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Arts Notes: July 28, 2013

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Free day at the ClayCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clay Center and the 75th anniversary of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the organizations are offering an afternoon of free family entertainment at the Clay Center.Summer Fun Day, an annual event, features free museum gallery, film and planetarium show admission, hands-on activities and more from noon to 5 p.m. July 28. Birthday cake will be served at 1 p.m.Guests can experiment with hands-on activities to learn how manipulating color can alter the look of an object in the exhibit "Wavelengths: The Art & Science of Color and Light." They can watch "Jupiter: Planetary Giant" planetarium show, and view the giant-screen film "Coral Reef Adventure." Seating is limited, so check with the box office for availability. Visitors can also test their musical talents with a musical instrument "petting zoo" provided by the orchestra and Gorby's Music Inc.For more information, visit or call 304-561-3570.Lynn Boggess ExhibitLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- "New Works ... New Sizes" is the name of the exhibit of oil paintings by Lynn Boggess at the Cooper Gallery, 122 E. Washington St., Lewisburg.An opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 during the city's monthly First Friday After Five. The exhibit will remain up through Aug. 31.Environmental sculptureLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The unique fish sculpture of West Virginia State University adjunct professor Nik Botkin is among the art and literature installations at the Lewisburg Literary Festival Artwalk Aug. 2 and 3. All art installations will be displayed outdoors and indoors along Washington Street both days. Admission is free.Botkin's installation is a large school of swimming see-though fish, their bellies filled with a variety of discarded items, such as a dental floss container, smashed cans, beer bottle caps, cigarette butts and a bottle of 5-Hour Energy."I strive to create a warning to the human race that we are liable for all our actions, including those which affect the world we live in," Botkin said in a news release. He has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums around West Virginia.For updates on the festival, call 888-716-5082 or check out Facebook at and steamboats
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Researcher, writer and historian Gerald W. Sutphin will present "West Virginia Rivers, Steamboats and River Improvements" at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.Sutphin will make a visual presentation on West Virginia rivers that were improved by the invention and development of the Western River steamboat in 1811. The rivers flowing into the Ohio River, from the Monongahela to the Big Sandy, played a role in the development of river transportation, economic development and social and cultural changes. Sutphin will discuss how steam packets, towboats, ferries and showboats impacted citizens and the growth of West Virginia.Sutphin is recognized as one of the foremost inland rivers and river transportation historians in the U.S. Since working for the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 20 years, he has been the owner-operator of a visual communication arts company for two decades and specializes as a consultant in the research, development and presentation of inland river projects such as museum exhibits, publications and motion picture production.Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to register for the lecture by contacting Bobby Taylor, library manager, at or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Carnegie HallLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- "Covenant," an exhibit of work by Libby Caligan Vass Stephens, is on display through Aug. 31 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
She is best known for her vibrant abstract realism. Each work is narrative, telling many stories within one painting. Born in Atlanta, she moved to Huntington when she was in the fourth grade. Since leaving there in 1980, she has lived in 11 places, enabling her to study and exhibit art in many places, from St. Simons Island, Ga., to Tucson, Ariz.Also on display through August are Pamela Gatens' "Colorful Cats & Flowers" and Romney Collins' "Nothing but Joy" exhibits. 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. The purchase of artwork exhibiting at Carnegie Hall benefits the artist and the Hall.For more information, call 304-645-7917 or visit Carnegie Hall's website at Hall's exhibits are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.FILMmakers FestivalSUTTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival, which will take place Oct. 4-6 in Sutton's Elk Theatre, is expanding its horizons this year.Festival director Caitlin Renée Campbell said the group has opened the submissions process to films worldwide.For the first 13 years, she said, the festival had a special interest in films shot in West Virginia, about West Virginia, by West Virginians. This year the festival is reaching out to include films and filmmakers worldwide.Categories in the festival competition include: narrative, documentary, short, experimental/animation/music video and student, with prizes awarded in these categories. Also, a West Virginia filmmaker of the year will be named.The deadline for submission of entries is Aug. 15. More information is available at the festival's website,, or by email at The festival's mailing address is P.O. Box 382, Sutton, WV 26601.
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