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Potomac Valley Master Naturalists Show Opens

The Jefferson Arts Council (JAC) is excited to announce the May exhibition to be shown at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, West Virginia, with the opening reception scheduled for Friday, May 5, from 5–8pm.

The exhibition will feature the photography and pottery produced by members of the Potomac Valley Master Naturalists, and will consist of work from four themes: birds, animals, landscape, and people in nature.

Exhibitors include: Charlotte Fremaux, Clark Dixon, Danny Dalton, David Pennock, Joy Bridy, Larry Smith, Paul Breitenbach, Stan Oaks, Tom Tsakeris, Virginia Winston, and Wendylee Maddox.

Chartered in 2006 by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the Potomac Valley Master naturalists are dedicated to environmental stewardship and education. The organization is beginning its 11th year.

Certification by the West Virginia DNR as a Master Naturalist requires 64 hours of specialized training along with 30 hours of community service in the state. After certification, members volunteer their time and knowledge to lead birding walks, participate in tree plantings, and work with local schools on environmental awareness programs. Training leading to state certification is offered once each year beginning in March.

The Jefferson Arts Council shares the gallery space with the Washington Street Artists Co-op, and each organization features a new show every other month on a rotating schedule. The Fire Hall Gallery is located in downtown Charles Town at 108 N. George Street. Gallery hours are from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. JAC is a membership organization that serves to support all the arts in Jefferson County.

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