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Arts Notes: May 12, 2013

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Next ArtWalkCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Art walkers are invited to join the Charleston Ballet during ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. May 16 for a drink and a snack for its "Dancing and Drinks" series. Visitors may view the inside world of ballet dancers at work in class and rehearsal settings for their upcoming performances.In addition, "Antique and Modern Porcelain Doll Creations of Becky Turley" will be exhibited at the ballet studio, on the mezzanine of the Security Building, 100 Capitol St.Elsewhere in downtown Charleston, Gallery Eleven welcomes two new members for ArtWalk: Joyce Daniels and Arthur Evans. Scott Milam and his son, Colin, will be playing easy-listening music at the gallery.Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature "New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943," a collection of photographs by Ben Shahn in 1935 and Marion Post Wolcott in 1938 in Logan and McDowell counties. The exhibit includes a book signing by Betty Rivard, the editor of the book.Tony the Tailor is featuring artist Kelly Bryant, and will also debut Crayon Lacing, a West Virginia-based company founded by Marc Rigsby and Bennett Rainey, that offers an assortment of color shoelaces for men's dress shoes. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.On Hale Street, Stray Dog Antiques will present an exhibition titled "Jars" that showcases collections of quotidian, weird and amusing objects composted in jars by Gina Puzzuoli. Artwork by Jake Fertig, Gary Needham, Robert Allender and Paint Coyote Studio will be on display.Photography by Bill and Carolyn Hilborn will be shown at Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates.Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served for the opening of a new exhibit at Annex Gallery Taylor Books featuring intricately layered monoprints by Karla Hackenmiller, an associate professor of art at Ohio University. Hackenmiller exhibits nationally and internationally including venues such as the Czech Museum of Fine Art, in Prague; the Buddy Holly Art Center, in Texas; and the Mesa Arts Center, in Arizona.Calligraphy by Jen Bischof will be shown at Delfine's Jewelry on Capitol Street.The oil paintings of Belmont artist Karen Chamblin will be featured in the "Inspired By the Old Masters" show at Art Emporium. About 60 paintings, including florals and animals, will be on display and for sale Tuesday through June 16.New to ArtWalk this month is Hope Village, a boutique shop at First Presbyterian Church that sells art from around the world. The featured item will be one-of-a-kind baskets woven by African craftsmen. All products are fair-trade certified, and 100 percent of the proceeds from sales at Hope Village go back to the artisans.Uncork & Create will offer a painting event at 6 p.m., "Tulips," led by artist Janet Ripper Chambers. Seating is limited. To register, visit or call 304-552-3331. Works by artists Rebecca Recco and Chet Lowther will be on display. Three artists will be highlighted at the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 16th floor of the Huntington Bank Building. They are: Katie Cumberledge's acrylic paintings, Deborah Herndon's photographs and Faye Johnson's jewelry designs.For more information about all the participating venues, visit ArtWalk is a program of the Charleston Area Alliance. Masters Law Firm is the title sponsor of ArtWalk.
Paper, sculpture worksCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Artists Katherine and Jonathan Cox will show new works on paper and sculpture in their exhibition, "Duet," which opens with a 5:30 p.m. talk May 18 at The Art Store.A reception to honor the artists will follow. "Duet" is the couple's second exhibition together and their first at The Art Store. The exhibition will continue through June 7.Katherine Cox is an artist, teacher and the current director of education at the Huntington Museum of Art. She has taught drawing at Marshall University. She is a graduate of Jacksonville University and has studied at Rhode Island School of Design and at the Art Institute of Boston. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Columbus, Ohio, and Canton, Ohio.Jonathan Cox is a sculptor working primarily in wood and stone. He received a master's in fine art from Rhode Island School of Design, and is a professor of sculpture at Marshall University. He has had solo exhibits, including the Cargoes exhibition at the Avampato Discovery Museum at the Clay Center.
According to a news release from the Art Store, Katherine Cox's current imagery draws from themes of coupling and uncoupling, using the natural objects as stand-ins for figures, representations of the human condition and relationships. Her delicately rendered drawings call attention to dichotomies within seemingly simple materials such as stone, twigs, leaves and paper.
Interest in craft and detail also appears in Jonathan Cox's large-scale wood and stone sculptures. "Both artists recall natural forms, and incorporate wood and stone either as material or subject matter, though achieving different levels of intimacy and physical relationships with their audiences," notes an Art Store news release.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; or 304-345-1038.Color and lightCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Wavelengths: The Art & Science of Color and Light" opened May 11 in both the art gallery and Mylan Explore-atory at the Clay Center.Visitors to the interactive show may experiment with hands-on activities to learn how manipulating color can alter the look of an object, as well as enhance ideas and emotions.Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington said the exhibit was designed to provide an interactive experience to all museum visitors through art and science integration. "We wanted to come up with something that brought art and science together and that anyone of any age could enjoy."Sponsored by Charleston Pediatric Dentistry and WesBanco, the exhibit will be on display in the Explore-atory through Sept. 8 and in the art gallery through Nov. 22.Clay 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;, 304-561-3570. Smart Pass (includes galleries, film and planetarium): $14.50 for adults; $12 for children, teachers and senior citizens. Galleries only: $7.50 for adults; $6 for children, teachers and seniors. Members get free, unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.Crafts movement lectureCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The May Little Lecture presented by the West Virginia Humanities Council will look at how the West Virginia crafts movement was born and continues to provide opportunities for craftspeople and consumers.Donald Page, who was a coordinator of the state effort to train and assist craftspeople in the early 1960s, will tell the story of how the crafts movement evolved with his talk "The West Virginia Crafts Movement" at 2 p.m. May 19.All Little Lectures are presented 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 West Virginia Humanities Council at 304-346-8500 or email Robinson & McElwee PLLC is sponsoring the 2013 Little Lecture Series.Preservation projectsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is accepting nominations for best contributions to the preservation of the state's historical resources.Award categories include: Preservation Achievement Award, for an outstanding individual project in historic preservation; Historic Landscape Restoration Award; Award for Preservation of Downtowns; Best Use of Historic Preservation Tax Credits Award; and Community Preservation Award, for organizational, business or community efforts to preserve significant portions of a town.Nominations should focus on projects completed within the past two years with properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. A nomination form with guidelines can be found on the Preservation Alliance's website, Nominations must be submitted electronically to by May 15. For more information, call 304-345-6005 or email encoreBARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- The final showing of the Metropolitan Opera's 2012-13 season will be an encore presentation of "Julius Caesar" from 6:30 to 11 p.m. May 15 at Cinemark, Huntington Mall, Barboursville.Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for children. For free passes, call 304-344-9091.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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