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Arts Notes: Oct. 27, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

Dinner and art vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The next Square Meal dinner and art project vote takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Little India Restaurant, 1604 Washington St. E. Reservations made by Nov. 4 cost $16; price includes $10 toward the artist mini grant, $5 to the restaurant and $1 administrative cost. After Nov. 5 and at door, tickets cost $21. Tickets purchased online are subject to PayPal fees.

Square Meal is an initiative where arts supporters dine at area restaurants and listen to brief presentations from four artists, selected by the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley, who seek mini grants for their projects. The ticket price includes a light dinner and a single vote for an artist.

Past winning projects have included a theater production, live drawing classes, supplies to execute an art exhibit, and equipment to hold free showings of independent films. The average grant award is about $550.

FestivALL recently partnered with the Arts Council by adding to the base funding $200 to each of the mini grants awarded. Sponsorships of the initiative are sought for future Square Meal events.

Artists may submit grant proposals to the Arts Council at www.artskv.org; deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 1. A Square Meal is planned for once every two months. Both future artists and host restaurants or caterers are wanted. For more information, visit artskv.org or email naomi@artskv.org.

Capital Trio

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Capital Trio will play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.

The Capital Trio has been chamber ensemble in residence at the University at Albany since 2008. Duncan Cumming (piano), Hilary Cumming (violin) and Solen Dikener (cello) formed the group in 1997 for a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms.

Since then, they have performed in New England, New York, the Midwest, the South and in Europe. They have participated in summer festivals in Maine and Michigan and held university residencies at Williams College, Long Island University, Bates College, SUNY-Oswego and Clark University. Their recording "A Book of Hours, Music of William Matthews" was released in 2010, and their second recording for Albany Records, featuring the music of David Walther, came out this past summer. For more on the Capital Trio, visit www.duncanjcumming.com.

For additional information about the concert at First Presbyterian Church, call 304-342-6558.

'Rock/Paper/Scissors'

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Four West Virginia artists are featured in the "Rock/Paper/Scissors" exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The art of Dick Allowatt, of Charleston; Deborah McHenry, of St. Albans; and Susan Ting and Pat Reese, both of Morgantown, will be featured in the gallery from Nov. 8 through Dec. 31.

Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $2; free on Wednesdays and for children younger than 12. For additional information, call 304-485-3859 or visit www.parkersburgartcenter.org.

Carnegie Hall exhibits

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Carnegie Hall's art galleries will feature the art and photography of Judith Bair, Steven Hutchins and Richard Pranulis from Nov. 1 through Dec. 27.

In conjunction with Lewisburg's First Friday festivities, there will be opening receptions in each of the galleries from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Gallery receptions are open to the public and free of charge.

In the Old Stone Room, Judith Bair's "States of Nature" oil bar paintings will be featured. Steven Hutchins' "Museum of Natural, Technological and Sociological Wonders" is in the Auditorium Gallery. Richard Pranulis' "Photo Ops" exhibit is in the Museum Gallery.

Exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Many of the works are available for purchase. The purchase of artwork exhibiting at Carnegie Hall benefits both the artist and the hall. For additional information, call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

Greenbrier art party

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier has partnered with Walls Fine Art Gallery to present its first Greenbrier Fine Art Week Nov. 4-10.

The Greenbrier Fine Art Week gathers a select group of fine artists from around the country to paint and to record the area's landscape, including its mountains, valleys, towns and rivers.

"Through Their Eyes" features 13 artists who will show three completed paintings. They will be displayed throughout the week in The Greenbrier's Cameo Ballroom. The week will include free daily art events, including afternoon painting on the resort's grounds, a "Meet the Artists" event, a lecture on John Singer Sargent, and a panel Q&A with the featured artists.

"Considering the world-class art collection housed within the walls of our historic resort, which includes some priceless works of Colonial American painting and antiques, it makes perfect sense for The Greenbrier to host its own dedicated Fine Art Week," said resort owner Jim Justice.

The main event will be the First Look! party, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8, where about 50 new paintings will be unveiled and available for purchase for the first time. Tickets for the First Look! party originally were $250, but Justice has elected to cover most of the cost of the Fine Art Week and the ticket price has been reduced to $25. Call 855-787-8105. There is no admission to all other Greenbrier Fine Art Week events.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.greenbrier.com/art or call Nancy Marshall at Walls Fine Art Gallery, 304-520-1221.

HMOA art and concert

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art, in partnership with the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Ga., presents the exhibit "Visions of the Prophet: The Visual Art of Khalil Gibran" from Nov. 2 through Feb. 9.

The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 with a concert by Simon Shaheen, whose musical release "Blue Flame" was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards. Admission is free. Auditorium seating for the concert is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The exhibit of works by the artist and writer Gibran (1883-1931) includes 96 drawings, watercolors and paintings. While his writings are well known, his visual art is not. He is best known for his book "The Prophet," a collection of 26 philosophical essays that became one of the top-selling books of the 20th century.

All the pieces on view come from the personal collection of Gibran's patron Mary Haskell, who donated her collection to the Telfair Museums in 1950. They provide a survey of Gibran's career as a visual artist, document his relationship with Mary Haskell, and substantiate his literary career with examples of several drawings and watercolors used as illustrations for six of his books.

The November Tuesday Tour at HMOA takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 with a gallery walk led by Clay McNearney and Jeff Rush, both professors in Marshall University's department of religious studies. McNearney's remarks will focus on placing Gibran within the realm of the religious world of the time, and Rush will focus on Gibran's specific mysticism.

Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Memberships begin at $25; benefits include free admission. Contact 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org.

Tamarack artisan

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Suzanne Kniceley recently completed the process to jury into Tamarack with a perfect score.

Kniceley makes a wide range of purses and accessories, as well as children's clothing and toys. She also accommodates custom orders and alterations. Her best-seller, a spacious cinched hobo bag called "Petunia," features a thick strap woven through 16 metal eyelets and is designed to allow the user to shrink or expand the purse depending on its contents.

Her business, Kniceley Sewn, is based in Shinnston. To learn more about Kniceley and her products, email suz@kniceleysewn.com.

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.

ArtFields competition

LAKE CITY, S.C. -- ArtFields, an art festival with $100,000 in total cash prizes, takes place April 25 through May 4 in Lake City. There will be 400 competition pieces accepted from 12 Southeastern states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Applicants must be 18 and older by Dec. 13 and live in one of the states listed. The original work must have been completed within the past two years. The online submission period is open from Oct. 30 to Dec. 13 at www.artfieldssc.org/artists/how-it-works/. There is a $25 entry fee, and only one entry per artist will be accepted.

View full rules at www.artfieldssc.org/artists/rules/. Artists with questions are encouraged to call 843-633-1235 or email ArtTeam@artfieldssc.org.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email judy.hamilton@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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