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Arts Notes: June 10, 2012

Tamarack events

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack welcomed visitor number 7 million on May 21. Roy and Marlene Powers of Elberton, Ga., received free dining and a $1,000 Tamarack gift certificate from West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette, Tamarack general manager Cheryl Hartley and West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver.

The Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition will open with a reception and awards ceremony, sponsored by Tamarack, the Tamarack Foundation and private donors, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 17. The exhibit runs through Aug. 18.

Upcoming live artist demonstrations can be seen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the dates below:

June 10: Charlie Brown, wood turner; Pamela Gatens, fine art/painter.

June 15-16: Earl Gray, stone carver; Stephanie Danz, stained glass; Tatiana Rakhmanina, milliner.

June 17: Stephanie Danz, stained glass; Tatiana Rakhmanina, milliner.

June 22-24: Jeff Davis, painter; Marty Schearer, jewelry; V.E. Lilly, jewelry.

June 29-30: Andy Sheetz, woodworker/toys; Connie McColley, jewelry.

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

Artist at WesBanco

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- WesBanco, 415 Market St., will display the artwork of Jean G. Farmer through June.

Farmer is a graduate of the University of Charleston, majoring in interior design.

She works in metal, mild steel, acrylic on canvas, mosaics and fiber.

Her exhibit may be viewed at the bank from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

ETHEL will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. This performance is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at www.carnegiehallwv.org or at their box office.

Visit www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com or call 800-833-2068.

Huntington Museum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art is hosting "Visiting Inspiration: Twenty Years of Gropius Artists" and "The Collection of Alex E. Booth, Jr." The two exhibits continue through Oct. 7.

An opening reception for these two exhibits will take place June 16. Walter Gropius Master Artist Judy Pfaff will make her public presentation at 6 p.m. and the reception will follow. Judy Pfaff's artwork will be on display through Aug. 26.

In 1992, the Huntington Museum of Art began the Walter Gropius Master Artist Series. "Visiting Inspiration" has been 20 years in the making. The exhibit is comprised of representative works from many of the 99 artists who have participated in the program.

"The Collection of Alex E. Booth Jr." contains important American works including a painting by John Singer Sargent, a sound sculpture by Harry Bertoia, and a sketch by George Bellows. Alex E. Booth Jr. helped to create the Walter Gropius Master Artist Series that is funded by the estate of his mother, Roxanna Y. Booth.

Fort Lee history lecture

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gilbert Casto will present "History of the Kanawha Valley and Fort Lee" at 6 p.m. June 14, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Casto will discuss the settlement of the Kanawha Valley in the 18th century, including who came to the area and why they came. He will talk about the different forts in the Kanawha Valley, and will show the clothing, weapons and accoutrements the settlers brought with them. An open discussion during the presentation is encouraged.

Fort Lee was built in 1788 and was located near the present-day intersection of Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard. The frontier outpost was used as a place to protect settlers from American Indian raids.

Casto's family has lived in the area since 1800. He is a graduate of West Virginia State University and is retired from Republic Container Co. of Nitro. He is a member of the board of the Fort Randolph Committee and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Confederacy and the American Long Rifle Association.

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

Marshall Expedition lectures

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Ranger Frank Sellers of the New River Gorge National River will give two presentations of "The John Marshall Expedition: An 1812 Survey through the Virginias."

He'll speak at 7 p.m. June 26 in the courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse. Refreshments will be provided after the talk by the Fayette County Historical Society.

Sellers will also present his program at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the courtroom of the Summers County Courthouse, Hinton, 200 years to the day that the expedition party spent the night at Hinton.

Both events are free and open to the public.

In 1812, John Marshall led a 227-mile expedition over the Allegheny Mountains to seek a canal route between Richmond, Va., and the Ohio River. Marshall was chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the time.

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