"The Sessions," without narrative description, also will be shown at the Keith-Albee Theater at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13.
"While the museum wishes to serve individuals in the community who are blind or visually impaired, HMOA also hopes to provide sighted audience members with the opportunity to experience narrative description and increase their awareness of services that are making images of theater, television, movies and other art forms accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired," said Margaret Mary Layne, HMOA executive director.
For more information on events at HMOA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. The Huntington Museum of Art is at 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington.
For more information on Marshall Artists Series events, visit www.marshallartistsseries.org or call 304-696-6656.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall University women's studies program will present "The Vagappalachialogues," an original work inspired by Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, in Marco's in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.
"This new production speaks to the experience of people in our own area," said Dr. Laura Michele Diener, assistant professor of history at Marshall and one of the 11 writers represented in the work. The 90-minute production includes original monologues, stories and poems about sexuality and identity.
Why the funny title? "While Eve Ensler examines femininity and sexuality in a global context, the Appalachian women and men at Marshall have demonstrated how rich the material is rooted right in home soil," Diener said. "We wanted something that described what the project was: stories of sexuality and identity born of the experience of West Virginians."
After two years of producing "The Vagina Monologues" together, Diener and co-editor Liz Deal said they realized that, as important as it is to know and share the experience of women around the world, women and men fight their own wars here: to be heard, to be understood, to grow up without being abused, to overcome the effects of violence and to celebrate who they are.
"Society seems to give us a limited forum and a limited vocabulary for expressing our sexuality," said Deal, who in addition to directing the show contributed several pieces to the performance.
The monologues, essays, stories and poems were written by Marshall faculty members, students, former students and members of the community. Many of them originated as class assignments. The 14 monologues tackle a range of human emotions -- some are poignant, others tragic and many are funny and romantic.
Several pieces, such as "Lament of the Coal Goddess," "An Appalachian Fairy Tale" and "Gender Queer Hillbilly," are rooted in the culture and environment of West Virginia. Embedded in the text is a memoir trilogy on the insidious power of sexual abuse. The actors all are members of the Marshall community.
Admission is $5. All ticket sales will benefit the Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home in Ona. For additional information, contact Laura Michele Diener at 304-696-2954 or die...@marshall.edu.
Carnegie Hall art
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Photographic exhibits by Connie Manchester and Rob McDonald are on display at Carnegie Hall through Feb. 21.
Manchester's photographs have appeared in several West Virginia publications and she was a recipient of an Art Class of 2013 award, an annual recognition of local artists and craftspeople sponsored by the Greenbrier Valley Quarterly.
Her exhibit, "Twosomes," is in celebration of Valentine's Day and of love, affection and attraction between humans, animals, birds, insects and plants.
McDonald's exhibit, "Native Grounds," explores the role of place in shaping literary imagination, the notion that writers compose out of a peculiar understanding and depth of connection to physical space. The series focuses on the homes and personal landscapes of more than 20 writers from the American South.
McDonald has taught literature and writing at Virginia Military Institute for 20 years, where he is associate dean of the faculty and a professor of English and fine arts. His photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions and four books.
Exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, call 304-645-7917 or email i...@carnegiehallwv.org. Carnegie Hall is at 105 Church St., Lewisburg.
ROANOKE, Va. -- Charleston art photographer Deborah Herndon's original metallic photographs "Link's tripod & Mid-Mod" and "arrivals and Departures by Train" were chosen by the O. Winston Link Museum of Photography to celebrate its 10th anniversary Jan. 25.
Herndon also designed an anniversary remembrance card for the museum that included back stories concerning the photographs shot onsite at the museum. The museum is in a former terminal of mid-century modern design and houses artworks of iconic railway and rural life by photographer O. Winston Link and others.
"I used O. Winston Link's original tripod in the shot for the cover of the commemorative card as a tribute to his incredible artistic spirit," Herndon said. "He exquisitely recorded an era that has passed but will not be forgotten." For additional information, contact Herndon at i...@rivetingnotes.com.
Beckley Camera Club
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Beckley Camera Club holds monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Beckley Art Center, 600 Johnstown Road. Their mission is to raise the awareness of photography and to help photographers build skill and expertise. New members are welcome.
The club's newest photography exhibit will take place March 28 through May 11 in the Cynthia Bickey Gallery at the Beckley Art Center. For additional information, call 304-253-9226 or email beckleyartgr...@gmail.com. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through 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.