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Arts Notes: May 27, 2012

Tamarack license plates

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Tamarack Foundation is promoting West Virginia's artistic communities by applying for an exclusive license plate that supports art and artisans in West Virginia. The public is asked to help choose the final plate design by voting on the Tamarack Foundation's Facebook page.

Voting ends at 4 p.m. June 8, and the winning design will be announced June 20.

Once the winning design is selected, the organization will apply to the Division of Motor Vehicles. From there, the plate applications will be available from Tamarack and online sometime this summer. Once the minimum number of applications (250) is secured, the plates will go into production.

Clay collectors' purchase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center Collectors Club has selected Emmi Whitehorse's "Flowering" to purchase as its newest gift for the permanent collection. The oil and chalk work by Whitehorse has been added to the Clay Center's permanent collection after the Collectors Club's recent selections trip to Santa Fe, N.M.

The public was allowed to vote for a favorite piece from five works that were finalists in the selection process. "Flowering" was the People's Choice top vote-getter as well as the top choice of Collectors Club members.

To join the Collectors Club, contact Arif Khan at 304-561-3524 or akhan@theclaycenter.org.

Quilt raffle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Each year, the Friends of West Virginia Culture and History raffle a quilt to raise funds to support the division. This year's drawing will take place at 5 p.m. today during the Vandalia Gathering.

The quilt, "Evelyn's Rose," is not new but a collectible, circa 1950, from the estate of Evelyn Keener, a Charleston resident who collected quilts. "Evelyn's Rose" is hand-appliquéd, embroidered and hand-quilted. Tickets will be on sale at the Friends booth at the Vandalia Gathering on the Capitol Complex grounds. Prices are 1 for $1, 6 for $5 and 25 for $20.

Rhododendron Festival

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Exhibitor applications are available for the Rhododendron Festival, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 at the Capitol Complex.

Exhibitors in fine art, creative photography and crafts are encouraged to participate. Judging will be conducted in all categories and monetary awards will be presented.

Fee for the 10- by 14-foot area is $15. Contact Debi Jones, 304-776-1308, or 5142 Hopewell Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313, to receive an application.

In addition to exhibitors, the day-long event features food, drinks and music.

Folklife honor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three brothers with Wayne County roots who are known for their hard-driving old-time and bluegrass music were honored Friday as this year's recipients of West Virginia's highest folklife honor, the Vandalia Award.

As part of the 36th annual Vandalia Gathering, Mike, Dave and Tim Bing were recognized for their lifelong contributions to West Virginia folklife and traditional culture in a ceremony and concert at the Culture Center.

Mike Bing, born in 1951, is an accomplished mandolin player, forester, teacher and founder of the Allegheny Echoes traditional arts education program in Pocahontas County, where he lives.

Dave Bing, born in 1955, is a skilled player of the fiddle, banjo and guitar, and is a renowned violin maker, woodworker and teacher who lives in Harmony in Roane County.

Tim Bing, born in 1958, is an award-winning banjo player, and an ironworker, teacher and performer who lives in Huntington.

The Bing brothers grew up in a musical household and taught themselves to play their unique style of music that includes a rustic repertoire, aggressive tempos, and boundless energy. The original Bing Brothers Band that performed from the mid-1970s until 1997 featured Dave on fiddle, Tim on banjo, and Mike on mandolin. The band also included a guitar and often an upright bass.

Since the mid-1970s they have played at such festivals as the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville, the Vandalia Gathering, the Galax (Va.) Old Fiddlers Convention, and at the Appalachian South Folklife Center. The three men have performed, competed, taught and promoted their music to audiences around the globe, including Ireland, England and Australia.

For information, contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220 or caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov.

Woodburn Circle Society

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- In recognition of a donation of her mother's artwork, Charleston native Lucie Mellert will be inducted into the Woodburn Circle Society at the ninth annual Woodburn Circle Society Induction and Philanthropy Awards Dinner June 1 in Morgantown.

Mellert's mother, Grace Martin Taylor, was well-known as one of the Provincetown, Mass., artists who created white-line woodblock prints.

Additionally, a group exhibition featuring 20th- and 21st-century artwork by more than 40 artists is on display through June 23 at ACME Fine Art's 38 Newbury Street galleries in Boston. The show includes works by Taylor. "Provincetown Views" focuses thematically on the artists' view of the art colony in Provincetown.

ACME Fine Art and Design, 38 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116; 617-585-9551 or www.acmefineart.com.

Film premiere

DAVIS, W.Va. -- Charleston-area natives Leann Hughes and Andrew Price will premiere "Blackwater Canyon: Portrait of the Wild Lands" at 7 p.m. June 17 in the Blackwater Falls State Park lodge.

The film is the first documentary to provide a snapshot of the history of the Blackwater Canyon and to examine the impact of its socioeconomic evolution from the business of mining and timbering into an eco-friendly tourist destination known as the "crown jewel of West Virginia." A reception for the filmmakers will follow the screening. These events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information: blackwatercanyonfilm.com; Blackwater Falls State Park, P.O. Drawer 490, Davis, WV 26260; 304-259-5216; blackwaterfallssp@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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