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Arts Notes: Nov. 17, 2013

By Judy Hamilton
Artist Megan SchultzCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Artist Megan Schultz will have her first solo show in the Frankenberger Art Gallery at the University of Charleston. Schultz's exhibit, "Subliminal," is showing through Dec. 15. All the featured prints and drawings were created in 2013."Many of the drawings are done on Mylar and some are two sheets of Mylar with drawing or monotype or paint on front and back surfaces to create layers of line and form. Other pieces are sheets of paper that have been cut into. The paper is mounted slightly raised above a back board to create shadows, another form of layering," Schultz says in an artist statement."I am interested in the illusion of solid form. The way forms emerge, transforming the flat surface of paper into cracks, crevasses, mounds. The points where masses of lines meet, they overlap, merge or push against one another. There is a sense of solid form, dematerialized. Leaving the edges to flow into ambiguous space, they unravel. These are forms in flux. They are unstable, breaking apart and coming together."Frankenberger Art Gallery, second floor of the Student Union building, and Erma Byrd Gallery, University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE., Charleston. Contact 304-357-4804. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and the galleries are open to the public.Painting shop for kidsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha Individual Development Solutions, 216 Washington St. W., hosts an art activity at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22. The event is titled "Make Your Paint Count: Making Art Sustainable." The fee is $25.KIDS states that it is a comprehensive educational based company focusing its efforts on developing the individual child to meet challenges with confidence and success.The art workshop is recommended for elementary and middle school students. For additional information, contact Zachery Miller at 304-205-3045 or visit open houseHAMLIN, W.Va. -- Probst Furniture Makers, 7419 Hamlin Road (W.Va. 34), will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23. The company makes custom handmade furniture in Appalachian hardwoods. Jim Probst will debut new pieces including a new line of lamps. There will be tours of the shop and demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.A display of furniture in stock, including some new cabinets by furniture maker Eddie Austin, also will be featured. For additional information, contact Probst at 304-824-5916. Visit City Art and Craft Show CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 46th annual Capital City Art and Craft Show, sponsored by the Kanawha City Lions Club, takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for children under 12 years old.Nearly 160 artisans have a variety of handmade goods, including jewelry, pottery, photographs, fine arts, stone and metal sculpture for sale. Country Kitchen will offer fall favorites and venders providing specialty food items. Many of the crafters demonstrate products in progress. Regional writers will offer book signings.
Crafters will provide door prizes, drawn continuously. The first 250 attendees each day are given a "Lions Buck" discount coupon good for a discount on their first purchase. A coloring contest for children provides cash prizes to winners in various age groups.Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food products for donation to food pantries.Poetry contestsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- High school students across West Virginia have until Dec. 2 to register with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History for a chance to compete in local, state and national Poetry Out Loud contests.Poetry Out Loud is a contest in which high school students memorize and recite poetry for an audience. While meeting several content standards and objectives in reading, English and language arts, the contest helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
The competition begins at the school level with winners advancing to the March 14-15 state competition at the Culture Center. Winners from each state compete at the national finals April 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
The state champion receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition. The state champion's school also receives $500 to purchase poetry books. The runner-up receives $100 plus $200 for his or her school to buy poetry books. The national winner receives $20,000 and a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends.For more information or to register with the division's Poetry Out Loud coordinator, Tabitha Walter, call 304-558-0240 or email The last day to host a school contest is Jan. 15.Red-dot saleCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Art Store will hold its biennial Red Dot Day, an artist inventory reduction sale, Nov. 23. The one-day only sale will display works from many of the store's represented artists.Prices on these works have been significantly reduced. There will be a preview of the works Wednesday through Friday (no pre-sales permitted). The sale begins when the doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday.The Art Store, Bridge Road Shops, 1013 Bridge Road. Hours Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any time by appointment. For more information, call 304-345-1038.New Square Meal dateCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Square Meal, a mini grant opportunity for artists in music, dance, visual, theater, literary and film, arts organizations and other creative projects, has rescheduled its Nov. 6 dinner and art project vote, which was canceled. The dinner and vote now will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at Little India Restaurant, 1604 Washington St. E.Reservations for the meal cost $16 through Friday. Late reservations and pricing at the door will be $21. Reservations are limited to 50. Tickets can be purchased at (PayPal fees apply) or at the door.The presentations for this event will be:
  • The Laserbeams, a three-piece band from Charleston and Huntington, need help putting out their debut album, which will be produced by Bud Carroll (AC30, Jeff Ellis, Sasha Colette).
  • Finding beauty and art in a place of mourning and loss, a collection of fine-art photographs bringing to the viewer's eye the often overlooked elements of old cemeteries.
  • Roots Town Radio, a group that wants to launch a low-power FM radio station in Charleston in 2014, which will involve adult and student volunteers trained to produce radio, to build community and to give a radio voice to many diverse members of the community.
  • +1 to Athletics, one geek's journey to get in shape without compromising who he is; it is a reality Web show about how exercise doesn't have to be boring, featuring examples of geeky exercises the subject actually uses to lose weight.
  • For additional information, visit or email 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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