If you go
What: "Traditions: A
Celebration of Heritage"
When: Friday through Dec. 30
Where: Clay Center
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
A testament to the popularity of the Clay Center's annual holiday tree and art exhibit comes from the artists themselves.
Bob Henry Baber, fresh off a Mountain Party campaign for Senate, made time to contribute "Christmas is for the Birds," featuring stacks of whimsical birdhouses and modern lighting.
Penny Fioravante, who moved earlier this year to Lewisburg, hauled supplies to Charleston for her annual exhibit, which is a family affair with her three artistic children, Gianna, Angelo and Marcus. Their contribution? "Christmas Eve at the Monsters."
Dan connery, who has been signing his name in lower case letters for about as long as he's volunteered his creativity for the exhibit, taught himself origami for his lovely paper tree, called "cavea," also in lower case letters.
Cindy and Butch Walton survived a mild disaster when their tree, a series of green ornaments suspended from gold plywood pieces all hung from the ceiling, tumbled to the ground earlier this week shortly after it had been installed. Undaunted, they untangled and re-hung it - more securely the second time.
Rob Cleland, best known for his large-scale murals, turned to cast-off electronics - among them phone cords, a burner from an electric stove and a series of mother boards - to create an assemblage he has entitled "Circuit Tree."
On Friday, their work and that of a dozen or more other area artists opens at the Clay Center, where it will remain on exhibit until Dec. 30.
Friday's opening coincides with Holly Day, a family friendly event that includes games, art activities for the children and a visit from Santa.
Although the theme of this year's art exhibit is "Traditions: A Celebration of Heritage," don't expect to see standard fare. Artists had a lot of fun interpreting the theme.
Fioravante took inspiration from a series of paintings she bought from a family friend and artist, Derek Hagler. She loved his monster family series so much that she bought four paintings that now hang in her Lewisburg apartment.