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Arts Notes: Jan. 15, 2012

Beading workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A "ReArt Workshop on Ecobeading" will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity's Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St.

ReArt is a series of workshops created by a collaboration between Step-by-Step WV and Habitat ReStore, and funded by the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Imitative. Artists are paid to teach participants art projects using repurposed, reused and/or recycled materials.

January's featured artist is Sherri Botkins-Walker, who creates and sells bead jewelry made from recycled paper, magazines, fliers and periodicals.

ReArt workshops are free and open to the public. Registration required by contacting Will Taylor, 304-989-4118.

Clay Center exhibits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three new exhibits -- "Migrations," "It's All Relative" and "Why Look at Animals?" -- will offer a range of artistic styles and subjects in the Clay Center art gallery through April 7.

"Why Look at Animals?" is organized by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, N.Y. Both familiar and unfamiliar selections from the famous collection will allow visitors to study how photography has been used to tell the stories of animals over the years. This exhibit is sponsored by WesBanco.

"Migrations" is a collection of fine-art prints from six American Indian artists whose work, when combined, represents a wide spectrum of cultures and experiences. Created with the help of the University of New Mexico's Tamarind Institute and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, Ore., these contemporary pieces put a new spin on traditional Indian art.

In "It's All Relative," gallery visitors will take a digital look at lunar and solar eclipses. Artist Michael Sherwin compiled 25 different YouTube videos into one incredible piece.

A free art and science lecture series begins Thursday in addition to the three new exhibits.

The lectures are underwritten by the West Virginia Humanities Council. The first lecturer will be Gail Wight, associate professor in the Department of Art and History at Stanford University, at 6 p.m. Thursday. Wight integrates science and its history into her artwork and shows how cultural notions of art and science have evolved.

Museum admission is free for members. Admission for nonmembers is $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. Films and planetarium shows have separate admission charges. For more information on these and other Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

Bronze sculptures

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Table Top Bronze Sculptures by Women Artists" will run through May 13 at the Huntington Museum of Art in the Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall.

The collection is made up of small-scale bronzes by female American artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of these works come from the collections of Herbert Fitzpatrick and of Arthur and Ruth Dayton.

The exhibit includes works by Doris Porter Caesar, Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Chana Orloff, Edith Bardetto Parsons, Marguerite Stix, Grace Helen Talbot and Bessie Potter Vonnoh.

Also, six early glass sculptures from the museum's permanent collection by Harvey Littleton will be displayed in the Glass Gallery. "Harvey Littleton: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Glass Studio Movement" will be on display through Nov. 18.

The American Studio Glass movement began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were taught by Harvey K. Littleton, who, along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for glassworking that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios.

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.

Lunchtime lectures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center's lunchtime lecture series continues with "Archaeology At Rome's Egyptian Frontier" with Leslie Anne Warden at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Warden will discuss archaeological work in Kharga, the southernmost of Egypt's oases. In the third and fourth centuries, the Kharga Oasis was the frontier of the Roman Empire.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

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.

Student exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The 26th annual Student Juried Exhibition, created by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art and Design, opened this week in the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University's campus.

The jurors for the 2012 exhibition are Mark Tobin Moore and Jennifer Reis.

The Birke Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings. It is located in Smith Hall, at the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and Third Avenue. Admission is free and all events are open to the public.

'Drawn into Nature'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Public Library will introduce children to the works of 20th-century artist Georgia O'Keeffe with a series of programs for all ages. Children will create an original work of art in the style of O'Keeffe through a variety of activities.

Children may sign up for "Drawn into Nature with Georgia O'Keeffe" at the following libraries:

Sissonville Branch Library (304-984-2244): 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Nitro Public Library (304-755-4432): 6 p.m. Thursday.

St. Albans Branch Library (304-722-7244): 2 p.m. Jan. 25.

Contact Judy Polak, children's programmer, 304-343-4646 ext. 279.

