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Last call to see temporary HMOA exhibits

January 5, 2019
Courtesy of www.hmoa.org Builder Levy, Brookside Women, Picket Line for the UMWA, Harlan County, Kentucky, 1973. Gold-toned silver gelatin print. Photo courtesy of the artist.

HUNTINGTON - It’s out with the old and in with the new up at the Huntington Museum of Art. Sunday, Jan. 6, is the last day to catch two temporary exhibits up at the galleries.

Being taken down after Sunday is “Builder Levy: Appalachia USA,” a black-and-white photography exhibit about coal mining. This unique documentary project by the New York-based photographer Builder Levy (born 1942) that explores life and labor in coal mining communities in Kentucky and West Virginia during the span of 40 years. Levy’s arresting black-and-white photographs trace the indelible legacy of the coal industry on the lives and landscapes that define the region from scenes shot deep underground where miners toil at their difficult and often perilous work to the tops of mountains where explosives and heavy machinery extract coal and irrevocably alter the shape of the land.

Sunday is also the last day to see the Art On A Limb trees. In celebration of the holiday season, area artists and artist groups applied their skills and share their talents to decorate trees throughout the museum. In the Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall, at the entrance of the museum, is the 12-foot tall Palette Tree. This tree is decorated with artist palettes. Each palette is hand-decorated by a different artist in that artist’s unique style. Altogether there are more than 50 one-of-a-kind palettes on this tree.

Throughout the museum, in different gallery spaces, there are additional trees. Each one of these trees is decorated with ornaments from an area artist group. Ornaments from Woodworkers & Woodturners decorate one tree. At the end of the Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall is the Folk Art tree. The West Virginia Bead Society decorates the tree in HMA’s Glass Gallery, which is presented by Cabell Huntington Hospital. The Tri-Area Needle Arts members decorate the tree at the end of the Bridge Gallery. In front of the window at the far end of the Daywood Gallery is the tree decorated by the Western Weavers Guild of the West Virginia Basketmakers. Finally, at the entrance to the Daine Gallery is the tree decorated by the Calligraphers Guild.

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