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Arts Notes: Sept. 15, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

Charleston ArtWalk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- ArtWalk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Twenty-three businesses are participating; maps are available at each venue. The free event is a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm.

  • The Purple Moon/Modern by Design, 906 Quarrier St., will feature selections from the Pat and Helen Hamilton collection titled "Patriotism to Modernism: Art and More from a West Virginia Family."
  • Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St., will hold a public painting event. A local artist will take people step-by-step through the creation of their own "Purple Door" painting. No experience is necessary. All materials are provided. Cost is $45 per person. Pre-registration required at www.uncorkandcreate.com.
  • Stray Dog Antiques, 219 Hale St., will feature displays of vintage mesh Whiting Davis purses, illustrated cigarette cards, zebra figurines, Retro Red mid-century metal furniture, plus art by Gary Needham and Paint Coyote Studio.
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 900 Lee St. E., will show photography by Deborah Herndon. Also featured will be artists Jeanne K. Cochran, Mkyal Baisden, Adrienne Galloway and Anna Nibert.
  • Tony the Tailor, 822 Virginia St. E., will have a ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. and a tasting of small-batch bourbons. There will be special pricing with opportunities to enter drawings for jackets, shoes, jeans and other items. The guest artist is photographer Tom Hindman.
  • Charleston Ballet, 100 Capitol St., will have refreshments and opportunities to observe dancers preparing new works for the upcoming performances. There are also photographs on display.
  • Woomer, Nistendirk and Associates, Suite 400, 231 Capitol St., will feature photographs by John Sibold, owner of Commercial Photography Services of West Virginia.
  • Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St., presents "Renewed Hope," works by Traci Higginbotham. The works will be available to view Sept. 18 through Oct. 12.
  • Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 Hale St., will showcase "Secret Garden," new photographs by photojournalist Laura Antrin Caskey. Caskey describes her new work as a response to years of reporting in war zones, witnessing the destruction of human lives in the natural world.
  • Romano & Associates, Suite 200, 230 Capitol St., will feature "The Lawyer Series" by Jeff Pierson. The artist features historically significant lawyers, such as Clarence Darrow, Belva Lockwood, Daniel Webster and seven others.
  • Delfine's Jewelry, 245 Capitol St., will feature the art of Gregg Oxley.
  • Chet Lowther Studio, 223 1/2 Hale St., will show new works in encaustic, acrylic, oil and works on paper.
  • GiGi's, 200 Hale St., will offer unique items for children, several made by local artisans. The store will be offering 65 percent discounts on summer collections and there will be drawings for discounts on their regular merchandise.
  • This month's ArtWalk is part of Generation Charleston's Urban Living 2013 event. The event, a celebration of the "live, work and play" atmosphere of downtown Charleston, will take place Sept. 17-20 at various locations. Visit www.charlestonareaalliance.org for more information.

    Peyton art collection

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro lawyer Harvey Peyton will host a walkthrough of the Harvey and Jennifer Peyton Art Collection from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse, 300 Virginia St. E. The collection features 42 works from a variety of 20th-century American sources, including New Deal, African-Americans and West Virginians.

    Peyton and the Clay Center Collectors Club will host a reception from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 for club members and prospective members at the federal courthouse. Photo identification is required for admission to the building for the walkthrough and reception.

    Several local artists will attend as well as contemporary Philadelphia artists Cavin James and Leroy Johnson.

    The collection will be displayed through Sept. 30. The public may view the collection (photo ID required for admission) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Irene McKinney tribute

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A tribute to Irene McKinney, West Virginia's poet laureate from 1994 to 2012, will take place at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the West Virginia Culture Center. An informal reception begins at 2 p.m.

    Speakers for the program include Maggie Anderson, Jeff Mann, Devon McNamara, Jessie van Eerden and Marc Harshman. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and John Nakashima are providing a montage of radio and video clips from some of McKinney's most memorable interviews and readings.

    Music will be provided by Kate Long and Doug Van Gundy. A memorial quilt made of McKinney's clothes by her friends, coordinated by Barbara Weaner, will be on display.

    Museum Day Live! at HMOA

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will open its doors free of charge Sept. 28, as part of Smithsonian magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! The nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

    Inclusive by design, the event represents the Smithsonian Institution's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year's event drew over 400,000 participants.

    Huntington Museum of Art is at 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Membership begins at $25 and benefits include free admission. Contact 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org.

    Herndon photography

    LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Photographer Deborah Herndon received best in show in Carnegie Hall's 24th annual "Season of Colors" juried art exhibition for 2013 for her photograph "White Handrail, Collioure." The regional exhibit opened Sept. 6.

    Herndon described the photograph: "The theme is reflection. This artwork illustrates fluidity reflecting utility. It is a very unusual architectural feature of a century-old villa on the southern French coast near Spain."

    Jewelry artist

    BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- Meredith Young, of Monroe County, is the newest member of Main Street Gallery, 26 E. Main St., Buckhannon. The jewelry artist is also a Tamarack artist. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in metalsmithing from Maine College of Art in 1996.

    Young turns beverage cans into colorful, eye-catching elements such as flowers and animals. She cuts the cans and then assembles them into one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

    Her jewelry is described as "fun and affordable" by the gallery and is available to view and purchase at Main Street Gallery.

    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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