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Arts Notes: Nov. 10, 2013

By Judy Hamilton
Holiday ornamentsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The deadline for West Virginians to submit holiday ornaments for the Artistree in the Governor's Mansion is Nov. 15. West Virginia artists of all ages are encouraged to submit their handmade ornaments.The tree showcases West Virginia artwork to everyone who visits the mansion in December. For more information on the Artistree and to download a form to submit with an ornament, visit For more information, contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220 or gift/art showCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- B'nai Jacob Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Chanukah Gift and Art Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at B'nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia St. E. The Hanukkah gift show began in the 1950s and expanded last year to include the works of artists, artisans and authors. Admission is free.The show will have a variety of holiday gifts and ideas, including books by author Aila Accad, paintings by Traci Higgenbotham, handmade dolls by Jo Brewer, gems and jewelry by Charlotte Pritt, stained-glass art by Leah Peal, jewelry by Halee Kalinoski, essential oils by Pam Litz, Mary Kay products and gift baskets by Barbara S. Rubin, jewelry by Teresa Young, and artwork by the Sunday school students under the direction of David Pushkin.Potato latkes, hot dogs, salads, chips, and drinks will be for sale beginning at 11 a.m. For additional information, call Linda Toborowsky at 304-549-4541 or Nancy Morton at 304-346-4722 or visit City Art and Craft Show CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2013 Capital City Art and Craft Show will feature exhibits and demonstrations by more than 160 artisans from all over West Virginia and a dozen other states.The show has been sponsored and organized by the Kanawha City Lions Club for the past 45 years. It is an annual fundraiser for the club's multiple charitable endeavors that serve the greater Charleston area, including the sight conservation program. Free glaucoma screenings for adults and children will be offered.The show will take place in the Charleston Civic Center Grand Hall from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 24. An exhibitor map will be available at the entrance. Food is available at the back of the Grand Hall.Admission is $6. Coupons for a $1 admission discount are available at various locations, including Re-entry into the show is possible with a re-entry ticket available from the door monitor at the exits. Gallery Eleven artCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Abstract artist Joyce Daniels is the featured artist for November at Gallery Eleven."Only recently was I introduced to abstract painting with acrylics, and I jumped in with both feet because this medium enabled me to experiment as never before with colors and textures," Daniels said in her artist's statement for the gallery.
Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St., is a cooperative of West Virginia artists. The group's mission is to present a diverse range of traditional artistic expressions in painting, pottery, stained and blown glass, jewelry and various other artistic mediums.An artist is in residence during gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For additional information, call 304-342-0083 or visit Dot DayCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store will have "Red Dot Day" Nov. 23. It is an "artists inventory reduction" where "everything must sell."
The Art Store, 1013 Bridge Road, is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For additional information, call 304-345-1038 or visit pottery, jewelry
CHLOE, W.Va. -- The annual holiday showing of pottery by Keith Lahti will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at Lahti Art Clay Studio, 1137 Walker Road, Chloe. Cree Lahti will also feature her ceramic jewelry.To the pottery shop, take Interstate 79 to Big Otter, take exit 40 and bear north on W.Va. 16 to Nebo (about 3 miles). Go right on Nebo-Walker Road for 8/10 of a mile. Bear left up the hill on Walker Road. Go over the hill. The driveway is on the left at the bottom of the hill. For additional information, call 304-286-2635.Visitors to the Lahti Art Clay Studio are encouraged to visit McColley Studio in nearby Chloe, which features the work of Connie McColley (jewelry), Lynn Gundry (stained glass), Margie Mills (fiber), Karen Shreve (jewelry) and Wendy Clark (weaving). For more information, call 304-655-7429.Seed ornament classesCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Culture and History Museum is offering a free seed ornament activity during regular museum hours at the "Discovery Table" through Jan. 12. Guests will use seeds grown in the museum's Interpretive Garden to create an ornament.The West Virginia State Museum and the State Museum Shop, the Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or artHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- During November and December at Renaissance Art Gallery, the Wednesday fine-art classes at the gallery will focus on the theme "What is Color?" Artists will explore the theory of color and master its mysteries.Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 Eighth St., Suite 20, Huntington. 304-525-3235 or 304-453-3187 or;; Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.Dance festival deadlineCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Directors from dance companies and schools are invited to enroll students in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's 2014 statewide dance festival. Directors have until Jan. 7 to submit applications to the division. Scholarship and dancers' applications are due Jan. 14. Adjudications are scheduled for Feb. 21-23.Student applications are accepted only from directors affiliated with full-time dance establishments in West Virginia. Dancers must be at least 12 years old and have at least one year of training in classical ballet with two lessons per week.The West Virginia State Dance Festival is set for April 25-27 at the Culture Center. Dancers will perform and take classes.Returning faculty members include Lorraine Elizabeth Graves, former principal dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she is on the master teacher faculty; Maurice Brandon Curry, creative director at Innovative Arts and Media in New York and a free-lance director and choreographer; and Kate Trammell, dance professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.New faculty will include Melanie Person, co-director of The Ailey School in New York; Greg Sinacori, an instructor in the dance department of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York; and Sunday Homitz, founder of Body Technic Systems and a specialist in performance arts physical therapy. Homitz will offer workshops on muscle strength, stretching, nutrition and injury prevention.Guidelines and applications can be found at For more information, contact Pat Cowdery, events coordinator, at 304-558-0220 or 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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