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Arts Notes: Aug. 5, 2012

Tamarack eventsBECKLEY, W.Va. -- Live August artist demonstrations take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tamarack on the following dates:Aug. 5: Pamela Gatens, fine artAug. 10-12: David Bragg, wood carving; Diana Freeland, jewelry; Elaine Sinclair, basketsAug. 17-19: Teresa Holcomb, jewelry; Wendy Clark, fine art; Zendik Arts, jewelryAug. 24-26: Linda Rhodes, watercolors; V.E. Lilly, jewelryAug. 31-Sept. 2: Barbara Miles, hardanger embroidery; Marty Schaerer, jewelry; Staphanie Danz, stained glassThe annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition can be seen at Tamarack through Aug. 18.Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, exit 45 off Interstate 77, Beckley; 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact or 888-262-7225.Development grantsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented $623,495 in development grant funds on July 26 for 12 projects involving the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the Culture Center. The grants went to:
  • Bethany College, $2,860 to replace the roof on Stranger's Hall porch and Main House porch of the Alexander Campbell Mansion, Bethany.
  • Carnegie Hall Inc., $44,000 to repair the masonry at Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg.
  • Greenbrier County Commission, $40,000 to repair the cupola on the Greenbrier County Courthouse, Lewisburg.
  • Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library, $138,975 to replace the roof of Waldomore, the antebellum house that is part of the library's complex.
  • Maple Terrace Condominium Association, $34,384 to repair fascia, gutters and soffits of Maple Terrace, Charleston.
  • West Virginia Humanities Council, $24,376 to repair the windows of the McFarland-Hubbard House, Charleston.
  • Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority, $65,865 to replace the roof and repair windows at 401 Monroe St., Fairmont.
  • Pisgah Holdings LLC, $44,416 to repair masonry, gutters, downspouts and windows of the Spadafore Building, Fairmont.
  • Woman's Club of Fairmont, $18,712 to repair and replace rotten wood, repair declamation of stucco and install new pebble-dashed veneer on the back wall of the Thomas Fleming House, Fairmont.
  • Monroe County Commission, $30,097 to replace the roof of the Monroe County Courthouse, Union.
  • Wilma Angotti, $99,810 to repair the windows and roof of the Big Four Drugstore Building, Hinton.
  • Summers County Commission, $80,000 to repair damaged bricks and repoint deteriorated mortar at the Summers County Courthouse, Hinton.
  • The State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History administers the development grant program.The Archives and History Commission made the final grant determinations. Funding for the grants program comes from the appropriation of funds from the state Legislature.For more information about the historic preservation development grants or a complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria, visit, or contact Pam Brooks at 304-558-0240, ext. 720, or Center lecturesCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "They're from Here? Artists from the Mountain State" will be the topic of discussion for a lecture at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. Jeff Pierson, director of arts for the Division of Culture and History, will deliver the free talk. The public is invited.Pierson will provide a multimedia presentation that will take a broad look at the history of significant artists from West Virginia. Participants will take a journey with Pierson as he explores more than 30 artists and their work, including Blanche Lazzell and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.A native of Charleston, Pierson graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio. His illustrations have been featured in books and magazines, and recently he has painted three public murals in Charleston.Joe Geiger will present "Archives and History Online Resources" at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.Geiger will present an overview of what is available on the West Virginia Archives and History website,, that can be useful to researchers, both genealogists and historians.Geiger has worked for Archives and History since 1998, serving as historian, webmaster and assistant and acting director before being named director in 2009. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in history from Marshall University. For the past 15 years, Geiger has taught West Virginia History as an adjunct professor at Marshall. He is the author of several articles and two books, "Civil War in Cabell County, West Virginia, 1861-1865" (1991) and "Holding the Line: The Battle of Allegheny Mountain and Confederate Defense of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike 1861-1862" (2012).Contact Robert Taylor at or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Art professor's exhibitHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "On Desire," an exhibition of artwork by Kate Shannon, is on display through Sept. 7 at Gallery 842.Shannon is an assistant professor of art at Ohio State University's Mansfield, Ohio, campus, where she teaches new media courses. She has exhibited her work nationally, most recently at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Texas Woman's University.The exhibit features digital animations and digitally manipulated photographs from several bodies of work, all relating to the concept of desire. In one such series, "Construction/Destruction," the artist draws inspiration from a collection of glass plate negatives taken by Orville and Wilbur Wright to document their airplane experiments in Kitty Hawk, N.C., between 1898 and 1911.Gallery 842, 842 Fourth Ave., Huntington; hours, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.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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