(Photo caption: “Dreaming of the Cape,” painting by Jenny Wilson, courtesy of Monongalia Arts Center)

Did you notice there are several organizations hosting gallery receptions this week?  I am definitely excited to have an enjoyable time checking out a variety of art! All of the events are free and open to the public. Here’s what happening, pay attention to the times as they vary per venue:

Thursday, Dec. 1, 5-7pm, Paul and Laura Mesaros Galleries, Creative Arts Center
Juried by artist and curator Ron Hillingshead, the exhibit presents artwork by students in ceramics, photography, printmaking, graphic design, painting, drawing, video and animation.

FRIDAY ARTS! All of these events are happening Friday, December 2:


9am-6pm: WVU Ceramics Sale, Creative Arts Center
Student ceramic work on sale for 50-80% below retail prices, including a variety of styles and forms from decorative to domestic and washable. Sale continues Saturday, from 9am-4pm.

4-6pm: Contemporary Terrain: Glass Artists in the Mountain State Nutting Gallery inside the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, One Alunni Drive
Full Disclosure: I curated this exhibit of nine stellar contemporary artists based in West Virginia who use glass in their work. I wrote about it Monday for Zackquill where you can read more about the variety of style and perspective from these amazing artists. We hope you stop by before heading downtown!

6-9pm: Multiplicity, The Diamond Shop Gallery, 320 High Street
This relatively new gallery has been presenting provocative shows and this group show will surely not disappoint, featuring printmakers of West Virginia University.

6-9pm: Dog Years, Monongalia Arts Center (Upstairs), 107 High Street
This exhibit features ceramic sculpture and prints by WVU Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate Jared Peterson. https://www.facebook.com/events/662224883951890/

7-9:30: Jenny Wilson: Improvisations of a Shoreline, Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High Street
Wilson presents paintings created inspired by a trip to Cape Cod, and also a live musical performance during the opening reception.

6-8pm: Leslie Norris: Sugar Pop Press, Arts Monongahela Gallery, 201 High Street
Full Disclosure: I am on Arts Monongahela Board; I am thrilled to present Leslie’s lively prints, zines and pins with this exhibit. With Arts Mon’s community-focused mission and Norris’ playful spirit in mind, Arts Mon invites in-kind donations of canned/packaged foods and personal care items to benefit the Rosenbaum Family House throughout the month. https://www.facebook.com/events/1030294770426615/

Don’t forget Appalachian Gallery at 270 Walnut Street, is open til 5:30pm, with a variety of West Virginia made crafts and art, and framing services as well. River Fair Trade, 316 High Street, will be open til 7pm just for the evening of arts, with local and international hand-made gifts, clothing and accessories.  

Sunday, Dec. 4, noon-4pm: Artisan & Craft Bazaar, 123 Pleasant Street
00Bagel and 123 Pleasant Street host this brunch and sale of locally-made creations.

Sally Deskins is a writer, artist and curator based in Morgantown. Send her ideas at sallydeskins@yahoo.com

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