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Arts Notes: Aug. 26, 2012

UC Gallery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Frankenberger Gallery at the University of Charleston is displaying senior projects from the school's interior-design majors. The Erma Byrd Women Artists Gallery features works by more than 160 West Virginia female artists.

University of Charleston, Frankenberger Art Gallery, second floor of the Geary Student Union, and Erma Byrd Gallery, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE. Call 304-357-4804. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and the galleries are open to the public.

Habitat for Humanity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Upcoming events at Habitat for Humanity's Homeowner Education and Community Center include:

  • Charleston Art Group, Open Studio -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. No fees, experience or expectations apply. Bring your own supplies.
  • Green Halloween Workshop -- 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8. Learn how to make Halloween decor out of recycled material. Open to all ages.
  • For both events, contact Terry St. Germain at 304-720-8733, ext. 3.

  • Green Christmas, ReStore's Recycled Craft Show -- Nov. 17 and 18. Gifts, furnishings and one-of-a-kind creations. Free admission. To apply to be a vendor, visit www.hfhkp.org.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 815 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-720-8733.

    200 years of W.Va. glass

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dean Six, a glass expert for Replacements Ltd., in Greensboro. N.C., will present "Glass from the Mountain State: A Very Broad View of 200 Years" at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.

    Six will discuss the types of glass produced in West Virginia since 1813, and will have samples of glass available to view. He will explain why West Virginia was a glass leader for decades and explore reasons for the demise of the industry in the Mountain State.

    Six is a native of Cairo, and holds multiple degrees from West Virginia University. In addition to his work for Replacements Ltd., he is the executive director of the Museum of American Glass, in Weston. He has curated more than a dozen museum exhibits and has appeared in several video and television documentaries about glass.

    Six has written more than 200 articles for national and international periodicals. His latest book, "West Virginia Glass Towns," was published by Quarrier Press this year.

    Participants are encouraged to register in advance by contacting Robert Taylor, library manager, by email at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov or by calling 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

    HMOA Gropius artist

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome Enrique Chagoya as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in September.

    An exhibit of Chagoya's work will be on view at the museum through Oct. 28.

    Chagoya will speak about his work at 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Admission is free. A reception follows. The artist will present a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7-9. For workshop fee information or to register, call 304-529-2701.

    Born in Mexico City in 1953, the San Francisco-based artist's paintings, drawings and prints juxtapose secular, religious and popular symbols to explore the shifting definitions of cultural identity.

    Chagoya studied political economics at the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México, Mexico City, Mexico, before moving to the United States in 1979. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and completed a MA and a MFA, both from the University of California-Berkeley. Chagoya is a professor at Stanford University's Department of Art and Art History, specializing in painting, drawing and printmaking.

    He is represented in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York City.

    He has been the recipient of two NEA artist fellowships, a Tiffany Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    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.

    Civil War and art

    WASHINGTON -- The exhibition "The Civil War and American Art" opens Nov. 16 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will be on display through April 28 and then will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art next summer.

    According to a museum publication, the show examines how America's great artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath. The works by Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church and Sanford Gifford, all artists of the era, anchor the show.

    The exhibition includes 59 paintings and 18 vintage photographs.

    The Smithsonian Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

    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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