Arts notes: March 9, 2014

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The new exhibit at the Sleeth Gallery at West Virginia Wesleyan College is "Plagued: Recent works by Artist in Residence Tonja Torgerson," It will be exhibited from March 25 - April 1.
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Clarice Kumlien and her son, Eric Kumlien, have an exhibit at Renaissance Art Gallery 900 8th Street, Suite 20 Huntington through April 19, titled "Mother and Son: It is in the Genes."
John Cuthbert's new art bookMORGANTOWN -- John Cuthbert, Director of West Virginia University's West Virginia and Regional History Center and Special Collections, has written a new book about the twentieth century West Virginia artist Virginia B. Evans (1894-1983).  Ms. Evans was a significant figure in the art history of West Virginia but according to Dr. Cuthbert is "almost completely unknown."  His hope is that his book, "Virginia B. Evans: An All-Around Artist" will bring her art to light to West Virginians and the art world.In conjunction with the release of the book, the State Museum will host a Virginia B. Evans exhibit in the Culture Center.  The exhibit will include approximately 30 paintings and several examples of functional art glass designed by the artist.  The exhibit opens on March 19 and will run through the end of May.The West Virginia State Museum and the State Museum Shop, The Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or Charleston Library art chairs fundraiserSOUTH CHARLESTON -- The South Charleston Library, 312 Fourth Ave., has  12 wooden children's chairs it is seeking to give new life to while also raising funds for the library. In addition, the library is seeking un-upholstered wooden seating for children and adults to offer more creative refurbishments.Creative members of the public are invited to take a chair home to refurbish and return to the Library in April as part of the South Charleston Library's CHAIRity event and National Library Week. Chairs can be taken from the library for refurbishment immediately after signing them out. Chairs may be decorated in any way (painted, stenciled, decoupaged, woodburn, etc) with any theme (books, fish, movies, nature, sports, etc).Artists can provide their own chairs as well if they so wish. They just need to inform the Library they are participating. Renewed chairs need to be returned to the Library on April 11. Artists can suggest a starting price that they feel the chair should go for. The chairs will be on display prior to the special silent CHAIRity auction April 15. All proceeds from the sale of the renewed chairs will benefit the South Charleston Public Library. For additional information, call 304-744-6561.  The library is open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. The library has a facebook page.Clay Center lunchtime lectureThe Clay Center will present a free interactive lunchtime lecture and drawing experience at 12:15 p.m., March 12.  Arif Khan, the Clay Center's Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art, will introduce the new nature themed exhibit, Every Living Thing. Participants will then try their hand at drawing from some of the pieces or from natural objects provided.  The Clay Center states that drawing skills are not necessary, just a sense of adventure.  Supplies provided. 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.Uncork & Create for a causeUncork and Create is hosting a fundraiser for Dollar Energy Fund of West Virginia at 6 p.m., March 20. A local artist will take participants step by step on how to make a masterpiece on their own canvas. Tickets are $45 per seat. $10 from each ticket will be given to Dollar Energy Fund of West Virginia, a group helping families with limited income to pay utility bills. This event takes place at 6 p.m., March 20. For more information, call 304-552-3331 or visit Gallery exhibit
BUCKHANNON - The Sleeth Gallery at West Virginia Wesleyan College will present the inaugural Artist in Residence exhibition: "Plagued: Recent works by Artist in Residence Tonja Torgerson" from March 25 - April 1.Torgerson's artwork is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in several private and museum collections including the Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She received her MFA in Printmaking at Syracuse University and her BFA from the University of Minnesota. Her recent work blends figurative, street art, and traditional printmaking practices. More information about the artist can be found at opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 3 with an artist's talk to immediately follow at 6:00 p.m. in the gallery.For more information about Sleeth Gallery, please contact Gallery Director, Phil McCollam, at or at (304) 473-8433. The Sleeth Gallery can be found online at or The gallery is open 12 - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday or by appointment. It is located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall at the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue. Admission is free. Quilt and wall hanging juried exhibit deadline setThe West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites all West Virginia quilters to enter the 2014 Quilt and Wall Hanging Exhibition.
