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Arts Notes: April 13, 2014

Photo courtesy of LAURA MOUL “Tunnel of Life,” on Dry Creek Road in Milton; photograph by Laura
WVU acting student Cody Wilson, as Prince Hal, battles Sarah Gianola, one of the female acting students taking on male roles in the WVU production of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” which opens at the Creative Arts Center on April 16.
Photo courtesy of DEBORAH HERNDON
Deborah Herndon’s “Tree Looking Up, Corsica.”

Herndon photographs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston art photographer Deborah Herndon’s “Tree Looking Up, Corsica” was selected with 26 other artists’ work for the Berkeley Arts Council’s fourth annual “Art and Earth” exhibit.

The national juried competition drew from 134 artists in 14 states. “Art and Earth” is open and continues through May 4 at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery in Martinsburg.

Three of Herndon’s artworks that include photographs and prose also are featured in the Beckley Art Group exhibit “Memento Mori (Words and Images).” The exhibit is open and runs through May 11 at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery in Beckley. The works include stories and photographs of unusual door knockers and dance cards, violin music and a twisting staircase in Barcelona.

Art-for-ALL deadline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Organizers of the Art-for-ALL student art exhibition have extended the deadline for entries until May 1 in order to allow entries from children in more regions.

Although nearly 100 entries were received by the April 1 deadline, the bulk of them represented only two counties, Clay and Fayette. The exhibition is open to children in grades pre-K through sixth in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties.

Young artists are encouraged to submit one piece of work for jurying in one of the following categories: 2-D, including painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, printing and graphic arts; 3-D, including sculpture, pottery, woodcrafts, glass, jewelry, textiles, mixed media and constructions with recycled materials; or video, with a maximum of five minutes per video.

Work may be submitted directly by the child and his or her family or in conjunction with a teacher.

A jpeg image of the work and contact information may be emailed to

Jurying will be completed and notifications to applicants will be sent out by May 20. Work that is submitted will be displayed in a slide show on the websites for FestivALL and the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. Work that is accepted for exhibition will be collected at central points within each county.

The exhibition will take place during FestivALL June 20-29 in the lobby of the Clay Center. For further information, visit

Photography workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia landscape photographer Laura Moul will offer a free photography workshop at the Renaissance Art Gallery in Huntington on April 27. The session will include camera check-ups, basic photo tips, hands-on practice, as well as providing travel photography ideas. Space will be limited to 15 participants. To reserve a spot, call Moul at 304-743-8281. Bring cameras with charged batteries.

Moul is known throughout West Virginia for her love of the flora and fauna of the region. She has art on permanent display at Renaissance Art Gallery and is a frequent participant in regular shows. She recently received a degree as a photographic craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America.

Disabled artists

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services invites West Virginia artists with disabilities to enter the 2014 West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition. The event will feature original artwork created by people with disabilities. Entrants must be at least 18 years old, a West Virginia resident and have a disability. There is no entry fee.

All entry materials and artwork may be submitted starting June 2 and must be received no later than June 30. A juried artist will select the winning entries based on criteria including originality, imagination, visual interest and skillful use of materials.

For more information on the Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition, including rules and entry guidelines, visit or call 800-642-8207.

‘The Great Beauty’

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — As part of the Carnegie Hall Spring Film Series, “The Great Beauty” comes to the Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg at 7 p.m. April 14.

“The Great Beauty” won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, becoming the first Italian film since “Life is Beautiful” in 1998 to take the award. The film was directed by Paolo Sorrentino, whose previous films include “The Consequences of Love” and “Il Divo.”

Carnegie Hall’s spring film series is presented at the Lewis Theatre in historic downtown Lewisburg. Admission for each film is $7; a series subscription costs $15. Film series subscriptions include a discount on popcorn and fountain drinks and free admission to films shown at Carnegie Hall, excluding CarnegieCast. More information is available at, by email at, or by phone at 304-645-7917.

‘Henry IV’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University School of Theater and Dance presents Shakespeare’s coming-of-age play “Henry IV” at the Gladys G. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center, beginning April 16.

The production has been adapted by Sarah Neville, assistant professor in the WVU English department.

Neville will give a free public lecture about her adaptation process titled “Break[ing] into this Woman’s Mood: The Lab Space of Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV,’” on April 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Robinson Reading Room of the Charles C. Wise Library on the downtown campus.

