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A real-life “Lion King” adventure! - Clay Center


Saturday, February 4 • 11 am – 4 pm

Commemorate Mardi Gras and St. Valentine’s Day with

one fabulous event! Create a festive mask, win prizes in

the cake walk, watch musical performances, get your face

painted and more. Mask-making takes place from noon -

4 pm and is $2 per mask; all other activities are included

with gallery admission.


Saturday, February 18 • noon – 4 pm

Travel the world without leaving Charleston. Get your art

“passport” and discover artwork from countries around

the globe including Australia, Kenya, Spain and other

exotic locations. Plus, enjoy musical performances from

other cultures throughout the afternoon.


Saturday, February 25 • 11 am – 4 pm

It’s hands-on, minds-on and even bodies-on fun as you

discover the excitement of the world of engineering with

a special day for all ages. Learn about the many branches

of this high-tech science with fun, interactive activities

and displays presented by a variety of local engineering

firms, colleges and universities.

sponsored by WV United Federal Credit Union

Fun-filled event days packed with family entertainment, themed science

and art activities and three floors of interactive, engaging exhibits await

you. Activities are included with admission, which is free for Clay Center

members. Exceptions are noted in descriptions.


Saturday, March 17 • Noon – 4 pm

Enter the mysterious world of Dr. Seuss

with special story times, Seuss-inspired

art activities, silly science demonstrations

and more. Don’t miss your chance to

see the amazing “Oobleck Walk” as

our Seuss scientist attempts a trek

on the mysterious green substance!

Ask for the

Seussical Musical Pass

to both “A Seuss-tastic Afternoon”

and the West Virginia Symphony

Orchestra’s 11 am performance of

“Celebrating Seuss” and get $2 off

your performance ticket.

For non-members, enjoy both events

for just $8.50 for kids ages 13 and

under and $14 for adults.


Saturday, March 31 • 11 am – 4 pm

Celebrate the coming spring with an egg-cellent day of

egg-citing entertainment. Enjoy annual activities like a

puppet show, egg hunt and egg decorating (2 eggs for

$1), and check out all new events like Bunny and Chick

Bowling and a scavenger hunt for prizes. Plus, meet our

special guest for the day – the Easter Bunny.

family fun at the Center


Get out of the house and into the great outdoors!

Register online at or call


Cure for Cabin Fever Hike

Saturday, March 3 • 2 pm at Kanawha State Forest

$3 per person or $10 per family (limit four family members)

Registration and payment deadline: Feb. 27

Need to get out after a long winter indoors?

Go on a refreshing hike and search for the

earliest signs of spring.

sponsored by

Note: Trails may be narrow in some

areas and slippery when wet.

Please wear appropriate hiking

shoes and dress for the weather.

Hike will take place rain or shine.


sponsored by

Thursday, March 8 • 5 – 7:30 pm

Warm up this winter with a family beach party! Dive into our Sea

Science demonstrations, make a mini ocean-in-a-bottle, take part

in an “art-sea” scavenger hunt and build a sandcastle on your

pretend vacation. Catch a special showing of giant screen film

“The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti” at 6 pm. Film tickets sold separately;

all other activities included with gallery admission.


on stage at the Center


SPRING 2012 performances

RAGAMALA Dance | Saturday, Feb. 18 • 8 pm

You won’t be able to take your eyes off of these expressive dancers. Combining

innovative movement with classic beauty they push the boundaries of their traditional

Indian dance while fully maintaining grace and authenticity.

This program is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History

and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Montana Repertory Theatre | Friday, Mar. 23 • 8 pm



today and

This compelling drama will take audiences on an intense journey into the church and the

confrontation between Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius. This classic American play will

leave you with your own doubt, long after the final curtain.

RICK SPRINGFIELD | Sunday, Apr. 15 • 8 pm

Skyrocketed into stardom with mega-hit, “Jessie’s Girl,” this American icon has

entertained audiences for 30 years. Sing along to your favorite 80’s hits such as “Don’t

Talk to Strangers” and “Love Somebody” during this high-octane performance that

will rock the Clay Center.

BELA FLECK | Saturday, Apr. 21 • 8 pm

& The Flecktones

The Original Line-up

Don’t miss your chance to see the highly-anticipated reunion of the first fab four at the

peak of their creativity. New groundbreaking compositions showcase the subtle blend

of acoustical jazz, classical, and electric blues to produce the unique sound they’re best

known for.

sponsored by Roger Nicholson

hot shows • cool season

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thank you to our

season sponsors:


Rick Springfield

All artists, performance dates and times are subject to change.





special event performances

Become a Clay Center season ticket holder and be the first to

add on these Special Event performances.


