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Judy E. Hamilton

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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 ...

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...