Best of West VirginiaBECKLEY, W.Va. -- Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. June 16 for the winners of Tamarack's fifth annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition in the Gov. Hulett Smith Theater at Tamarack.According to gallery manager Zack Hartsog, more than 400 pieces were submitted for the show, which offers seven monetary awards. "The work submitted by 140 artisans included 90 two-dimensional pieces and 68 three-dimensional pieces," said Hartsog. "Over 100 artists were accepted represented by 158 pieces of work."Artists who work in glass, pottery, wood, textiles, fine art, metal, basketry, jewelry, furniture, paper, sculpture and multimedia submitted up to three entries per medium to be considered for the show that opens June 16 in the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack.A first-place prize for one Best of Show will be awarded at $1,500, one second place at $1,000, one third place at $500 and four merit awards at $250 each."This exhibition demonstrates the breadth and depth of West Virginia artists," Hartsog said. "There are full-size furniturelike pieces, large stained-glass windows and screens, mobiles, photography, glass, mixed media and even a gigantic Tonka truck made of clay."Accepted artworks are on display for sale in the gallery through Aug. 1.Judges for the show were: Kathy Jacobs, patron; Barbara Kyle, West Virginia Women's Commission; and Raymond Yeager, University of Charleston.Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, exit 45 off Interstate 77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.Sesquicentennial lectureCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, will present the lecture "When Western Virginians Remained Loyal: West Virginia Statehood and the Union" at 10 a.m. June 21 in the Archives and History Library at the West Virginia Culture Center. The free program is part of West Virginia's official Sesquicentennial events.When residents of western Virginia remained loyal to the United States during the Civil War, they were among a small minority of white people living in slave states who refused to join the Confederacy. Sheehan-Dean will discuss their motivation and provide reasons why some people stayed loyal to the United States. He'll also discuss the strategic importance of securing the territory of western Virginia.Sheehan-Dean has a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He is the author of "Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia" (2007) and the Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War (2008). He teaches courses on 19th-century U.S. history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern History.For more information, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director of Archives and History, at 304-558-0230 or email@example.com.Carnegie Hall showLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The deadline for the 29th annual Season of Colors Juried Art Exhibition for state and regional artists at Carnegie Hall is July 6. This year's theme is "Reflection."Artists age 18 and older are eligible. Notification of accepted works will be made the week of Aug. 5. Works selected will reflect the theme, and will be judged on the basis of originality, technical quality and thematic depth. Cash awards totaling $1,000 will be given to four artists as well as a purchase award.An awards reception is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Carnegie Hall. The exhibit will close Oct. 26. For more information or to obtain an entry form, call 304-645-7917.Painting classesHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Painted Palette Art Studio, 824 10th St., Huntington, is offering a three-day classical painting workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. June 20-22.The workshop will cover drawing the subject on the canvas, grisaille painting, layering, dead palette, glazing, scumbling and completing with a full palette.The fee is $75. To register, call Patricia Reed at 304-416-2081.