. Rakes, associate professor of American history at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, will present the free talk "Saloons, Liquor and Gunplay in West Virginia's Early Coal Camps" at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Archives and History library at the Culture Center.

The early coal camps in Fayette and McDowell counties and along Cabin Creek witnessed a dramatic increase in population on what was essentially an industrial frontier. The attraction of liquor, saloons and guns led to frequent violence among the predominately transient male population.

Before the coal camps matured, these areas of West Virginia bore a striking similarity to the more famous tales of the late-19th-century American West.

Rakes is a third-generation coal miner of 20 years, who later earned his doctorate in history at West Virginia University. His research focuses on mining in West Virginia, and he has published essays on the subject.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to register for the lecture by contacting Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

Home-front photographs

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- Arthur Siegel's "Photographs from the Home Front -- May/June 1943" will be on exhibit through Sept. 29 at the Point Pleasant River Museum. For more information, contact the museum at 304-674-0144.

Botanical art classes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Wednesday art classes during August at the Renaissance Art Gallery will focus on botanical art.

Students will research and select a plant to illustrate in the tradition of scientific botanical illustrations. Choices also include medium, support and size. For this class, photography will be included. Students will be encouraged to explore multiple technique and medium as well as the history of scientific illustration.

Anyone interested in taking or auditing the class should contact the Renaissance Art Gallery or Susan Tschantz at 304-552-2006.

Tschantz is in the gallery every Wednesday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. She teaches a continuing open studio class.

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.

'Illustration' workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Allied Artists of West Virginia will hold an "Illustration" workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at a studio in St. Albans.

Michael McAteer, of Teays Valley, will be the instructor. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design.

The fee is $25 for Allied Artists members, $35 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For information on the workshop, including directions to the studio, contact Brenda Beatty at icbeatty7@suddenlink.net or 304-727-3015.

Theater matching grant

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Greenbrier Valley Theatre's board of trustees is searching for donors to match the $50,000 gift from Mary Laub Cowan.

Said Cowan, "I hope that my challenge gift will be a stimulus to recognizing all the values that the arts provide."

She has 30 years' experience with major professional regional theaters in upstate New York. She called it "a miracle" that a top-quality theater like Greenbrier Valley Theatre exists in a small community like Lewisburg.

Those who want to help accept the challenge should contact Greenbrier Valley Theatre's development office by calling 304-645-3838, option 7, stop by the theater at 113 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, or mail a donation to Greenbrier Valley Theatre, P.O. Box 494, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Film wins regional Emmy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Frank Kearns: American Correspondent" won an Emmy in the historical documentary category from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at its 49th annual awards ceremony in Cincinnati on July 20.

The West Virginia Humanities Council funded the project. The award was presented to Gerald Davis, producer, of Greenbriar Group Films; Chip Hitchcock, producer, and John Nakashima, editor, of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; and Jean Snedegar, narrator, a free-lance journalist.

Kearns, who died in 1986, was a native of Morgantown. He covered stories in Africa and the Middle East for CBS News in the 1950s and '60s. He returned to West Virginia University to teach journalism from 1971 to 1983.


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