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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Join Us for ArtWalk Thursday Evening!

The downtown ArtWalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16.

The Covenant House invites you to an anti-tobacco themed art exhibit during ArtWalk at the Capitol Conference Center, located at the corner of Capitol and Lee Streets. The display features gay and lesbian artists and artists who support the gay community.

Covenant House has chosen an anti-tobacco theme because of the high rates of smoking in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Members of the gay community smoke at twice the rate of the general population.

Sponsored by the DHHR's Division for Tobacco Prevention, the exhibit kicks off a year-long campaign to encourage members of the gay community to stop smoking and adopt clean indoor air policies.

The West Virginia Youth Symphony, meanwhile, will be providing on-street entertainment throughout downtown. The music is possible because of a grant through the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

In addition, Marshall University Professor Stanley Sporny is showing 12 new paintings from his “River Series” at the Callen McJunkin Gallery.

A frequent prize-winner in juried exhibitions, Stanley Sporny is included in such collections as The National Museum of American Art's, The Utah Museum of Fine Art's and that of Senator & Mrs. J.W. Fulbright, to name a few.

Sporny’s exhibition continues through Nov. 8, 2008 at the downtown gallery location in the loft over Stray Dog Antiques at 219 Hale St., Charleston. The gallery offers free parking at the Huntington Banks garage across the street with gallery validation.


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