Carnegie Hall 40th Anniversary Open House to feature art demonstrations


LEWISBURG, W.Va. – Carnegie Hall’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Open House & Block Party on Saturday,
July 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. will showcase the many aspects of the arts organization and historic building.
Whether it be history, performance art, architecture, music, food and drink, or demonstrations of the
many art forms that are taught by Carnegie’s teaching artist each year, the 40th Anniversary Celebration
will have something for everyone. The event is free and open to the public.

An open house featuring live art demonstrations, performances by local musicians, and archival exhibits
throughout the historic building will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an outdoor evening party
starting at 6 p.m. with music by Irresistible Groove. Food, drinks, local beer, and wine will be available
for purchase.

Artists will be set up all over the building and grounds demonstrating their craft. Artists will include Dave
Buhrman (astronomy), John Coffey (plein air watercolor painting), Luke Davis (leather), Amie Durrman
(clay), Sharon Ginsburg (origami), Brenda Harman (broom making), Sean O’Connell (raku pottery),
Theresa Philzen (glass mosaic), Tommye Rafes (soap making), Jennifer Spencer (woodburning), Kathy
Talley (basket weaving), and the West Virginia Woodturners Association (woodturing).

But that’s not all. The Greenbrier Artists will be set up in the Art Studio. The Fiber Arts Network will be in
the Weaving Studio. Permanent Carnegie resident Heart Strings Studio will open its doors as well. Other
surprises are in the works, so look for future announcements.

“We are so excited to showcase our teaching artists at the Open House,” states Education Director
Harmony Flora. “Carnegie Hall’s roster of teaching artists is the cornerstone of our educational
programming and provides arts-based enrichment to thousands of students of all ages every year. Our
teaching artists have a deep commitment to cultivating an appreciation for creativity and excellence by
providing the community with opportunities to pursue lifelong learning through the arts. Instructors
continuously strive to educate people of all backgrounds by encouraging collaboration, the exploration
of self-confidence and self-expression, and the advancement of the creative arts.”

For more information, please visit or call Carnegie Hall Box
Office at 304.645.7917, visit, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West
Virginia. Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Carnegie Hall is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising
efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg,
WV. For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit


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