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Arts Notes: June 3, 2012

'Fine Arf!'HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- To celebrate Huntington's win over 15 other cities vying for the $100,000 Pet Safe "Bark for Your Park Contest" and the June 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new dog park, the Huntington Museum of Art will present an exhibition featuring images of dogs from the museum's permanent collection through July 22.A guided tour of "Fine Arf!" will take place June 26 at 7 p.m. during the Fourth Tuesday Tour. At the same time, nature docents will give a guided tour of the nature trails, where visitors are welcome to bring their dogs on leashes. Weather permitting, refreshments will be served outside following both tours. Attendees are encouraged to bring pet supplies to be donated to Little Victories.The works on exhibit in "Fine Arf!" span five centuries and portray the relationships between humans and their canine companions. Many different types of dogs are depicted in a variety of media including oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, prints and decorative art objects. Each image will be accompanied by a famous quote about dogs.Visitors to the Huntington Museum of Art Facebook page can post photos of their favorite dog. These photos will be added to a photo album on the museum's Facebook page.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 Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.The Art StoreCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "THR33: Works by Nancy Berlin, Helma Groot and Mary Boxley Bullington" will open with a reception from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 9 at The Art Store and will run through July 6. The show will feature color and concept as a central aspect. Both abstract and figurative works will be included.The artists have had numerous solo exhibitions around the country and are included in many private and public collections such as The Spectrum Group (Johnson & Johnson Inc.), Roanoke, Va.; Boston Public Library, Boston; Davis Museum, Wellesley, Mass.; Neiman Marcus, Boston. Berlin is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship Grant for Work on Paper. Groot is known for her commissioned works in public places, including Ohio's Port Columbus International Airport and Toledo Children's Hospital.The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; or 304-345-1038.Blue Star MuseumsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Military personnel and their families can visit the Clay Center and the Huntington Museum of Art for free this summer.The Clay Center will once again offer free gallery admission to all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program.Running through Labor Day, the program is a partnership of Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts.The center also will offer discounted prices of $2 to planetarium shows and $3 to giant-screen films.
Huntington Museum of Art has a policy offering free museum admission to active-duty military personnel and their families indefinitely, inspired by participating in Blue Star Museums in the past. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD form 1173 ID card or a DD form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active-duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.More than 1,500 museums across America offer free admission to military personnel and their families through the Blue Star program. For a complete listing, visit 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. 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'Mega Square Meal'CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Arts Council of Kanawha Valley, in conjunction with FestivALL, will host the "Mega Square Meal" for visual artists only, from 2 to 4 p.m. June 24 at Bridge Road Bistro. This session will be part artist grant/part fundraiser for the organization. The event is co-sponsored by Mountaineer Montessori School.
Eight visual artists will give four-minute presentations. Three grants will be awarded -- the main pool grant (amount to be determined by the number of guests), a second grant ($300) and a third grant ($100).The Square Meal is a grass-roots model for funding small- to medium-size creative projects through community meals. A group of people come together to share a meal at an affordable price. All the income from that meal is given as a grant to support a creative project. Grant applications are accepted up until the deadline; everyone who purchases the meal gets to vote on who receives the grant. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the customers.Winning proposals have eight months to complete aspect of proposal and report back via video on the micro grant.The proposal review panel will be composed of city officials, members of the Charleston Beautification Committee, community members and members from each of the arts. Proposals will be reviewed via email and rated. Proposals are due by 6 p.m. June 15. Please submit a Word document. Submit proposals to or ACKV, P.O. Box 1029, Charleston, WV 25324.
The community dinner costs $32 ($15 to grant money, $6 to restaurant, $11 to Arts Council Kanawha Valley) if paid in advance before June 21. After June 21 and at the door it will cost $40 ($15 grant, $6 food, $19 Arts Council Kanawha Valley). There is an extra charge for credit/debit cards. Mail checks to the address listed above.Malden historyCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Old Malden" will be the topic for a free lecture at 6 p.m. June 5 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center.Lawyer and local historian Larry L. Rowe will talk about the unique heritage of Malden -- as a frontier industrial center, enslaved people worked and were housed alongside white employees.This history centers on Booker T. Washington, whose early life in Malden set his belief in hard work, family life and middle-class values.Rowe is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and has a master's degree in public administration from WVU. He served two terms in the House of Delegates and one term in the state Senate.Contact Robert Taylor, at or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Library eventsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two special exhibits are planned for the Kanawha County Public Library's main branch:
  • "2012 Design Awards: West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects" can be viewed on the fourth floor through August. Each year, the state chapter of the AIA recognizes the most outstanding architectural design projects in the state. For the seventh year, the winning projects will be displayed.
  • "This Quilt Was Really Fun to Make" runs through August on the first floor. Members of the Kanawha Valley Quilters Guild and the Moon and Stars Quilters Guild will display their creations.
  • Randolph Arts juried showELKINS, W.Va. -- The Randolph County Community Arts Center is accepting submissions to its 11th annual Gala Juried Art Exhibition to be held Sept. 7-27.The deadline for entries is a postmark date of July 6. The exhibit is open to all artists over 18. Original two- and three-dimensional works completed since January 2009 and not previously exhibited in the Great Hall of the arts center are eligible. Acceptable media include painting, sculpture, photography, clay, fiber, wood, glass and metal. More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded.Michael Christie, of Lewisburg, is the juror for the exhibit. He was artist in residence at The Greenbrier resort from 2009-2011.The prospectus may be requested by mail or downloaded at checks payable to Randolph County Community Arts Center and mail to RCCAC, P.O. Box 3111, Elkins, WV 26241. RCCAC will collect a commission of 20 percent for all sales. Artists may list their work not for sale.Randolph County Community Arts Center, 2 Park St., Elkins; 304-637-2355; MuseumsWASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present "The Art of the Video Game" through Sept. 30 and "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond," through Sept. 3.The Renwick Gallery features "40 under 40: Craft Futures," celebrating 40 artists born since 1972, from July 20 through Feb. 3.The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. Daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit All programs and tours are free.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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