Entries for the 2014 quilt exhibition will be accepted at the Culture Center from April 9 through May 2. Marcel Miller, president of the National Quilting Association, certified quilt judge, and professional machine quilter from Hertford, North Carolina will jury the quilts. In addition, she will be holding a two-part quilting workshop on May 9. Quilts that are selected for show will be on display May 23 until Sept. 8.Prior to of the juried quilt exhibition, the division is displaying 30 award-winning and commemorative quilts from the United States Bicentennial exhibition, last year's Sesquicentennial Quilt and previous quilt exhibitions in the Great Hall of the Culture Center. The show will be on display until May 12.The prospectus and entry information for the 2014 Quilt and Wall Hanging Juried Exhibition can be downloaded at For more information about the exhibit and the quilting workshop, please contact Holli Vanater, museum operations manager, at 304-558-0220.WV Reads 150The West Virginia Center for the Book will have a celebration for all participants of WV Reads 150, a reading initiative in honor of West Virginia's sesquicentennial, from 1-3 p.m. on March 22, in the West Virginia Culture Center's Great Hall and in the West Virginia Library Commission J. D. Waggoner Reading Room, adjacent to the Great Hall. The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but was cancelled due to the water emergency.People read books individually or joined teams to read 150 books collectively at more than 75 public libraries, academic libraries, schools and bookstores across the state. 543 teams statewide read a total of 113,282 books.Prize drawings will be held throughout the open house reception, and a number of West Virginia authors including Bill Bitner, Danny Boyd, Patricia Harman, Marc Harshman, Marie Manilla, Betty Rivard, Mack Samples, and Sarah Title will attend for book signings. Marc Harshman, WV Poet Laureate, will be the master of ceremonies. Authors' books will be available for purchase in the Tamarack West Virginia Museum Shop.  The WV State Museum will be open and available for tours free of charge.The celebration will also kick off WV READS 150+, a new reading initiative for 2014. For more information about the celebration and the new campaign, contact Susan Hayden, Adult Services Consultant,, 304-558-3978.
The West Virginia State Museum and the State Museum Shop, The Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or Artists accepting submissions to juried exhibitionAllied Artists of West Virginia is calling West Virginia artist submittals for its 69th Juried Exhibition by March 30. The Juror's selected works will be held at the Huntington Museum of Art. All two- and three-dimensional West Virginia resident artists are invited to submit more than two entries by CD images for jurying.  Artists must be age 18 or older for consideration.  Exhibition submittal details are available at for "Juried Shows," then click "Prospectus."  The Exhibition will open June 14 and continue through July 13.  Prize awards include $1,000 for Best in Show and eight awards of $500 each for Excellence.Allied Artists of West Virginia has 131 active juried members throughout the state in all artistic media. For additional information, contact Steven Holsclaw at 304-552-8254 or art at Carnegie HallLEWISBURG -- Every spring, Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., celebrates the artwork of young artists by hosting the Creative Youth Art Exhibit. This year the juried art show will be in the Old Stone Room gallery through March 28. The show features the best artwork from students, grades 4-12, from public, private, and home schools in the Greenbrier Valley.Student artwork is judged by a panel of judges selected by Carnegie Hall. The judging will be divided by category and grade. The categories are:  Mixed Media, Drawing, Painting, Pastel, and Photography. Grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will be judged separately. The Best in Show overall winner will be awarded a selection of art supplies to help further their artistic endeavors.Carnegie Hall will also feature the winners from the Pocahontas County school art contest. For additional information, contact Leah Trent, Education Director at Carnegie Hall, at 304-645-7917 or or visit & Elkins dance, music and theater eventsELKINS -- The Davis & Elkins College Dance Festival, March 14-16 in Myles Center for the Arts, includes workshops, social dance events and concerts featuring performances by students, faculty, guest artists and local dance professionals. Two classes are available in Arts Integrated Curriculum Development. For a full schedule of events and pricing, visit & Gun will perform a mountain music show at 10 p.m., March 14 in The Icehouse on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. The