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Arts Notes: April 1, 2012

Gropius Master ArtistHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome Tanja Softic as the next Walter Gropius Master Artist. An exhibit of Softic's work will run through April 29.A Muslim of Bosnian heritage, Softic grew up in Sarajevo, where she received an undergraduate diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo in 1988. While completing graduate studies in printmaking at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., the Bosnian War erupted and she was unable to return home.Softic's works on paper explore the nature of memory, cultural identity and national belonging experienced through the hybrid worldview of an immigrant. Softic is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and the Open Society Foundations Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She won a first prize at the fifth Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum, Kochi, Japan, in 2002. She is professor of art and chairman of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.Huntington Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington; 304-529-2701 or Admission $5 per person or $18 for a family of four or more. Admission is free on Tuesdays and to museum members.Ohio gallery exhibitsNELSONVILLE, Ohio -- Majestic Galleries is hosting two shows through April 22.Ed Shrider's "California Color -- 1981-2001 Photographs" and "Riverside Artists Gallery of Marietta Visiting Show" can be seen at the cooperative community of artists located on the historic public square in Nelsonville.Upcoming events at the gallery include:April 27-May 20: Ohio University School of Art MFA thesis showMay 11-20: Andrew McPherson and Angela SmithMay 25-June 24: Crystal Brown and Robert Howsare June 29-July 22: Majestic Galleries' 2012 National Juried Competition and ShowMajestic Galleries, 20 Public Square, Nelsonville, OH, 45764; Open 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with openings every last Friday of the month.Whistle stops in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Retired newspaperman Bob Withers of Huntington will present "Presidential Whistle Stops in West Virginia" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.In 1996, Withers was aboard the train that President Bill Clinton rode from Huntington to Indiana during his whistle-stop trip to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. As a young boy, Withers watched as presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower passed through Huntington by train in 1952. These are just two of the many memories Withers will share.Withers retired from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch in 2007 after a 38-year career as a reporter and copy editor. He has written and edited several books, dozens of freelance magazine articles, and hundreds of newspaper articles about railroads, steamboats and historical subjects.A charter member of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Withers co-chaired the chapter's 50th anniversary celebration in 2009 and compiled its 50-year history. In 2011, Withers received a History Hero award from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
To register, contact Robert Taylor at or at 304-558-0230 ext. 163.Youth Art at Tamarack
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- During Youth Art Month in March, Tamarack displayed students' artwork from all over the state. Thirty young artists from 10 counties entered the Youth Art Month competition. The winners and participants were recognized during a reception on March 31.Mark Schlies of St. Albans High School won a third place in the senior high division. In the elementary division, Hayden Swain of Ravenswood Grade School took first place, and R.J. Evans of Ripley Elementary placed second.For more information about Youth Art Month and displays of students' work around the state, visit or email The Best of West Virginia, exit 45 off Interstate 77, Beckley. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact or 888-262-7225.Figure drawingHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Bruce Bowersock will teach figure drawing classes at Renaissance Gallery. Classes run for six Saturdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21-May 26. Any medium may be used.Fee is $120, plus tax, payable in advance of the class. Participants also will divide the fee for the models, usually between $5 and $10, depending on the number of class members.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.Quilts, hangings solicitedCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites West Virginia quilters to enter the annual Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition. This year's exhibition will open May 25 with an awards ceremony at the annual Vandalia Gathering at the Culture Center. The free, summer-long exhibition will run through Sept. 4.Linda McCuean, an award-winning longarm quilter and instructor from New Galilee, Pa., will be the juror for this year's exhibition. She will lead a workshop on wholecloth quilting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at the Culture Center. A wholecloth quilt is created from a single piece of very wide fabric, and the design created across the surface is made entirely of quilting stitches.Handmade or machine-made quilts by West Virginia residents are eligible for the exhibition. Quilts and wall hangings shown previously are not eligible.Awards will be presented for first ($750), second ($400) and third place ($300) in the following categories: pieced quilts, appliquéd quilts and quilts made with mixed/other techniques. Wall hangings will receive $400 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third. The Division of Culture and History will provide two Purchase Awards and add the purchased quilt and wall hanging to the collection of the West Virginia State Museum. Quilters may sell their quilts during the exhibition; however, the quilt may not be removed until the close of the show.This year, entries must arrive at the Culture Center no later than April 25. Hand-delivered entries will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 19 and 20. Each entrant may submit one quilt and one wall hanging, which must be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $20 for each entry.The workshop is limited to 20 participants. There is a $20 fee per person and registration is required. Contact Betty Gay at 304-558-0220, ext. 128, to register.Visit for submission information.To 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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