New art show: Shepherdstown artist Rebecca Grace Jones shows off her vision and creativity starting Sunday as her one-woman show, “Artplay at 60 – Using the Daily News as Inspiration,” debuts at the AHA Fire Hall Gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.

The free exhibit opens to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday and will remain on display through Jan. 29 during the gallery’s regular hours from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Jones used the front page of The Washington Post to create a piece of artwork daily through December – works she includes in the new show. Jones said the idea was born after she tackled Noah Scalin’s “Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life” in 2012.

Explains Jones: “I find now, that in order to keep up the daily practice of creating, I am in a position of having to make up my own assignments.”

The show is sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County. To learn more, call the gallery at 304-724-2090.

First Friday: Christian Lopez and his band Joe Taxi will be the featured first act at this week’s First Friday at Trinity Orchard House on W.Va. 45 between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown.

Doors open for social time at 7 p.m. and open mic starts 30 minutes later. Organizers give eight performers the opportunity to do two songs before the feature act takes the stage around 9 p.m. for an hour set.

Lopez has been a regional favorite ever since he wowed judges and won over fans on “American Idol” in 2012. More on him and Joe Taxi can be found at christianlopezband.com.

First Friday also includes refreshments and fellowship. Foe more details, call Steve Warner at 304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915. There is no admission fee, but organizers ask each attendee make a $10 donation.

Photo exhibition: “Vision of the Ages” – a rare exhibit of modern photography made with historic processes curated by award-winning Martinsburg photographer Rip Smith – opens Friday at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs.

The exhibition begins with a reception at 7:30 p.m. and will remain on view during the gallery’s regular hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends) through Feb. 23.

Smith said photographs in the exhibit are examples of wet-plate collodian tintypes, bromoil prints, cyanotypes, Van Dykes, silver gelatin and more.

The gallery show is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and local hotel taxes.

The Ice House is located at Independence and Mercer streets downtown. For details, call 304-258-2300 or go to macicehouse.org.

African music and drums: Children of Uganda will offer a music, drum and dance performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Frank Theater at Shepherd University. Tickets may be secured through the theater’s box office.

Admission costs $15 or $10 for faculty, staff and seniors while children 18 and younger pay $5 and Shepherd students get in free with a Rambler ID. For other information, go to Childrenofuganda.org

Harpers Ferry exhibit: See the latest exhibit at Steam at Harpers Ferry through Feb. 2 at the gallery at 180 High St.

The display shows off works by the year’s most popular artists including Eric Holstine’s “Celestial Escape” and “Milton the Mechanical Marvel”; Leigh Anne Cassell’s “Steampunk Dr. Who”; Jason Edwards’s “Captain Tomorrow Gives Chase in His Red Balloon”; and Christopher Loggie’s “Steampunk Nutcracker” as well as popular 3D images and a Steampunk Advent Calendar.

Steam, a contemporary gallery with an American Victorian Steampunk environment, also carries Steampunk-themed limited edition prints, books, comics and more. For details, call Cynthia Gayton (304-885-0094 or Cynthia@steamatharpersferry.com).

Art exhibit: A new exhibit showcasing West Virginia-made paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts may be seen from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays at the Dunn Building in Martinsburg.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition features 53 works created by 46 West Virginia artists. The exhibit runs through Feb. 21.

Get in touch: Do you have an Out&About item? Send it to editor@spiritofjefferson.com or put it in the mail: 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414.


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