band has been performing its traditional Appalachian music throughout north central West Virginia since 2011. Admission is free. For more information, call the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or visit band Gaelic Storm will perform at 7:30 p.m., March 21 in Myles Center for the Arts on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. The six-member band blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition. With catalog sales of more than 1 million, the group's latest release, "The Boathouse," is their fourth to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. The concert is presented by Myles Center for the Arts. Ticket prices range from $20 to $25 depending on seating location, and group rates are available. For more information, call the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or to purchase tickets online, visit Davis & Elkins College Division of Fine & Performing Arts spring production, "Schoolhouse Rock Live!," runs April 9-13 in Boiler House Theatre on the College campus in Elkins. Performances on April 9-12 take place at 8 p.m. The April 13 performance is a 2 p.m. matinee. The musical revue based on songs from the popular TV series, follows school teacher Tom who receives advice from various characters on how to win over his student body. Tickets are $10, general admission; $7, alumni, seniors and military; free, faculty, staff and students. For more information, call the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or to purchase tickets online, visit Series Concert at Halliehurst on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins will take place at 2 p.m., April 27. The performance features internationally acclaimed flutist Nina Assimakopoulos, pianist Carol Beall and mezzo-soprano Hope Koehler, who is the featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Admission is free. For more information, call the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or visit and son art exhibitHUNTINGTON -- The Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 8th St.. Suite 20, will feature the artwork of Clarice Kumlien and her son Eric Kumlien in the exhibit "Mother and Son: It is in the Genes" through April 19.  A reception, open to the public, is 2 -4 p.m. March 9.Clarice Kumlien, president of the Ironton Artists Association, does watercolor paintings of country landscapes and still life paintings of flowers and vegetables she grows in her garden at Lake Forest, Ohio. Eric Kumlien, from Huntington, studied at Marshall University. His primary mediums are printmaking and pottery.Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or;; Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.Barter TheatreABINGTON, VA. -- Barter Theatre has announced the "Barter Break" ticket. Any seats available at the theatre after 11 a.m. on the day of a performance can be purchased at 50 percent off the regular ticket price. Barter Break tickets must be purchased in-person at Barter's box office on the day of the performance. The already highly discounted tickets to The Barter Players are not included as a part of Barter Break ticket offer. Barter is offering "Barter Break" tickets for all Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II shows for the entire 2014 Season. Barter's current spring shows include the musical "Man of La Mancha," the British comedy "I Do, I Do, I Do" on Barter's Main Stage, as well as the comedy about the making of Gone With the Wind entitled "Don't Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell" and the world premiere of "The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale" at Barter Stage II. For more information about "Barter Break" half-priced ticket and any other Barter Theatre ticket deals, as well as a full listing of Barter's show times and descriptions, visit or call Barter's box office at 276-628-3991.Blenko Open House Blenko Glass will have a Spring Open House Event and the annual Blenko Warehouse Sale at the Blenko Visitor Center from March 15 to 19.  Warehouse hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The warehouse is closed Sundays.The warehouse sale includes factory over-runs and one-of-a-kind pieces discounted 30 to 70 percent off regular prices, Dalle de Verre art glass slabs at buy one get one free, and Blenko Sheet Glass discounted 50 percent.The Blenko Visitor Center Open House includes specials, Walter Blenko & Andy Blenko Signing Events, make your own glass Easter eggs, make your own mini water bottles, stained glass mosaic art, and the Limited Edition "Pink Peony" Vase and Ivy Bowl and the Blue Swirl Pitcher available on a first-come first-serve basis while supplies last.For more information on this event please call 304-743-9081 or visit've changed our submission process! 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