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Arts Notes: Oct. 20, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wall drawings at Clay Center

The Clay Center will host artist Ethan Murrow for "Wall Drawing Part II" from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 to Oct. 25.

Although Murrow described the "Part I" drawings as being "full and good and finished," he will return to the Clay Center to expand and to change the nature of the drawings by adding human elements to the aerial-view landscapes. Museum visitors can see Murrow in action as he completes his site-specific wall drawings.

At 6 p.m., Oct. 24, Collectors Club members will have an artist walk-through of the exhibit.

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 adults and $12 children, teachers and senior citizens; Galleries only $7.50 adults and $6 children, teachers and seniors. Members get free unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.

Film screening at Clay Center

From 5-7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the ElectricSky Theater of the Clay Center, patrons may watch Ethan Murrow's short film "Dust" and a collection of his video works created over an eight-year period in collaboration with his wife, Vita Weinstein Murrow. It will be the first public showing of the film collection.

An official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival, "Dust" focuses "on an environment of limited possibility and the potential for humans to go forward despite that fact," Murrow said in an August interview with the Charleston Gazette. There will be a reception afterward in the art gallery to view his completed wall drawings.

Woman's Club harvest boutique

The Woman's Club of Charleston, corner of Elizabeth and Virginia streets, will host the Harvest Gift Boutique of Fine Art and Fine Crafts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. It is a main event of the FestivALL Fall that includes 30 juried artisans from the Capitol Street Art Fair. Boutique art items will include painting, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, metal, wood, soaps and specialty foods. For additional information, see www.festivallcharleston.com.

Hallows eve art

BECKLEY -- Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley, will feature the exhibit "The Art of Hallows Eve" through Nov. 1. From 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25, a reception will feature ghost story telling by the Beckley Writers Group. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, the gallery will feature free children's costume photos by a professional photographer.

The art gallery and gift-craft shop is open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the exhibit. On Oct. 31, the gallery will have extended hours from noon to 7 p.m. for trick or treat. For additional information, call 304-228-7389.

Tamarack Foundation awards

SPENCER -- On Oct. 5, the Tamarack Foundation presented its highest honors as part of the organization's 10th anniversary celebration in Spencer at Maple Hills Farm, home of David and Suzanne Freshwater.

Susan Feller of Augusta, a textile artist, Paul Corbit Brown of Oak Hill, a global humanitarian photographer, and Carter Taylor Seaton of Huntington, a sculptor/artist, were presented with Tamarack Foundation Fellowship awards of $2,000 each for their artistic excellence, lifelong community achievements and commitment to promoting and fostering arts in West Virginia.

Feller, the owner of Ruckman Mill Farm, is a self-taught textile artist who creates utilitarian rugs, jewelry and contemporary framed artwork.

Brown discovered photography at age 12 and became the first male in his family to not work as a coal miner. His photographs record humanitarian issues throughout the world, including the United States, Mexico, Kenya, Rwanda, Haiti and Northern Iraq.

Seaton's life-size portrait busts are often carved and embellished with found objects. She also works as a freelance writer. Her book, "Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music, and Living on the Land in West Virginia," highlights the accomplishments of West Virginia artists who came to the state as part of the back-to-the-land movement.

"It is the foundation's honor to be able to bring attention to our talented and generous artists and artisans -- they are truly our state's treasure," said Sally Barton, executive director of the Tamarack Foundation.

Deborah Herndon photography solo exhibit

FREDERICK, MD -- On Oct. 5, local photographer artist Deborah Herndon opened a solo exhibit of her photography at D'Accord Boutique in Frederick, Md., not in the D'Accord Boutique in Shepherdstown as earlier reported in Art Notes.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email judy.hamilton@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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