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Tri-State gets infusion of contemporary art in exhibits, installations

February 22, 2018 GMT

With summer-like winter temps, the gray of winter is starting to fast-forward to at least a short-lived colorful burst of spring in living color. Inside, art is also blooming all around.

Here’s a look at just of the few visual art exhibits happening this weekend.

Here comes a little bit of that Artstream

Come March, Huntington will get a full-blown visit from the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, a silver customized camper filled with contemporary ceramic works that has made stops in more than 300 locations across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, and Houston to Minneapolis since its 2002 inception.

Several of the Artstream artists featured in the Huntington Museum of Art’s new exhibit, “The Artstream Nomadic Gallery Retrospective Exhibition,” will be on display starting Saturday, Feb. 24, and running through May 20.

Also on Saturday, the museum opens another related exhibit with March’s Walter Gropius Visiting Artist and internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Andy Brayman, founder of the The Matter Factory in Kansas City - equal parts artist studio, laboratory and factory - and owner and operator of Easy Ceramic Decals.

The exhibit of Brayman’s work will be up through May 20, and folks can sign up now for his a two-day workshop at HMA titled “Hand and Machine: Experimentation and Provocation” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10-11.

Brayman, who is also part of the Artstream, will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, as part of the weekend, and the Artstream mobile studio will visit the museum as well as Pullman Square that weekend.

Call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information and visit www.hmoa.org.

Turn the ‘Page’ and head into the clouds at the VAC

Students from Marshall University’s School of Art and Design will get a hands-on chance to help renowned Illinois native mixed media artist Joe Page with a large-scale installation Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 22 through 25.

Two students at a time will help Page, an Alfred University grad and currently an assistant professor and area head of ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with one of his “Flow Chart” series of installations.

Head over to the Carroll Gallery starting Monday, Feb. 26, to see the completed work by the young working contemporary artist. Go online at https://joe-page.com.

The art of Black History Day

Come and celebrate the rich, patchwork quilt of contemporary African-American culture during a special Black History Day event set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 828 15th St., Huntington.

The event will feature art as well as quilts from The Piecemakers, the contemporary quilting group that has been meeting at the church since 2004. Saturday, there will also be Black Jeopardy, poet readings including Tim Meadows and dinners provided by the members of AKA Sorority. Dinners are $8, and there will be prizes for the best poet as well as for the history quiz.

For more information, call Katie Deakin at 304-521-8227, Mary Terrel at 304-417-8545 or Sandra Clements at 304-697-7335 or go online at http://www.spcwv.com/ to find out more about the church.

Hiking the trails, seeing the art in the outdoors

Did you know the 50-acre campus at the Huntington Museum of Art has a web of connecting nature trails that are also filled with art, including the famed folk-art stone carvings of Earl Gray?

You can see those and the art of nature up close at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, as The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District and the Huntington Museum of Art team up to bring back a fun, family-friendly outdoor event.

Join the GHPRD Recreation Team and HMA Nature Trail Docents for the third annual Hot Cocoa Hike on the Nature Trails at the Huntington Museum of Art. This free outdoor activity is open to the public.

A map of the trail is available to view or print at https://www.hmoa.org/assets/pdfs/2017/hma-trail-map.pdf.

Contact GHPRD Recreation Superintendent Stacey Leep at sleep@ghprd.org or call 304-696-5954 or HMA Museum and Schools Coordinator Cindy Dearborn at cdearborn@hmoa.org or call 304-0529-2701.

Putting the wide-angle lens on Appalachia

As part of the month-long Birke Fine Arts Symposium, which rolls through Thursday, March 1, Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media has, in conjunction with its English Department, put on a diverse wealth of multimedia programs and presentations with a theme of “What’s Next: the Arts in Times of Adversity.”

Along with featuring art born from adversity, the symposium has also celebrated another recurring theme, “Appalachian Narratives: Notes on Identity.”

To illustrate and illuminate that theme, the symposium has featured a contemporary photography exhibit - “How to Get Home Again” by Charleston photographer Roger May.

May will talk about the exhibit at a 5 p.m. reception Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Birke Art Gallery at Smith Hall. Following the reception will be a wider panel discussion at 7 p.m. with May along with Crystal Good, Kate Fowler, Elaine McMillion Sheldon (filmmaker of “Hollow” and “Heroin(E)”) and Roxy Todd.

The entire symposium schedule can also be found online at www.marshall.edu/cam/birke/. For more information, email castlebe@marshall.edu or call 304-696-2963.

Let the music and paint flow

The music will flow all night long Friday, Feb. 23, at the V Club for the Zilla Bash - and, along with the music, one painter for whom the music flows onto the canvas.

Ryan Byrd, who is a featured live painter at many of the large festivals in the region from Werk Out to Resonance, will paint live throughout Friday’s annual Zilla Bash - which celebrates the birthdays of music-loving couple Bob and Cheri Wilson. Zilla Bash reels in Morgantown-based jam act Fletcher’s Grove as the headliners on a packed bill.

Doors open at 8 p.m. for the show which starts at 8:30 p.m. sharp for those 18 and up. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Get some ‘Peace and Love’ in Grayson

The Grayson Gallery and Art Center, 201 E. 3rd St., Grayson, Kentucky, presents the sixth annual “Peace & Love” art show and sale with a free opening reception for artists and the public from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

The works on display also will include pieces from graduate students at Morehead State University who recently attended a lecture at MSU about the creation and ongoing success of the Grayson Gallery; all are new to exhibiting in Grayson. Art created by children and adult participants in the recent “Non-Traditional Parenting Workshop” project, a program funded primarily by the Kentucky Foundation for Women will be on display.

Refreshments will be provided by Catering by Laura. Short and Company will be playing live music.

Coming up at the gallery is the annual “Women in the Arts” event featuring all women artists and musicians for March, and an open-to-all artists show for the yearly “Celebrate the Earth” themed exhibit in April. Contact Dan Click, GGAC director, at 606-474-7651 or email graysongallery@gmail.com for more information.