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Arts Notes: July 7, 2013

By Staff reports
Clendenin family historyCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Author Gregory Clendenin will present "The Clendenin Family and the Clendenin Massacre" at 6 p.m. July 11 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.Clendenin will discuss the Clendenin family, who were among the founders of the city of Charleston and Kanawha and Mason counties.The Clendenin massacre occurred on July 15, 1763, at the family homestead near Lewisburg. Archibald Clendenin Jr. and two of his children were among a number of settlers killed by a party of Shawnees led by Chief Cornstalk.Gregory Clendenin is the author of "The Clendenin Massacre" (Infinity Publishing, 2013).Attendees are encouraged but not required to register in advance by contacting Bobby Taylor, library manager, at or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Hamilton at Taylor Books CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston artist Charly Hamilton has created more than 15 new paintings for a show at Taylor Books.Each piece is a representation of the environment surrounding the artist."In the city scenes, Charly takes an omniscient, bird's-eye view where the buildings and people stack on top of one another and the rivers and streets twist around the canvas, showing up in places that don't make physical sense but support the narrative nature of the painting," Taylor Annex Gallery manager Dan Carlisle said via email."It is an 'everything all the time' type of view complete with stories from the local news, stories from his own past, stories that have morphed into myths, story after story that lay both obvious and hidden in the work."
Other paintings feature more specific events like a ballroom dancing class Charly took with his wife, Rhoda, after breaking his big toe. Or a dinner party where, along with food on the table, lay elements of the conversations that were had, and fragments of the attendees themselves laying beside the roasted chicken and cupcakes."Hamilton's work will hang through July.St. Albans exhibitST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The art work of Bill Simpson, a retired graphic artist living in St. Albans, is hanging in Four Brothers Coffee and Tea House, 78 Old Main Plaza, St. Albans. The shop's hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
'World of Color'POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- Gallery at 409 presents "Wonderful World of Color" by Charleston artist Linda Conner. Her colorful paintings are intended to bring laughter and cheer to the viewer.An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 13. A painting seminar will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. July 14 at the gallery. For more information, email with W.Va. themesPRINCETON, W.Va. -- A solo exhibit of the works of Debbie Kalt Sisson is on view through July 19 at the Chuck Mathena Center, 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton.Sisson said her show has a strong West Virginia theme for the state's 150th birthday. Most of the 45 pieces in the show are acrylic and watercolors of places, flora and insects found in West Virginia.
Sisson teaches at Ripley High School and is a member of Allied Artists and the West Virginia Watercolor Society. She has exhibited in numerous art shows in the state.
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