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Art Notes: Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012

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This is an overall view of "Fortune Patch" by Rebecca Gilbert, now on exhibit at Birke Gallery in Huntington.
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A close-up of Gilbert's "Fortune Patch."
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This desk by wood artist Jeff Probst is one of several items available at the Oct. 6-7 30th celebration of Probst Furniture Makers in Hamlin.
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Probst made this dresser for his "Meander" series. Probst will host an open house at his Hamlin studio Oct. 6-7.
Celebrating 30 yearsTo celebrate 30 years of business, Probst Furniture Makers will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 (tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 (tour at 2 p.m.). Shop tours will include demonstrations of the construction of the furniture from board to finished piece. In honor of the celebration, all pieces in the inventory will be on sale. Refreshments will be provided.For more information contact 304-824-5916 or Visit for directions to the Hamlin shop. Teacher's workshop series at Habitat ReStoreHabitat ReStore is offering a free workshop series for current teachers during open houses from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3, 4 and 5 in the Homeowner Education and Community Center. On Oct. 3, create hall passes; on Oct. 4 create classroom planters; on Oct. 5 create supply organizers. All projects will be constructed from repurposed materials.Friday's workshop will include a food and drink reception in honor of World Teacher Day and a cake made of school supplies door prize will be given away.These workshops are free with school ID, but registration is required by calling Terry St Germain at 304-720-8733 ext. 3.Also at the Habitat ReStore, in conjunction with Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley Historical Society, a panel of historic preservation experts will be available for the day Oct. 27 to answer questions and consult with homeowners at no charge. Open to the public.Meet experts in the historic preservation fields of masonry, plaster, windows, historic architecture, historic interiors, and structural engineering. If possible, bring photos or easily transportable items from home.The Preservation Roadshow will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Homeowner Education and Community Center. For information, or 304-345-6005. MU printmaking alumna at Birke GalleryHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery features artwork by Rebecca Gilbert, a Philadelphia-based printmaker and Marshall alumna, in a solo exhibition "Treasure: Dirt and Stars" through Oct. 12.Gilbert is an experienced printmaker who works primarily in the media of woodcut and intaglio. The exhibit features life-scale mounted reduction woodcuts, collagraphs, and drawings.
Gilbert earned her MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts in 2006 from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa., where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Robert Prize for Graduate Study in MFA Book Arts/Printmaking. She earned her BFA in Printmaking in 2000 from Marshall. She currently is a fellow in the Career Development program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Art Futures Artist in Residence at Conwell Egan Catholic High School, and senior lecturer at the University of the Arts where she teaches printmaking.  Arts in Education fundingThe Square Meal "Arts in Education Project Fund" proposal deadline has been extended to 6 p.m. Oct. 9. The presentation event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Habitat for Humanity Community Room, 815 Court St. Catering will be by Ms. Groovy's Kitchen.This grant is open to PreK-12 schools, daycares, after school programs and other youth organizations. Grant proposals should address project description, relevance/need, use of funds and timeline/success.A selection panel will rate each proposal and ultimately four will be chosen to return and present their proposal (4-8 minutes) to a voting audience.
Audience members pay $16 to attend, $10 goes to the grant pool, $ 5 for food, $1 for Arts Council Kanawha Valley. A starting grant of $200 is provided by FestivALL.Early bird reservation are $16 (online payment is $16.60). After Oct. 15 reservations or tickets purchased at the door are $21. Visit neededThe West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in partnership with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is inviting quilters from across the state to help make a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt.
The quilt will include 55 squares, with a handmade square representing each of the state's counties. The finished quilt will be a feature of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's WV150 display at the Culture Center.Quilters should contact Renee Margocee who will accept applications for each county on a first-come, first accepted basis. The 6-inch squares must be completed and received by Dec. 15."Each quilter may select any pattern for the 6-inch square that he or she is submitting," Margocee said. "In keeping with the statehood theme, we encourage them to consider a West Virginia or traditional theme, but are not limiting their choice of pattern." Pieced and applique patterns are acceptable, as is embroidery stitching. Participating quilters will receive a packet with guidelines for background and feature fabrics. The fabric patterns and colors would have been available in 1863, the year West Virginia became a state.West Virginia quilters will stitch the squares together and quilt them.Contact Margocee at 304-558-0240 or email Renee.Margocee@wv.govFall artThe Renaissance Art Gallery has a new fall "fashion show" of autumn-themed art, that includes abstracts, watercolor and photography.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. First Fridays in LewisburgLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Bureau and several Downtown Businesses are hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at First Fridays After Five, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. "Paint Lewisburg Pink" includes representatives from the Robert C. Byrd Clinic and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, information booths, quilt displays, giveaways and "pink" themed items for sale. Proceeds go to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, providing health care for West Virginia women that are uninsured.The Strum Sum Band begins at 5 p.m.Harmony Ridge Gallery's pewter artist, Cynthia Webb, created an "Awareness Ribbon" cast pewter bookmark with a glass bead and satin ribbon and proceeds from the sales of these items will benefit the women's cancer-screening program. 209 W. Washington St., 304-645-4333.Studio 40's fused-glass artist Nina Cambron has produced a limited edition "word tile" that can be purchased. Studio 40 will donate all of the proceeds to breast cancer awareness/research. 130 W. Washington St., 304-647-4444.The Darling Exchange joins in the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign by selling handcrafted pink hair clips/bows, appropriate for all ages, from baby to adult. All proceeds will be donated to West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. 113 N. Lafayette St., 304-520-2594.Washington Street Gallery hosts an artist reception for the opening of "Joie de Vivre, France and Beyond," a collection of new paintings by Lynn Goldstein. The show runs through Nov. 28. 123 W. Washington St., 304-647-4561.The Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum invite the public to enjoy a Candlelit Haunted History Tour. Tours will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $1 per person and children under 12 years of age are free. 301 W. Washington St., 304-645-3398.Honnahlee invites kids to get into the Halloween spirit, by stopping in for Tattoo Night and receiving a free temporary spooky tattoo to celebrate the season. 117 E. Washington St., 304-645-6123.Cooper Gallery hosts an opening for Morgantown artist John Cuthbert's show, "A Slice of Winter." 122 E. Washington St., 304-645-6439."Pushin' String" performs at The General Lewis Inn, 5 to 7 p.m. 301 E. Washington St., 304-645-2600.The Historic Lewis Theatre offers a complimentary bag of popcorn to all First Friday movie goers. 113 Court St., 304-645-6038.Plants Etc. hosts guitarist and singer Django Burroughs. 102 S. Jefferson St. 304-645-6910.Patrick O'Flaherty will play Celtic Music at The Irish Pub from 6 to 11 p.m. and will be joined by Tim Pence from 8 to 10 p.m. 109 E. Washington St., 304-645-7386.Visit 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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