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Arts Notes: Sept. 8, 2013

By Judy Hamilton
Found-object artLEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Susan Harb's "Rust for Lust" exhibit is on display at Carnegie Hall's Museum Gallery through Oct. 26."I look at things and they look back," Harb says of her approach to art. "Faces in fence posts, body parts in rusted metal, the rising sun in a chrome hubcap. I can't pass up what others throw out. The aim of my found-object art is to invite a second look, to evoke a smile, to celebrate the beauty of faded paint, the patina of rust ... to encourage an eco-consciousness in our highly disposable society."The artist has a bachelor's degree in news-editorial writing from the University of Florida. She is a freelance travel writer for The Washington Post. She has spent 15 years traveling to developing countries, meeting with artisans and promoting their art.Exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Heather Falls at 304-645-7917,, or visit, W.Va. -- The Tamarack Foundation is hosting two events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Capitol Market and the East End Bazaar. Both venues will highlight the talent of West Virginia craft artisans who will be demonstrating and selling their work. Nearly 30 artists have committed to participating.Art-A-Palooza will celebrate local artists and engage the community in a better understanding of the economic and cultural value of handcraft.The East End Bazaar is at Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. For more on the Tamarack Foundation and its events, call 304-926-3770 or email Sherri Walker at classCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Laura Moul, nationally certified professional photographer, will teach a three-session beginning digital photography class at Paintbrush Studio, 303A Pennsylvania Ave. Classes will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 16 and 30. The $75 fee includes reference materials. Contact Laura Moul at 304-743-8281, or for more information.McDowell County filmCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Elaine McMillion has created an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County.McMillion will discuss her documentary film "Hollow" at three Kanawha County Public Library locations. The film will be shown at the Main Library at 6 p.m. Sept. 11, the Riverside Branch Library at 10 a.m. Sept. 12; and the St. Albans Branch Library at 6 p.m. Sept. 12.
Some McDowell County residents, including bluegrass musician Alan Johnston, will attend the screenings.
McMillion was raised in Southern West Virginia. The filmmaker says she strives to bring to the forefront the voices of people and places that often are underrepresented or misrepresented by the mass media."Hollow" is funded by Kickstarter, Tribeca Film Institute's New Media Grant and the West Virginia Humanities Council. It is supported by Documentary Educational Resources and the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild.For additional information, contact Kim Dankovich-Taylor at 304-343-4646, ext. 262.HMOA Master Artist HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will feature artist Lisa Orr as a Walter Gropius Master Artist through Nov. 3. Orr will speak about her work in ceramics at 7 p.m. Sept. 12. A reception follows. Admission is free.
Orr will present a three-day workshop, "Free Form Earthenware with Vivid Decoration," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13-15. Call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register.Orr's work is represented by several prominent ceramics galleries and in numerous private and public collections, such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Visit or call 304-529-2701.Ohio U galleryIRONTON, Ohio -- John Farley exhibits his artwork at Ohio University Southern Art Gallery, room D11, Dingus Technology Center, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton, through Sept. 26.Farley directs Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery and Gallery 842 in downtown Huntington, W.Va. He is an MU graduate with an emphasis in painting. Farley said there is no general theme for the exhibition, but the show is dedicated to his grandmother.Tamarack activitiesBECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack will host the Best of West Virginia Car Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Registration for cars is $15 with Shade Tree Car Club; there is no admission charge to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, enjoying music and outdoor grill options by Tamarack chefs.Greenbrier County street performer Chally Erb, will stilt walk Sept. 14 for the annual Kids Classic weekend. Twelve juried Tamarack artists will showcase their talents and sell handmade products along with Tamarack's studio artisans.Live music is featured at 2 p.m. every Sunday in September with free concerts in the Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater. The Jenny Wilson Trio appears Sept. 15, The Carpenter Ants on Sept. 22 and Jeff Ellis on Sept. 29.The Tamarack Farmers Market continues on Sundays in September from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Leavitt Farms will offer samples at Tamarack on Sept. 15.Located off Interstate 77/64 exit 45, Tamarack is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 88-TAMARACK or visit 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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