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Art, music and crafts highlight Division's upcoming free events

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 06:44 AM

CHARLESTON — A juried art exhibition, a program about the lives of indigenous Americans and children’s holiday crafts are among the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s lineup of special events in November.

The following programs are free and open to the public:

Dunn building, Martinsburg

West Virginia Juried Art Exhi­bition: The West Virginia Divi­sion of Culture and History will unveil the 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Dunn Building, 400 West Stephen St., in Martinsburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at a free, public reception. The exhibit features 53 paint­ings, sculptures, prints, draw­ings, photographs, mixed media art and crafts by 46 artists. The exhibition will remain on display through Feb. 21.

Culture Center

First Lady’s Festival of Songs: Join First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tom­blin and the Division of Culture and History as high school choirs from across the state perform holi­day music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Culture Center Theater at the State Capi­tol Complex in Charleston. Each of the choirs will have 15-minute performances that will be taped as part of a special partnership with West Virginia Media and then aired Christmas morning on West Virginia Media television stations throughout the state.

History of Charleston Lec­ture: On Thursday, Nov. 14, West Virginia State University His­tory Department Chair Billy Joe Peyton will present “History of Charleston: The Modern Era” in the Archives and History Library. The program begins at 6 p.m.

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex

Wha’qaa, Aloha, Shiyo: Native Community as College Class­room: On Thursday, Nov. 21, Bonnie Brown, coordinator of West Virginia University’s Native American Studies program, will discuss the rich experiences her students received in travel immer­sion courses to Hawaii, Alaska and Cherokee, N.C. In those classes, students saw indigenous com­munities render seal oil, process walrus meat, tend taro fields and make poi. They also learned from tribal elders about Cherokee plant medicine, stories, pottery and dance. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville,” W.Va.

Museum in the Park

Children’s Crafts for the Holi­day Season: From Nov. 23 to Dec. 28, the Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park in Logan will host special holiday-themed arts and crafts projects for chil­dren. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on all Saturdays, except Nov. 30, children are invited to make ornaments, decorate toys and design their own holiday cards. A parent or guard­ian must stay with any child under the age of 14.

For more information about any of these events, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commission­er, at 304-558-0220 or at caryn. s.gresha m@w v.gov.

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