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Arts Notes: April 14, 2013

By Staff reports
New works by Ellie SchaulCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store will present "Ellie Schaul: New Works," a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Charleston artist.The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20, and featuring an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Schaul also will give a lunchtime lecture at noon May 1, and she is planning a plein-air painting workshop June 1."Ellie Schaul: New Works," which will hang through May 10, is the artist's seventh solo exhibition at The Art Store since she began exhibiting with the gallery in 1976. Her latest body of work is an exploration of interiors infused with evidence of human presence and hints of the domestic."A combination of color, texture and unusual perspectives emerge as deceptively familiar subjects which through these artistic choices take on a particular psychological undertone and are often rife with symbolism," notes a news release from The Art Store.Schaul is the gallery director emeritus of The Art Store, where she served as gallery director for more than 25 years.In addition to many corporate and private collections, Schaul's artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Clay Center's Juliet Museum of Art, the West Virginia State Museum, the University of Charleston and the Huntington Museum of Art.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.For details on the plein-air workshop, visit the website.Ceramics artistsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Toys from their childhood inspired two ceramics artists whose work will be on display through May 1 in the Annex Gallery at Taylor Books.Sculptors Mike Bowen and Jamey Biggs didn't know each other was making art surrounding the Tonka truck toys that they had spent so much time playing with as kids. Bowen saw Biggs' work at an art show and was "shocked at the similarities between his own aesthetics and those of Jamey's," said a news release from Taylor Books.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 or 304-342-1461. Visit Deal photographsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Author Betty Rivard will share a selection of West Virginia images during the Great Depression at 2 p.m. April 21 as the April installment of the Little Lecture Series of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Rivard gathered 158 images for her book "New Deal Photographs of West Virginia: 1934-1943," published in 2012 by WVU Press with support from a Humanities Council grant. Copies of the book will be available at the program. Seating is limited and people who want to attend the program should contact the Humanities Council at 304-346-8500 no later than noon April 17.From 1934 to 1943, a photographic unit of 10 photographers working for the U.S. Farm Security Administration captured more than 1,600 images documenting West Virginia daily life.Robinson & McElwee PLLC is sponsoring the 2013 Little Lecture Series, held in the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E. Admission is $10 and includes a reception after the program. For more information, call the council at 304-346-8500. Gallery Eleven artistCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Linda Charles Stone is the featured artist for Gallery Eleven during April. She works primarily in acrylic and watercolor, in both realism and abstract styles.UC Builders lunch
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's all about art and four artists at the April 25 luncheon meeting of the UC Builders.The four are all members of the UC Builders: Dolly Hartman, Mary Hartman, Emily Roles and Susan Poffenbarger will display and discuss their works during "Artists Among Us."An opportunity to meet the artists and view their new works begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon being served at noon. Erma Byrd Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Charleston.The price is $18, and reservations are requested by April 19; contact Jamie DeYoung at or 304-357-4369.Membership in the UC Builders is not a requisite for attending the luncheons and presentations, although new members are welcome. The mission of the UC Builders is to fund special projects and scholarships and to promote the university to its greater Charleston community.Watercolor workshop
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Allied Artists of West Virginia is sponsoring a spring watercolor workshop April 26-28 at Cakes by Appointment, in Charleston.Laurie Goldstein-Warren, of Buckhannon, is the instructor. She has exhibited her work in many national and international exhibitions, including the Watercolour Biennial in Shanghai, China, and the National Watercolor Society's International Open Exhibition in 2012.She belongs to eight watercolor societies, including West Virginia. Her paintings may be viewed at focus of the April workshop will be "Limited Palette Portraits." For information, contact Brenda Beatty at lineupCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The second ArtWalk of the year will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 18 in downtown Charleston.
  • The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network will hold a silent auction titled "One with Courage" at Romano & Associates, 230 Capitol St., Suite 200. For more information, visit
  • Join the Charleston Ballet for a drink and a snack for its "Dancing and Drinks" series. View the inside world of ballet dancers in class and rehearsal settings, along with new paintings by Kim Sunday. A few photographs by K.D. Lett and Jurgen Lorenzen will be on display. The ballet studios are on the mezzanine floor of the Security Building, 100 Capitol St.
  • House of Luxe will feature Alexis Bittar's new jewelry line, and Tony the Tailor will showcase the "Best of England," featuring fabrics from the best mills in England along with a Scotch whisky tasting. The featured artist will be Kelly Bryant. For more information, visit
  • The Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature works by West Virginia Allied Artists, including Anne Jacobs, Steven Holsclaw, Newman Jackson, Sandra King, Judy Pratt, Linda Stonestreet, Sharon Harms, Regina Swim and Patricia Fox.
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will display the works of six artists: photographers Bill and Carolyn Hilborn and Deborah Herndon, and artists Mary Blake, Diana Pittis and Katie Cumberledge.
  • Delfine's will showcase its brand-new, state-of-the-art engraving machine, which allows them to provide simple engraving, such as on the inside of a ring or the outside of a bangle bracelet.
  • Art Emporium is having a solo art exhibition from Homaira Ahmed from Tuesday through May 11. The opening reception will take place during ArtWalk.
  • For more information on all the participating venues, visit is sponsored by Charleston Area Alliance.Digital photo workshopCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College will offer a digital photography workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22.The hands-on workshop will take place at the college's Workforce and Economic Development site in the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center, Suite 142, 1701 Fifth Ave. The fee is $59.To register, call 304-205-6603 or email covered in the workshop include selecting the right camera, media storage devices, image editing and organization, storage of digital photos and which of various editing programs meets class members' needs. An introduction to Photoshop Elements will be included.
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