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Arts Notes: March 31, 2013

By Staff reports

Art Store shows its own

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store will be displaying "Spring Interlude," a two-week display of works by its represented artists.

Works showing include those by Diane White, Doug Chadwick, Jan Griffin, Helen Chilton, Nancy Berlin, Harold Edwards, Susan Poffenbarger, Selina Trieff, Diana Frazier, Jim Gibson, Ann Glover, Helma Groot, Maggie Starcher, Henry Isaacs, Abner Jonas, Allen Jonas, Katherine Kadish, Katherine Cox, Ed Kellogg, June Kilgore, Barbara Marsh Wilson, Grace Martin Taylor, Snyder-Meyer, George Snyder, Susan Petryszak, David Riffle, Ellie Schaul, Stephen Smigocki, Tommy White, Mark Soppeland, David Stern, Caryl Toth and Sue Wood.

There is also a diverse selection of new fine crafts -- jewelry by Abra Couture, fabric items designed by Nikki Butler, and glassware by C&H Glassworks.

The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; www.theartstorewv.com; 304-345-1038.

New artisans at Tamarack

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Twenty-five fine-craft and fine-art artisans from 16 counties recently were accepted to sell their art in Tamarack, the state's premier retail art and craft center.

Their work was critiqued and judged at Tamarack's most recent artisan jury session March 20.

Once accepted, Tamarack artisans work with their assigned buyers to develop a sales relationship. They also may schedule demonstrations and be involved in special activities, publicity and promotional opportunities, gallery exhibits and conference center events.

Artists also are eligible for services to include apprenticeships, opportunities for financial assistance, invitations to wholesale and consumer shows, and training activities sponsored by the Tamarack Foundation.

The artists and their business, location and products are:

Doug Jackson, Brooke County, ceramics/raku; Henry Ullman, Chef Bear, Upshur County, wood turning; Diane Browning, Appalachian Baby Design, Greenbrier County, fiber; Laura Unger, Scene in Glass, Morgan County, glass/jewelry; Carmen File, Raleigh County, textiles; Clyde DeWitt, Hampshire County, textiles; Judith DeWitt, Hampshire County, textiles; Amy Pabst, Roane County, textiles;

Dwight and Sharon McMillion, Brookstone Soaps, Wayne County, bath and body products; Ray Sickles, Gurkee's, Monongalia County, textiles; Lisa Furman, Mercer County, textiles/seasonal; Rebecca Grace Jones, Jefferson County, mixed media: Paul Meyers, Roane County, iron and wood; Margaret Criss, Gourd Creations by Maggie Criss, Jackson County, gourd art: Stuart Strong, Randolph County, wood; Joan Mullins, Joannie's, Cabell County, decorative painting;

Staci Leech-Cornell, Still Maybe Studios, Kanawha County, mixed media/fine art; Rebecca Kersey, Laughter n' Lace, Kanawha County, textiles; Suzanne Kniceley, Kniceley Sewn, Harrison County, textiles; Sheryl McCutcheon, Swallowtail Soaps, Roane County, bath and body products; Daniel Friend, DLF Photo, Monongalia County, photography; Daniel Cook, Cabell County, jewelry; Kathleen Hamilton, Kensington Plate, Kanawha County, souvenir; David Woody Harman, Brenwood, Pocahontas County, metal; and Jean Kellogg, Hampshire County, fine art.

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Interstate 64/77 exit 45, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call 88-TAMARACK or visit www.tamarackwv.com; friend Tamarack on Facebook and follow Tamarack on Twitter.

Classes at Taylor Books

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Taylor Books is offering three additional classes in the Annex Gallery.

Three classes for beginning students in making clay pots will be offered. Instructors are Jim Hores, Rebecca Smith and Debbie Wright. The fee is $90 and includes 25-pound bag of clay, glazing and firing. Call 304-342-1461 for times and dates of classes.

P. Joseph Mullins will teach a class on ceramic garden sculpture from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays April 4 to May 2. The fee is $90; tools provided.

Registration deadline is four days before the start of the class, and made be done by phone, mail or in person.

Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., Charleston. Hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact gallery@taylorbooks.com or 304-342-1461. Visit www.taylorbooks.com.

Frankenberger Gallery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The University of Charleston presents works by Harry Ally through April 6 in the Frankenberger Art Gallery. The gallery is on the second floor of the Geary Student Union, University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE.

Call 304-357-4804 for more information. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and the galleries are open to the public.

Master artist at HMOA

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Painter and printmaker Tom Nakashima is the Walter Gropius Master Artist in April at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Nakashima will speak about his work during a free public presentation at 7 p.m. April 4. Admission is free. Nakashima will present a three-day workshop titled "Painting and a Philosophy of Life" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5-7 at the museum. For workshop fee information, call 304-529-2701.

An exhibition of work by Nakashima will be on view through April 28.

Nakashima has a master of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame. His work has appeared in or been reviewed by hundreds of international publications including Art in America, New American Paintings, The Washington Post, The Paris Review and Elle magazine.

He has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and his work is in more than 50 permanent collections, including the National Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Lynch reception

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten years ago on April 1, Jessica Lynch, a young and severely injured soldier from Wirt County, was rescued from an Iraqi hospital.

Lynch will be honored at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1 at the West Virginia Culture Center. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is giving the reception, which is free and open to the public.

Lynch is a teacher, student and motivational speaker.

She has loaned the division a selection of photographs and other memorabilia, which will be on display at the Culture Center. Also from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3, she will speak to students visiting the Culture Center. Her hour-long presentations, geared toward middle and high school students, are free and will take place in the Culture Center Theater.

"Our state's rich history of military service includes thousands of women and men who have served and sacrificed for our state and country," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. "Jessica's story shines a spotlight on what it means to be a West Virginian who bravely wore the uniform. I'm grateful she continues to serve her state, working to help others achieve their dreams through education."

New play finalist

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- An audience favorite at the 2012 Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown has been named a finalist in the nation's largest new play competition.

"Gidion's Knot" is one of six new plays up for the $25,000 prize from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theater Critic Award, which will be announced April 6.

The play was written by Johnna Adams and was directed by festival producing director Ed Herendeen for its 26 performances last summer.

The festival's 23rd season, July 5-28, will feature five new plays.

Beckley Art Group

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- In the show "Duos," the Beckley Art Group Members Exhibit 2013 and Photography Club Exhibit will present members' arts and crafts in pairs of works with complementary or unifying elements.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Cynthia Bickey Gallery, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley. Local musicians will provide entertainment and light refreshments will be served.

The show will run through May 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Call 304-253-9226; email beckleyartgroup@gmail.com; visit beckleyartgroup.blogspot.com.

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