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Art Notes: Oct. 13, 2013

By Judy Hamilton
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Charles Movalli's "Pumpkins," a 36-by 36-inch acrylic on canvas painting, will be given away at the Greenbrier's First Look! party Nov. 8.
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An oil on canvas portrait of Judy Rule, by artist Ray Turner, is part of his Population exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ray Turner at HuntingtonHUNTINGTON -- The opening reception for Population by Walter Gropius Master Artist Ray Turner takes place at 7 p.m. Friday<co Oct. 18> at the Huntington Museum of Art, with a public presentation by Turner followed by a reception. Admission is free.A three-day workshop facilitated by Ray Turner takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18, through Oct. 20. For workshop fee information or to register, call 304-529-2701.Population is a series of portraits that celebrate a cross-section of people from across the country, including Huntington.Portraits of several Huntingtonians are intermixed with selected paintings from the larger, ongoing series in a large-scale installation. Primarily oil paint on 12- x 12-inch glass, Turner's textural paintings are considered to be interpretive rather than purely representational. The exhibit runs through Nov. 10.The Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington, WV. 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's Mansion holiday ornament receptionAt 4 p.m. Oct. 17, first lady Joanne Tomblin will host the Governor's Mansion holiday ornament introduction and reception with artist Shelley Goodman. Limited edition ornaments will be available for sale.The event will take place at the Culture Center at the state Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. For additional information, contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220.Free downloadable music at the library Beginning Oct. 14, Kanawha County Public Library will be providing free, legal downloads of songs through Freegal Music Service with access to more than 7 million songs. Patrons will be able to choose from more than 28,000 music labels from 85 different countries."With just a library card and a PIN number patrons can now own three new songs every week at absolutely no cost to them," said Toni Blessing, adult services manager at the library.Registered cardholders will be able to download songs in the MP3 format through the KCPL website at Sample music clips are available to listen to before selecting a song to download. The Freegal Music Service has free mobile apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, contact Blessing at or 304-343-4646 ext. 1284.Watch Tamarack artists at work BECKLEY -- Visitors to Tamarack may watch artisans Dewayne Gregory create wood carvings and Stephanie Danz make stained glass from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 - Oct. 21, Suzanne Kniceley will demonstrate making textiles and Anne Beardslee will show how to make pine needle baskets.From Oct. 25-27, Delbert Pitchford will demonstrate wood carving, Margaret Adkins, textiles, and Francis Boone and Sharon Hypes, dried flowers.In addition, the Tamarack gallery will feature artists expressing ideas in and outside the natural world through Nov. 8 in the exhibit "Opposites Abstract."Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Exit 45 off I-77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, 364 days a year. Contact or 888-262-7225.Greenbrier fine art weekWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The Greenbrier has partnered with the Walls Fine Art Gallery to present its first Greenbrier Fine Art Week from Nov. 4-10.
The main event will be the First Look! party, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Nov. 8, where about 50 new paintings will be unveiled and available for purchase for the first time. Charles Movalli's "Pumpkins", a 36-x36-inch acrylic on canvas painting, will be given away at the First Look! party. Tickets for the party are $250 and may be purchased by calling 855-787-8105, option 4. There is no admission charge to all other Greenbrier Fine Art Week events."Movalli became an art teacher, influential art editor and writer. But above all, he is a painter. His dramatic brushwork creates the vibrant lighting and sense of movement that captures the essence of a scene," said Nancy Marshall with Walls Fine Art Gallery. "The popularity of Movalli's books and articles led to many years of teaching and grounded him in the fundamentals of painting. Perhaps more importantly, these experiences led to his becoming a full-time painter."The Greenbrier Fine Art Week gathers a select group of fine artists from around the country to paint and to record The Greenbrier's area landscape, including its mountains, valleys, towns and rivers.For a full schedule of events, visit or call Nancy Marshall at Walls Fine Art Gallery, 304-520-1221.Photographer solo exhibitLOUISVILLE, KY -- Charleston photographer Deborah Herndon has a solo exhibit of her latest photography at Clay & Cotton gallery/boutique at Norton Commons, Louisville, Ken., through January. Earlier in the month, she opened a solo exhibit at D'Accord Boutique in Shepherdstown.Herndon won two honorable mentions recently for her artwork, "White Handrail, Collioure" and "Orange Brasserie, Paris" at regional juried exhibitions at the Fredericksburg (Va.) Center for Creative Arts.Filmmaker of the yearJohn Nakashima was honored as the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year at the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival last weekend in Sutton. The award goes to a state filmmaker whose most recent work or lifetime work has had the utmost impact on the West Virginia film industry.Nakashima, a senior producer/director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, has been with the organization since 1975 and has produced, directed, shot and edited documentaries for the organization since 1977. He is currently working on a TV documentary about poverty-stricken children in West Virginia and a boxed CD set of Irene McKinney recordings.
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