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Arts Notes: July 1, 2012

Renaissance Art GalleryHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Renaissance Art Gallery will be closed on the July Fourth holiday. There will be no classes and no studio hours. Classes will resume July 11. All regular fine art classes will be held.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.Teen art show winnersCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2012 FestivALL Teen Art Show and Sale took place June 14-18 at Charleston Town Center Mall with George Washington High School, St. Albans High School, McKinley Middle School and Sissonville Middle School participating.Nearly 200 pieces of artwork in five categories were exhibited. Judges Dick Allowatt, Sharon Harms and Steve Payne presented 16 awards including best in show, won by Sarah West of St. Albans High School for her painting.First-place acknowledgements include:Drawing: Taylor Crouch, George Washington High; Alissa McLaughlin, McKinley MiddlePainting: Sarah West, St. Albans High; Chris Petry, Sissonville Middle Pen and ink: Dalton Westfall, George Washington High; Brett Reed, Sissonville MiddleMixed media: Nathan Brown, St. Albans High; Andrew Frazier, McKinley MiddleSculpture: Holly Rhodes, George Washington High; Ariel Holliday, Sissonville MiddleTamarack juried exhibitionBECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack's Fifth Annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition runs through Aug. 18.
Seven monetary gifts, sponsored by Tamarack, the Tamarack Foundation and private donors, were awarded based on the critiques of three judges. Judges included Kristina Oliver, with the state Small Business Development Centers; Jack Sheffler, chairman of the Fine Arts Division of Concord University; and Arif Khan, Clay Center curator of the arts.
Eighty-eight artists represented 31 West Virginia counties. The exhibit was open to all West Virginia artists.Best of show ($1,500) went to John Wesley Williams, of Greenbrier County. Second place ($1,000) was awarded to Vernon F. Howell, Cabell County. Betty Neely, Marion County, received third place ($500) and awards of merit ($250) were given to Jamey Biggs, Mercer County; Steve Opet, Hancock County; Aleta Cortes, Mercer County; and Harold Edwards, Kanawha County.Preservation work programCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History's proposed annual work program for its 2012-13 historic preservation program is now available for public review and comment.The work program describes the activities and programs the West Virginia Historic Preservation Office will undertake to assist communities and residents in preserving the physical evidence of the state's history.Copies of the proposed work program have been made available to one or more public libraries in every West Virginia county. The plan also may be reviewed at the Historic Preservation Office at the Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305-0300. In addition, the plan is posted on the Division's website at
Those who review the proposed work program may submit comments by completing a "Work Program Comment Form" (also available at public libraries and the website) and returning it to Susan M. Pierce, SHPO director, at the Culture Center (address above) or by email to The deadline for public comment is Aug. 15.For more information, contact Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at 304-558-0240, ext. 720.W.Va. artists in Va.FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts presents the National Juried Exhibit "Gears, Gadgets & Gizmos" in the Frederick Gallery through July 27.Two West Virginia artist-photographers will be exhibiting in the show: Steven Holsclaw's photographs titled "Heart of the Machine" and "Nail Machine" and Deborah Herndon's metallic photographs titled "Mirrored Disc Gizmo" and "Wooden Gear, Villefranche."Herndon and Holsclaw are featured in the Allied Artists of West Virginia 68th Juried Competition on exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center.The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization located in the historic Silversmith House, Fredericksburg, and is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 813 Sophia St., Fredericksburg; hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Tuesdays; visit or call 540-373-5646. Free admission to all exhibits.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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