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Arts Notes: Jan. 8, 2012

Clendenin display

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A collection of 37 paintings and collagraphs by Charleston artist Paula Clendenin can be seen at Bluegrass Kitchen through the end of January.

Bluegrass owner Keely Steele said this is the largest one-person show they have presented, with works on every wall of the restaurant.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 as Bluegrass Kitchen celebrates its first Sunday dinner service.

Clendenin has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga., and the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Miss. She is represented in many public, corporate and private collections such as the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Huntington Museum of Art; the Clay Center; the Federal Express Corp., Memphis, Tenn.; AT&T, Westchester, N.Y.; and International Art Ltd., London.

Clendenin holds bachelor's and master of fine art degrees from West Virginia University. She teaches at West Virginia State University. Visit www.paulaclendenin.com.

Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E., Charleston, 304-346-2871. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Email contact@bluegrasswv.com.

Westminster Choir

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Westminster Choir from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., will present a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E.

The conductor is Joe Miller. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students and children, and are available at the church office or by calling 304-342-6558.

Furniture makeover

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Habitat for Humanity ReStore will present a do-it-yourself furniture makeover workshop in two parts, 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 and 21.

"Tile Mosaic Accenting" will be presented in the Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St.

Participants can buy a piece of furniture from the ReStore or bring a piece from home and give it a new look with the application of a tile mosaic.

The workshop will be presented in two sessions. This will allow time for the tile to properly set before the grout is applied. Participants can leave their projects at the ReStore to dry on Jan. 14 and return on Jan. 21 to complete them.

The $25 fee covers adhesive, grout, tools and a selection of tile. Registration is required by Jan. 12. Call Terry St. Germain, 304-720-8733, ext. 3.

Gallery Eleven

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven is having a Crazy Eights Art Exhibit in January and February. All paintings must be 8 inches by 8 inches and ready to hang. No gallery members will be in this show and anyone may enter. Art is being accepted at this time. There is a fee of $5 and all works will be sold for $80. The opening reception will be 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

Gallery Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1035 Quarrier St., Charleston; www.galleryeleven.com or 304-342-0083.

History of glass

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The chief curator of the West Virginia State Museum, James R. Mitchell, will discuss the state's history of glass production from the antebellum days of western Virginia through the present at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Since 1815, about 450 glass factories have operated in western Virginia and West Virginia. Another 50 craftsmen who made glass in larger companies and marked their ware with their names or initials have been identified. Glass producers were first attracted to West Virginia because of its abundant supplies of silica, limestone and natural gas.

The State Museum's collection of glass objects, which began with a number of donated items, now includes pieces from a wide range of factories and craftsmen. As part of his "West Virginia Glass in the State Museum" presentation, Mitchell will provide a video tour of the museum's glass collection and have some samples on hand as well.

Mitchell has been a professional decorative arts and technological history curator for 50 years.

Contact Robert Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163, or Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. State Archives and History Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org.

'Maya 2012'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dr. David S. Anderson, an expert on the Mayan civilization, will speak at four branches of the Kanawha County Public Library system in January and February. Anderson will discuss the Mayan culture, including astronomical and calendar knowledge.

Predictions about what will occur on Dec. 21, 2012, according to students of the Mayan culture, range from a shift in the earth's magnetic poles, to a transformation in human consciousness, to the appearance of a new planet in our solar system. Anderson will address this topic and others related to the ancient Mayans.

Anderson earned a doctorate in anthropology from Tulane University, with a focus on Mayan and Mesoamerican archaeology.

"Maya 2012" will take place at the following locations: Clendenin Branch Library (304-548-6370), noon Jan. 21; Main Library in Charleston (304-343-4646), 12:10 p.m. Jan. 25; Dunbar Branch Library (304-766-7161), 2 p.m. Feb. 4; Sissonville Branch Library (304-984-2244), 11 a.m. Feb. 18.

Symphonic fellows

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Samuel Saunders, Aryana Misaghi and Nathan Shin of Charleston, and Adam Gillespie of St. Albans have been selected as the Student Symphonic Fellows in the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Fellowship Program through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Their selections are the result of auditions and interviews before a community panel on Dec. 10.

Saunders, a senior at George Washington High School, studies piano locally and composition with a professor from Mannes College in New York. Misaghi, a sophomore at GW, serves as first chair flute in her school band, as well as first chair in Kanawha all-county and West Virginia all-state bands last spring. She was also one of two concerto winners in the West Virginia Youth Orchestra Competition in 2011.

Gillespie, a senior and trumpet player, is a member of St. Albans High School's marching, jazz and concert bands, and wind ensemble. He has participated in honor groups at Alderson-Broaddus College and the MENC National Honor Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

Shin, a sophomore at Capital High School, serves as concertmaster for the South Charleston-Capital High School Combined Orchestra, is active in state violin competitions.

Other finalists in this year's competition include Jared Davis, Cabell Midland High School; Philip Nichols and Elliott Mihelic, Capital; and Michael Terranova, GW.

As part of their Student Symphonic activities, the students will sit onstage alongside WVSO musicians during rehearsals and will meet guest artists, musicians and Maestro Grant Cooper.

Now in its 10th year, the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship program is sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Amy Vaughan to develop and encourage West Virginia high school students in pursuing music careers.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email sara.busse@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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