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Arts Notes: Sept. 16, 2012

This week's ArtWalk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Downtown Charleston ArtWalk, sponsored by Charleston Area Alliance, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. Venues include:

  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature five artists: Deborah Herndon, photographer; Faye Johnson, jewelry designer; and Jennifer Bloomfield, photographer; Diana Pittis, potter; and Anna Nibert, painter.
  • Herndon will show 29 limited-edition pieces of work, including photographs of French and Spanish architectural details and urban landscape.

    Johnson studied under critically acclaimed designer and metalsmith Dan Haga as well as jewelry maker Kim St. Jean. Her work uses mixed media including clay, gemstones and various metals.

    Bloomfield, a registered nurse, wife and mother of two daughters, traveled for six years and returned to her home state of West Virginia, where her selection of favorite photos were taken.

    Pittis creates custom stoneware items and one-of-a-kind raku pots. Her shop, Pittis Pottery, is in Daniels.

    Nibert uses watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. Her inspirations come from her world travels, nature and culture, friends and family.

    The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 1600 Huntington Square (16th floor of Huntington Bank Building), 900 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.

  • Art Emporium presents "My Illustrated Life," watercolors by Sharon Harms.
  • Art Emporium, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 823 Quarrier St., Charleston; www.artemporium.net or 304-345-2787.

  • At Gallery Eleven, Pat Miller is the featured artist for September.
  • 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.

  • Charleston Ballet and Capitol Clay Arts present the "Dancing and Drinks" series. View the inside world of ballet dancers at work in a class and rehearsal setting for their upcoming October performances of "La Bayadere," with dance artwork pottery displays from Capitol Clay Arts and works of dance photography by Charleston photographer K.D. Lett.
  • The Charleston Ballet Inc., 100 Capitol St. Mezzanine, Charleston, WV 25301; 304-342-6541. www.thecharlestonballet.com.

  • House of Luxe will run an ArtWalk clearance in September of spring and summer jewelry and accessories. Collectable jewels by Marcia Moran, Miguel Ases, Amanda Sterrett and Mashka.
  • House of Luxe, 817 Quarrier St. Charleston; 304-346-0577.

  • Woomer Nistendirk & Associates' featured artists this month are Linda Charles Stone, Emily Roles, Dawn Combs and John Maurer.
  • Stone is a recipient of grants from the West Virginia and National Endowments for the Arts. She has participated in solo, group and juried exhibitions and has taught group classes at The Greenbrier.

    Roles has painted in many media, but enjoys painting acrylic on paper. Her ArtWalk pieces are from a series of sheep paintings.

    Combs, of Charleston, has work ranging from photos of monarch butterflies to paintings of Canaan Valley. She paints in oil and acrylic and recently had a People's Choice winner in the May 2012 ArtWalk for "Ballet Rehearsal."

    Maurer, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Bristol, Conn., exhibits in juried art festivals in the United States with oil and acrylic paintings depicting his travels.

    Woomer Nistendirk & Associates, Suite 400, 231 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-342-2006.

  • Taylor Books Annex Gallery features Lauren Adams, of Fairmont. Adams has a bachelor of fine art degree in visual art from West Virginia University. She has shown her work at the Slingluff Gallery in Philadelphia and the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building in Charleston. She is a juried artist at Tamarack.
  • Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., Charleston. Hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact Dan Carlisle, gallery@taylorbooks.com or 304-342-1461. Visit www.taylorbooks.com.

  • Romano and Associates, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter, host "ArtWalk to End Alzheimer's." The show features dual exhibits: "The Journey" by artist Michael Green, and "Memories in the Making" by various artists living with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
  • Romano and Associates Law Office, 230 Capitol St., Suite 200, Charleston, WV 25301. 304-345-2626; www.ro-law.com.

  • At Sky Lounge, "Big City Feel in a Small Town" features sculptures by local artist William Marple. Also featured will be paintings from John Patterson, handmade kids' accessories by Shawanda Eckerd and arts and crafts made by John LaMaster.
  • Sky Lounge, 26 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-400-4819.

  • White Oak Photography's featured artist, Jennifer McGee, works in acrylics. Find stories about her painting process at www.thecreativefire.blogspot.com.
  • White Oak Photography, 107 Hale St., Suite 100, Charleston, WV 25301; hours by appointment. www.kdlett.com.

    Christmas ornaments

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia artists of all ages are invited to create ornaments for the second annual "artistree" at the Governor's Mansion this upcoming holiday season.

