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Arts Notes: Feb. 12, 2012

Birdhouse workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A ReArt birdhouse-building workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Habitat ReStore, led by Celeste Cantees.

ReArt is a series of workshops created by collaboration between Step-by-Step WV and Habitat ReStore, and funded by the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Imitative. Local artists are paid to teach local participants art projects using repurposed, reused and/or recycled materials.

Cantees will help participants build birdhouses or feeders from reclaimed ReStore materials. Workshop organizers say it is an opportunity for parents and children to work together.

ReArt workshops, held at the Habitat for Humanity's Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St., are free and open to the public. Registration required; contact Will Taylor, 304-941-3281.

Watercolor class

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Brenda Beatty will begin a new watercolor painting class from 10 a.m. to noon March 1 at the Hansford Senior Center, 500 Washington St. The class is designed for beginners in watercolor and runs for five weeks. The fee is $60 and all materials are supplied. Registration is requested; call Beatty at 304-727-3015 or call the center at 304-722-4621.

Black history

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will celebrate Black History Month with films, lectures, a Web page with a link to historic sites and an ArtWorks television program focusing on a young singer. All activities are free and the public is invited to attend. All events will be held at the Culture Center.

The Daniel Boone Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will hold its quarterly meeting in the Archives and History Library at 2 p.m. Saturday. Frank Volk, senior law clerk for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia, will present "With all Deliberate Speed: The Courage of Lower Federal Judges in Implementing the Supreme Court's Civil Rights and Racial Equality Decisions in the 1950s and 1960s" at the meeting.

West Virginia native and award-winning filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans will present the PBS documentary project "Hawks Nest: Blood Beneath Our Feet" at 3 p.m. Feb. 19. Evans will introduce several speakers and musical guests. Participants also can view a seven-minute trailer for the film. Everyone also will receive a free sapling, courtesy of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.

The division's arts section will broadcast its television program, "ArtWorks," with special guest Andre Williams, who will talk about his love of singing and perform a few of his favorite songs. Williams, a senior at Greenbrier East High School, spent time in December with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., 2011 winner of "America's Got Talent," traveling with him on tour and sharing the stage with him at several concerts. "ArtWorks" is a production of the West Virginia Library Commission. February's program will air on Suddenlink channel 17 at 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and at 4:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

The historic preservation section of the division will have a special link to National Register nominations that are related to black history in West Virginia, including the World War Memorial in Kimball, which was completed in 1928 to recognize black veterans of World War I. It also served as a social center for people of the coalfields. Access the link at www.wvculture.org/shpo/2012BHM.html.

Exploring Cleopatra

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Body Shots VI: Cleopatra" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 1 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The performance will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a reception and an art show in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featuring works by Marshall students and faculty. Admission to all events is free.

Now in its sixth year, Body Shots is a collaborative effort involving Marshall students and faculty from across disciplines exploring themes relating to gender and the body, according to Greta Rensenbrink, director of women's studies at Marshall.

"This year we have participants from classics, psychology, political science, fine arts and design and English, among others," Rensenbrink said. "Performers will use a host of creative forms -- prose, theater, performance art, painting and sculpture -- to explore the many faces of the legendary Egyptian queen."

Contact Rensenbrink at 304-696-2955 or rensenbrink@marshall.edu.

Artist marketing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Arts Council of Kanawha Valley will host "Marketing Yourself," with instructor Mark Wolfe, owner of Mark Wolfe Design, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25, at the Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Education and Conference Center, 815 Court St. The fee is $20.

Wolfe will present simple tools for artists to use to market their art and identity, including social media and brand consistency. For help setting up social media accounts, participants are encouraged to come at noon for help.

To register, visit www.artskv.org under the "sign up" tab.

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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