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Art Notes: July 14, 2013

By Staff reports
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"The Greenbrier" by Romney Collins is on exhibit at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
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"Ginger Blue" by Pamla Gatens is on exhibit at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
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Paintings by Bill Simpson of St. Albans are hanging in Contemporary Galleries, 1210 Smith St., and in Four Brothers Coffee and Tea Shop, 78 Olde Main Plaza, Saint Albans.
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"Fly," a 24-inch by 24-inch acrylic on panel, by Tommy White is on view at The Art Store.
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Susan Poffenbarger's "Back of the Park," a 15 by 25 inches pastel on paper, is hanging at The Art Store.
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The Cat and The Fiddle" by JP Owens is in an exhibit opening Tuesday at Art Emporium.
Art Store displayThe Art Store is displaying an assortment of new and recent works called "Out in the Open" through Aug. 9.The selected works include paintings, prints, photographs, handmade pottery items, mixed media works, drawings and sculpture by local and national artists.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.Two exhibits at Carnegie HallLEWISBURG -- Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg is presenting two art exhibits through August.Romney Shelton Collins's "Nothing but Joy" exhibit is in the Old Stone Room. Collins, who lives in Greenbrier County and in Port St. Lucie, Fla., teaches art in both locations.Her oil paintings are in the permanent collection of the University of Charleston, and she is a juried member of Tamarack.In the auditorium gallery is Pamela Gatens' "Colorful Cats and Flowers" exhibit. Pamela Gatens of Pocahontas County is an artist in the impressionist style who finds her inspiration in colorful cats and flowers. Her work is in The Colony Gallery at The Greenbrier Hotel and at Tamarack.A reception for the Gatens exhibit will be from 5 to 8 p.m. July 25 in conjunction with the evening's free Ivy Terrace Concert.The galleries at Carnegie Hall are open and free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Many of the works are available for purchase, which benefits the artist and the Hall.For more information about the exhibits, call 304-645-7917 or visit Opera Encore
An encore presentation of Verdi's "La Traviata" performed by the Metropolitan Opera will be shown from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Regal theater in Nitro and at Cinemark in the Huntington Mall at Barboursville.
Tickets are $12.50 at Regal; $11.50 adults, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children at Cinemark.For free passes for Cinemark, call Phil at 304- 634-3931; for free passes at Regal, call Julie at 304-776-5999.Comment of historic programThe West Virginia Division of Culture and History's proposed Annual Work Program for its 2013-2014 Historic Preservation Program is now available for public review and comment. The work program describes the activities and programs the State Historic Preservation Office will undertake to assist communities and residents in preserving the physical evidence of the state's history.Copies of the proposed work program have been given to public libraries in all counties. The plan also may be reviewed at the preservation office at the Culture Center, state Capitol Complex, and online at may be submitted by completing a "Work Program Comment Form," available at public libraries and the website, and return it to: Susan M. Pierce, SHPO director, at the Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, W.Va., 25305-0300 or by email to The deadline for public comment is Aug. 15.
Wild and Whimsical @ Art Emporium Presents "Wild and Whimsical," works by JP Owens of Charleston will be on exhibit Tuesday through Aug. 10 at Art Emporium.An artist reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday during Artwalk.Owens, 35, received a degree in fine art, printmaking, from West Virginia State University after studying printmaking at Marshall University.According to a news release, Owens is incorporating acrylic and digital imagery to create work that reflects his rural surroundings but often includes an abstracted sense of surrealism. "This twist of reality provides the viewer with a distorted, sometimes humorous glimpse of a typically ordinary scene," the release said.Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.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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