Friday, March 30 • 8 pm

After years of successful solo careers, husband and wife duo Derek Trucks

and Susan Tedeschi have united with an ALL NEW and exceptionally talented

eleven member ensemble. Experience the fiery vocals of Tedeschi and the

expressive musical virtuosity of Trucks, as they bring to the stage a unique,

modern blend of blues, rock, gospel, jazz and World sounds to create a

‘swampy mix of rootsy, rockin’ American music.’

sponsored by Roger Nicholson


Sunday, April 1 • 8 pm

They set the early stage for progressive rock and helped define the

psychedelic period in the early ‘70s, earning them legions of fans. Relive

that same cutting-edge sound in a sensational show of legendary hits and

fan favorites.



on stage at the Center

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In Charleston

2011-2012 season

2011 - 2012 SEASON


Straight No Chaser

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm

Burn the Floor

Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 pm

presented by Ed & Susan Maier

clay center presents





Ron Sowell

artistic director


Oil & Gas

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

Saturday, February 4, 7:30 pm

John Gorka

Saturday, March 3, 7:30 pm

The Waymores

Saturday, April 7, 7:30 pm

Ron Sowell

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm

at the clay center!


Roman Festivals

January 27 & 28, 8 pm

New World Symphony

March 2 & 3, 8 pm


Fascinating Rhythms

January 28, 11 am

Celebrating Seuss!

March 17, 11 am


Symphony Idol

February 10 & 11, 8 pm

WVSO Presents Pam Tillis

March 16 & 17, 8 pm


Heart and Soul

February 19, 3 pm


last chance

TIME IS RUNNING OUT. Catch these before they’re gone!


through March 9

Surf through the science of waves from their physics to their

impact on our ocean’s ecosystem and examine the treacherous

waters at Tahiti’s notorious Teahupo’o reef with Tahitian waterman

Raimana Von Bastolear and nine-time Association of Surfing

Professionals world champion Kelly Slater.

narrated by Meryl Streep

through March 9

back by

popular demand

for a limited time!


Go on an exciting journey through the

Louisiana wetlands right into the middle

– and aftermath – of one of America’s

most catastrophic natural disasters,

Hurricane Katrina.


in the



through April 15

Investigate the world of

veterinary science STATION as you explore

this interactive exhibit. Examine

X-rays and learn what they can

tell us about the condition of an

animal. Then, participate in a

mock surgery and meet a few of

the animals that we

care for at the

Clay Center.

McClaugherty Raffle

To benefit the Clay Center and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000

and more than 20 other fantastic prizes.

Only a limited number of tickets are available!

Buy yours today on the Special Events page at or call 304-561-3570.

Raffle administration is coordinated

courtesy of the accounting firm

of Arnett & Foster, P.L.L.C.

Exclusive Drawing Party!

March 6, 5:30 pm

Art Gallery

BE AMONG THE FIRST to experience our hottest lectures, exhibits and more.

art & science lectures

Find out what happens when art and science collide in

this new lecture series in the art gallery. Thanks to the

generosity of the West Virginia Humanities Council, all

programs are free and open to the public.

Scientific Inspiration:

A Conversation with Gail Wight

Associate Professor, Dept. of Art & Art History,

Stanford University

Thursday, January 19 • 6 pm

Find out how this artist/professor integrates science

and its history into her artwork and how cultural

notions of art and science have evolved over the years.

Investigate issues of biology and the history of science

and technology through art projects that engage the

cultural impact of scientific practice and explore the

relationship between art and science.

Creativity & Genius

with Rex Jung, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology,

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Friday, February 17 • 6 pm

Learn about the emerging field of positive neuroscience

– the study of what the brain does well – from this leading

scientist in the field. Find out about “genius,” what it is

and where it comes from through the emergence of new

imaging technologies that illustrate the manifestation of

creativity in the brain.

