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Arts Notes: Jan. 29, 2012

Preservation grantsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Applications are being accepted through March 31 for historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. About $500,000 will be available for grant awards, contingent upon appropriation of funds from the Legislature or Congress.Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Properties owned by church organizations or used exclusively for religious purposes are not eligible for funding. Privately owned properties are eligible only if there is evidence of public support or public benefit. Governmental properties that are not accessible to the public are not eligible.Visit, or contact Pamela Brooks at 304-558-0240, ext. 720.Governor's Arts AwardsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Commission on the Arts are seeking nominations for the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards. All West Virginians are encouraged to nominate individual artists, organizations and communities in five categories. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 22.The award categories are:
  • Arts in Education, to recognize efforts to strengthen arts education in public schools and the overall impact on arts education in West Virginia;
  • Distinguished Service to the Arts, to recognize individuals and/or organizations of exceptional talent and creativity that have contributed to the arts and fostered growth, and influenced trends and aesthetic practices on a state and national level;
  • Leadership in the Arts, to recognize individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and access to the arts throughout West Virginia;
  • Artist of the Year, to recognize an individual artist who has impacted the exposure to the arts in West Virginia through his or her work; and
  • The Governor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, for significant achievement in the arts for an individual and/or organization.
  • A ceremony and gala to present the awards will take place in March at the Culture Center.Contact Rose McDonough at 304-558-0240, ext. 152, or Visit 842 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Thermal Traces" is the latest exhibition at Gallery 842 and features encaustic (hot wax) paintings by three artists: Kristy Deetz, Lorraine Glessner and Reni Gower, who curated the exhibit.
    Deetz is chairwoman of the art department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Glessner is assistant professor at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Gower is professor of art in the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University.In other news, Gallery 842 is calling for submissions to its second annual Juried Exhibition. Open to artists in all disciplines, original works of art in any media, addressing any theme, created within the past three years are welcome. The works will be submitted via CD and juried by a committee comprised of faculty, staff and community representatives. Accepted works will be displayed March 2 to April 13 at Gallery 842, a university/community gallery.Marshall University Department of Art and Design faculty are excluded from this exhibition. Works previously displayed at Marshall University's art galleries are ineligible.Entry fees and CDs must be delivered to Gallery 842 or postmarked by Feb. 8. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2.For complete entry submission information, email or call 304-696-2296. For a prospectus, visit 842, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 842 Fourth Ave., Huntington. Contact Jaye Ike, 304-696-3296 or Admission is free.Watts Museum exhibitMORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The latest exhibit at West Virginia University's Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum focuses on the history of mine illumination and the struggle to develop and adopt safe, sufficient mining lights."Defying the Darkness: The Struggle for Safe and Sufficient Mine Illumination" will remain open through July 2012.
    "For thousands of years, miners used open-flame lights to illuminate their workspaces," said Danielle Petrak, museum coordinator and curator. "But during the Industrial Revolution, these lights became great hazards, as mechanized mining techniques enabled miners to dig deeper into the earth, where flammable gas accumulated."The exhibit displays a variety of mine lighting implements. Historical photographs and prints vividly capture the faces and activities of those who participated in the slow and uneven transition toward safer mine lighting.The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, room 125, Mineral Resources Building, Evansdale Campus, West Virginia University. Admission is free, parking is available at the WVU Coliseum. Contact 304-293-4609 or court caseCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- J.R. Clifford and his landmark case Williams v. Board of Education of Tucker County will be the topic of the next Archives and History after-hours lecture. Charleston lawyer Tom Rodd will present "J.R. Clifford and the Carrie Williams Case" at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.In the case, the Tucker County Board of Education had reduced the school term of schools for black students from eight to five months to save money. A black teacher, Carrie Williams, consulted Clifford for advice. He suggested she continue teaching for the entire eight months. When the board refused to pay Williams for the additional three months, Clifford took the case to court. The state Supreme Court found in favor of Williams, the first ruling in U.S. history to determine that racial discrimination was illegal.Rodd has produced a play based on the case.Registration is requested but not required. Contact Robert Taylor, 304-558-0230, ext. 163, or'nai Jacob Art ExpoCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The fifth annual Art Expo and Sale, a community event for adults and children, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at B'nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia St. E. Presented by the Ladies' Auxiliary, the event will feature individual and group exhibits, scheduled presentations, artists, authors, photographers, potters, designers, educators, weaving, woodwork and jewelry, as well as exhibits for children.Lunch will be available for purchase, provided by The Shape Shop of Charleston.Visit or contact 304-346-4722 or artist honoredMORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgantown artist David Berry has been selected to be an artist-in-residence at the Living Gallery of the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons, Md., on the Chesapeake Bay. The center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.Berry, whose landscape paintings have been shown in Charleston, was selected through a national juried competition. During February, Berry will paint in a unique working studio space that allows visitors to view the artistic process from concept to finished product. Visitors to the studios are encouraged to interact with the artists and ask questions about techniques, tools, materials, subject and inspiration.Visit or Contact Berry at or 304-276-1830.Cultural partnershipINSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announce a new five-year cultural enrichment partnership. The arrangement between the two organizations will expand and provide educational experiences to students and the Kanawha Valley at large.The partnership will entail one concert per year to be performed by the orchestra on the WVSU campus as well as an annual performance by the Montclaire String Quartet. Four master classes will be taught by members of the orchestra each school year, and internship opportunities with the orchestra will be available for WVSU students. Students will have access to attend orchestra rehearsals and concerts. The partnership will establish a joint committee to explore future opportunities for collaboration.The annual on-campus performance will be in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Hazo W. Carter Jr.Poplar Forest artistsSUTTON, W.Va. -- Town Square Café is holding a series of shows by the artists and craftsmen of the Poplar Forest co-operative.The first artists, featured through Feb. 13, are Herb Broadbent and Debbie Cutler of Clay County and Chet Dowell of Calhoun County.Broadbent crafts wooden musical instruments called psalteries as well as a line of pewter ware including Civil War and Revolutionary War replicas, salt and honey spoons, and West Virginia memorabilia.Cutler of Ivydale runs Willow Dell Fibers, where she spins various wools and weaves and knits. Visit She uses natural fibers, including sheep's wool and alpaca.Dowell is a landscape photographer, and often takes pictures of wildlife subjects ranging from fishing blue herons to desert foxes. He and his wife taught in the elementary schools and raised cattle on their Calhoun County farm. Visit Square Café, Main and Fourth streets, Sutton. Contact 304-750-2086 or deadline  CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The reduced-fee early-postmark deadline for applicants to the Charleston FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair is Wednesday.The Art Fair will take place June 23 and 24. Visit or contact Betty Rivard at 304-364-8972 or 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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