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Arts notes: May 8, 2016

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Work by George Snyder that will be on display at The Art Store on Hale St. in downtown Charleston. Snyder’s exhibit, “Metropolitan,” will open Saturday with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through June 28.

Arts week in Mercer County

The eighth annual All Together Arts Week will take place throughout Mercer County today through Saturday.

The week spotlights live music, poetry readings, dance concerts, art shows, art classes and more. The week will conclude with a parade Saturday in downtown Princeton.

For a complete schedule, visit or call 304-320-8833.

FestivALL announces short play challenge details

FestivALL released this year’s short play location and opening line requirements. This year’s short play location is the Romano & Associates law office conference room at 230 Capitol St., Suite 200 in downtown Charleston. The submitted plays must incorporate that facility. The play must also start with the first line: “That was (is) interesting.” Plays must have at least three characters and no more than six characters.

Only West Virginia writers are eligible, and the play’s runtime must be between 10 to 15 minutes. All plays must be received by Tuesday.

For more information contact 304-552-4174, email or visit festivall

Charleston Ballet auditions

The Charleston Ballet will hold two separate audition classes for company membership and apprentice positions for its 2016-17 performance season.

Auditions for the Company will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dancers must be at least 14 and women must be proficient with their pointe work.

The apprentice audition will be from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the apprentice positions, male and female dancers must be between 11 and 15 years old with a classical ballet background and possess at least an intermediate level of technique.

Exhibit opens at The Art Store

A new exhibit titled Metropolitan by artist George Snyder opens at The Art Store in downtown Charleston Saturday. The exhibit consists of three-dimensional and cavas artworks that blend bold colors with realism and abstract expressionism. The exhibit will open Saturday with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow until 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will continue through June 28.

Art Colony summer camp

Registration is open for the 2016 Charleston Montessori School Art Colony summer camp. The week-long camp includes art, acting, creative writing, song writing, music and yoga led by Charleston artists, musicians and Montessori educators.

The Primary Art Colony for 3 to 5 year olds will be held June 20 to 24. The Elementary Art Colony for children in grades first through sixth will be held July 11 to 15. And the Middle School Art Colony will be held July 18 to 22.

For more information, contact Charleston Montessori at 304-340-9000 or email

FestivALL student art show

FestivALL’s Art-for-ALL student art exhibit is for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties. Children are encouraged to submit one piece of work for jurying in one of the following categories: 2-D art which includes painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media printing and graphic arts. Students can also submit a piece of 3-D art in sculpture, pottery, woodcrafts, glass, jewelry, textiles, mixed media and constructions with recycled material. Students can also submit a video that lasts no longer than five minutes.

Work can be submitted by a child and his/her family or by an art teacher or group leader.

The deadline for submissions is May 15. Please send a jpeg image of the work with contact information to For more information, visit

FestivALL art parade

FestivALL is now accepting entries for its annual art parade through downtown Charleston.

Every year, theater groups, visual artists, dancers, musicians, street performers, art cars and local organizations participate in the parade down Capitol Street. Participants are invited to create a visual art piece that can be worn, walked, carried, pulled or performed while traveling along the parade route. Entry forms are due by June 9.

For more information, visit

Young filmmakers camp

A five-day workshop will be held in Buckhannon to teach students the fundamentals of filmmaking. The Young Filmmakers Camp will be held at LASCAUX Micro-Theater in Buckhannon.

Students will get hands-on experience acting, directing, filming, editing and writing a narrative film. By the end of the week, students will get to work on a shot-by-shot remake of a famous Hollywood scene, and they will get to create a short film.

The camp is for ages 10 to 12. It costs $100 per student and will be held June 27 to July 1. For more information, contact organizer and teacher Jamie Johnson at

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