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Arts Notes: June 24, 2012

FestivALL continues

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Numerous FestivALL art events continue June 24, including the Capitol Street Art Fair, the Children's Art Fair, the Catfish Display and the Stray Dog Antiques Fair, all from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Charleston.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Broadway, 210 Leon Sullivan Way. Participants must be age 21 or older and bring their own art supplies to the life drawing event.

Manna Meal garden art

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Manna Meal invites artists to help celebrate the fourth year of the Manna Meal garden's success by using its garden or another of their choice as inspiration to create artwork incorporating the theme "Art in the Garden -- so the hungry can eat."

"Art in the Garden" exhibition and auction will be a major fundraiser for Manna Meal Inc. as well as an event for artists to showcase and to sell the work they created for the event.

The art exhibit will be on display from Oct. 11 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Clay Center grand lobby, when the art will be auctioned.

Notice by email of participation is due by 5 p.m. July 31. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 29. The selections will be announced Oct. 8.

Artists will set the base price to begin the bidding at the auction (a $100 minimum is recommended). The final selling price will be divided between the artist and Manna Meal. Artists are encouraged to attend the auction but it is not mandatory.

For complete details, visit http://artskv.org/opportunties. Visit the Manna Meal blog at www.mannameal.com.

Guide of city's art

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new glossy guide, featuring the locations and photographs of more than 50 pieces of outdoor art in Charleston, was released last week.

The free guide is part of a public art plan initiated through the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant program.

"Art plays such an important role in our community and we are honored to celebrate it through this publication," said Susie Salisbury, vice president of community development for the Charleston Area Alliance and project director for the effort.

The guide is a collaborative project of Charleston Area Alliance, the city of Charleston, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and FestivALL Charleston.

A website is being developed that will have the guide available online and will serve as a source for future updates to the piece.

The public art guides are available at the following locations: Charleston Area Alliance, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston City Hall, Kanawha County Library, Taylor Books, West Virginia Capitol Complex Culture Center and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information on the guide, contact Salisbury at 304-340-4253 or SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

Kanawha River movie

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "The Great Kanawha: An American Story," a historical documentary, will premiere at 8:30 p.m. June 24 on West Virginia Public Television.

Produced by the nonprofit West Virginia Documentary Consortium Inc., the one-hour film tells the story of a river that was integral to the development of the region and the nation. Its focus is from European immigration to present day.

"We present scholars, writers and river experts who weave a fascinating story of the Great Kanawha River," said program creator and consortium President Gary Simmons. "Historical photographs and motion pictures, culled from private and public collections, help illustrate the story. And the program is presented in high definition to enhance the viewing experience."

'Storming Heaven' lecture

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Novelist Denise Giardina will speak about her signature work "Storming Heaven," published 25 years ago, and her writing since then at 2 p.m. June 24 at the MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E.

Her talk will conclude the West Virginia Humanities Council's Little Lecture Series for the year. Admission is $10 and includes a reception after the program. People interested in attending should call the council at 304-346-8500 to confirm that seats remain.

Rhododendron art winners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 47th annual Rhododendron Outdoors Arts and Craft Festival took place June 10 on the grounds of the Capitol. Cubert Smith was the judge of fine art, and Don Page was the judge for the craft division. The winners were:

Agnes Strickland, Landmark Award; Barbara Delligatti, Fine Art Award; Dusty Quickle, Craft Division Award; Shaley Murray, Sarah Christenson Memorial Award; and Brian Willard, Rhododendron Achievement Award.

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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