    Artists are encouraged to create handcrafted ornaments suitable for hanging on a 14-foot tree. Ornaments made for each year's tree will be kept at the Governor's Mansion for future use.

    Participating artists also will be featured in a commemorative catalog and invited to an opening celebration at the mansion.

    Submissions are due by Nov. 23 and must include a short biography of the artist and a description of the ornament. Submission forms are available on the Division of Culture and History's website at www.wvculture.org/arts, the governor's website at www.governor.wv.gov, the first lady's website at www.firstlady.wv.gov, or at the Culture Center.

    Ornaments may be mailed to Glen Reed, Director of Operations, Governor's Mansion, 1716 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV, 25305. They also can be hand-delivered to Jeff Pierson, director of arts for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, at the Culture Center.

    For more information, contact Pierson at 304-558-0240 or at jeff.a.pierson@wv.gov.

    Tamarack activities

    BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack has a fall calendar filled with artists, music, demonstrations and more. Event listings follow.

  • "Our Appalachia" gallery exhibit is open through Oct. 27.
  • Live on Stage! Performances are free at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Performers are Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road, Sept. 16; Steve Payne and Friends, Sept. 23; The Hans Creek Band, Sept. 30.
  • Artist demonstrations include: Judy Belcher, jewelry, Sept. 21-23; Ronnie Hamrick, blacksmith, and Allen Hamrick, American Indian flutes, Sept. 21-22; V.E. Lilly, jewelry, and Connie Ridgeway, textiles, Sept. 28.
  • The 2012 Tamarack Foundation calendars will be available the week of Sept. 24 for $12.95 plus tax. All proceeds benefit the Tamarack Foundation. Call the foundation office at 304-926-3770 to order.

    Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Interstate 77, exit 45, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.

    Poems and calligraphy

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A collection of calligraphic art inspired by poems written by West Virginians will be on exhibit this fall in the Culture Center's Balcony Gallery.

    The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil the new exhibit "Expressions in Word: Calligraphers and Poets," at 6 p.m. Sept. 17.

    The 31-piece collection features poems written by members of Kanawha Valley Poets with corresponding calligraphic and 3-D art created by members of the Charleston and Huntington calligraphers' guilds.

    Visitors will see some of the implements and tools calligraphers have used since medieval times, including quills, pens and inks, as well as videotaped demonstrations of the art form, and a brief history of Western writing from hieroglyphics to modern handwriting. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through Veterans Day.

    Contact Charles Morris at 304-558-0220.

    Miners strike lecture

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek miners strikes of 1912-13, the Archives and History Library of the state Division of Culture and History will present a discussion forum at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Culture Center. The two-hour program is free and open to the public.

    Historians Ken Bailey and Fred Barkey will join Charleston Gazette reporter Paul Nyden to explain and explore this important event in West Virginia's history.

    During the year-long strike, martial law was imposed and enforced on the district three times by the West Virginia National Guard. More than 200 miners and their allies, including the 86-year-old labor activist Mother Jones, were arrested. The strike drew national attention and eventually resulted in a U.S. Senate investigation into conditions in the area.

    Bailey received a doctorate from Ohio State University. He is retired dean of the College of Business, Humanities and Sciences and emeritus professor of history and geography at WVU Tech. He is the author of numerous articles and books.

    Barkey earned a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in U.S. labor history. An emeritus professor at West Virginia Graduate College, he also taught history at the University of Charleston and the Institute for Labor Studies at WVU. Barkey is the author of several articles and books.

    Nyden has been a reporter for the Gazette for more than 30 years and has won many awards, including the George Polk Award and three first-place reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He received a doctorate from Columbia University with the dissertation "Miners for Democracy: Struggle in the Coalfields."

    Contact Bryan Ward at 304-558-0230, ext. 723.

    Watercolor class

    ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The Hansford Center, in St. Albans, will offer a beginning watercolor class this fall. Registration is open.

    The class covers color theory, composition and materials.

    Teacher Brenda Beatty holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from West Virginia University. A former instructor at Sunrise and the Charleston Art Gallery, Beatty is a member of West Virginia Allied Artists and the West Virginia Watercolor Society.

    Classes run for five weeks and begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 18. The fee is $60, plus $20 for materials. Preregistration is required. Contact Beatty at 304-727-3015.

    Hansford Center, 500 Washington St., St. Albans, WV 25177; Janie Hamilton, director, 304-722-4621.

    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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