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Judy E. Hamilton

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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 ...

Charleston growing as a mural art city


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Folks in Charleston are excited about mural painting.

The area hasn’t quite reached the level of Philadelphia, whose Mural Arts Program has transformed a city known for graffiti in...

‘B’Dabble’ in new mediums at Bernice Deakins’ artist retreats


Local art venture B’Dabble Creations is hosting a series of artist retreats, designed to offer established and aspiring artists the opportunity to focus on their creativity and experiment with new mediums.


Women on Wellness Retreats planned in Gilbert, Fairmont and Rainelle


Women are great at taking care of other people, but often put their own health low on the priority list.

A series of no-cost to low-cost wellness retreats is seeking to remedy this problem in the Mountain State. <...

Canadian artist and art “encourager” Bernice Deakins begins art retreat business


When you see artist Bernice Deakins, there’s a good chance you will instantly think, ‘Hey, I know that lady.’

And it’s no small wonder.

She can reel out a list of art activities s...

ReStore art intern turns his talent to recyclables


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Artist Anthony Young is known around town for his spot-on portraiture talent. Two of his charcoal sketches are currently featured at the Taylor Books Art Annex.

However, in a few years, d...

City native opens DIY fashion shop at Myrtle Beach


On your next trip to Myrtle Beach — one of West Virginia’s most popular vacation destinations — you might want to check out a new pop-up store created by Charleston native Bee Borromeo, a fashion des...

CoOPERAtive Fellow for opera singers won by Cross Lanes native Sara Plata


Sarah Plata, a 25-year-old Charleston Catholic graduate and Cross Lanes native, has been selected from among hundreds of applicants around the world to be one of 23 participates in the CoOPERAtive Program, an opera train...

Shape Shop owner looks to sell business


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Shape Shop has been a happening place for dieters and healthy eaters for 38 years, and many of those calorie-counters have enjoyed the Dippy Do, a low-fat, 100-calorie frozen treat availabl...

Educating guests populate Landau Murphy’s big band


Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. had a choice after winning the “America’s Got Talent” contest in 2011: continue his full-throttle career in a city with a major entertainment scene like Las Vegas, New York C...

Clay Center president touts previous year


The president of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences told the center’s board of directors that it was “another great year” for the center.

Judy Wellington said that 10 of the centerȁ...

Dance Gala to feature soloist with W.Va. ties


People might think Savannah Lowery — a respected soloist with the New York City Ballet, one of the foremost dance companies in the world — is a newcomer to West Virginia when she performs June 25 in the Fes...

Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour is an invitation to enjoy the town’s way of life


If touring historical and contemporary homes, viewing long-range vistas from a mountaintop, swinging on a gazebo porch swing and walking through garden arbors sounds like a pleasant way to spend a Saturday, the small tow...