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'Greet the Authors' gives visibility to artists and their works

August 19, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The banner did not come in, so Mona Adams convinced her son to carry a 4-foot inflatable dinosaur into Martinsburg Mall Friday to catch the eyes of shoppers.

The dinosaur's claws held a sign advertising an event that continues today called "Greet the Authors," in which West Virginia authors are selling and signing their works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

It continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the end of the mall between The Bon-Ton and J.C. Penney.

Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Berkeley County, the event is designed to show that culture exists in Berkeley County and to bring attention to the new arts organization, which was created in May.

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Adams is the secretary/treasurer and Literary Guild representative for the Arts Alliance of Berkeley County, which represents not only writers, but visual artists, performing artists, artisans and people who love art, but do not create any, Adams said.

She said about 15 authors should be at the mall today, and any West Virginia author can show up, with no invitation needed.

Fifteen or so authors were at the mall Friday morning, Adams said, but the number had dwindled by mid-afternoon. Many mall patrons seemed to be attracted to the wildlife photos author Rudolf Lemperg used to bring attention to his book, "My Farm at Goose Pond, Shenandoah Valley." The coffee table-sized book has text accompanied by color photographs taken at Lemperg's farm.

Adams, meanwhile, was selling copies of her book, "A Poet's Treasury in West Virginia."

"This movement here is about getting artists and their work out to the public," Adams said of the Arts Alliance.

"We're trying to let people know there is culture here in Berkeley County," Adams said. "There's no reason Berkeley County can't become a cultural center."

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