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Arts Notes: Nov. 3, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

'Color and Light' at Clay Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center's education and curatorial departments' original exhibit "Wavelengths: The Art & Science of Color and Light" was honored with the Excellence in Exhibition Award earlier this month at the Southeastern Museums Conference Annual Awards Luncheon in Savannah, Ga.

"Wavelengths" placed first in its division, beating out exhibits from museums across 12 states. It will be on display in the art gallery through Nov. 22.

Featuring a variety of artworks from the Clay Center's permanent collection, as well as hands-on activities using color and light to manipulate perception, "Wavelengths" was designed to educate and entertain visitors of all ages through art and science integration. The exhibit is sponsored by Charleston Pediatric Dentistry and WesBanco.

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.

Festival of Songs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia first lady Joanne Tomblin and the Division of Culture and History are hosting the First Lady's Festival of Songs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9.

High school choirs from around the state will perform holiday music in the Culture Center Theater. Each of the choirs will have 15-minute performances recorded for broadcast on Christmas morning on West Virginia Media television stations throughout the state.

For more information about the event, contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220 or at caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. State Archives and History Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org.

History lectures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Author/historian Terry Lowry will give a presentation on the 1862 Battle of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley Campaign at 6 p.m. Nov. 5. The lecture will take place in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center.

At 6 p.m. Nov. 14, West Virginia State University history department Chairman Billy Joe Peyton will present "History of Charleston: The Modern Era," also in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. State Archives and History Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org.

Chief Logan State Park

LOGAN, W.Va. -- Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park, Logan, will host special holiday-themed arts and crafts projects for children on Saturdays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 28, except Nov. 30.

Children are invited to make ornaments, decorate toys and design their own holiday cards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those days. A parent or guardian must accompany any child under age 14.

Miniature art exhibit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The 13th annual National Miniature Exhibition begins Nov. 3 at the Renaissance Art Gallery. An opening reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Miniature artwork by 55 artists will be featured -- everything from delicate watercolors to stone sculpture.

Renaissance Art Gallery, Suite 20, 900 Eighth St., Huntington. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call the gallery at 304-525-3235. For appointments, call Fern Christian, director, at 304-453-3187. Email gallerywv@yahoo.com or go to www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance.

Carnegie Hall art

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- On display at Carnegie Hall through Dec. 27 are exhibits by Judith Bair, Steven Hutchins and Richard Pranulis.

In the Old Stone Room is Judith Bair's "States of Nature" oilbar paintings, with Steven Hutchins' "Museum of Natural, Technological and Sociological Wonders" in the Auditorium Gallery, and Richard Pranulis' "Photo Ops" exhibit in the Museum Gallery.

Exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Many of the works are available for purchase. The purchase of artwork exhibiting at Carnegie Hall benefits both the artist and the hall. For more information, call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

Life 'Outside the Mine'

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A new exhibit at West Virginia University's Watts Museum explores the lives of miners and their families in the coal towns of Appalachia.

"Outside the Mine: Daily Life in a Coal Company Camp" focuses on social and cultural aspects of the mining industry, including social time and leisure, domestic activities, religion and faith, and commerce and the company store. The exhibition illustrates how the spirit of hard work and sense of camaraderie typical among miners impacted the development of a distinct coal camp culture.

"Outside the Mine" is on view through July 2014. The Watts Museum is in Room 125 of the Mineral Resources Building on the Evansdale Campus. The museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. Admission is free; parking is available at the WVU Coliseum. For more information, contact the museum at 304-293-4609 or wattsmuseum@mail.wvu.edu.

HMOA holiday shopping

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art's Museum Shop offers its annual holiday preview from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. Refreshments will be served.

During the preview, gift and decorating items will be highlighted along with artwork by regional artists. In addition, the Museum Shop features jewelry, art books, purses, scarves, gifts for children, cards and stationery and more.

Tuesdays are free-admission days at the museum, and visitors to the holiday preview will be able to visit the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory and the museum's exhibits. For more information, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email judy.hamilton@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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