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Arts Notes: Dec. 29, 2013

By Staff reports

Closing at Clay Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The "Trees of the World" exhibit will close at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia Dec. 31. Decorated by area students, this exhibit features trees reflecting holiday traditions from countries around the globe.

The "Reason for the Season" planetarium show will continue through Epiphany on Jan. 6. Viewers are encouraged to gaze up at the winter sky and let the stars and constellations reveal stories of the world's many holiday traditions. Shows are at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Holiday break activities continue for school-age children. On Dec. 29 from noon to 4 p.m., children can do crafts related to the Netherlands. They will make Dutch pottery paper plates. On Dec. 30, they create a craft related to China: snake pencil toppers. Activities are free with gallery admission.

"Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia" and "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure" are the giant-screen films showing through Jan. 4. "Dinosaurs" can be viewed 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. "Sea Monsters" can be viewed noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Ethan Murrow's "Positions of Power, Land View" exhibit will close Jan. 5. Visitors examine land, places and people from an aerial perspective in this exhibit featuring graphite and wall drawings, installation and video.

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. The Clay Center will be open special holiday hours. In addition to the regular hours, they will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31. A Smart Pass (includes galleries, film and planetarium) costs $14.50 for adults and $12 for children, teachers and senior citizens; galleries only cost $7.50 for adults and $6 for children, teachers and seniors. Members get free, unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.

Jewelry workshops

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kymberly's Kreations will begin jewelry-making workshops Jan. 6. Participants can enjoy wine and snacks while putting together their own beaded jewelry creations under the guidance of Kymberly Young, owner of the shop. Designers select their beads and spacers from a large variety to create their own jewelry.

At 5:45 p.m. every Monday, an alcohol-free jewelry design class is offered with soft drinks, bottled water and snacks. "Design & Wine" will begin at 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. At 2 p.m. on Saturdays, beaded jewelry classes are offered for children and adults. Saturday classes can be incorporated into birthday parties.

Classes cost $45 per adult and $35 per child. Participants using their own supplies can attend for $25 per session.

To register for the classes, call Young at 304-437-1069. Proceeds from the classes help animal rescue efforts. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of dog and cat food and cat litter to assist rescue animals.

Kymberly's Kreations, Suite 100, Medical Arts Building, 1021 Quarrier St.

Gallery staff honored

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Renaissance Art Gallery director Fern Christian was honored with Tri-State Artists Association's Community Service award at their 2013 Christmas dinner. Kathy Hollet also was honored. Both have served on the TSAA board of directors, served as president, and have spent thousands of hours on committees to support TSAA's mission and its membership.

They are the first recipients of the association's community service award. Recipients of the award must have a minimum of 10 years of uninterrupted membership and community service in the association to be eligible for the award.

Christian is the founder and director of the Renaissance Art Gallery, an artist-cooperative gallery, where she teaches painting on Monday mornings. Hollet has mentored new members, taught art classes, and wrote grants for the TSAA.

Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or gallerywv@yahoo.com; www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance; http://renaissancegalleryart.blogspot.com. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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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