In addition, the Rare Book Room at the Wise Library, which contains one of the largest collections of Shakespeare’s original works, will hold an exhibition of the First Folio (also known as “Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”) — a collection of Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623. Audiences can expect to be dazzled by an exciting multi-level set, battle scenes in full armor, and a rollicking good time in a seedy tavern.

“Henry IV” opens in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 16; subsequent performances will be given April 17 and April 22-26, all at 7:30 p.m., and a closing matinee at 2 p.m. April 27.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and WVU students. There is a group rate of $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available at, the CAC or Mountainlair box offices, or by calling 304-293-SHOW.

For more information on this production of “Henry IV,” visit, call 304-293-2020 or email

Choral concert

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU School of Music will present a spring choral concert at Suncrest United Methodist Church in Morgantown on April 13. The concert begins at 3:15 p.m. and is a ticketed event. Tickets will be available at the door.

Directed by Jeffery Redding, the concert will feature the WVU Community Choir, the University Singers and members of the WVU Symphony Orchestra. For more information, call the WVU choral office at 304-293-4567.

Suncrest United Methodist Church is at 479 Van Voorhis Road. Visit for directions.

Wind symphony concert

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The 50-member WVU Wind Symphony will present a concert at the WVU Creative Arts Center on April 15. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Theatre and is a ticketed event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW.

The Wind Symphony is conducted by John Hendricks III. He will be joined by Christopher J. Nichter, assistant director of the WVU Marching Band and the WVU Basketball Pep Band, who teaches in the WVU School of Music.

April ArtWalk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Downtown ArtWalk continues its 12th season April 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Charleston. The following businesses are participating:

n Tony the Tailor, 822 Virginia St. E.; works by Kelly Bryant.

n Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St.; “I Love Charleston and the Elk: Photographs by Betty Rivard,” will showcase the Capitol, the Levee, the skyline and other special places in Charleston and on the Elk River. Rivard is an award-winning landscape photographer, an author, editor and director of art fairs for FestivALL.

n Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St.; works by Sharon McClanahan, featured artist at Allied Artists for April. McClanahan loves horses and has created some new horse art to add to her featured artist display this month.

n Uncork & Create, 1031 Quarrier St.; featuring a beginner’s sushi-making class. Chef Joe Reckard from the Greenhouse of Teays Valley will take participants step-by-step through the creation of their own sushi rolls. A buffet of sushi-making ingredients will be available for guests to customize their creations. This event is eat-all-you-make. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own adult beverages. The cost is $40 a person. To register, visit “Upcoming Events” at

n Delfine’s Jewelry, 245 Capitol St.; featuring Allied Artists of West Virginia. Pieces from several artists will include a variety of landscapes, still lifes and floral paintings ranging from small table pieces to large wall pieces. Prices of the art will start at $25.

n Capitol Conference Center, 815 Lee St.; artists Tara Roush and Don Ashworth will display paintings, drawings and cards at Capitol Conference Center.

n Charleston Ballet, 100 Capitol St.; ArtWalkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet studios to observe dancers and apprentices in class and rehearsals. They will be preparing new works for the upcoming performances that include balletic variations and contemporary works. Photographs by Penny Johnson which display scenic West Virginia can be viewed at the ballet studio location along with photos from an extensive library of ballets.

n Romano & Associates, 230 Capitol St.; West Virginia Child Advocacy Network will hold a silent auction, “New Beginnings,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event are split 50/50, with half the proceeds going to local artists and the other half to benefit WVCAN.

n West Virginia Executive, 8 Capitol St.; showcasing photographer and digital artist Mary Almond, owner of The Merry Cat.

n The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 900 Lee St., Suite 1600; featuring artists Deborah Herndon, Jeanne K. Cochran, Adrienne Galloway and Mary Blake.

n Christina De Filippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited, 241 Capitol St.; artist Cassidy Metzger, from Spring Valley High School, will showcase works of charcoal on paper.

n Annex Gallery and Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St.; collage and mixed-media work by Dick Allowatt, a group drawing exhibit and new work from artist Josh Miller will be featured.

n City of Charleston Service Center, 915 Quarrier St.; the city storm-water department will debut 22 painted rain barrels for their 2014 Rain Barrel Tour. Artists include Rob Cleland, Jamie Miller and area schoolchildren.

n Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St.; special music from Mark Scarpelli and Garrett. Artwork from Summers Young also will be featured.

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