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HMA to Host EcoArts Festival on April 23

The Huntington Museum of Art will celebrate Earth Day with an EcoArts Festival on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 5 to 8 p.m. This family friendly event is part of the 4th Tuesday Tour Series at HMA. Admission is free.

The festival will include a printmaking activity designed by HMA’s Education Department; a BioBottle demonstration with HMA Conservatory Director Josh Hamrick; an electric vehicle presentation from 5 to 7 p.m.; and eco-friendly artisans demonstrating and highlighting their creations. The Viper Wood-Fired Oven Pizza food truck is scheduled to attend so visitors can purchase something to eat at the event.

“We hosted our first EcoArts Festival last year and it was a huge success, ” said Raine Klover, HMA Director of Guest Services. “This event allows us to highlight some of the talented artisans in our community and celebrate the creativity and the urgency of caring about our planet.”

HMA Docent Rick Walker, who is a member of the West Virginia Electric Auto Association, is organizing an electric vehicle presentation in HMA’s front parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Walker will be on hand to answer questions about electric vehicles.

Julia Conley, Ann Grimes and Zane Pinson will be presenting artist demonstrations in the Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall.

Julia Conley of Hurricane, W.Va., is a retired art teacher who uses natural materials such as flowers and leaves to make paper and fabric prints through Eco Printing in which the chemicals and tannins in botanical items can transfer imprints onto natural fabrics, including wool, cotton, and silk.

West Virginian Ann Grimes has a BA and MA in printmaking and more than 30 years of experience teaching in West Virginia schools, including in Wayne County. As a fiber artist, Grimes uses weaving, felting, and stitching techniques in her art. She creates everything from fiber portraits to felt sculptures and uses recycled materials. During the EcoArts Festival at HMA, Grimes will demonstrate needle felting and wet felting.

Zane Pinson is a Huntington sculptor and ceramicist, who says he feels his work is linked to the Huntington community. At HMA’s EcoArts Festival, Pinson will explain where clay comes from and talk about the various stages of creating with clay.

For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.