Art display | Saturday and Sunday
Art lovers needn’t wait until November’s Over the Mountain Studio Tour to get a taste of the artist showcase. The Over the Mountain Studio Tour summer show and sale comes to Shepherdstown this weekend.
Twenty-two outstanding local artists will have works on display, including Becca Jones, who debuts “Inside and Outside,” her new shadow box series with images of some of the trees, rocks and animals on view near her home.
The event at Shepherdstown Community Club on German Street kicks off at noon Saturday with a party to celebrate Over the Mountain’s first quarter-century set to start at 6 p.m. It will feature music, snacks and more. The showcase continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Learn more about this weekend’s event – and the Over the Mountain Studio Tour main event on Nov. 8 and 9 – at studiotourwv.org.
Theater fest previews |Sunday to Thursday
World-class, cutting-edge theater isn’t out of reach, even for those on a budget. Sunday brings the start of the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s “Pay-What-You-Can Previews.” The festival’s official opening night comes July 11.
Learn details about the five plays on the 2014 lineup, all staged on the campus of Shepherd University, online at catf.org or by calling the CATF box office at 800-999-2283.
Patsy Cline exhibit | Through Sunday
There’s still time to see the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s exhibit on the early struggles of Patsy Cline – born Virginia “Ginny” Patterson in rural Frederick County, Va., in 1932 – before it wraps up Sunday.
“Becoming Patsy Cline” features rare photographs and clothing and other belongings to shed light on the singer’s first influences.
Admission to the Winchester, Va., museum is free today, an extension of the museum’s long practice of offering free admission on Wednesday mornings.
The museum at 901 Amherst St. is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free to visitors 12 and younger; adults pay $10; seniors and young people 13 to 18, $8. Find details at themsv.org or call 540-662-1473.
Sculpture exhibit | July
Gil Narro Garcia – the sculptor who wowed crowds at last year’s inaugural Artomatic@Jefferson, taking home the People’s Choice Award – is the featured artist this month at the Fire Hall Gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.
“Interpreting Nature” will remain on display through July 29. The public is invited to a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. July 12.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Council (formerly the Arts and Humanities Alliance), also may be seen during the gallery’s regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. For details, go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.
History museum | Ongoing
Anyone who wants to know more about local history will enjoy the Jefferson County Museum, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The collection in the ground floor at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town includes thousands of items related to local history, including a 1799 letter penned by President George Washington, the wagon that took abolitionist John Brown to his execution and the uniform belonging to long-lived World War I vet Frank Buckles as well as new exhibits on African-Americans’ work as jockeys in the racing industry here, advertising trinkets given out to tout area businesses and much more.
Admission costs $3 and is free to Charles Town Library patrons. For details, contact curator Jane Rissler (304-725-8628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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