Arts Notes: Aug. 11, 2013
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, 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
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.
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