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Arts Notes: Sept. 11, 2016

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“Against the Blues” by Katherine Cox will open at The Art Store during Thursday’s ArtWalk.

Social media seminar

The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts will host Matthew Deleget and artist Brad Stevenson in the fourth session of its expert online speaker series. The pair will cover “Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time” from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The program is co-presented with Creative Capital Professional Development Program.

All events are available for free to West Virginia artists due to a generous grant from the Benedum Foundation, and all events are being held online to ensure the information is available to as many people as possible.

Each event will include a presentation and an opportunity to ask the speaker questions. All registrants will be provided with a recording of the presentation after it concludes.

For information and to sign up, visit www.tamarackfound

ArtWalk returns Thursday

This month’s ArtWalk will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. More than 20 businesses are participating in the free, self-guided walking art tour.

This month’s featured artists include:

n “Longing, Dreaming,” a solo exhibition of new graphite drawings by artist Katherine Cox, at The Art Store, located at 233 Hale St.

A preview of the exhibition will be available to the public during ArtWalk. The exhibition will officially open Saturday with a reception with the artist from 6-7:30 p.m. Cox will give a brief talk about her drawings at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

n Amy Harper’s mixed media sculpture and oil painting collection titled “City of the Ancestors” will be on display at Romano & Associates at 230 Capitol St.

n The Clay Center will have a pop-up exhibit titled “Art Underground” at the Uncork & Create patio located at 901 Quarrier St. The art exhibit will draw upon hidden stories in the Clay Center’s Art Collection.

For a complete list of participating businesses and featured artists, visit

FSU performs original play

“Women’s Voices: Memory in Motion,” an evening of stories about love, injustice, tenacity and survival, opens Friday at Fairmont State University.

Created by students working under the direction of Francene Kirk, the original theater piece is based on interviews with women who are 55 and older. The play opens Friday with a 7:30 p.m. performance. Performances will continue through Sept. 20. Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 18. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling the box office at 304-367-4240.

Mountain State Art Fair

The 53rd annual Mountain State Art & Craft Fair will be held Friday through Sept. 18 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students age 6 to 12. Children under 5 are free. To see full details, visit the fair’s website at

WVSO kicks off season

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 2016-2017 season and search for a new music director at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Conducting candidate Kayoko Dan will lead the orchestra in Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan,” “Ludmilla” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 with a Charleston favorite, guest artist Rachel Barton Pine performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Tickets start at $10. For more information, visit or 304-561-3570.

Art in the park

The city of Dunbar is hosting Art in the Park, an artisan marketplace, every Saturday at Shawnee Park. The marketplace is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no fee for artists to set up a booth and participate.

Political comedy show

Slate, the daily web magazine that seeks to explain and analyze the world in a provocative, witty and intelligent way, has partnered with renowned Chicago-based comedy theater The Second City to produce a traveling, election-themed live, political comedy show.

“Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue” will play the WVU Creative Arts Center Sept. 18. Tickets start at $24 and are on sale online at or by phone at 304-293-SHOW.

WVSO announces fall tour

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Grant Cooper will embark on a special West Virginia tour, traveling to five venues throughout the state.

This season’s fall tour will take the Orchestra to West Virginia State University at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, followed by a 7 p.m. Sept. 23 performance at the Chuck Mathena Center, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 performance at Glenville State University, 2 p.m. Sept. 25 performance at Davis & Elkins College, and concluding with a 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 performance at Fairmont State University.

Visit for ticket information.

WVSO to perform in Princeton

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, along with soloist soprano Janet Brown, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton. Artistic Director and Conductor Grant Cooper will lead the symphony in a selection of four pieces.

The repertoire for the evening includes “Appalachian Autumn,” “A Song of Longing, Though,” “Faure” and “Dances of Galanta.”

Tickets for the WVSO performance at CMC are $20 and are on sale now at or by calling 304-425-5128.

Racine hosts festival

The Big Coal River Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Racine Park in Boone County. The park will come alive with handmade West Virginia crafts, wonderful music and fantastic foods.

The festival is free to attend. For more information, please contact Sherri Sharps at 304-836-5348 after 7 p.m.

New exhibit at FSU

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University recently opened a new exhibition, “From Mountain Roots...” in its Ruth Ann Musick Gallery.

Featuring examples from the FSU Botany Department’s Herbarium, 23 plants from the collection have been selected for exhibition, which forms the basis of the show. The central exhibition space utilizes the standing panels to create a giant herbal, a medieval compendium of plants.

Giannini combines media, superimposing her renderings of Appalachian native plants onto topographical maps of the areas where the plants are found. The exhibit will be on display until February 2017.

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University is dedicated to the identification, preservation and perpetuation of our region’s rich cultural heritage, through academic studies, educational programs, festivals and performances, and publications.

For more information about the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, visit

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