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Arts Notes: Oct. 14, 2012

New ArtWalk venues

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two venues have been added to the Downtown ArtWalk, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18.

Delfine's Jewelry, 245 Capitol St., will feature "Opals: The Birthstone of October."

Mission Savvy, 202 Hale St., is launching its first culinary workshop series in October. Sign up for one of the raw fusion workshops during ArtWalk and save 10 percent. The cafe will be open until 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 with a full organic menu.

Other venues include:

Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St., works by Betty Rivard and Elaine McMillion.

Romano & Associates Law Offices, 230 Capitol St., works by Nancy-Louise Mottesheard.

Gallery Eleven, 1035 Quarrier St., works by Jean Pennington.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 1600 Huntington Square, 900 Lee St., artists Deborah Herndon, photographer; Faye Johnson, jewelry designer; Jennifer Bloomfield, photographer; Diana Pittis, pottery artist; Anna "Tookie" Nibert, artist; and Jan Witter, photographer.

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates, Suite 400, 231 Capitol St., work of artists Linda Charles Stone, Emily Roles, Dawn Combs and John Maurer.

Renaissance classes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Spaces remain in the new watercolor painting classes for beginners, adults and teens at Renaissance Art Gallery. Instructor is Pati Payne. Classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. every other Saturday. Fees are $25 per class, or four classes for $80. Supplies will be furnished.

Advanced watercolor classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. A supply list will be given. Fees are $25 per class, or four classes for $80.

Payne, of Ironton, Ohio, is an award-winning watercolorist and member of Tri-State Art Association. Contact Payne at 740-533-1516 or pati.payne@yahoo.com.

Additionally, the receiving dates for the 12th annual National Miniature Exhibition, at Renaissance Art Gallery, are from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Gallery doors will be open for receiving art.

Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or gallerywv@yahoo.com; www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance; http://renaissancegalleryart.blogspot.com. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Arts in Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Square Meal is a mini grant opportunity for artists in music, dance, visual arts, theater, literature and film, and for arts organizations and other creative projects, but the current round is just for Arts in Education.

Offered by Arts Council of Kanawha Valley, people come together to share a basic meal at an affordable price. All or part of the income from that meal is given as a grant to support a creative project. Grant applications are accepted up until the deadline. Everyone who purchases the meal gets one vote to determine who receives the grant. The grant proposals must meet four criteria and will be awarded at the discretion of the audience.

The next event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Community Room at Habitat for Humanity, 301 Piedmont Road. Reservations for the meal are $16 ($10 goes toward the grant, $5 is for food, $1 goes to ACKV) until Oct. 15. Late reservations and at-the-door pricing will be $21 ($10 grant, $5 food, $5 ACKV). Reservations are limited to 50. Tickets may be purchased at http://artskv.org/support-ackv (PayPal fees apply) or mailed to ACKV, P.O. Box 1029, Charleston, WV 25324.

For information visit www.artskv.org or contact Naomi Bays at naomi@artskv.org or 304-807-2787.

Archaeology Month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Annette Ericksen, archaeology program coordinator for Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, will talk about W.C. Stiles Jr.'s Thornhill estate site, which is near the abandoned town of Volcano, at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Stiles is credited for introducing the endless cable pumping system to the oil production industry. He founded Volcano, in Wood County, primarily to serve his oil business in the area. It existed from about 1863 until destroyed by fire in 1879, when many people moved away rather than rebuild.

The Thornhill estate was built in 1874 and was one of the finest in the region, with an expansive wine cellar and a tennis court. The home was torn down in the 1940s, having been stripped of furniture and accoutrements during the Great Depression. The estate and town site are in Mountwood Park.

Ericksen received a doctorate in anthropology from Ohio State University. She has worked in the field for 30 years and specializes in historic Appalachian archaeology, with a focus on industrialization and ethnicity. During the past two years, she has led a team excavating the Thornhill site.

Contact Robert Taylor at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

American printmaking

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first in a two-part exhibition series on American printmaking, "Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription," runs through Dec. 9 at the Clay Center.

At the height of the Great Depression, the Associated American Artists partnered with some of the nation's most famous artists to make fine art more accessible and affordable for the masses. Through the innovation of mail-order subscriptions, edition lithographs, etchings and other printmaking techniques were published and sent to homes throughout the nation.

The exhibit includes fine-art prints from the 1930s through 1960s by such famed artists as Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Peter Hurd, Grant Wood and others.

A free lecture series, "Impressions: Conversations on American Prints and Printmaking," begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the art gallery. Richard Baiano, president of Boston's Childs Gallery, will explain the historical significance of the works in the featured exhibit and why collectors prize them today.

The series will feature two lectures in the fall and two in the spring, which will coincide with another exhibit celebrating American printmaking. "Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty" will be on display Jan. 11 through April 21 in the art gallery.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, One Clay Square, Charleston; www.theclaycenter.org, 304-561-3570. Smart Pass (includes galleries, film and planetarium): $14.50 for adults and $12 for children, teachers and senior citizens; galleries only: $7.50 for adults and $6 for children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.

'Crazy Eights'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gallery Eleven is asking for submissions for "Crazy Eights," an art invitational small works show, to run Jan. 12 through Feb. 23.

Works in any medium, 8 inches by 8 inches, may be submitted. Entry fee is $5 and all artwork must be ready to hang. Art will be hung at the discretion of the Gallery.

All works will be priced at $88. No reserved or for-exhibit-only items. The gallery will retain 30 percent commission on all sales.

Works should be delivered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 through Jan. 8. Each work must be labeled on the back (top left corner) with name, address, telephone number, title of work and medium. Artist is responsible for insurance. The gallery will not accept responsibility for damage, loss or theft during the exhibit.

Gallery Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1035 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV, 25301; www.galleryeleven.com or 304-342-0083.

W.Va. holiday ornament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- First lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will unveil the 2012 limited-edition West Virginia Governor's Mansion holiday ornament at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Culture Center.

The first lady and the artist will sign cards that accompany the ornaments during and after the event, which is free and open to the public. This year's ornament is the third in a series of four ornaments hand-painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident Shelley Goodman.

The ornament will be available in the West Virginia State Museum Gift Shop for $24, with proceeds going toward the Governor's Mansion preservation fund.

Contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email earle@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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