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Clay Center board apprised of center's progress

By Judy Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The board of directors of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences welcomed Lloyd Jackson as their new chairman during their quarterly meeting Thursday. They also discussed several gauges of the center's progress.

"We had a great summer," said board President Judy Wellington. She pointed to two popular art gallery exhibits that made the center more active during the summer: "Wavelengths" and "All the Time in the World." She said artist Ethan Murrow's "Positions of Power, Land View" was also proving to be a crowd-pleaser.

Wellington said the Aug. 21 Diana Ross concert was a financial success for the Clay Center and she expected similar success with the upcoming Jonas Brothers concert on Oct. 25.

Horace Emery, chairman of programs, exhibits and education, noted that the Jonas Brothers concert was part of the Clay Center's strategy to increase concert attendance by younger audience members.

Wellington said that because of expected high demand for tickets to that concert, the Clay Center would limit the number of tickets per purchase. Season-ticket holders will able to purchase four tickets for each seat they hold. Concert Connoisseur members will be able to purchase two tickets for each seat they hold.

"People should become subscribers in order to guarantee tickets" to the Jonas Brothers concert, she added.

Andy Cooke, development committee chairman, thanked board members for 100 percent participation in board giving. Regarding the $1.6 million operating support goal set by the board, he stated: "We've raised 31 percent. We have over a million to raise but that's good progress."

John Elliot, chairman of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra committee, reported that the symphony had ended their fiscal year with a $7,000 surplus.

The board also approved four pieces of artwork recommended for acquisition by Fonda Elliot, chairwoman of the acquisitions committee.

Elliot first discussed a gift from Dr. Gina M. Puzzuoli of an untitled pencil on paper by Eugene Delacroix, considered by some to be the greatest French painter of the Romantic Movement.

She said "Sloop," a 2007 lithograph by Charles Arnoldi, was a purchase funded by the board in honor of Ellen Cappellanti for her services as board chairwoman from 2011 to 2013.

The next acquisition was Edna Andrade's 1968 acrylic on board titled "White Dragons." The Charles B. and Judith W. Stacy Fund of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation funded the purchase.

The final piece was the 2010 "Sun/Moon (Trying to See through a Telescope)" by Sharon Harper. The UltraChrome print on Epson-enhanced matte paper was acquired through funding by the Albert & Helen Thalhaeimer Fund of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

Regarding former Gov. Gaston Caperton's recent donation of "Wind Torn" by artist Joe Moss, Wellington told the group: "It's really a fabulous sculpture, and we are excited to have it."

The following board members were in attendance, either in person or by conference call: Phyllis Arnold, Charles Avampato, Bobby Blakley, Kelly Castleberry, Elizabeth Chilton, Fred Clark, Andrew Cooke, Steve Dexter, Bob Douglas, Fonda Elliot, John Elliot, Horace Emery, Alex Franklin, Michael Graney, David Haden, Tom Heywood, Lloyd Jackson (chairman), Laurance Jones, Virginia King, Jane Kopp, Roger Nicholson, Nate Orders, Shawn Patterson, Charles Patton, Harvey Peyton, Sharon Rowe, Doug Skaff, John Strickland, Andrew Teeter, Gayle Twigger-Shaw and Steve Wehrle.

Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamilton@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.


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