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Judy E. Hamilton

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Art-a-Palooza: Art event for artists’ sake


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston has another returning venue to celebrate West Virginia art. The city will host the Tamarack Artisan Foundation’s second annual Art-a-Palooza next Saturday simultaneously from ...

Backward-named Vu ja de winery looks forward


SPENCER, W.Va. — When Bryan George decided to escape the fast pace of the California winemaking business and move to West Virginia in 2007, he was expecting ...

Clay Center board discusses education, planetarium upgrade


The president of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences excitedly told the center’s board of directors “We have a truck!” at the board’s quarterly meeting on Thursday.

A “Powe...

Artist Ian Bode rediscovers, narrates his hometown


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Artist Ian Bode is a bit uncomfortable having the spotlight on him as an artist — “It’s my work, not me,” he is quick to point out.

But the affable 38-year-old...

Lifelong friends unite to sew ‘outlaw’ garb


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two 36-year-old Charleston natives have become “outlaws” of a very different sort — as owners of Suburban Outlaws, a North Carolina-based company that produces one-of-a-kin...

W.Va. arts leaders tap artisans for marketing ideas


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Tamarack Artisan Foundation is inviting creative people — artists, craftsmen, photographers, writers, musicians, specialty cooks, etc. — from around the state to take part in ...

Mirror, mirror in the gallery: new Clay Center exhibit opens Friday


Art lovers and history buffs alike can enjoy the thought-provoking installations of “Arcade/Arcadia” by internationally-acclaimed artist Ellen Harvey beginning Friday at the Clay Center. The artist said she...

Is it chile or chili to describe peppers?


It’s a hot debate regarding the spelling and meaning of “chile” or “chili” in reference to peppers.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ stylebook, ‘Chile’ is ...

Hatch chiles from New Mexico are a new experience for local spicy food fans


For the first time ever, Charleston Chiliheads — people who enjoy eating chili peppers — can try Hatch chilies starting Friday at the Kroger’s South Hills market.

The peppers are abundant in pa...

Writer’s retreat aims to rewrite W.Va. narrative


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Charleston natives Amy McLaughlin and her husband, Shawn Means, decided to renovate a historic building in downtown Fayetteville last year — and turn it into four deluxe vacation re...

Marshall’s new School of Art and Design to open this month


Marshall University’s new School of Art and Design is expected to enliven Huntington’s downtown with an influx of young innovative thinkers, artists and designers when it opens for the first day of classes ...

Life-size painted buffalo to roam off MU campus


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Not all of us would consider a bison to be a thing of beauty.

But a visit to Marshall University — home of the Thundering Herd, where a life-size...

Informal art galleries pop up all over Charleston


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Informal art galleries are popping up all over Charleston in places you might not expect — like your doctor’s office, lawyer’s office, accountant’s office, tailor&#x...

ReStore becomes hub in city’s art community


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has become more than just a source for used and surplus building materials. It’s become an important hub in Charleston’s thriving art communi...

Free classes can help Boomers looking for work


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Baby Boom generation — the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — is full of people who are looking for jobs, just like those in Generations X and Y.

Some of ...