Art & Ecology:

Land Arts from New Mexico to West Virginia

with Bill Gilbert, University of New Mexico Lannan Chair

& Director of the Land Arts program and Erika Osborne,

Assistant Professor of Painting, West Virginia University

Thursday, March 8 • 6 pm

Hear how natural materials like leaves, soil, branches,

rocks and water have been used to create original

artworks in landscapes located well away from

civilization, left to change and erode under natural

conditions. Listen as these two “Land Art” experts

discuss this art form and explain how they have

introduced Land Arts as a course of study at their

respective universities.

sponsored by




New Directions in Native American Art

“Migrations” brings together a collection of

contemporary fine art prints from six Native

American artists whose work, when combined,

represents a wide spectrum of Native American

cultures and experiences.

It’s All Relative

Using YouTube as the only resource, Michael

Sherwin’s “It’s All Relative” features 25 different

versions of a lunar eclipse, compiled together

to give you a unique glimpse into this natural

phenomenon of our universe.

Ryan Lee Smith, Be Prepared to Stop,

Lithograph, Printed by Frank Janzen, 2004


january 14

Michael Sherwin, It’s All Relative

50-Channel Video Installation, 2008

what’s new at the Center



starting January 12


Discover the mystery behind Saturn’s

famous rings and find out how this

massive gas giant was discovered by

early astronomers.

Travel to Europe and experience

art, history and new cultures!

Visit the Adult Programs page on or call 304-561-3553

for more information. Space is limited.


children’s workshops & programs at the Center



These exciting science shows give visitors an opportunity

to see LIVE science demonstrations daily at 1, 2 & 3 pm! All

activities are included with gallery admission, which is free for

Clay Center members.

January • Hang Ten!

Explore the science of waves and the creatures that inhabit

the waters beneath them on this radical reef adventure.

February • Remarkable Reptiles

Snakes, turtles, and lizards - oh, my! Discover amazing facts

about our scaly friends at this fun-filled meet and greet.

March • Rock Your World!

Enter the turbulent world of the rock cycle and get hands-on

with the variety of rocks and minerals it churns out.

First Saturday of each month, 9 – 10 am

If your young explorer has turned 6 in the past few months,

celebrate this milestone with one last romp in the ball pond or tree

house. Kidspace is an area designed for children ages 5 and under

… except for one special day each month. We know growing up

can be tough, so enjoy being a kid while you can. Gallery admission

required, which is free for members.

Wee Wednesdays

Preschoolers get their own special day of fun each

week! Enjoy stories, crafts and activities designed

with the 5-and-under crowd in mind. Visit us each

Wednesday at 11 am or 1 pm for a story time

unlike any other. Activities are included with gallery

admission, which is free for members.

Sponsored by


Learn about a wide variety of topics in this

series of fun-filled, hands-on art experiences.

This entertaining program takes place the

second Saturday of each month from noon

– 4 pm in the classrooms. All activities are

included with gallery admission, which is free

for members.

March 1 • Trash to Treasure

Registration deadline: Feb. 27

Get hands-on with the Clay Center’s new recycling effort,

and let it inspire your own creative upcycling project.

March 15 • Harvest Hydration

Registration deadline: March 12

Learn about unique ways to use

harvested rainwater as you design

a complete irrigation system for the

Clay Center’s garden.

March 29 • Microscopic Madness

Registration deadline: March 26

Enter the world of the miniscule as you use microscopes

and magnifying glasses to examine the structure of a

variety of tiny objects.

Step out of the classroom and into a world of fun with science

demonstrations, hands-on experiments and adventurous activities.

Designed for students in grades 2 - 6, workshops take place Thursdays

from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Participation is $15, or just $12 for members. Register

at or 304-561-3570.

Help us build and

install your design at

Irrigation Installation

on May 10.

January 14 • Snowflakes

No two are the same! Get creative as you turn coffee

filters into snowy designs.

February 11 • Recy-collages

Create your own original work of art using a variety of

recyclable materials.

March 10 • Abstract Self-portraits

A little imagination is all it takes to see yourself in a

whole new way!

April 12 • It’s a Gas!

Registration deadline: April 9

It stinks, it glows and everywhere it flows. Harness the

power of this invisible state of matter as we explore the

mysterious wonder of gas.

April 26 • The Power of the Sun

Registration deadline: April 23

Meet us at Kanawha State Forest to investigate the sun’s

extraordinary ability to heat, cook and give energy.

Coming in May

May 10 • Irrigation Installation

Registration deadline: May 7

Join us for part two of Harvest Hydration as we build and

install your designed garden irrigation system.

9children’s workshops & programs at the Center

free adult programs at the Center

Treat yourself to fascinating lectures and enlightening discussions – ALL FOR FREE!



