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Arts Notes: Dec. 1, 2013

By Judy Hamilton

River Arts sale

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host area artists and craftsman at the 11th Annual River Arts Sale and Showcase from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The event offers a variety of unique, locally created fine art and handcrafts.

Admission is $2 and includes a chance for a door prize, to be awarded each hour. Winners must be present for the door prizes.

Raffle tickets for items donated by the featured artists will be available before and during the show for $3 each or two for $5. The winners will be drawn at the end of the show.

A gourmet luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 for $8. Child care for children younger than 7 will be provided from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

The featured artists are:

Homaira Ahmed, an architect, potter and painter. Ahmed is the owner of Arts & Thoughts, a gallery and teaching studio in Teays Valley. Her work is influenced by ancient ethnic art and Southeast Asian art.

Connie McColley, formerly an award-winning basket weaver, now creates handmade jewelry. She uses sterling silver, copper and brass accented with fresh water pearls and semiprecious stones in her pieces.

Laura Moul, an award-winning photographer and Tamarack artist, is one of 3 percent of professional photographers to achieve national certification from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. She uses digital capture with minimal postproduction to make images that evoke emotional memories to represent the beauty of nature.

Randy Selbe, who makes wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. She recently received a award of merit in the Tamarack Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition.

Kevin Stitzinger, a sculptor, carves stone to bring forth its natural textures, colors, shadows and grains to enhance three-dimensional sculptures and two-dimensional carvings.

Janice Summers-Young, a multi-medium artist, uses postconsumer materials to create her works.

Other artists are:

Regina Swim and Trisha Fox, functional and decorative pottery; Bob Fisher, stained glass; Christina Dolin and Dennise Ward, handcrafted jewelry; Linda Stonestreet, abstract oil paintings; Christopher Higgins, wreaths, woodcarvings, birdhouses; Tia Moseley, handmade scarves; Patty Wolford, art on smooth stones, fiber creations; Jessica Blalock, crocheted accessories, beeswax candles, embroidered ornaments; Jo Anne Jacobs, cards and small canvases; Rose Bettis and Andrea Hoglund, handmade glass beads, jewelry on silk ribbons; Don Ashworth, paintings, cards, calendars; Charly Jupiter Hamilton, sculpted and painted wall art; Brenda Pinnell, Christmas ornaments, framed drawings, note cards; Al Peery, photography; Holly Becker, jewelry; Elaine Oliver, oil paintings; Ellie Marshall, stained glass and wooden art; Jill Stuckey, gemstone jewelry; and Jeff Pierson, paintings, photography and illustration.

Live music will be featured each hour from local artists with CDs available for purchase. The recording artists include Burr Beard, hammered dulcimer; Cathy Grant, fiddle; Concordia, recorder quartet; Marium Bria, jazz singer; Christopher "Qiet" Harris; and Mike Foster, blues.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. For additional information, call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.

Fiber art

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Ann Grimes, of Lavalette, is the featured artist at Renaissance Art Gallery. She works with fibers, using bold dyes to create shapes using a unique technique.

She is one of the 55 artists in the 13th Annual National Miniature Exhibition. The art will hang through Dec. 8. All work is for sale, and layaway is available.

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.

Juried exhibit winners

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Artists from Barboursville, Sutton and Wheeling won the top prizes in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened Nov. 24, at the Dunn Building, 400 W. Stephen St., in Martinsburg.

The exhibit featuring 53 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts created by 46 West Virginia artists is co-sponsored by the Berkeley County Council. The public may view the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Feb. 21.

Ten pieces in the exhibit will be purchased and become part of the West Virginia State Museum's permanent collection. Jurors selected Sutton resident Tiera Floyd's "Suzy," Barboursville resident Vernon F. Howell's "WV at 150," and Wheeling resident Robert Villamagna's "Moundsville Prison Break, 1949" as this year's $5,000 Governor's Award winners. "Suzy" also received the D. Gene Jordon Memorial Award, which is named for a former chairman of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts who died in 1989.

Artists receiving $2,000 Awards of Excellence include Jeff Diehl, of Meadow Bridge, for "Large Vessel"; Joseph Elbert, of Leon, for "Derecho 1"; Floyd for "Johnny"; Sharon Harms, of Charleston, for "A Tiger Convergence"; Barrie Kaufman, of Charleston, for "A Thin Blade"; Brian Reed, of Ivydale, for "Pillars of Fire"; and Andrew Thorne, of Buckhannon, for "Appalachian Heritage."

An additional eight Merit Awards of $500 were made that are not purchase awards and do not become part of the museum's collections. They include Karen Ensor Brown, of Buckhannon, for "Peggy's Iris"; Kristen Colebank, of Wardensville, for "Mumbles and Squeaks"; Diehl for "Lunar Lilies"; Charly Jupiter Hamilton, of Charleston, for "Easter Parade, Glenwood Avenue, West Side, Charleston, WV"; Howell for "Surveying the Aftermath"; Stephen Lawson, of Morgantown, for "Opening Up the Bucy #2 Mine Extension"; Reed for "Desert Lotus"; and Pat Roberts, of Charleston, for "Typical Hillside Tipple (New River Gorge)."

The Division of Culture and History presents the biennial event with the Commission on the Arts and with support from the West Virginia Legislature, which appropriates funding for the exhibition's awards. The $33,000 in award money constitutes one of the largest endowments for a single exhibition in the country.

Photos of the art can be found at http://wvculture.zenfolio.com.

For more information, contact Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator for the division, at 304-558-0220, ext. 128.

'Nutcracker' ballet

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- The Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company will perform "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Blennerhassett School Auditorium and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Marietta High School auditorium.

Tickets are available by calling 304-442-5538 or at the ballet offices, 1311 Ann St., Parkersburg. Box office hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Adult tickets cost $12 and children's cost $6. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.movballet.com.

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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