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Arts Notes: May 6, 2012

Civil War historian to present "Little Lecture"Civil War historian and author Hunter Lesser will give the May 20 Little Lecture for the West Virginia Humanities Council. "Robert E. Lee in West Virginia" will begin at 2 p.m. at Humanities Council headquarters in the MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E. The lecture is part of the Humanities Council's programs observing the Civil War Sesquicentennial.Gen. Robert E. Lee led Confederate troops to the mountains of then Western Virginia in his first command of the Civil War.Elkins resident Lesser says Lee's experience with mountain warfare was a failure and defeats here led to him being known in the South as "Granny" Lee. He eventually was recalled to Richmond to serve as an adviser to Jefferson Davis."But he found himself a legendary warhorse in these mountains and learned lessons in leadership that would serve him well as he restored his reputation to become a military icon," Lesser said.Lesser is the author of "Rebels at the Gate" and "The First Campaign: A Guide to Civil War in the Mountains of West Virginia, 1861." Copies of his books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture.To confirm seats for the lecture, call 304-346-8500. Admission is $10 and includes a reception after the program.The remaining Little Lecture will be presented on June 24 with author Denise Giardina discussing the 25th anniversary of her novel, "Storming Heaven."Tamarack artisan, authorAllegheny Echoes will present the Sunday @ Two concert Sunday at Tamarck. Bob Brunner will talk about and sign copies of his book, "Reporter's Recollections."Artisans demonstrating their crafts Sunday will be Delbert Pitchford, wooden carvings, and Earl Grey, stone sculptures and jewelry.Free Sunday @ Two tickets may be reserved Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the next Sunday @ Two, and may be picked up at the front desk on Sunday mornings. Tickets are required because of limited seating.Tamarack is off of Exit 45, Interstate 77, Beckley. Open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact or 888-262-7225.History BowlMonongalia County's Suncrest Middle School won the 3rd annual West Virginia State History Bowl on April 24, outperforming 15 regional team winners at the Culture Center with its knowledge of state history, culture and heritage.
Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County won second place, followed by Team One from Shady Spring Middle School in Raleigh County. Team One from Cameron High School in Marshall County earned fourth-place. The double-elimination tournament sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History included lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions prepared by the staff of the Division's Archives and History Section.Each member of the championship team, comprised of eighth-graders Roark Sizemore, Sadaf Sarwari, Matteo Peries and Tee Tanner, won $500 each.Second-place winners received $250 each, third-place winners $125, and fourth-place winners $50.Prizes also were awarded for the tournament MVP and all-tournament team. Peries was named the tournament's MVP. Members of the all-tournament team included Sarwari, Isaac Liu from Horace Mann, Lucas Thompson from Shady Spring and Sara Quigley from Cameron.Members of the Horace Mann team were Liu, Mary-Keeton Lane, Harriett Rowe and Zane Lewis.
Shady Spring's team included Thompson, Jenna Meador, Trevor Pritchett and Jordan Thomas. Cameron's team members were Quigley, Adrianna Boles, Roger McDiffitt and Jared Neehouse.Visit or contact Bryan Ward, at or 304-558-0230.History of monotheismPsychoanalyst Dr. Leon Wurmser will present "Monotheism: One God, Many Questions," at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at the Culture Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Wurmser's appearance in Charleston helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the multi-faceted Jewish humanitarian organization Hadassah. The program is presented by Hadassah-Charleston Chapter and Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.In his talk, Wurmser will examine the introduction of monotheism -- the belief in the existence of just one God -- in human history, which he believes is intimately related to the Bible and Judaism. He will speak about how we reconcile the contradictions of a jealous and angry God with the teachings of love, justice and humility. He will use the scriptures, ancient Hebrew texts, and psychiatric scholarship to contextualize the origins and meanings of these paradoxical beliefs.Wurmser is a former professor of clinical psychiatry at West Virginia University. He has taught throughout Europe and is the author of several books, including "Values and Ideas of Judaism in Psychoanalytic View."Highlands MuseumASHLAND, Ky. -- The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is seeking submissions to the National Juried Art Exhibit 2012, "A River Runs Through It."Art entered for the exhibit should be inspired by water. The competition is open to artists 18 and older in 2D- and 3D-art categories, including photography, water media, acrylic/oil, drawing, sculpture, digital media and mixed media.Deadline for entries is June 29. Exhibit runs Sept. 7-29, with a reception on Sept. 6. Cost is $35 for the first three entries and $5 for each additional entry up to six.Contact Highlands Museum & Discovery Cener, 1620 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY, 41101; 606-329-8888, ArtistsPARKERSBURG -- Allied Artists of West Virginia, the state's oldest artist organization, will host an opening reception for the 68th Juried Competition for West Virginia artists from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Parkersburg Art Center.One hundred sixteen West Virginia artists submitted 220 artworks, of which 94 pieces were selected by independent jurors for the exhibit. Eleven artists will receive special awards at the reception. The event is open to the public.Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adult nonmembers. It is free to members. Contact 304-485-3859 or exhibit at Huntington MuseumHUNTINGTON -- After more than 114,000 submissions coast to coast for this year's Doodle 4 Google contest, members of the public have the opportunity to vote for their favorite doodle through May 10 at winning doodler will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school. The winning artwork will be featured on Google's homepage. Check out for all the details.The Huntington Museum of Art will host the Doodle 4 Google 2012 WV Finalists Exhibit from May 22-June 26. An opening reception for the exhibit begins at 7 p.m. on May 22. Admission is free.General admission to the Museum of Art will be free throughout the run of the Doodle 4 Google WV Finalists Exhibit, which will feature 10 West Virginia finalist doodles. The theme for this year's competition is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit . . .  ."Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or art at Clay CenterArtwork from Kanawha County students is on display at the Clay Center through May 13. Two- and three-dimensional pieces in a variety of media including pencil, pen and ink, paint, photography and sculpture will be exhibited.Student work was chosen by teams of local educators and artists, and this exhibit showcases the top finishers in each category from grades K-12. The Clay Center worked in partnership with Kanawha County Schools on the exhibition.The works can be seen in the Center's Mylan Explore-atory.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;, 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. To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email 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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