Sesquicentennial art CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will open a special sesquicentennial art exhibit featuring West Virginia painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artisans and potters at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Culture Center. A reception will follow. The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artists Invitational exhibition will showcase the work of Arlon Bayliss, Lynn Boggess, Robert Bomkamp, Frank Ceravalo, John DesMeules, Jeff Diehl, Tyler Evert and Jeff Fetty. Other featured artists are Bruce Haley, Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Kate Harward, Frank Herrera, Ron Hinkle, Vernon Howell, Stephen Lawson, Staci Leech-Cornell, Renee Margocee, Kelsey Murphy, Mark Muse and Steve Payne. Works by Susan Poffenbarger, Betty Rivard, Tom Schottle, Steve Shaluta, Clayton Spangler, Chip Turner, Brian Van Nostrand, Fred Wilkerson, Stacy Williams, Barbara Marsh Wilson and Carl Wright also are included in the exhibit. The exhibit will be shown through March. All of the art will become part of the West Virginia State Museum's permanent collection. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org. Beginning genealogy CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Genealogists Joetta Kuhn and Patsy Adkins, of the Anne Bailey Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will discuss how to begin researching your family's history, common problems and solutions in research and free resources at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center. Advance registration is requested. Send your name, telephone number and the name and date of the session by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call library manager Robert Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163. Photography classes SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- Photographer Mark Romano is offering basic photography classes from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25-27 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Summersville. The classes will provide instruction on how to select a camera, operate a camera, select a lens and photo composition. Romano is offering two "Advanced Fall Beauty" photography classes. The Oct. 2 class will feature Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods and Seneca Rocks; the Oct. 12 class will include U.S. 60, Babcock State Park, Cathedral Falls, Thurmond and the New River Gorge. For both classes, students will leave Summersville at 7 a.m. and return late. Romano will instruct a darkroom class in Cowen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16, which will include 35 mm film and printing. Fees are $150 per class. Customers may combine a basic and advanced class for $250, plus tax. Call 304-651-1759 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email email@example.com for additional information. Buzz Spector at HMOA HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will showcase Buzz Spector as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in September. An installation of work by Spector will be on view at the HMOA through Nov. 3. The artist will speak about his work at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. A reception follows. Admission is free. He will present a three-day workshop titled "The Book Under (De)construction" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-29. Call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register. Spector works in a wide range of media including sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking and book arts. His work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and as object, and concerns the relationships between public history, individual memory and perception. Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed to the public Monday. Membership begins at $25 and benefits include free admission. Contact 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org. Coal mining life MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A new exhibition at West Virginia University's Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum explores the lives of miners and their families in the coal towns of Appalachia. "Outside the Mine: Daily Life in a Coal Company Camp" focuses on four central components of coal communities: commerce and the company store, religion and faith, domestic work and activities, and social time and leisure. The exhibition features historical artifacts and photographs from the days when coal was king. "Outside the Mine" is on view through July 2014. The museum is in Room 125 of the Mineral Resources Building on the WVU Evansdale Campus. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment. Admission is free. Parking is available at the Coliseum. For more information, call 304-293-4609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. WVU yarn art tree MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Artist Carol Hummel worked with WVU art students, faculty, staff and community members to cover a tree near the Creative Arts Center with colorful knitted and crocheted yarn. The tree is part of a project in conjunction with Morgantown's 2013 celebration of "The Year of the Tree." Hummel has created similar installations in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Chicago; Drangedal, Norway; and New Delhi, India. Students and faculty in the School of Art & Design's sculpture studio, directed by art professor Dylan Collins, worked with Hummel to attach the yarn and crocheted pieces to the tree. Many people from the community made the knitted and crocheted pieces for the tree. The tree is near Patteson Drive between the WVU Coliseum and the Creative Arts Center. It will be on view for at least a year. Hummel will have an exhibition of her works at the Creative Arts Center's Mesaros Galleries from Oct. 10 through Dec. 10. WVU Tech history lecture MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- WVU Tech will present the fifth annual Otis K. Rice Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Fred Barkey, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The lecture, titled "Here Come the Boomer 'Talyas': Italian Immigrants and Industrial Conflict in the Upper Kanawha Valley (1903-1917)," will take place in the WVU Tech engineering auditorium, 405 Fayette Pike. Barkey's lecture will explore the influx of Italian immigrants into West Virginia during the early 20th century. He will focus on Italian communities in Fayette County and the impact these groups had upon industrial, economic and social development in the Upper Kanawha Valley. He will speak to the interaction of West Virginian and Italian populations, customs and institutions as well. For additional information, call 304-442-3131. To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email email@example.com or send it to Arts Notes, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. 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