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Arts Notes: Dec. 25, 2011

Clay Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center is hosting hands-on crafts for children and opportunities to make one-of-a-kind art from different cultures from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities include:

Monday: Mexican Talavera tiles

Tuesday: Australian Aboriginal X-ray art

Wednesday: African masks

Thursday: Egyptian bookmarks

Friday: Icelandic longboats

For more international learning, visitors can discover the origins of different holiday celebrations and traditions in the original planetarium show "Reason for the Season." In the art gallery, illuminated trees and imaginative displays designed and assembled by local artists and collectors are featured in "Illuminations: Holiday of Light."

Other exhibits include "Every Body Eats," the latest traveling exhibit in the Mylan Explore-atory and the Collectors Club's "Preserving a Legacy: 25 Years of Collecting." The giant-screen film is "The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti."

The Clay Center will offer additional holiday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The center will be closed Jan. 1.

Holiday break activities are included in gallery admission, which is free for Clay Center members or $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. Visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

Renaissance Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Renaissance Art Gallery has announced the People's Choice Award for its annual international miniature show. Of the 55 artists and 161 pieces of art from 17 states and two countries, visitors selected the following winners:

"Morning has Broken" by James Andrews (Bellevue, Ohio) was the overall winner. James' other works, "Tobacco Barns" and "Water Lily" also received many votes. There was a tie for second place between "First Born" by John Beach (Staines, Middlesex, England) and "Bathing Sparrow" by Karen Chamblin (Belmont).

The gallery's art classes will resume normal schedules Jan. 7. Classes will be held Mondays and Saturdays, with adult painting from 10 a.m. to noon. Wednesday studio hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Adult art will be at 1 p.m., junior art at 3:30 p.m. and adult evening drawing at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

The gallery is closed today, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or gallerywv@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.

Huntington Museum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art is offering a guided tour of the "Art on a Limb" exhibit of holiday trees decorated with ornaments made by local artists at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

The museum is offering guided tours for adults on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The program was scheduled to run through October 2011, but has been expanded to run each month of the year. Tuesday is Huntington Museum's free admission day and the museum is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org. Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.

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