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Arts Notes: Nov. 24, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

Black Friday ArtWalk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A special Black Friday ArtWalk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29. More than 20 businesses are participating in the festive evening of culture and commerce. Maps are available at each venue.

  • Uncork & Create will have oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings as well as photography, sculpture, jewelry and note cards for holiday shoppers. Artists include Deborah Herndon, Steven Holsclaw, Jo Anne Jacobs, Sandra King, Tom Ogle and Linda Stonestreet of the Allied Artists of West Virginia. Refreshments and wine will be provided by Allied Artists. Art by Chet Lowther also will be featured. Uncork & Create will have a "Snowman" wine glass-painting event. This event is $35 per person and seating is limited. To register, visit www.uncorkandcreate.com.
  • Gallery Eleven will feature the art of Joyce Daniels, whose work is primarily abstract with a focus on the use of color and color harmony.
  • Tony the Tailor will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. and showcases artist Kelly Bryant. The store will have hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.
  • Art Emporium will have an opening reception for "Illumination," an exhibit of new paintings by Sharon Harms. Natural elements are depicted in optimum lighting conditions and animals and insects are shown camouflaged in their surroundings. The show runs through Dec. 14.
  • Good News Mountaineer Garage will have a two-part event: "Beyond the Margin," curated by Nik Botkin and Emma Fisher, and a display of the West Virginia AIDS Quilt. The first event will feature live art-making and a contemporary art exhibition. Botkin and Fisher have invited more than 15 artists whose media have traditionally been excluded from the world of fine art, such as tattoos and street art. There also will be free HIV testing onsite. The presentation is sponsored by Straight and Gay Alliance at St. John's Episcopal Church.
  • Purple Moon will feature vintage aluminum Christmas trees and other vintage decorations. The store will showcase items, including 20th-century glass, pottery and a china collection, from a recent estate sale. Unique pieces from the Pat and Helen Hamilton Collection, including documents and signatures from historical and literary figures, also will be featured.
  • Delfine's Jewelry will have a storewide 50 percent off sale during Black Friday ArtWalk.
  • Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique will relocate temporarily to the law offices of Hendrickson & Long for Black Friday ArtWalk. Hope Village provides one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, shawls, wood carvings, home and children's items, olive wood Nativities, baskets from Africa, olive oil and much more. Every purchase enables the artisans to help support their family with food, clothing, shelter and education. The boutique will return to First Presbyterian Church after ArtWalk.
  • House of Luxe will feature West Virginia artist Carmen J. File. Her signature work is landscape confetti art quilts, an art form using tiny fragments of textiles in much the same way a painter uses a palette. The lengthy process results in fiber art that has the appearance of impressionist and pointillist paintings. File is a Tamarack artist and her art quilt titled "Backyard Sunset" was selected for Tamarack's 2013 Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition.
  • Charleston Ballet showcases the photography of Penny Johnson and will show the film "Angel's Perch," a movie set in the historic logging town of Cass. It examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss. Stocking stuffers and unique gifts will be available to purchase.
  • Other Charleston Area Alliance-sponsored venues for Black Friday ArtWalk include: Visions Day Spa, Ivor's Trunk, Capitol Conference Center, Savvy Chic, White Oak Photography and GiGi's, Mission Savvy, Stray Dog Antiques, Chet Lowther Studio, Annex Gallery and Taylor Books, and Quarrier Diner/Timothy's.
  • Several downtown non-CAA businesses also will participate, including Collage, which features handmade art, jewelry and vintage/altered clothing by Jamie Miller; and Apartment Earth, which features the art of Nik Botkin.
  • The free event is a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm. For additional information, contact Susie Salisbury, Charleston Area Alliance, 304-340-4253.

    'Small Works'

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store will exhibit "Small Works" beginning Dec. 3. The show focuses on small-sized, gift-worthy artwork by represented and invited artists. They are:

    Ellie Schaul, Helen Chilton, Stephen Smigocki, Maggie Starcher, Caryl Toth, Harold Edwards, George Snyder, Jennifer Snyder, Katherine Cox, Jan Griffin, Allen Jonas, Caroline Jennings, Nancy Berlin, Susan Poffenbarger, Katherine Kadish, Barbara Marsh Wilson, Diane White, Grace Martin Taylor, Henry Isaacs, Jason Berger, Helma Groot, Jim Gibson, Susan Petryszak, David Stern, Ed Kellogg, Selina Trieff, Steven Barbash, David Riffle, Sue Wood, Chris Dutch & Robin Hammer, Brian Humphreys, Adrian Blackstock and Megan Schultz.