Taylor Books

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sutton native and artist Tiera Floyd, a senior at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will be featured in an exhibit at the Annex Gallery at Taylor Books through Feb. 4.

Her series of paintings, "Precision Pixilation," features intense close-ups of human facial features. The inspiration for the series is the juxtaposition of pixilation in close-up photography and in painting features such as pores and wrinkles on the human face.

Floyd recently was featured in Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design, Volume 7 Issue 2. The theme of the issue is "What Inspires You?"

Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. 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 Angie Mullins, gallery@taylorbooks.com or 304-342-1461. Visit www.taylorbooks.com.

West Virginia homes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia author whose recent book details Jefferson County's historic homes as they relate to the history of the Shenandoah Valley will present a special lecture and exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Culture Center theater.

The State Historic Preservation Office will sponsor a slide presentation and lecture by John C. Allen Jr., author of "Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1735-1835" (West Virginia University Press, 2011).

An exhibit of photographs and illustrations from Allen's book also will be on display in the second-floor gallery of the Culture Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Allen, a preservation coordinator and architectural historian near Shepherdstown and former chairman of the Historic Landmarks Commission of Jefferson County, will sign copies of his book during a dessert reception. Copies of his book also will be for sale for $49.99 in the West Virginia State Museum Shop.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. State Archives and History Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org.

'Winter Selections'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store is exhibiting "Winter Selections." The show features paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs on display through Feb. 10.

Artists include Susan Petrysak, Helen Chilton, Ellie Schaul, Jan Griffin, Henry Isaacs, Katherine Cox, Maggie Starcher, Doug Chadwick, Steven Barbash, Caryl Toth, Selina Trieff, Nancy Berlin, Diane White, Kit White, Harold Edwards, David Riffle Katherine Kadish, Mary Boxley Bullington, George Snyder, Barbara Marsh Wilson, Susan Poffenbarger, Ann Glover, Abner Jonas, David Stern, Allen Jonas, Daniel Meyer, Tommy White, Snyder-Meyer, Jim Gibson, Grace Martin Taylor, Helma Groot, Stephen Smigocki and June Kilgore.

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; www.theartstorewv.com or 304-345-1038.

Art at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Upcoming art exhibits at West Virginia University College of Creative Arts include:

Laura Mesaros Gallery: "Contemporary Prints"; Paul Mesaros Gallery: "Prints from the WVU Art Collection"; both shows co-curated by printmaking professor Joseph Lupo and art museum curator Robert Bridges. Exhibits open Thursday at 6 p.m. with a public reception and will be up through March 8.

Art for fundraiser

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Arts Council of Kanawha Valley will host the Love Art Fundraiser 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 11 at the Columbia Gas Transmission Building, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE. Tickets are $25 each, $45 per couple. Artists on the council's Artist Market list receive a $5 discount.

Visual artists who live within a one-hour driving time from Charleston are invited to submit artwork, limited to 12 inches by 12 inches in exterior dimensions, for display at the event. Work must weigh under 5 pounds, because 3M hanging strips will be used to hang the works. Artists may submit up to two pieces. No freestanding sculpture or pottery will be accepted. Works must be ready to hang with a wire or saw-tooth hanger, labeled with artist name, title, material and price. Artwork will be for sale with 30 percent of the purchase price going to the Arts Council. Artists must include contact information sheet. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 7.

Drop off works at 229 Capitol St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contact Naomi Bays at Naomi@artskv.org or 304-807-2787. Visit http://artskv.org/.

Arts Day

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will hold "Arts Day at the State Capitol" at the Capitol Complex from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event will consist of information booths representing arts from across the state as well as performances by West Virginia artists. Individual artists and arts organizations are invited to participate.

Space is still available and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required. Deadline to register is Feb. 1. Entry forms can be accessed at the Division's website at www.wvculture.org/arts.

Contact Rose McDonough at 304-558-0240, or rose.a.mcdonough@wv.gov.

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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