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Arts Notes: Dec. 4, 2011

'Small Works'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store is featuring its "Small Works" event through Dec. 30. The show features original, unique American art, crafts, gifts and ornaments. Free gift wrap and local delivery are available.

The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; www.theartstorewv.com or 304-345-1038.

'Guys With Guitars'

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Mark Tobin Moore's "Guys With Guitars" exhibit is featured at the Washington Street Gallery through Dec. 31.

Washington Street Gallery, 123 W. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901; 304-647-4561 or www.washingtonstgallery.com; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Smithsonian shows

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian American Art Museum features "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage," Jan. 20 through May 20, 2012. The show charts a new direction for one of America's best-known living photographers. She visited the homes of iconic figures including Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pete Seeger and Elvis Presley and photographed many simple and commonplace objects.

The "Great American Hall of Wonders" runs through Jan. 8, and examines the 19th-century American conviction that its citizens had a special genius for innovations. It features 161 paintings and drawings, sculptures, prints, survey photographs, zoological and botanical illustrations, patent models and engineering diagrams.

Visitors can see "Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts form the White House" through May 6, 2012, at the Renwick Gallery.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. Daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum, is on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit www.AmericanArt.si.edu. All programs and tours are free.

Tamarack calendar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Tamarack Foundation's 2012 Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition Art Calendars are now available. Cost is $18.95 plus $3.50 shipping. Proceeds from the calendar sales benefit West Virginia artists.

To purchase, email sprice@tamarackwv.com. Calendars are available at Tamarack in Beckley, the State Museum Shop at the Culture Center, The Art Store and West Virginia Marketplace at Capitol Market.

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Exit 45 off I-77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.

Unique collections

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Archives and History section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present the third annual showcase of its unique collections from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Culture Center. The event and a reception are free and open to the public.

This year's theme is "A Capitol Affair," chosen because 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the building's dedication. Visitors can see drawings and sketches of the Capitol, correspondence with Cass Gilbert, the building's architect, and photographs of its construction. There will be old photographs; distinctive books, manuscripts and newspapers; Civil War documents and West Virginia Civil War medals; genealogy tools; musical selections; slide shows; and clips from the audio and video archives.

Contact Robert Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163, or at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov.

East River Arts

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- The due date for entries for the 2012 black-and-white art show at East River Arts in Bluefield has been moved from Dec. 20 to 3 p.m. Jan. 3 at the gallery. The show, "The World of Man in Black and White -- Architecture and Manufacture," is the gallery's annual winter black-and-white show with a special theme, which can be interpreted as broadly as imagination allows. Each entry must include a short statement addressing the relationship between the works entered and the show theme.

Original two-dimensional works in all media will be accepted and all works must be in black and white and reflect human craftsmanship on any scale. No work previously shown at East River Arts or more than 2 years old will be accepted.

Entry fee is $15 for up to three entries, or $25 for a maximum of five. A committee of three artists will judge, and the show will open in early 2012. There will be a public favorite poll and cash prizes.

Contact Maggie Meehan for entry forms at eastriverarts@yahoo.com or 304-327-9300.

East River Arts, 701 Bland St., Bluefield. 304-327-9300. Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email sara.busse@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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