Art at Taylor Books
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Taylor Books Annex Gallery has opened a new exhibit by Charleston artist Charly Jupiter Hamilton and Charleston photographer Ralph Kennedy. The exhibits illustrate the influence of travel on the artist and their art. It will be on display through February.
Kennedy began traveling Latin America in the 1970s and has since gone back regularly. In the 1980s, he invited his friend Hamilton to accompany him on these travels. Both artists' work has been influenced by the culture and geography of the regions they visited as well as by one another as friends and traveling companions.
Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., Charleston. Hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact Dan Carlisle, gall...@taylorbooks.com or 304-342-1461. Visit www.taylorbooks.com.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Civic Center Little Theater, the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra and the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble join to present "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. Feb. 21.
For these performances, the musicians will be wearing powdered wigs and concert attire and will be seated onstage, playing alongside the dancers.
Various selections from Kabalesky, Vivaldi, Wagner and Beethoven have been selected by WVYSO Conductor Robert Turizziani. Michelle Raider, artistic director of the RCYBE, and Margaret Lieberman, RCYBE instructor, have created original choreography.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the RCYBE studio or reserved to be held and paid for at the door. Seating is festival style. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for ages 4-18, and free for children 3 and younger. For tickets or other information, contact the RCYBE at 304-925-3262.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall Artists Series presents Georges Bizet's "Carmen" performed by Teatro Lirico D'Europa in French with English subtitles at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 925 Fourth Ave.
Considered Bizet's greatest work, "Carmen" is an operatic tour-de-force. Set in the 19th century in the Spanish city of Seville, it is the tragic tale of Carmen, a willful Gypsy woman, and her lover, Don Jose.
A pre-show chat at 6 p.m. by Larry Stickler, Marshall University music professor, and Teatro Lirico D'Europa's artistic director, Giorgio Lalov, will provide insight into the passionate story of Carmen before the live production at 7:30.
For tickets, call 304-696-6656 or go to ticketmaster.com.
New at the Clay Center
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center's art gallery reopened with "Gallery Divided II: A Head-to-Head Matchup Between Marshall and WVU Art Faculty" and "Every Living Thing: A Closer Look at Nature."
The "Gallery Divided II" exhibit is a rematch of a popular exhibit last year. Visitors can see new works from members of each school's art faculty and cast votes for the winning team and MVP in this clash of creative minds.
A free lecture and public opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Sculpture artists from Marshall and WVU will discuss their exhibited works and their approaches to teaching at the first in a series of lectures to accompany the exhibit.
The lecture series will continue with sessions on printmaking on March 6, ceramics on March 27 and the schools' two new capital projects on April 3. Each lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the art gallery and is free to the public.
The exhibit's featured artists are Frederick Bartolovic, Jonathan Cox, Peter Massing and Hayson Harrison from Marshall, and Jason Lee, Joseph Lupo and Shoji Satake from WVU. The exhibit will be on display through April 19.
"Every Living Thing" takes a closer look at the natural world through artwork and interactive experiences, featuring paintings, prints and drawings from the Clay Center's permanent collection.
Examine the intricate structures of feathers, leaves and insects at the magnification station, marvel at the craftsmanship of handmade fishing flies, and track the growth of live trout raised in the gallery in an exhibit that brings art and science together. The closing date for "Every Living Thing" has not been set.
These are the first exhibits on display since the Clay Center installed state-of-the-art LED lighting in January. The center says the crisp, white lights provide a better visitor experience by allowing the works to be viewed as the artists intended, and because the energy-efficient lighting doesn't produce heat or harmful UV rays, it also is safer for the artwork.
The exhibits are sponsored by The Elliot Family Foundation.
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. "Smart Pass" (includes galleries, film and planetarium) $14.50 adults and $12 children, teachers and senior citizens; Galleries only $7.50 adults and $6 children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.