West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History

New exhibit highlighting West Virginia poems, calligraphy to open Sept. 17, 2012, at the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex


 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A collection of calligraphic art inspired by poems written by West Virginians will be on exhibit this fall in the Culture Center’s Balcony Gallery at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil the new exhibit, “Expressions in Word: Calligraphers and Poets,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept 17, 2012.

The 31-piece collection features poems written by members of the Kanawha Valley Poets with corresponding calligraphic and three-dimensional art created by members of the Charleston and Huntington calligraphers’ guilds.

Visitors will see some of the implements and tools calligraphers have used since medieval times, including quills, pens and inks, as well as videotaped demonstrations of the art form, and a brief history of Western writing from hieroglyphics to modern handwriting. The exhibit also will include samples of five basic letter forms, written historical documents that use artistic and stylized lettering and a piece of vellum, a fine parchment made from animal skin that is used for book bindings and

Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through Veterans Day.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Charles Morris, director of museums, at (304) 558-0220.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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