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Classes, concerts, displays and more

Area arts centers provide several activities

April 30, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

For a little more than 10 years, the Randolph County Community Arts Center has been promoting and supporting arts in the area.

The Arts Center offers a full slate of events including concerts, classes, exhibits and more to promote and enhance the cultural and economic life of the region by providing facilities and arts programming.

The center strives to be a leader in the cultural life of the region by providing arts education opportunities that will help develop creativity and artistic expression. It provides a wide variety of classes that are intended to help people learn different ways to create artwork.

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The Randolph County Community Arts Center offers a range of classes for all ages.

Classes span from water color and drawing to origami and even print making. Classes rotate several times throughout the year to ensure there are fresh learning opportunities available.

The RCCAC also presents several high-quality art exhibits and musical performances from an eclectic mix of genres. The center provides its facility along Randolph Avenue for several different art galleries and showings throughout the year.

In the past, the center has been the home of two Smithsonian events, including "Museums on Main Street Exhibit on World War II: Produce for Victory" and "Museums on Main Street Exhibit: Roots Music/New Harmonies."

Fact Box

Quick facts

Randolph County

Community Arts Center

Office & Gallery Hours:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday to Friday

Location:

At the corner

of Park Street

and Randolph Avenue,

Elkins.

For more info

and tickets, call:

304-637-2355

Website:

www.randolpharts.org

Landes Arts Center

Telephone:

304-257-1725

Website:

www.landesartscenter.com

The next Smithsonian exhibit will begin in May. "The Way We Worked," a Museums on Main Street and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, explores how work became a central element of American culture. The exhibit is part of a tour of the state made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

According to the exhibition description, "The Way We Worked" will invite visitors to hear workers tell their own stories and view films of various industries. The exhibition will offer multiple interpretive opportunities for visitors through graphics, relevant objects, work clothes, audio components and films.

The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and is located in Elkins at the corner of Park Street and Randolph Avenue.

Anyone interested in more information about the RCCAC, upcoming events or to register for classes can visit randolpharts.org or call 304-636-2355.

Meanwhile, The Landes Arts Center in Petersburg also offers a range of programs, including concerts. It got its start three years ago and has been growing ever since.

"We started out with nothing as far as events and we have been working our way up," Arts Center representative Sandy Stump said. "We have several different performances and events planned."

Stump said the facility provides an opportunity for residents to see a wide variety of concerts covering multiple genres of music.

"We have several local bands that perform," she said. "We have several different concerts with several different genres of music."

She said local schools make use of the facility for many different events. Coming in May, Eastern West Virginia Community College will be hosting a dance recital at the facility.

In addition to the numerous concerts and performances throughout the year, Stump said local artists make use of the venue for exhibits and galleries.

For more information about upcoming events at the Landes Arts Center, anyone interested can visit www.landesartscenter.com.

Contact Anthony Gaynor by email at agaynor@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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