Arts Notes: July 20, 2014

Evan Zimmerman and ensemble perform a scene in the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s production of “Lucky Stiff.”
Image courtesy of THE ART STORE
“The Raft: Underbelly,” by Katherine Cox, is one of the pieces included in The Art Store’s “Summer in the City” exhibit.

Zen Oriental Art

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The Beckley Art Center will hold a 10-week class on the tools, the treasures and the four gentlemen of Zen Oriental Art Brush Strokes on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Aug. 7 at the center, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley.

Classes are designed to be enjoyable and soothing to body, mind and spirit. The cost per session is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The price for supplies will be approximately $25 and will be discussed during the first session.

To register or for more information, call JoAnn Byron at 304)-253-2109 or email

Hatfields/McCoys play

McCARR, Ky. — The Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council Inc. presents the world premiere of the drama “Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys” at the Hatfield-McCoy Park Outdoor Theater, in McCarr.

Shows will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. from July 25 through Aug. 31, with the final performance Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.

The play has a rating of PG-13. Tickets are $10, cash only at the gate. For more information, visit or email

Art ambassador

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Shepherdstown artist Ann Sharp has been appointed ambassador for the state of West Virginia by the Portrait Society of America, whose headquarters are in Tallahassee.

Sharp and her husband, Joe Mayer, recently moved back to Shepherdstown after residing for four years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Santa Fe, Sharp studied portrait painting with nationally known artist Tony Rider.

The Portrait Society of America’s mission is to provide educational resources to anyone interested in technical information, traditional aesthetics and the history of figurative art and portraiture. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Portrait Society of America or wishing to meet other local portrait artists may contact Ann Sharp at or 443-822-0204.

Clay Center exhibit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Clay Center’s newest hands-on exhibit, “What’s YOUR Story?,” combines elements of traditional and digital storytelling for an interactive experience for all ages.

Located in the STEAMworks gallery, the new exhibit will be on display through June 28, 2015. For more information, visit or call 304-561-3570.

‘Cultivating Creativity’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Tamarack Artisan Foundation invites artists across West Virginia to a series of “Cultivating Creativity” gatherings to discuss programming ideas suggest ideas on what the foundation can do to help working artists in the state thrive.

The dates, times and locations are:

Buckhannon: Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., Artistry on Main, 27 E. Main St.

Parkersburg: Aug. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., Blennerhassett Hotel, 320 Market St.

Harpers Ferry: Aug. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., Westwind Potters, 144 High St.; free parking will be available at the Harpers Ferry National Park visitors center with a shuttle to transport participants into Harpers Ferry.

Hinton: Sept. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., The Magnolia Room, 421 Second Ave.

The foundation will provide hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and other beverages. Register at For more information, call 304-926-3770 or email

‘Summer in the City’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Art Store will exhibit “Summer in the City,” a selection of artwork featuring locally and nationally represented artists, through Aug. 19.

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, handmade pottery items and mixed media. The Art Store is at 233 Hale St.

For more information, call 304-345-1038 or visit

‘Lucky Stiff’

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — The Greenbrier Valley Theatre presents the madcap musical “Lucky Stiff” July 24-26 and July 30-Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $26 for general admission, $23 for seniors and $20 for children/students. During the show’s run, the GVT will offer a preshow dinner catered by the Mason Jar at an additional $20 per person.

The performance focuses on overworked Harry, who is thrilled to learn that he’s inherited a lot of money — until he hears that in order to receive it he has to accompany his dead uncle on an all-expenses-paid “vacation” to Monte Carlo. Still, that’s not a lot of work, until you throw in a vengeful optometrist and his blind sister from Atlantic City, a drunken maid and some missing diamonds. For tickets or more information, call the GVT box office at 304-645-3838 or visit

‘Heart Gallery’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Heart Gallery of West Virginia” is on display through July 31 in the lobby of the Huntington National Bank, 900 Lee St., Charleston. “Heart Gallery” is a traveling photography exhibit featuring portraits of children in foster care who are eligible for adoption.

“Heart Gallery of West Virginia — Portraits of Hope” seeks to bring a face and give a voice to children who need and deserve the love of a family. By sharing their stories, the exhibit aims to touch hearts and find families for the children ready for adoption.

Photographers volunteered their time and talent to create intimately compelling portraits of some of West Virginia’s waiting children. Many of the children featured have waited years to be matched with a family that will love and support them to adulthood and beyond.

For more information on how to adopt or how to assist Mission West Virginia’s Heart Gallery, contact Mission West Virginia at 866-CALL-MWV or visit

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