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Arts Notes: Jan. 12, 2014

By Staff reports

New Clay Center gallery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- STEAMworks, a new gallery at the Clay Center, will open March 22. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. The space will provide opportunities for integration of art and science through original and traveling exhibits. The first exhibit will be "RiverWorks Discovery: A Journey of Imagination and Exploration on America's Waterways."

To make room for STEAMworks, the Gizmo Factory will permanently close Jan. 20. Clay Center members were assured in the At the Center newsletter, "Popular Gizmo Factory exhibits will still pop up in the museum from time to time."

Also, the art gallery will be closed till Feb. 14 for the installation of new LED lighting and exhibits. The LED lights are expected to provide whiter crisper light, be more energy efficient, and safer for the artwork.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, One Clay Square, Charleston; www.theclaycenter.org, 304-561-3570. A "Smart Pass," including galleries, film and planetarium, costs $14.50 for adults and $12 for children, teachers and senior citizens; galleries only cost $7.50 for adults and $6 for children, teachers and seniors. Members get free, unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.

Civil-rights films

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Kanawha County Public Library will offer a series of screenings and discussion forums centered around four films chronicling the history of the civil-rights movement.

Kanawha County Public Library is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films and receiving a grant to support public discussion forums. Each film tells stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

"The Abolitionists" explores the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It will be shown in two parts on consecutive evenings at the St. Albans Branch Library, 602 Fourth St., at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17. Greg Carroll, retired staff historian for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Archives and History Section, will lead a discussion of the film at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Alban Arts and Conference Center, 65 Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans.

"Slavery by Another Name" is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon. The book reveals how, from the late 1870s through the mid-20th century, thousands of black American men were arrested and forced to work off fines by serving as unpaid labor to businesses and provincial farmers. It will be shown at the Main Library, 123 Capitol St., at 6 p.m. Jan. 27. Dr. Lois Lucas, professor of history at West Virginia State University, will lead a discussion of the film at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in room 134 of the Wilson Student Union at West Virginia State University.

"The Loving Story" is a documentary based on little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine. It focuses on the story of a multiracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, and the legal battle they fought in the late 1950s to remain a couple. It will be shown at the Elk Valley Branch Library, 313 The Crossings Mall, Elkview, at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. The Rev. Rose Edington and the Rev. Mel Hoover, married multiracial ministers, will lead a discussion of the film at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W.

"Freedom Riders" tells the story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. It will be shown at the Main Library, 123 Capitol St., at 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Joan Browning, writer, human-rights advocate and one of the nine Albany Freedom Riders on Dec. 10, 1961, will lead a discussion of the film at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Marmet Woman's Club, 9411 MacCorkle Ave., Marmet.

"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil-rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites. The goal of the program is to bring communities together to revisit their shared history and help bridge racial and cultural divides in American civic life. For additional information, visit www.neh.gov/created-equal.

For additional information about the films and discussions, contact Terry Wooten, marketing and development manager, Kanawha County Public Library, 304-343-4646, ext. 1287.

'Crazy Eights' exhibit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven features the "Crazy Eights" exhibit through Feb. 22. Artists submitted works in any medium with a maximum size of 8 by 8 inches for the show. Works are for sale for $88 with the gallery retaining 30 percent of all sales.

Gallery Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1025 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV, 25301; www.galleryeleven.com or 304-342-0083.

Free Tuesdays at HMOA

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will feature free admission on Tuesdays throughout 2014, thanks to the sponsorship of Macy's.

HMOA also offers free tours for adults on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. These tours often are guided and refreshments are served.

The 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. The museum is closed to the public Monday. Admission on other days is $5 per person and free to children younger than 18, veterans and their immediate families and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families. Membership fees begin at $25. Contact 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org.

Historical figures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures with statewide name recognition for the council's History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration.

For people with an interest in history and/or theater, the program offers a meaningful opportunity to expand those pursuits while helping to enlighten and educate West Virginians.

Proposals are sought for portrayals of influential people from all walks of life and professions who have made important contributions to state, national or international history. These could include but are not limited to: explorers, inventors, musicians, statesmen, artists, authors, educators, military leaders, social activists, athletes, scientists, business and labor leaders and others. The current roster of characters includes 14 historical figures, from Cornstalk to Mark Twain.

Characters are researched thoroughly by the presenters who portray them. First-person sources such as letters, journals, speeches, official papers, autobiographies and other archival materials are required research to develop the presentations.

