Arts Notes: June 18, 2017

Free concert by songwriter Elaine Purkey in Kimball

McArts and The West Virginia Folklife Program will present a concert with West Virginia activist songwriter and musician Elaine Purkey on July 8.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Ya’sou Greek Restaurant at 138 Main St. in Kimball. The concert is free and open to the public.

Purkey is from Harts Creek in Lincoln County. She wrote songs for the 1989 Pittston Coal Strike and the Ravenswood Aluminum lockout from 1990 to 1992. She has performed at concerts and festivals across the United States including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her song “One Day More” written for the Ravenswood lockout, is featured on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings compilation Classic Labor Songs.

For more information on the concert and West Virginia Folklife Program, visit and or contact Emily Hilliard at or 304-346-8500.

Booker T. Washington musical performance in Malden

American Ensemble Theater announced a free performance of a one-man musical adapted for the stage by Martin Blank: “Character Building” by Booker T. Washington.

The performance is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the African Zion Baptist Church. The church is located at 4104 Malden Drive, in Malden. No tickets or reservations required.

The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

FestivALL authors roundtable features West Virginia writers

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will host a reading and discussion featuring three nonfiction authors: Katie Fallon, Carter Taylor-Seaton and Eric Waggoner. The event takes place as part of FestivALL from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Taylor Books. It’s an opportunity to explore the current world of nonfiction writing and publishing, and audience members are encouraged to participate with questions of their own.

Readings and discussion will take place for about 90 minutes with a reception to follow.

Taylor Books is located at 226 Capitol St., in Charleston.

Pittenger photography to be on view at three exhibitions

Three of David J. Pittenger’s photographs will be displayed at various juried shows in the coming months.

First is his image, “Pipestem Panorama II,” displayed as part of the “2017 Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibition.” The work will be presented from Saturday through Aug. 7 at Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery is located at One Tamarack Park in Beckley.

His second work, “Metalgram II,” will be a part of the “Photo 17 Juried Photography Exhibit” presented at the Berkeley Art Works, in Martinsburg. The show runs from June 28 through Aug. 12. The image is part of a larger series of images he has created using heat and corrosive agents to create colorful abstract images in sheets of high-carbon steel. The work is then scanned as a high-resolution image.

Pittenger is a Tamarack juried artist and his work has been displayed in many juried exhibitions. He has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Georgia and is currently the interim associate vice president of outreach and continuing studies and dean of the Graduate College at Marshall University.

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ first of Tamarack theater series

Tamarack’s first production in the Tamarack Dinner Theatre Series is Friday and Saturday. The production is “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” written by Tennessee Williams and Performed by Alban Arts Center.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the production begins at 8 p.m.

The menu includes poached beet, praline and strawberry salad with cornbread croutons and champagne vinaigrette, blackened filet with Hoppin’ John, grilled asparagus and horseradish bearnaise, classic Mississippi mud pie with bourbon chantilly.

Tickets are $48 plus tax and processing. For tickets or more information, call Tamarack 304-926-3770 or visit

The Art Store pop-up gallery to showcase young talent

The Art Store, 233 Hale St., presents Stonewall Jackson Middle School Pop-Up Gallery beginning Thursday.

The mini-exhibition celebrates young, local talent and will raise funds for the visual art department at Stonewall. The event will be part of June’s FestivAll ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday downtown.

The gallery will run through the weekend, closing Saturday, and will feature a diverse range of engaging and whimsical young artists’ work for purchase in various media from paint and pastel to collage and clay. All proceeds and donations from the pop-up gallery event will go to Stonewall.

The Art Store will offer 10 percent off framing for any young artist’s work purchased during the pop-up gallery event.

In the remainder of the gallery, The Art Store will continue to exhibit the solo show, “Larry Leach: Sublime Light,” until June 30.

The store’s upcoming exhibition for the summer season, “Shades of Summer,” will feature artworks by all of its represented artists, on view from through Aug. 31.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and anytime by appointment. Call 304-345-1038 or visit

Exhibition showcases theater costumes in Shepherdstown

Costume and fashion exhibitions are experiencing increased popularity in metropolitan cities across the United States and Europe. A collaboration between the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, will bring that same experience to area residents and visitors.

“Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival” showcases CATF artists. The exhibition includes renderings, costumes, shoes, fabric swatches, videos, props and small-scale models of scenery from past CATF productions such as “Uncanny Valley,” “H20” and “The Wedding Gift.” The exhibition is on view at the MFA through Aug. 6.

This collaboration is the inspiration of Susan Mills, a CATF trustee and member of the Programs and Education Committee at the museum. Mills said she saw an opportunity for both organizations to support their missions and one another, while providing an opportunity for visitors to embrace the artistry of theatrical design.

Gallery Talks are free, but reservations are requested. Please visit CATF online at or call 800-999-CATF (2283) to reserve your tickets.

Carnegie Hall call for entries for juried photo exhibit

Entries are being accepted for the “28th Annual Carnegie Hall Juried Exhibition” (formerly titled “Season of Colors”). This year’s exhibition will be photography only, and the theme is “Alternative Views.” It will be on display in Carnegie Hall’s Old Stone Room Gallery Sept. 1 through Oct. 28.

The entry fee is $25, and a maximum of three photographs may be submitted per entry. The deadline to enter is July 7.

Visit to enter or call 304-645-7917 with questions.

HMA to offer free admission for active-duty personnel

The Huntington Museum of Art recently announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families now through Labor Day.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their communities, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at

Inspired by participating in Blue Star Museums in the past, the Huntington Museum of Art currently has a policy offering free museum general admission to active-duty military personnel and veterans and their immediate families indefinitely.

Collection features donations to HMA from Alex Booth Jr.

The Huntington Museum of Art is presenting an exhibit titled “Visionary Benefactor: Alex Booth and the HMA Collection” through Sept. 3.

The exhibit features gifts of art to HMA’s permanent collection from Alex Booth Jr., who is a longtime member of HMA’s board of trustees and served as building chairman during the planning and execution of an expansion project in the late 1960s.

Artists whose work is featured in the exhibit include Georges Braque, John Singer Sargent, Samuel F. B. Morse, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, George Bellows and Edward Henry Potthast.

The exhibit is presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

The program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on events at HMA, visit or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

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