River Arts sale
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host area artists and craftsman at the 11th Annual River Arts Sale and Showcase from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The event offers a variety of unique, locally created fine art and handcrafts.
Admission is $2 and includes a chance for a door prize, to be awarded each hour. Winners must be present for the door prizes.
Raffle tickets for items donated by the featured artists will be available before and during the show for $3 each or two for $5. The winners will be drawn at the end of the show.
A gourmet luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 for $8. Child care for children younger than 7 will be provided from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
The featured artists are:
Homaira Ahmed, an architect, potter and painter. Ahmed is the owner of Arts & Thoughts, a gallery and teaching studio in Teays Valley. Her work is influenced by ancient ethnic art and Southeast Asian art.
Connie McColley, formerly an award-winning basket weaver, now creates handmade jewelry. She uses sterling silver, copper and brass accented with fresh water pearls and semiprecious stones in her pieces.
Laura Moul, an award-winning photographer and Tamarack artist, is one of 3 percent of professional photographers to achieve national certification from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. She uses digital capture with minimal postproduction to make images that evoke emotional memories to represent the beauty of nature.
Randy Selbe, who makes wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. She recently received a award of merit in the Tamarack Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition.
Kevin Stitzinger, a sculptor, carves stone to bring forth its natural textures, colors, shadows and grains to enhance three-dimensional sculptures and two-dimensional carvings.
Janice Summers-Young, a multi-medium artist, uses postconsumer materials to create her works.
Other artists are:
Regina Swim and Trisha Fox, functional and decorative pottery; Bob Fisher, stained glass; Christina Dolin and Dennise Ward, handcrafted jewelry; Linda Stonestreet, abstract oil paintings; Christopher Higgins, wreaths, woodcarvings, birdhouses; Tia Moseley, handmade scarves; Patty Wolford, art on smooth stones, fiber creations; Jessica Blalock, crocheted accessories, beeswax candles, embroidered ornaments; Jo Anne Jacobs, cards and small canvases; Rose Bettis and Andrea Hoglund, handmade glass beads, jewelry on silk ribbons; Don Ashworth, paintings, cards, calendars; Charly Jupiter Hamilton, sculpted and painted wall art; Brenda Pinnell, Christmas ornaments, framed drawings, note cards; Al Peery, photography; Holly Becker, jewelry; Elaine Oliver, oil paintings; Ellie Marshall, stained glass and wooden art; Jill Stuckey, gemstone jewelry; and Jeff Pierson, paintings, photography and illustration.
Live music will be featured each hour from local artists with CDs available for purchase. The recording artists include Burr Beard, hammered dulcimer; Cathy Grant, fiddle; Concordia, recorder quartet; Marium Bria, jazz singer; Christopher "Qiet" Harris; and Mike Foster, blues.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. For additional information, call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.