Each year, presentations are given at schools, libraries, civic groups, museums, parks, historical societies and public gatherings across West Virginia. The presentations are available for a fee of $125 and, for the first time, to for-profit groups.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. Proposals are limited to two potential characters per applicant. Composite characters, legends or mythical figures will not be considered. Potential presenters must also pass an audition before being added to the History Alive! roster. Selected presenters will join the program beginning Nov. 1, for a minimum two-year period.

Those interested in applying should contact Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or payne@wvhumanities.org to request application materials.

Carnegie Hall exhibits

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- On display at Carnegie Hall through Feb. 21 are exhibits by Judith Bair, Connie Manchester and Rob McDonald.

In the Old Stone Room is Judith Bair's "States of Nature" oil bar paintings, with Connie Manchester's "Love Notes" photography exhibit in the Auditorium Gallery and Rob McDonald's "Native Grounds" exhibit in the Museum Gallery.

Exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Many of the works are available for purchase. The purchase of artwork exhibiting at Carnegie Hall benefits both the artist and the hall.

Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg. Call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

Greenbrier series

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Carleton Varney, legendary interior designer and curator of The Greenbrier, will kick off The Greenbrier's 2014 Discovery Series with a design weekend Jan. 24-26.

Varney, the former protégé of Dorothy Draper and current president of Dorothy Draper & Co., carries on the firm's storied 65-year relationship with the resort and will introduce guests to the resort's unique design scheme through a series of fireside chats, walking tours and cocktails parties.

The Greenbrier Discovery Series is a collection of eight weekend events such themes as interior design, Jan. 24-26; craft beer brewing and blues music, Jan. 31-Feb. 2; culinary arts, Feb. 7-9; wellness, March 7-9; and art enthusiasm, March 21-23.

Additional weekend events will be hosted by industry personalities, including the team from the PBS show "Antiques Roadshow" for the Antique Treasures Weekend, March 14-16; Monte Durham, celebrity wedding consultant and fashion director of "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," for the Romance Weekend, Feb. 14-17; and Mandy Hale, blogger and author of "The Single Woman: Life, Love & A Dash of Sass" and the forthcoming March 2014 release "I've Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has," for the Women's Weekend, March 27-30.

Rates begin at $199 per night; full details of content and pricing are at www.greenbrier.com/discovery. For additional information, call 877-684-5060 (option 4).

Actors guild awards

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- The Actors Guild of Parkersburg recently recognized the efforts of several volunteers, supporters and patrons for efforts during the 2012-13 season.

John W. Newton received the Grace-Marie Merrill Award for outstanding efforts on behalf of a volunteer. Newton serves as vice president of administration and has served the guild in a variety of capacities over the years, most notably as a past president. The award was named in honor of a former member who strongly supported the volunteerism efforts of the organization, which relies heavily on volunteers to perform many of the day-to-day functions that make the guild successful.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bayley assisted in presentation of the Bayley Award to Dr. Robert Heflin and United Anesthesia Inc. in recognition of their longtime sponsorship and support of the guild. Heflin has shared his talents onstage and behind the scenes. He has served on the board of trustees, as an officer of the organization, and in nearly every volunteer capacity from building and striking sets to cleaning, painting and sorting nuts and bolts. The award is named in honor of Suzanne Bayley, the "founding mother" of the guild.

The Khalil Award for Outstanding Performance was awarded to Dan Miller for his portrayal of Dave Bukatinsky in "The Full Monty"; and the Khalil Award for Outstanding Production went to the cast and crew of "Avenue Q," directed by Barbara Full and music directed by Peter Sour. These awards recognize Dr. and Mrs. Ghasan Khalil, who with their family have supported arts throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley for many years both through their generous gifts and regular attendance. The awards are selected by an anonymous panel of patrons who have seen all of the main-stage productions during the season.

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg Inc., 724 Market St., is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation with a mission to educate the community in various genres of theatre. Season slate and tickets for upcoming productions are available at www.actorsguildonline.org. For additional information, call 304-485-9322 (business office) or 304-485-1300 (box office).

Gallery closed in January

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Because of severe weather, the Renaissance Art Gallery will not have gallery hours during January. The Gallery will reopen Feb. 1.

Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or gallerywv@yahoo.com; www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance; http://renaissancegalleryart.blogspot.com. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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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