Characters are researched thoroughly by the presenters who portray them. First-person sources such as letters, journals, speeches, official papers, autobiographies and other archival materials are required research to develop the presentations.
Each year, presentations are given at schools, libraries, civic groups, museums, parks, historical societies and public gatherings across West Virginia. The presentations are available for a fee of $125 and, for the first time, to for-profit groups.
The application deadline is Feb. 1. Proposals are limited to two potential characters per applicant. Composite characters, legends or mythical figures will not be considered. Potential presenters must also pass an audition before being added to the History Alive! roster. Selected presenters will join the program beginning Nov. 1, for a minimum two-year period.
Those interested in applying should contact Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or pa...@wvhumanities.org to request application materials.
Carnegie Hall exhibits
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- On display at Carnegie Hall through Feb. 21 are exhibits by Judith Bair, Connie Manchester and Rob McDonald.
In the Old Stone Room is Judith Bair's "States of Nature" oil bar paintings, with Connie Manchester's "Love Notes" photography exhibit in the Auditorium Gallery and Rob McDonald's "Native Grounds" exhibit in the Museum Gallery.
Exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Many of the works are available for purchase. The purchase of artwork exhibiting at Carnegie Hall benefits both the artist and the hall.
Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg. Call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Carleton Varney, legendary interior designer and curator of The Greenbrier, will kick off The Greenbrier's 2014 Discovery Series with a design weekend Jan. 24-26.
Varney, the former protégé of Dorothy Draper and current president of Dorothy Draper & Co., carries on the firm's storied 65-year relationship with the resort and will introduce guests to the resort's unique design scheme through a series of fireside chats, walking tours and cocktails parties.
The Greenbrier Discovery Series is a collection of eight weekend events such themes as interior design, Jan. 24-26; craft beer brewing and blues music, Jan. 31-Feb. 2; culinary arts, Feb. 7-9; wellness, March 7-9; and art enthusiasm, March 21-23.
Additional weekend events will be hosted by industry personalities, including the team from the PBS show "Antiques Roadshow" for the Antique Treasures Weekend, March 14-16; Monte Durham, celebrity wedding consultant and fashion director of "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," for the Romance Weekend, Feb. 14-17; and Mandy Hale, blogger and author of "The Single Woman: Life, Love & A Dash of Sass" and the forthcoming March 2014 release "I've Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has," for the Women's Weekend, March 27-30.
Rates begin at $199 per night; full details of content and pricing are at www.greenbrier.com/discovery. For additional information, call 877-684-5060 (option 4).
Actors guild awards
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- The Actors Guild of Parkersburg recently recognized the efforts of several volunteers, supporters and patrons for efforts during the 2012-13 season.
John W. Newton received the Grace-Marie Merrill Award for outstanding efforts on behalf of a volunteer. Newton serves as vice president of administration and has served the guild in a variety of capacities over the years, most notably as a past president. The award was named in honor of a former member who strongly supported the volunteerism efforts of the organization, which relies heavily on volunteers to perform many of the day-to-day functions that make the guild successful.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bayley assisted in presentation of the Bayley Award to Dr. Robert Heflin and United Anesthesia Inc. in recognition of their longtime sponsorship and support of the guild. Heflin has shared his talents onstage and behind the scenes. He has served on the board of trustees, as an officer of the organization, and in nearly every volunteer capacity from building and striking sets to cleaning, painting and sorting nuts and bolts. The award is named in honor of Suzanne Bayley, the "founding mother" of the guild.
The Khalil Award for Outstanding Performance was awarded to Dan Miller for his portrayal of Dave Bukatinsky in "The Full Monty"; and the Khalil Award for Outstanding Production went to the cast and crew of "Avenue Q," directed by Barbara Full and music directed by Peter Sour. These awards recognize Dr. and Mrs. Ghasan Khalil, who with their family have supported arts throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley for many years both through their generous gifts and regular attendance. The awards are selected by an anonymous panel of patrons who have seen all of the main-stage productions during the season.
The Actors Guild of Parkersburg Inc., 724 Market St., is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation with a mission to educate the community in various genres of theatre. Season slate and tickets for upcoming productions are available at www.actorsguildonline.org. For additional information, call 304-485-9322 (business office) or 304-485-1300 (box office).
Gallery closed in January
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Because of severe weather, the Renaissance Art Gallery will not have gallery hours during January. The Gallery will reopen Feb. 1.
Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or galler...@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.hamil...@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.