Arts Notes: Aug. 31, 2014

Parkersburg resident Angi Dawn has written a murder mystery, “The Butterfly Moon.”

Photo competition

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The Beckley Camera Club is hosting its first photography competition and exhibit, open to photographers of all skill levels and ages, from elementary school to seasoned professional. There are four divisions: amateur color, amateur black and white/sepia, youth and professional, with several subject categories — people, scenic, animals and wildlife, flowers and plant life and long-exposure/nighttime.

Photographers are limited to five entries. Entry fees are $5 per print for adult entries and $3 per print for youth entries. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Sept. 19. Professional judges will score each photograph and award a first-, second and third-place photograph in each division, and cash awards will be presented to the three best-in-show prints (youth, amateur and professional) at a reception and awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Work will be exhibited through Oct. 11.

For more information, visit,, call the center at 304-253-9226 or email

HMOA seeks docents

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington Museum of Art invites anyone interested in volunteering to be a docent to an open house on at 6 p.m. Sept. 9. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Docents volunteer their time to lead schoolchildren and museum visitors on guided tours. No prior experience or background in art is required. If you like art of any kind, if you enjoy sharing your knowledge, and if you can spend 90 minutes a week getting a free art education, this could be the program for you. Docents work with HMOA’s education department and receive training on HMOA exhibits on Monday mornings.

Those interested in attending the informational Docent Open House and learning more about the HMOA docent program should call Cindy Dearborn, in the education department, at 304-529-2701, or email

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Digital photo class

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A beginning digital photography class will be taught by professional Charleston-based photographer Laura Moul on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at Paintbrush Studio.

Preregistration is required and class size is limited. For more information visit or call 304-743-8281.

Musical auditions

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Town & Gown theater group will hold open auditions for “Sleepy Hollow,” an original musical written by Jim Christian and Tom Edward Clark. The story is inspired by “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the classic American short story written by Washington Irving.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sept. 7 and 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in room 314 of Wallman Hall on the FSU campus. The auditions will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. To sign up for an audition date, call Casey Queen at 304-367-4219.

Up to 30 performers will be cast. The script calls for seven men, five women, five teens (three girls, two boys), five children ages 7 to 11 and a small ensemble.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16 bars from two contrasting songs. An accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning should also prepare a one-minute comedic monologue that need not be memorized. Headshots and résumés are appreciated but not required.

There will be a choreography audition in addition to the singing/acting audition. Previous dance experience is not necessary. Everyone auditioning should bring clothes they can move in for the choreography audition.

Those with questions about auditions, the performance dates or about the content of the script should contact Francene Kirk at 304-367-4170 or

Book signing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Taylor Books will host a book signing for Angi Dawn, Parkersburg resident and author of “The Butterfly Moon,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The book focuses on Catherine Matthews, who was adopted at birth and decides to locate the family she never knew. She soon finds herself in the midst of solving her mother’s murder while drawing the killer closer to her.

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