'Art in the Valley'
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau has kicked off its first monthly art show, "Art in the Valley," with Greenbrier County artist Marietta Lyall. Seventeen pieces of her work are on display through February.
"Art in the Valley" was designed to provide an outlet for artists within the region of Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas and Summers counties to display their work, which rotates on a monthly basis.
"The arts are an integral part of our area's uniqueness," said Kara Dense, executive director of the Greenbrier County CVB. "We felt it was only fitting to give artists an opportunity to display their creativity within the visitors center, where visitors and locals have the chance to view the exhibits seven days a week."
For more information about "Art in the Valley," including a copy of the application and guidelines, call 304-645-1000 or email Mary Cole Deitz, visitors center manager, at i...@greenbrierwv.com. The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau is at 200 W. Washington St., Lewisburg.
Wesleyan gallery auction
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- Art and celebrity merge for one week in an event celebrating contemporary art in central West Virginia. The Sleeth Gallery of West Virginia Wesleyan College will hold a fundraising auction of small works inspired by political comedian Stephen Colbert.
"The Colbert Bump" will raise funds for supporting visiting artists, community outreach and updating gallery resources. The art will be displayed March 13-20, and an online auction will take place in conjunction with the exhibit. A closing reception will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 20.
Participating artists are asked to submit works no larger than 6 by 6 by 6 inches. Artists interested in submitting art can read the rules for submitting works at http://tinyurl.com/colbert-bump-call. The submission deadline is March 7.
The Sleeth Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. It is located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall, East Main Street and College Avenue, Buckhannon. Admission is free.
HMOA Museum Ball
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art's 2014 Museum Ball begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. The theme for the black-tie event is "An Epic Night: Heroes and Villains."
Food stations will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. with passed appetizers by Mountwest Community & Technical College Culinary School, seafood and raw bar by 21 Club and Backyard Pizza, entrees and sides by Cabell Huntington Hospital and Guyan Golf & Country Club, breads and spreads by River & Rail Bakery, and desserts and coffee by Paul Vega Cakes and Mojo Coffee. Music will be provided by City Heat.
Valet parking will be available courtesy of St. Mary's Medical Center. Free souvenir photographs will be taken by West Virginia Photo Booth. The Museum Ball is presented by Huntington Internal Medicine Group and the committee chairwoman is Halcyon Moses.
The Museum Ball is a major fundraiser for the HMOA. Money raised by the Museum Ball goes toward general operating expenses. Guest tickets are $250 per person. For more information or to reserve seats or corporate tables, contact Tess Moore, 304-529-2701, ext. 327, or purchase tickets at www.hmoa.org.
Concord 'green' art
ATHENS, W.Va. -- "Clean Creek: Iron and Manganese" is on display in Concord University's Arthur Butcher Art Gallery through Feb. 25. An artists' reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
A lecture about passive treatment systems for abandoned mine drainage will be presented by geologist Margaret Dunn prior to the reception at 6:30 p.m. Dunn helped to pioneer low-cost AMD treatment systems in southwest Pennsylvania.
The exhibition features ceramics that incorporate iron and manganese recovered from abandoned mine drainage in southwest Pennsylvania. Clean Creek Products, a division of Stream Restoration Inc., markets the recovered metals used in the pottery.
"This is an exciting use of 'green' materials," said Jamey Biggs, associate professor of art and curator of the art gallery at Concord. "The use of these materials by potters, glass workers etc. can generate funding for stream recovery. The point of the exhibition is to get the word out nationally about this viable, green, alternative pigment source. I have invited nationally known artists to make work for the show and give away their glaze formulations freely," he said. "This should contribute to discussions of outcomes for the AMD-affected streams in West Virginia."
Artists participating in the show include Clean Creek potters Shelly Cubarney, Pamela Esch, Robert E. Isenberg and Amanda Wolf; Concord ceramic instructors Norma Acord and Jamey Biggs; and invited artists Linda Arbuckle (Florida), William Brouillard (Ohio), Susan Filley (North Carolina) and Matt Long (Mississippi).
The Arthur Butcher Art Gallery is in the Alexander Fine Arts Building. For more information on the exhibit, contact Jamey Biggs at jbi...@concord.edu or 304-384-5351. To view the exhibition catalog, designed by Kevin Bennington, assistant professor of art, with photography by Biggs, go to www.concord.edu/academics/fine-arts/clean-creek.
Glaze recipes using the recovered metals, provided by participating artists, are published in the catalog. Additional information about Clean Creek Products is available at www.cleancreek.org.
Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 304-384-6086 or 800-344-6679, ext. 6086, if special assistance is required for access to the event.
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.