    The exhibit also will feature fine crafts, holiday and Hanukkah decor, blown glass, wood, jewelry and ceramics handcrafted by artisans from across the country. The exhibition will continue through Dec. 24.

    Brass Bell Pottery

    ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Brass Bell Pottery will hold its fourth annual open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 3707 Phillip St., near Lower Falls Beach in St. Albans.

    Crafters include hand-thrown pottery by Christy Jo Berry, homemade goat milk-scented soap, twig furniture, handmade baskets and handcrafted jewelry. Call 304-543-4648 for more information.

    Lockbridge Pottery

    BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Lockbridge Pottery of Meadow Bridge will have a show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Beckley Woman's Club, 202 Park Ave. "Friends and house-trained family" are invited to attend.

    Customers may bring the page printed from www.lockbridgepottery.com to register for the holiday pottery giveaway.

    For information, contact Jeff or Donna Diehl at 304-484-7150 or jeff@lockbridgepottery.com.

    Gallery walk at HMOA

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The November Tuesday Tour at Huntington Museum of Art takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 with a gallery walk through the exhibit "Visions of the Prophet: The Visual Art of Kahlil Gibran." Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

    The gallery walk will be led by Clay McNearney and Jeff Ruff, professors in Marshall University's department of religious studies. Their remarks will focus on placing Gibran within the realm of the religious world of the time and his specific mysticism.

    "Visions of the Prophet" is presented by the Huntington Museum of Art in an exclusive partnership with Telfair Museums, Savannah, Ga., through Feb. 9. The exhibit of works by artist and writer Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) includes drawings, watercolors and paintings.

    For more information on events at the HMOA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.

    HMOA holiday open house

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art offers its annual gift to the community with a holiday open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring cans of food to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank and warm clothes for the Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry.

    Children's art activities will take place in the Education Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. Excerpts from "The Nutcracker" will be presented at 1 p.m. by Huntington Dance Theatre. Cabell Midland Collegium Musicum performs at 2 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at 2:15 p.m. The Wayne Elementary Honor Choir performs at 3 p.m.

    The open house features the "Art on a Limb" exhibit of trees with hand-painted palettes and ornaments designed by area artists. The exhibit will be on view through Jan. 5. For more information, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.

    Tamarack funding

    BECKLEY, W.Va. -- On Nov. 7, USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis presented Sally Barton, executive director of the Tamarack Foundation, with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $36,000 to assist in the continuation of the Foundation's Urban Markets Program.

    The program provides direct technical assistance to artisans in expanding their marketing presence on a national scale. "This grant will open doors for artisan-owned small businesses that are leading the way for others in rural West Virginia," Barton said.

    For additional information about the Tamarack Artisan Foundation, contact Sherri Walker at 304-926-3770 or sherri@tamarackfoundation.org.

    Juried in Martinsburg

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History's 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition opens at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 with a reception at the Dunn Building, 400 W. Stephen St., Martinsburg. The exhibit features 53 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts created by 46 West Virginia artists. Admission is free and open to the public.

    The exhibit, co-sponsored by the Berkeley County Council, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 21 in the Dunn Building.

    Artists with works in the exhibition include: Linda Conner, Charleston; Jeff Diehl, Meadow Bridge; Chris Dutch and Robin Hammer, Charleston; Joseph Elbert, Leon; Tiera Floyd, Sutton; Todd Griffith, Charleston; Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Charleston; Carolyn Harmon, South Charleston; Sharon Harms, Charleston; Paul Hartmann, Glenville; Brian Humphreys, Belle; Barrie Kaufman, Charleston; Ralph E. Kennedy, Charleston; Staci M. Leech-Cornell, Nitro; Jessica Levine, Lewisburg; Chet Lowther, Charleston; Ric MacDowell, Hamlin; Ronald H. McCracken, Charleston; Jamie R. Miller, South Charleston; Susan Poffenbarger, Charleston; Brian Reed, Ivydale; Jack M. Rife, Charleston; Pat Roberts, Charleston; Megan Schultz, Charleston; Barbara Harris Walker, Charleston; R.S. Yoho, Charleston.

    For more information, contact Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator for the division, at 304-558-0220, ext. 128.

    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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