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Arts Notes: Sept. 29, 2013

By Staff reports
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Perry Austin's "Lingering Snow" is part of the "Through Their Eyes" exhibit at The Greenbrier Fine Art Week, Nov. 4-10. Artists from around the country painted and recorded the beauty of The Greenbrier's area landscape, including its mountains, valleys, towns and rivers.
Courtesy photo Randall Sexton's "Potrero Shadows" is part of the "Through Their Eyes" exhibit at The Greenbrier Fine Art Week, Nov. 4-10.
Courtesy photo Barbara Lussier's "Lieutenant River" is part of the "Through Their Eyes" exhibit at The Greenbrier Fine Art Week, Nov. 4-10.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "For Love" chorale concert

The Charleston Gay Men's Chorale and Covenant House will present a special "For Love" benefit concert at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Culture Center, state Capitol complex.

A portion of the proceeds from "For Love" will help Covenant House provide nutritional support for persons living with HIV/AIDS and to provide free, rapid HIV testing.

The music is dedicated to the memory of George L. Bartlett, aka Elizabeth, a longtime Charleston resident whose family Covenant House helped to reunite in 2009. Bartlett died earlier this year at the age of 59. Her sisters will attend the event.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online at forloveconcert.eventbrite.com or by calling 304-344-8053, ext. 22. For more information, contact Billy Burdette at 304-380-5779 or charlestongaymenschorale@gmail.com.

Maple Hills Farm art fair

SPENCER -- Tamarack Foundation is holding an art fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.5 at Maple Hills Farm, 929 Charleston Road, Spencer. Suzanne and David Freshwater, owners of the farm, are hosts for the day of art, music and food celebration.

Artisan vendors from the region will have demonstrations and handmade products for sale. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherri Walker at the Tamarack Foundation by calling 304-926-3770 or email sherri@tamarackfoundation.org.

Mountain Weavers Guild

The Mountain Weavers Guild's annual exhibit at the Mountain State Forest Festival features antique, vintage and modern spinning wheels, 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Oct. 2-5.

Members of the guild will demonstrate weaving, spinning, basketry and needle felting. A selection of member-made items will be for sale.

The exhibit is downstairs at the Elkins-Randolph County Library. Within walking distance are a photography exhibit, juried art exhibit, juried craft show and numerous other exhibits and activities. For additional information, contact Joan Terry at 304-637-3020 or farmerstwo@msn.com.

Greenbrier fine art week

The Greenbrier has partnered with the Walls Fine Art Gallery to present its first-ever Greenbrier Fine Art Week from Nov. 4-10.

The Greenbrier Fine Art Week gathers a select group of fine artists from around the country to paint and to record The Greenbrier's area landscape, including its mountains, valleys, towns and rivers.

"Through Their Eyes" features artists Perry Austin (Alabama), Kenn Backhaus (Wisconsin), Roger Dale Brown (Tennessee), Michael Graves (Massachusetts), Stapleton Kearns (New Hampshire), Barbara Lussier (Connecticut), Charles Movalli (Massachusetts), T.M. Nicholas (Massachusetts), Stefan Pastuhov (Maine), John Poon (Utah), Dale Ratcliff (Massachusetts), Randall Sexton (California) and Steve Songer (Utah).

Each artist will show three completed paintings, which will be displayed throughout the week in The Greenbrier's Cameo Ballroom. The week will include free daily art events, including afternoon painting on the resort's grounds, a "Meet the Artists" event, a lecture on John Singer Sargent, and a panel Q&A with the featured artists.

"Considering the world-class art collection housed within the walls of our historic resort, which includes some priceless works of colonial American painting and antiques, it makes perfect sense for The Greenbrier to host its own dedicated Fine Art Week," says Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier.

The main event will be the First Look! party, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Nov. 8, where about 50 new paintings will be unveiled and available for purchase for the first time. Tickets for the First Look! party are $250. Call 855-787-8105. Admission to all other Greenbrier Fine Art Week events are complimentary.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.greenbrier.com/art or call Nancy Marshall at Walls Fine Art Gallery, 304-520-1221.

Governor and first lady invite ornament submissions

First lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin encourages West Virginia artists to create and submit ornaments to be displayed on the Governor's Mansion holiday tree as part of the third annual Artistree project. Submitted ornaments will be featured in the 2013 Artistree Catalog, and participating artists will be invited to a special celebration at the Governor's Mansion.

"The Artistree has become a winter tradition and an important part of our holiday celebrations," Gov. Tomblin said. "Its ornaments are a reflection of our state's culture and history -- showcasing the talent of artists from across West Virginia."

The Artistree will be unveiled in conjunction with Joyful Night, the annual holiday celebration at the state Capitol complex, which will be held Dec. 3.

For submission information and a printable form go to http://www.wvculture.org/arts/artistree/2013form.pdf. Ornaments must be received no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15. For more information, contact the Governor's Mansion at 304-558-3588.

Compiled by JUDY E. HAMILTON


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