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Arts Notes: Aug. 11, 2013

By Staff reports

Building big art

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Positions of Power, Land View," a solo exhibition by Boston artist Ethan Murrow opens Aug. 17 at the Clay Center.

The artist will examine land, places and people from an aerial perspective. Before the opening, visitors may watch the artist transform the gallery walls from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 14-16. Visitors will be able to watch an artist at work as he composes and draws the first phase of his three large-scale site wall drawings using wall paint and ballpoint pen.

The exhibit is a huge multimedia project that will include wall drawings, traditional graphite drawings, prints, sculptural installation, videos installed in small architectural settings and a night of film and video in the planetarium. The exhibit runs through the fall with events and talks.

Murrow is a faculty member teaching painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is in many collections worldwide including the Guggenheim Foundation in New York. He will give a free artist talk at 5 p.m. Aug. 17, followed by a public opening reception.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, One Clay Square, Charleston; www.theclaycenter.org, 304-561-3570. "Smart Pass" (includes galleries, film and planetarium) $14.50 adults and $12 children, teachers and senior citizens; Galleries only $7.50 adults and $6 children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.

Charleston ArtWalk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- ArtWalk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15. Twenty-one businesses are participating; maps are available at each venue. The free event is a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm.

  • Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St., will hold a solo show for Charleston area artist Frank Grant. Grant, a member of the Allied Artists of West Virginia, describes his art as being able to "see the possibility of art in everyday discards" and states "that just about anything has the potential to become an appealing work of art."
  • Stray Dog Antiques, 219 Hale St., will feature a series of limited-edition vintage postcards by Max Kunsli, new work by Gary Needham, art by Paint Coyote Studio, as well as new "accumulation jars" by Gina Puzzuoli. Kunsli is best known for his whimsical illustrations of anthropomorphized cats.
  • Taylor Books Annex Gallery, 226 Capitol St., will feature Staci Leech Cornell, a mixed-media artist using pen and ink, folded paper and gouache to create illustrative, playful works that combine her interests in nature, nostalgia, interior decorating and fashion.
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 900 Lee St. E., will feature photography by Deborah Herndon. Also featured will be artists Arthur Evans, Cindy Walton, Anna "Tookie" Nibert, Adrienne Galloway and Sheila Sheets.
  • Tony the Tailor's new store is open at 822 Virginia St. Artist Kelly Bryant will be featured, along with a special guest. There will be a preseason sale on all suits, jackets and trousers.
  • Woomer Nistendirk and Associates, Suite 400, 231 Capitol St., will feature artist Dianna Perdue and work from her business, Di Mac Photography.
  • The Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St., will have an artist reception and present new works by Emily Roles. The exhibit, "West Virginia ... Revisited," features acrylic on paper showcasing the state's botanical beauty. The exhibit will be up through Sept. 14.
  • Uncork and Create

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Uncork and Create will hold a wine glass painting event at 6 p.m. Aug. 15. The $35 class includes two wine glasses and instructions to create a pair of hand-painted wine glasses. No experience is necessary. To register for the wine glass painting class or other upcoming events, visit www.uncorkandcreate.com.

    Jewelry designer wins grant

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Christine Keller, a jewelry designer based in Buckhannon, was recently awarded her second grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The grant will be used to outfit her studio with several essential tools, including a new torch used in silversmithing.

    Keller continues to expand her company, Chrizart Creations (www.chrizart.com), supplying jewelry to more than 50 galleries in California, Florida, Maine, West Virginia and the Midwest.

    She also participates at Tamarack, in Beckley. In July, she was recognized with an award for being the second-highest producer in her department. She designs jewelry ranging from $12 aluminum rings to $500 sterling silver pendants and cuffs.

    Beginning watercolor class

    ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- A watercolor class for beginners begins Sept. 5 at the Hansford Center in St. Albans. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. All materials are furnished.

    Selecting and using proper materials, composition, basic drawing, color theory, critiques and watercolor painting techniques are subjects that will be covered in the five-week course. Tuition is $90.

    Teacher Brenda Beatty earned an art degree from West Virginia University. She is a member of West Virginia Allied Artists, West Virginia Art & Craft Guild and the West Virginia Watercolor Society.

    Class size is limited. Preregistration is required. To register, call 304-727-3015, mornings and evenings.

    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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