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Arts Notes: Oct. 21, 2012

By Staff reports
Henry Isaacs to openCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An opening reception honoring internationally recognized artist Henry Isaacs will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Art Store. This exhibition will feature works painted en plein air throughout West Virginia and its borderlands and continues through Nov. 23.In this body of work, Isaacs tackles the challenge of painting from life by absorbing the sensory experience of sight, sound and atmosphere and translating those feelings onto canvas in layers of quick, broad, colorful brushstrokes distinctive of the Impressionist style.Isaacs has received numerous awards and grants from organizations including the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Boston Globe Foundation, the Hitachi Foundation and the Pollack Krasner Foundation grant. The late Lee Krasner, a leading abstract impressionist painter and the widow of Jackson Pollack, created the Pollack-Krasner Foundation in 1985.Isaacs' work is found in collections that include the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; U.S. Department of Art and Technology museum; and the Rhode Island School of Design.The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; or 304-345-1038.Gallery 11 artist CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jean Pennington is the featured artist for October at Gallery 11, which also added a new member, Arthur Evans, to its stable of artists.The gallery has announced its Jan. 12-Feb. 23 "Crazy Eights" show featuring works in all media in one size: 8 inches by 8 inches. All work must be submitted by Dec. 27. For details, call 304-343-0083 or visit Eleven, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1035 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV, 25301; or 304-342-0083.
Tamarack calendarCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2013 Best of West Virginia calendar is now for sale.The juried exhibition art calendar features artwork by Jamey Biggs, Aleta Cortes, Harold Edwards, Mary Grassell, Vernon Howell, Mark Tobin Moore, Betty Neely, Zachary Orcutt, Steve Opet, James Shumate, Andrew Thorne and John Wesley Williams.The calendars cost $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping. All proceeds from sales of the calendar will go to the Tamarack Foundation, which provides support for its artists.To buy a calendar, email Sara at or visit Tamarack, Beckley; the State Museum Shop in the Culture Center, Charleston; or The Art Store, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston.
W.Va. holiday ornamentCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2012 limited-edition West Virginia Governor's Mansion holiday ornament was unveiled Wednesday and is available for purchase for $24.Shelley Goodman, of Alum Creek, hand-painted the ornament, which features the official state animal, the black bear, and the state insect, the honeybee, on a clear glass bulb. Each piece was painted freehand, so no two of the 750 ornaments are exactly the same.The ornament is the third in a series of four ornaments created by Goodman. Her 2010 ornament featured the state bird, the cardinal; her 2011 ornament, the state flower, the rhododendron.The ornaments are available at the State Museum Gift Shop in Culture Center (304-205-7911) and at Tamarack (888-262-7225) as well as online at the Tamarack website, A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Governor's Mansion preservation fund.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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