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Arts Notes: Dec. 15, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

Call for artists

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St., invites local artists to submit works for the "Crazy 8's" small-works show that will be exhibited Jan. 11 through Feb. 22, 2014.

Participants may submit works in any medium with a maximum size of 8 by 8 inches. The entry fee is $5 and there will be no judging; entries will be accepted between Dec. 26 and Jan. 7. All artwork must be ready to hang and labeled on the back (upper left) with name, address, telephone number, title of the work and medium. All art will be hung at the discretion of the gallery. Works will sell for $88. The gallery will retain 30 percent of all sales.

For more information, contact Pat Roberts at 304-342-4076 or Larry Wolfe at 304-98-2439.

During the month of December, the gallery is featuring the art of all its members, including: Sonja Adkins, Kathy Boland, Joe Ann Crawford, Joyce Waltz Daniels, Arthur Evans, Sharon McClanahan, Awyn Danielle McQueen Milam, Anthony "Tony" Joseph Papa, Jean Pennington, Pat Roberts, Randy Selbe, Linda Charles Stone, Linda Stonestreet and Larry Wolfe.

Gallery Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1025 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV, 25301; www.galleryeleven.com or 304-342-0083.

Preservation calendar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published "Historic Recreation," a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State's sports and recreation opportunities, including historic football fields and basketball courts, hunting and fishing lodges, swimming pools and golf courses.

The public may request a copy of the free calendar while supplies last. Each month, the calendar focuses on a different historic building, camp, state park, trail or structure in West Virginia.

To request a free copy, write to West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2014 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305, or contact Conni McMorris at 304-558-0240 or conni.l.mcmorris@wv.gov. The "Historic Recreation" 2014 calendar was funded in part by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

December ArtWalk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A special holiday edition of Downtown ArtWalk will take place Dec. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. More than 20 businesses are participating in a festive evening of culture and commerce.

  • Tony the Tailor, 822 Virginia St. E., will feature artist Kelly Bryant and special pricing on items throughout the store.
  • Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St., will feature "Illumination," a show of new paintings by Sharon Harms. There also will be new paintings by artists including Ian Bode, J.P. Owens, Sandra King, Robert Tribbe, Traci Higginbotham and Emily Roles. New photography by Clayton Spangler and new jewelry by Sue Chase also will be featured.
  • Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St., will showcase all of its gallery artists as its featured artists in December.
  • Uncork & Create, 1031 Quarrier St., will have works by the Allied Artists of West Virginia on display as well as works by Chet Lowther and Cheryl Thaxton. Allied Artists will feature 55 diverse artworks for holiday shoppers, including fine art in watercolor and acrylic, photography, jewelry and note cards. Refreshments will be provided by the Allied Artists.
  • The Purple Moon, 906 Quarrier St., will feature vintage Christmas decorations; vintage jewelry from the Pat and Helen Hamilton collection; vintage glass from Blenko, Fenton, Viking, Rainbow and other West Virginia makers; and vintage art and many items just brought in from Chuck and Connie Hamsher's latest buying expedition. The Purple Moon will also have the musical duo Tofujitsu providing entertainment during ArtWalk.
  • Delfine's Jewelry, 245 Capitol St., will feature a Department 56 "Christmas in the City" display with a Lionel Polar Express train.
  • Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at Good News Mountaineer Garage, 222 Hale St., will have unique gifts from nine artisan groups from around the world. All products are fair trade -- 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the artisans. Featured gifts include unique baskets and olive wood carvings, home goods, jewelry, clothing, scarves, purses and olive oil. After ArtWalk, Hope Village will return to First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way.
  • Timothy's/Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St., will feature custom-designed hot chocolate and work by a variety of vendors including Mary Kay, Tupperware, Paparazzi, Silpada, Thirty-One Gifts, It Works, Hair Tinsel, Pampered Chef and Avon.
  • Capitol Conference Center, 815 Lee St., will feature the works of Barrie Kaufman.
  • Other Charleston Area Alliance-sponsored venues for the special December ArtWalk include House of Luxe, Visions Day Spa, Ivor's Trunk, Savvy Chic, White Oak Photography and GiGi's, Mission Savvy, Stray Dog Antiques, Chet Lowther Studio, Annex Gallery at Taylor Books and Romano & Associates.

    Several downtown non-CAA businesses also will participate, including Collage, which features handmade art, jewelry and vintage/altered clothing by Jamie Miller; and Apartment Earth, which features the art of Nik Botkin.

    The free event is a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm. For additional information, contact Susie Salisbury at 304-340-4253.

    Nytrola phonographs

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Museum of Radio and Technology is seeking information about Nytrola windup phonographs made in Charleston. The museum has two Nytrolas, one regular size and a smaller salesman sample model. Anyone having information about Nytrola phonographs is asked to contact the museum.

    The museum is the largest antique radio museum in the U.S. It features more than 400 antique radios, an RCA television camera (one of two demonstrated at the 1939 World's Fair), a radio that belonged to William Wrigley (the chewing gum maker), and more. It has 10,000 square feet of display area.

    The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1640 Florence Ave., Huntington (take Exit 6 off Interstate 64). For additional information, call 304-525-8890 or email wvradiomuseum@gmail.com.

    Artists honored

    BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Ten of the 12 Made in West Virginia awards selected by WV Living magazine went to artisans from Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia.

    Those honored are David Shombert, Woodspun Workshop; Wendy Clark, WenWeave; Mary Almond, photography; Larry Sumpter, fine art; Chris Malouf, C.D.M. Engraving; Merideth Young, upcycled jewelry; Robert Worth, dulcimers; Paul Meyers, Shedalow Ironworks; Amy Pabst, quilts and more; and Uncle Bunk's, pickles and relishes.

    Other Tamarack artisans featured in the winter 2013 issue of WV Living magazine include Frog Valley Artisan Cooperative, Kathy Hanby, Michael Garnes, The Enchanted Bath and authors Colleen Anderson, Carolyn Peluso Atkins, Kelly Kinsolving and Steve Smallman.

    "We are always pleased to hear of honors given to Tamarack artisans, but we are especially delighted with the 'Made in West Virginia' awards because of the caliber of the judges and the quality and high readership of the publication," said Tamarack retail director Ron DeWitt. "Editor in chief and entrepreneur Nikki Bowman should be commended for keeping the Mountain State's treasures artfully covered in her publications."

    Tamarack is located off Exit 45 of Interstate 64 /77. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tamarack is closed Christmas Day. Winter hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., begin Jan. 3, 2014. For details about shopping, menus, conference center availability, becoming a Tamarack artist, the fine art gallery and events, call 888-262-7225 (88TAMARACK) or visit www.tamarackwv.com.

    Railroad photos

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An exhibit at the Culture Center features a collection of photographs taken by Wheeling native J.J. Young Jr., who died in 2004. He bequeathed 6,328 images of trains in Wheeling and Charleston from the late 1940s through 2001 to the West Virginia State Archives.

    "Hands down, it's the best collection of railroad photographs we've got," said Debra Basham, assistant director of the West Virginia State Archives.

    Fifty-one of Young's photos -- 30 from Wheeling and 21 from Charleston -- are on display at the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex through the end of January.

    For more information about the exhibit, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, at 304-558-0220, ext. 120, or caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov.

    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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