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Arts Notes: Feb. 19, 2012

'Color Theory'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store is exhibiting "Color Theory," a colorful selection of paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs on display through March 16.

The artwork includes works by 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.

Fairytales brought to life

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A new exhibit at the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, "Once Upon a Time ... Exploring the World of Fairytales," allows children to literally step inside beloved stories from around the globe within seven immersive environments, each one bringing a favorite fairytale to life through hands-on exploration. The show runs through the end of August.

"Once Upon a Time" is the first nationally touring exhibit devoted exclusively to fairytales and the breadth of their cultural significance. Each fairytale was carefully chosen because of its impact and reach or because it allows a window into another time and culture.

The tales include: "Anansi and the Talking Melon" (visitors walk a log bridge and sit on the monkey king's throne), "Beauty and the Beast" (explore the Beast's palace, play the harpsichord, look inside Beauty's dressing table and sit down to a grand feast), "Cinderella" (sweep the hearth, ride in the pumpkin coach and try on the glass slipper), "The Elves and the Shoemaker" (work at the cobbler's bench and try making a pair of shoes), "Jack and the Beanstalk" (hide from the giant ogre, climb the beanstalk and play the magical harp), "Lon Po Po" (hoist the wolf up into the tree), and "Thumbelina" (crawl through a mole hole and search for fairies).

In conjunction with the exhibit, and in celebration of National Friendship Month during February, the Youth Museum and McDonald's of Beckley have joined together to offer a special "Friendship Packet" given to anyone who visits the museum during February with a friend. The packets contain a woven friendship bracelet for each guest, a free buy-one-get-one coupon for any dessert from McDonald's and free return passes to the "Once Upon a Time" exhibit.

"Once Upon a Time ... Exploring the World of Fairytales" is a collaborative effort of the Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum and the St. Louis Public Library and was made possible by a grant from the Institute of the Museum and Library Services.

The Youth Museum complex, in New River Park adjacent to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, 509 Ewart Ave., Beckley, WV 25802. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the museum, its Mountain Homestead, the coal mine and its coal camp: adults, $20; senior citizens, $15; children, $12; everything but the mine $8. Call 304-252-3730.

Woodson manuscript

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, a Howard University historian, will discuss his discovery of a lost manuscript by Dr. Carter G. Woodson at 2 p.m. Tuesday in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center on the Marshall University campus. It is free and open to the public. A reception, sponsored by the MU Information Technology Library Associates, will follow.

Scott is also vice president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (founded by Woodson in 1915).

Woodson was a graduate of Douglass High School in Huntington and later served as the school's principal, as well as dean of what is now West Virginia State University. He was the second black American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. Widely known as the "father of African-American history," Woodson came up with the idea for Negro History Week in 1926, which is now Black History Month. In addition to founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, he started the influential Journal of Negro History in 1916.

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