Archaeology at Rome’s Egyptian Frontier

with Dr. Leslie Anne Warden

Wednesday, January 18 • 12:15 pm

Hear about Egyptian and Roman life in the desert, where people

lived and how cultures merged as this archaeologist and expert on

Egyptian history discusses her work in Kharga, the southernmost of

Egypt’s oases and former frontier of the Roman Empire.

Hiking Through History:

Visiting Kanawha Valley Places of Significance

During the Beginning of the Civil War

With Doug Wood

Wednesday, February 8, 12:15 pm

In 2011, the Mary Ingles Trail Blazers sponsored a series of hikes and

walks to places that were important to the Kanawha Valley Civil War

history. Commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the

beginning of the war in our region, hikers visited little-known historical

spots as well as some of the better-interpreted locales. Come learn

about these fascinating places right here in our own community.

West Virginia: Birth of a State

With Dr. Billy Joe Peyton

Wednesday, March 14 • 12:15 pm

Find out about our great state’s fascinating history from West Virginia

State University history department chair Dr. Billy Joe Peyton. Go

on a journey into the past as West Virginia breaks from Virginia and

becomes an independent state, and hear the story of the battle of the

capital cities – Wheeling vs. Charleston.

Don’t miss this popular monthly lecture series featuring

knowledgeable community presenters talking about a wide

variety of topics. Learn more about the area, art, science

and more in each 45-minute presentation in our art gallery.

All programs take place at

Taylor Books, Capitol Street

Get a cup of joe and settle in for an evening

of engaging conversation. Guest presenters

cover a variety of science-related topics in an

open forum with plenty of time for discussion

and Q&A in this interactive program.

Junior Master Gardeners

With Melissa Stewart,

Junior Master Gardeners/WVSU Extension Service

Tuesday, January 31 • 6 – 7 pm

Learn about this exciting program, the

students involved and the many activities in

which Junior Master Gardeners takes part in

our community.


With Scott Byars,

Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural

Resources/WVSU Extension Service

Tuesday, March 27 • 6 – 7 pm

Spring is in the air – and compost is everywhere!

Cheap, easy and great for your garden – learn

the ins and outs of composting with an expert

in the “field.”


free art & science


see page 7


Ayn Amur Temple, Kharga, Egypt

Get creative and learn something new in one of our science- and art-related adult education

programs. Call 304-561-3570 for more information or to register today.


The Art and Science of Beer

with Rich Ireland

Saturday, March 17 • 12 – 4 pm

Learn about the ingredients, styles and

brewing process of beer, as well as the

fascinating history of this celebrated drink –

from ancient times to the New World. Then, taste

and discuss of a variety of brews. If you’ve enjoyed

Rich’s class before, this is your chance to savor

some new selections!





for members


for non-members

Take a look at various art movements, the well-known

artists associated with them and some of the famous

works they produced in this all-new series.


Tuesday, March 13 • 6 – 7 pm

with Art Historian, Robin Fisher

Hear how prominent Romantics like John Constable,

Eugène Delacroix and JMW Turner evoked emotion and

inspired imagination in their viewers by rebelling against

what they saw as the stodginess of their predecessors.

other selections in the series:

Greek Sculpture

Tuesday, April 10

English Impressionism

Tuesday, May 8







for members


for non-members

Original films showing

FREE just one day each!


All films will be shown at 5:30 pm in

Walker Theater, followed by live Q&A with

the filmmakers.



per person

Concrete, Steel & Paint

Saturday, Feb. 11

Watch as prisoners and crime victims

collaborate on a mural about healing.

Their struggle to find creative common

ground raises challenging questions about

punishment, justice and redemption.

Proceed and Be Bold!

Wednesday, March 28

Follow a controversial printing press and

book artist through galleries promoting

his work, meet the people who know him

best and discover how audiences react to

his charged works of art.

On Screen/In Person is made possible

by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

through the generous support of the

National Endowment for the Arts’

Regional Touring Program.


Join this unique book club that focuses on the

exciting world of art. Week one features an art

lecture, week two is a book discussion and week

three allows for an inside view of our permanent

collection or other special programming. Preregistration

is required. Fee includes all three

sessions per month, but does not include book.

