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Arts Notes: June 15, 2014

Photo courtesy of CARNEGIE HALL
The Black Twig Pickers will perform for a square dance June 19 at Carnegie Hall.
Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band just completed its fourth CD project, “Black and Blue,” and will be a headline act at this year’s Mountain State Art & Craft Fair.

Square dance

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — An old-fashioned square dance will take place on the stage at Carnegie Hall June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring the music of the Black Twig Pickers with caller Mike Costello.

Admission is $5 at the door, and beginners are welcome.

The Carnegie square dances are part of the Mountain Music Trail, a collaborative project between five counties, promoting traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region.

For more information on this and other Carnegie Hall programming, call 304-645-7917 or visit

‘Art After Retirement’

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Barboursville artist Marilyn Thompson opens the exhibit “Art After Retirement — It Is Never Too Late” at the nonprofit Gallery at 409, in Point Pleasant, with an artist reception June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature oil, pastel and watercolor works created by Thompson.

The gallery is at 409 Main St., Point Pleasant. For more information, email the gallery at, call 304-675-2530, or visit

String quartet concert

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Charleston Chamber Music Society will open its 73rd continuous concert season with a performance by the international award-winning Attacca String Quartet June 21 at 7 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist. They will be performing works by Schubert, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

The church is at 1221 Quarrier St. Admission is by season ticket or $20 at the door.

For more information, call the society office at 304-344-5389, or visit

Art and craft fair

RIPLEY, W.Va. — The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair takes place July 3-5 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, near Ripley.

Entertainment headliners for this year’s fair are Marteka and William Lake Bluegrass, and the Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band.

Marteka and William Lake Bluegrass, a group composed of a 16-year-old banjo picker and her 13-year-old brother, will take the performance stage July 3 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band, known for its gospel music and strong storytelling selections, will perform July 5 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The fair features hundreds of juried artisans and Appalachian culture. To learn more about the many artisans, family events and entertainment scheduled for the fair, visit or check it out on Facebook.

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