FestivFALL to feature virtual, at-home arts experiences | Features/Entertainment

Noble Horvath

CHARLESTON — For its ninth year of arts-oriented activities, FestivFALL will present an innovative format in October, owing to the social strictures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. To adhere to CDC guidelines and proper social distancing measures, FestivFALL will be an eight-day online event this year, revealing an eclectic mixture […]

CHARLESTON — For its ninth year of arts-oriented activities, FestivFALL will present an innovative format in October, owing to the social strictures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To adhere to CDC guidelines and proper social distancing measures, FestivFALL will be an eight-day online event this year, revealing an eclectic mixture of virtual and at-home programming.

Main events will include a virtual Harvest Art Fair, the Charleston ARTbus unveiling, “Three Things,” programming from the West Virginia Dance Company and Charleston Light Opera Guild, a grab-and-go version of Taste-of-ALL, performances by local musicians, tutorials and more.

The events are slated for Saturday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 17, to be presented on the FestivALL YouTube Channel at youtube.com.

“We’re fortunate to have so many incredible artists and partners who have come together to present more than a week of experiences in the arts,” FestivALL Marketing and Production Coordinator Mallory Richards said in a media release. “We look forward to our audience enjoying reimagined signature events and new events — whether it is new to you or new to FestivFALL.”

The Harvest Art Fair will present, virtually, 25 regional artisans and their handcrafted goods, available for online purchasing.

“When you buy products from these artists,you are doing more than just buying unique, handmade products. You are also supporting your local economy and the livelihood of artists who have lost an entire level of their businesses with the absence of fairs and festivals this summer and fall. There is a huge wealth of talent in our state, and it is more important than ever to support these local makers,” Richards said.

The call has gone out for teenage artists to submit entries for the Art-for-FALL Virtual Teen Art Exhibition. Students in grades seven through 12 were invited to enter through the Oct. 2 deadline. The exhibition was open to students who live in Kanawha, Fayette, Clay, Putnam, Jackson, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Putnam, Lincoln, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Raleigh and Roane counties.

The virtual “Three Things” program will spotlight a trio of speakers: musician/police officer Jeff Ellis, singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Smithers Mayor Anne Cavalier. The program will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 on the YouTube channel, with tickets available on a “pay-what-you-want” basis.

Additionally, the Charleston Light Opera Guild will present online encore performances of its 2019 production, “Shrek: The Musical.” FestivFALL will also revisit the West Virginia Dance Company’s 2019 FestivFALL performance of “Catching Light,” inspired by West Virginia glass artist Ron Hinkle. These events will include special new features in their online presentations.

The calendar of events is as follows:

n Virtual Harvest Art Fair

n Harvest Art Fair: Children’s Art Fair make-at-home projects and tutorials

n October at Home with Charleston Main Streets

n Taste-of-ALL Grab & Go promo

n Art-for-FALL: FestivALL’s Virtual Teen Art Exhibition

n American Shakespeare Center performs “Othello”

n Great Composers Virtual Chamber Music Series: “The Magic of Mozart”

n “Catching Light” artist interview and performance by the West Virginia Dance Company

n Imagine Circus presents “A Circus at Home” and a vacuum and liquid nitrogen science show

n MLK Mural Project — virtual painting workshop

n “Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future,” featuring Jeff Ellis, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Anne Cavalier

n The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents “Shrek: The Musical”

n The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents “Shrek: The Musical”

n Party in the Patch — take-home, paint-your-own pumpkin kits from the Capitol Market

n Party in the Patch — take-home, paint-your-own pumpkin kits from the Capitol Market

n Charleston Light Opera Guild presents “Shrek: the Musical”

n Art-for-FALL: FestivALL’s Virtual Teen Art Exhibition virtual award ceremony

n Harvest Art Fair: Virtual Art Fair Experience

Additional events will include a Virtual Brickscape — Artist “Residency” and Exhibition, Poetry with Marc Harshman and Jeff Worley, an Oct. 18 presentation of CLOG’s “Shrek: The Musical” and the unveiling of the ARTbus.

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