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New exhibition at the Cultural Center to feature one-man show of Bethany artist

4/1/04

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil a new exhibition, Herb Weaver: Recent Clay Work, on Friday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Balcony Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The free exhibition and reception are open to the public. The show will remain on display through June 6.

The exhibition will feature Bethany artist Herb Weaver in a one-man show, and will consist of 21 pieces of his most recent clay work. His art is lighthearted in nature. “Humor plays an important role in my art. By taking elements or pieces of everyday life and twisting or altering them in a whimsical fashion, I intend for my work to be a welcome relief from reality,” Weaver says. “I try not to commit to either realism or abstraction–lurking somewhere between surrealism and distorted reality.”

Weaver is a professor in the fine arts department at Bethany College, teaching classes in ceramics, sculpture, 3-D design, art history and art education. He also has taught at Brescia College in Owensboro, Ky., James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., to name a few. He did undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., and received a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from James Madison University.

His work has been included in juried exhibitions throughout the United States including Clay Does it All at the University of Memphis, 32nd Annual Lake Wales Art Show in Lake Wales, Fla., a solo exhibition entitled Ceremonial Teapottery at the Pinckney Gallery in Bend, Ore., National Invitational Exhibition at the Barton College Art Museum in Wilson, N.C., and the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2001 at the Cultural Center in Charleston.
His art has received many awards including an Award of Excellence for the 1997 Cornerstone Project Third Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville, Juror’s Merit Award for the 1999 Three-Rivers Art Festival in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a Merit Award for the 1995 26th Annual Spring Show in Steubenville, Ohio, among others.

For more information about the Herb Weaver: Recent Clay Work exhibition, contact Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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