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Arts Notes: July 8, 2012

Taylor Books Annex GalleryCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A collection of sculpture, painting and works on paper is now on exhibit at Annex Gallery.Tiera Floyd, a native of Sutton and recent graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan University, has a new body of work, "Legacy of the Lines." The pieces focus on the cracks, wrinkles, whiskers, scuffs and scars of five senior citizens from her hometown.Floyd spent a lot of time with each of her subjects and chose to focus on specific features and gestures to capture the history and soul of each individual. The result, while excluding much of the information included in a traditional portrait, gives the viewer a much more intimate and compelling experience.Artist Brett Kern has taken his examination of dinosaurs in popular culture and turned it into some unique and humorous series of ceramic sculptures. It's a mixture of "Jurassic Park," "Land Before Time" and "Barney."Also on display are works by Ohio University printmaking instructor Karla Hackenmiller, Joe Mullins of Charleston, who created the female veterans memorial at the state Capitol, Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Indiana-based artist Edward Powell and other regional artists.Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., Charleston. Hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact Dan Carlisle, or 304-342-1461. Visit at TamarackBECKLEY, W.Va. -- Babe Ruth is perhaps the greatest sports hero in American history. But the "Sultan of Swat" or "The Bambino," as he came to be known, was more than a ballplayer; Ruth was a public figure whose popularity transcended that of any game.Gene Worthington brings the Babe's story to life, from his youth in Baltimore and his early career as a Red Sox pitcher to his years of glory in Yankee pinstripes.Presented by the West Virginia Humanities Council, Worthington presents the Babe in Chautauqua style at 1 p.m. July 21 at Tamarack. First he gives a monologue, taking the audience through Ruth's life. Worthington answers questions from the audience as the Babe. Finally, he breaks character and talks about Babe Ruth from a contemporary point of view and discusses the impact Ruth continues to have on baseball. Admission free. Artist demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this month at Tamarack include:July 8: Barbara Miles, Hardanger embroidery; Donna Myles, weaving; Ginger Danz, fine art.July 13-15: Christine Keller, jewelry; Frances Boone, dried flowers; June Willey, aprons.July 20-22: Delbert Pitchford, carved wood; Lynda Rhodes, note cards/painter.
July 27-29: Anne Beardslee, basket weaver; Charlie Brown, woodworker; Teresa Holcomb, jewelry/woodworker.Cast members of the "The Aracoma Story" will perform sections of the historical production at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 14 at Tamarack. Admission is free.
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.Cooper GalleryLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Cooper Gallery is featuring artist Evan Boggess' new work through July 31. Evan, son of landscape artist Lynn Boggess, has developed a unique mix of abstraction and figurative subjects exploring sites of spectrums through paint.Cooper Gallery, 122 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901. July-December: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 302-645-6439 or 888-868-5129 or visit
Archives/History lecturesCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Hatfield and McCoy Feud: Complex Individuals, Complex Events" will be the topic of discussion for a lecture at 6 p.m. July 10 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. Randy Marcum, of the Archives and History staff, will deliver the talk, which is free and open to the public.Marcum will discuss the timeline of feud events and the legal troubles of the Hatfield and Vance family members. Marcum will examine the role of some lesser-known characters associated with the feud, such as Valentine Hatfield, the elder brother of "Devil Anse" Hatfield; Alexander Messer, a Hatfield supporter; and William Dyke Garrett, a preacher and friend of Hatfield. He also will cover various court proceedings, land dealings and timber operations of Devil Anse. Photographs, books and legal documents from the Archives and History collection will illustrate the events discussed.Marcum's family has lived in the Tug River Valley since the early 1800s. He is a graduate of the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio, and is president of the Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society.At 6 p.m. July 12, Mary Glass will present "Getting the Most Out of and Searching the 1940 Census" in the Archives and History Library. This event is free and open to the public.Glass will discuss accessing and using information available in the recently released 1940 U.S. census and tips on finding the vast resources pertaining to West Virginia that are available at Free public access to the 1940 census and other documents are online at the FamilySearch site and are rapidly being indexed. Information available includes original federal documents, some of West Virginia's original documents, books, genealogies of families, free courses and articles. She will explore the methods for searching these records.Raised in Kanawha County, Glass now lives in Buckhannon. She has degrees in education from West Virginia University and Marshall University and has taught chemistry, physics and gifted education classes. She is past president of the West Virginia Association for the Gifted and Talented. Glass has an avid interest in family history, and is a volunteer indexer and arbitrator for FamilySearch. She also serves as a family history consultant for the Buckhannon Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Renaissance Art GalleryHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- From 1 to 3 p.m. July 14, Renaissance Art Gallery will hold an art trading card party and swap.The gallery will have supplies for guests to try their hand at this activity. The baseball-card-size cards are not sold; they are traded. They can be made of almost anything, and can be of just about everything. No "artistic talent" is needed.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.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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