The Hare with Amber Eyes

by Edmund de Waal

Thursday, February 2, 16 & 23 • 1:30 – 3 pm

Go back in time with Edmund de Waal as he

traces his roots and learns the story behind

his family’s greatest legacy - a collection of

ornamental Japanese carvings passed down

through generations.

adult workshops at the Center

Cancellation Policy – To receive full refund or credit toward a future workshop, registrant must

provide notification of cancellation a minimum of one week prior to workshop date or start date

if workshop is part of a series or camp. Certain exceptions may apply.


all about you

Plan the special event of a lifetime

Julie Tawney and Lowell Warden had the wedding of their dreams

July 17, 2011 at the Clay Center. The bride had this to say about their

special day:

“The Clay Center was the perfect venue for my classic and upscale

wedding. The Walker Theater offered a romantic feel for my ceremony

and the Benedum Grand Lobby created a beautiful room for the

reception with the spiral staircase and gorgeous windows.

The staff at the Clay Center made sure every detail was handled with

no questions asked. I never worried if things were going to be finished

on time, and I had total confidence throughout the entire planning

process. The staff was always available for questions and made me feel

comfortable - and that isn’t easy to do with a bride!

The Clay Center made all of my wedding dreams come true with no

hassle and the highest level of service imaginable. I will most definitely

use its beautiful facilities for future events!”

The Benedum Grand Lobby lends itself well to wedding receptions,

and the food, linens and setup can be customized to suit any taste.


Contact us at and

let us know about your experience.

YOU may be featured in a future magazine.

The Walker Theater can be transformed to host many events,

including an elegant wedding ceremony.

photos courtesy of Mike Winland

Clay Center


Unique experience, exquisite surroundings,

superior service.

Let the Clay Center and Embassy Suites help

you begin your own Happily Ever After!

Contact Us • 304-561-3560




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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series

Roman Festivals

January 27 & 28, 8 pm

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

City National Bank Family Discovery Series

Fascinating Rhythms

January 28, 11 am

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

ZMM Pops Series

WVSO Presents Pam Tillis

March 16 & 17, 8 pm

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

City National Bank Family Discovery Series

Celebrating Seuss!

March 17, 11 am

Mark your


Woody Hawley Concert Series

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

Saturday, February 4, 7:30 pm

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

ZMM Pops Series

Symphony Idol

February 10 & 11, 8 pm

Clay Center Presents

Ragamala Dance

Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 pm

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Montclaire String Quartet

Heart and Soul

February 19, 3 pm

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series

New World Symphony

March 2 & 3, 8 pm

Woody Hawley Concert Series

John Gorka

Saturday, March 3, 7:30 pm

FAMILY FUN DAYS (and nights!)

Party Gras

February 4

Around the World in a Day!

February 18

Discover Engineering

February 25

Clay Center Presents

Montana Repertory Theatre:


Friday, March 23, 8 pm

Clay Center Presents

Special Event Performance

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Friday, March 30, 8 pm

Clay Center Presents

Special Event Performance

The Moody Blues

Sunday, April 1, 8 pm

Clay Center Presents

Rick Springfield

Sunday, April 15, 8 pm

Clay Center Presents

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

The Original Line-up

Saturday, April 21, 8 pm

Woody Hawley Concert Series

Ron Sowell

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm

Family Fun Night

Beach Blast!

March 8

A Seuss-tastic Afternoon!

March 17


March 31

in the

Every Body Eats

closing January 8

Sustainable Choices

opening January 21


opening January 14:

Why Look at Animals?


It’s All Relative



The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti

through March 9

Hurricane on the Bayou

through March 9

Roar: Lions of the Kalahari

prowling the giant screen March 10

Bayer CropScience Planetarium Shows

Reason for the Season

through January 11

Saturn: Ringed World

Starting January 12

Go to for a complete calendar of exhibits, programs and performances.


One Clay Square,

Charleston, WV 25301

Special Needs assistance?

Call 304-561-3570


Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday: noon – 5 pm

Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED


Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Sunday: 11:30 am – 5 pm

find us:

mysterious. seductive. liberating.




per person

Sponsored by:

A fundraising masquerade to benefit the

Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet

Escape the cold for a sizzling Brazilian summer night of

exotic food, drinks, dancing and entertainment. Strike up

the samba for a glamorous masquerade inspired by the

electrifying Carnaval celebration in Rio de Janeiro.

Guests must be at least 21 years of age. No refunds. Black-tie optional.

No one can resist • 304-561-3565


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Alpha Natural Resources • Arch Coal Foundation

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