Artsbridge and PHS team up for student art show

PARKERSBURG – Artsbridge and the Parkersburg High School Art Department teamed up for a grand opening for the organization’s new facility at 925 Market St. and the first student art show Thursday.

Michelle Binegar, an art teacher at Parkersburg High School, said the project began with the department being asked to help decorate the new building for a grand opening reception.

“They asked us to decorate with student artwork,” she said. “At that point we decided to go ahead and have our own show with more than 200 pieces of student-generated artwork.”

Binegar said the school’s art faculty contributed works to the show, making it a student and faculty show.

First, second and third place were awarded in categories and the show may become an annual event, Binegar said.

Winning best of show was Parkersburg High School senior Allie Moses.

She said the artwork was a decoupage for a multi-layer effect.

“I took a picture of my face and with a Photoshop setting I put the circles in and with glitter paint and added some random words,” she said. “After I did it I realized I should have used the lyrics for a favorite song or something else.”

Moses said she plans to pursue art as a minor when she begins college.

Scotty Barker, a freshman, won second place in the three-dimensional category with a paper shoe.

“I built a shoe out of cardboard, paper and a lot of masking tape,” he said. “The frame of form for this is made of cardboard.”

Barker said the show was his third win for an art show. With the shoe he won second place in a regional show against students from 12 high schools.

Barker said 3D art is a form with a little more.

“It’s anything that has a depth, texture or just pops out,” he said.

J.D. White, a senior, won first place for a two-dimensional piece.

“My project was a stippling work of Frankenstein’s face,” she said. “Mr. Morningstar (art teacher) said to work on a stippling piece.”

White said while she has entered works in shows this was the first time she won her category.

Jane Irvine, executive director of Artsbridge, said Artsbridge wants to do more programs like the art show in the future.

“Next week we’ll have 60 middle schools students here for the Art Encounter,” she said. “They will get to see a play at the Actors Guild, then meet the cast and see what goes on behind the scenes, and at the Parkersburg Art Center, they will get to work with a water colorist who will show them how to improve their work with water colors.”