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Arts Notes: May 26, 2013

By Staff reports
New crafts at Art StoreCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store is featuring new fine crafts by Abra Couture, Nikki Butler, Creative with Clay, Hilborn Pottery and C&H Glassworks.Meanwhile, its exhibit "Duet," featuring works on handmade paper and sculpture by Katherine and Jonathan Cox, will be on display through June 7. The show highlights the technical skills of the couple with Katherine Cox's delicate application of graphite in drawing and Jonathan Cox's manipulation of wood into flowing forms.Rhododendron FestivalCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 48th annual Rhododendron Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 at the Capitol Complex.Exhibitors may sell their work, which will be judged for cash prizes.The festival will feature paintings, photographs, woodwork, stained glass, jewelry, baskets and more. Live music and food will be offered.'Sense of Place' showHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "A Sense of Place," a West Virginia sesquicentennial artist invitational, opens June 1 at the Huntington Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Sept. 22.
The museum invited 18 artists, some West Virginia natives and others who have chosen to make West Virginia their home, to explore the idea of "A Sense of Place," each in their own individual way.The artists selected for this exhibition also teach at colleges and universities in West Virginia. They are Grant Johnson, Alderson-Broaddus; Michael Doig, Davis & Elkins; Liza Brenner, Glenville, Andy Bloxham, West Virginia Wesleyan; Reidun Ovrebo and Molly S. Erlandson, West Virginia State; Mark Tobin Moore and James Biggs, Concord; Sonya Evanisko and Christian Benefiel, Shepherd; Jennifer Boggess, Fairmont State; James Haizlett, West Liberty; Erika Osborne and Michael Sherwin, West Virginia University; Kenneth Morgan, Bethany; and Peter Massing, Natalie Larsen and Hayson Harrison, Marshall.An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 22 at the museum.Visit or call 304-529-2701 for additional information.Free for military familiesCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center once again will offer free gallery admission to all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program. The free admission program kicks off May 28 and continues through Labor Day.
The program is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Clay Center joins more than 1,800 museums that will offer free admission to military families in 2013.Also, the Clay Center will offer discounted prices of $2 to planetarium shows and $3 to giant-screen films.The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active-duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.For more information, visit or call 304-561-3570. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Clay Center is closed on Memorial Day. The complete listing of participating Blue Star Museums in available at
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