Awards nominees soughtCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts are seeking nominations for the 2014 Governor's Arts Awards, which honor exceptional artists and arts organizations that have made significant contributions to West Virginia culture.All West Virginians are encouraged to nominate individual artists, organizations and communities in five categories:
The Arts in Education Award recognizes efforts to strengthen arts education in public schools.
The Distinguished Service Award to the Arts recognizes individuals and organizations of exceptional talent and creativity who have fostered growth and influenced trends and aesthetic practices on a state and national level. The Leadership in the Arts Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and access to the arts throughout the state. The Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual artist who has impacted the exposure to the arts in West Virginia through his or her work. The Governor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes an individual or organization for significant achievement in the arts.A panel of commission members and representatives from across the state will select winners based on the magnitude of their contributions and achievements, the range of individuals or groups served, the length of time and intensity of their dedication to the arts and their level of excellence. A ceremony and gala to present the awards will take place in the spring at the Culture Center.Nomination forms are available at www.wvculture.org/arts/GAA/GAA2014NominationForm.pdf or by calling Robin Hodge at 304-558-0240, ext. 155. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 21 or hand-delivered to Hodge at the Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., by 5 p.m. Feb. 21. For more information, contact Renée Margocee, arts director, at 304-558-0240, ext. 145, or by email at Renee.Margocee@wv.gov.
HMOA exhibitsHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- "Art on a Limb!" an exhibit throughout the Huntington Museum of Art featuring handmade works of art by area artists and artist groups, as well as holiday trees placed in different gallery spaces throughout the museum, will close Jan. 5.Other exhibits on display at the museum are: "The Art of Teaching Art: Marshall University Visual Art Faculty Show," ending Feb. 2; "Visions of the Prophet: The Visual Art of Khalil Gibran," ending Feb. 9; "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States," ending Feb. 16; "Courtyard Series: Aaron Kent: Bones," ending March 16; "Self-taught, Outsider, Visionary: Highlights from the Folk Art Collection," ending March 30; and "Barbizon Paintings," ending June 29.The Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. 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 www.hmoa.org.ArtWalk returns in MarchCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Those marking their 2014 calendars should note there are no ArtWalks in January or February. ArtWalks take place 10 months of the year, March through December and typically are on the third Thursday of the month, except in November, which is on the Friday after Thanksgiving. All ArtWalks take place from 5 to 8 p.m.Most of the ArtWalk venues are open throughout the week for regular business hours, so, even if you can't make it ArtWalk evening, you can still stop and see the amazing art available in the Charleston community.The Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is free and made possible in part through the support of the Charleston Area Alliance. For additional information, contact Susie Salisbury at 304-340-4253 or visit www.charlestonartwalk.com.Open studioCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Habitat for Humanity's John L. Dickinson Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St. (sharing a building with ReStore, facing Court), hosts the Charleston Art Group Open Studio from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Artists bring their own supplies, create their own art, socialize with other artists, get inspired and make new friends. There are no fees, required experience or expectations. For more information, contact Courtney Crabtree at 304-720-8733, ext. 3.Closing at the ClayCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Positions of Power, Land View," a solo exhibition by Boston area artist Ethan Murrow will close Jan. 5 at the Clay Center. The show examines land, places and people from an aerial perspective featuring graphite and wall drawings, installation and video and invites museum visitors to experience the wonder and grandeur of looking down on the world.The "Reason for the Season" planetarium show also closes Jan. 5. It explores the origins of the world's holiday celebrations and traditions, many of which have their roots in the stars and stories of the nighttime sky. Shows start at noon and 2 p.m.Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences West Virginia, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, One Clay Square, Charleston; www.theclaycenter.org, 304-561-3570. "Smart Pass" (includes galleries, film and planetarium): $14.50 for adults and $12 for children, teachers and senior citizens; galleries only: $7.50 for adults and $6 for children, teachers and seniors. Members get free, unlimited access to galleries and planetarium shows, as well as discounts on films.To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.