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Clay Center offers 'pay what you wish' admission

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Following on the heels of the Thursday "Mountain Stage" announcement of free admission to its Sunday show, the Clay Center has announced its own special deal, spurred in part by the water crisis.

Saturday through Feb. 14, the center is suspending regular museum gallery prices and allowing patrons to pay what they wish for admission.

"Because of the recent water crisis and ongoing museum renovations, the Center is suspending its regular museum gallery admission prices as a gift to patrons," a Clay Center news release read.

"This is our way of giving something positive and enjoyable to our community, after the stressful week everyone has had," Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington said. "With a new exhibit opening next weekend and more exciting changes on the way, it's the perfect time to play and learn at the Clay Center."

Also, this weekend is the last for the Clay Center's Gizmo Factory, which will then close to be transformed into the new STEAMworks gallery, with exhibits including elements of science, technology, engineering, art and math. It's set to open in late March with the traveling exhibit "RiverWorks Discovery: A Journey of Imagination and Exploration on America's Waterways."

The art gallery is closed to install new eco-friendly LED lighting. It reopens Feb. 15.

Regular museum gallery admission is $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. For information, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.


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