Art festival set for second year at Point Park

PARKERSBURG – The second Labor of Love Artfest will be held 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday at Point Park.

Organizer Norm Payne said he wanted to give local artists a showcase for their art.

“You hear of arts and crafts shows around here but they are mainly toward crafts and then they have painting and drawing,” he said. “I wanted to set something that actually focused on and was built around actual art work.”

Payne said the show was well received by the public.

“We decided to add more crafters this year to attract more people,” he said. “That means more people get to view their work.”

Payne said live drawing will be done during the show.

Payne said he will have his pencil portraits at the show.

“I’ve drawn since I was a kid,” he said. “I’m decent but I still have a lot to learn. There are people here who are fantastic talents that never get a chance to showcase their work.”

Payne had a studio for a sort time and he said he learned a lot from local artists.

“I got to learn a lot from those artists that helped my drawing a lot,” he said.

For now, Payne plans to stay with pencils but said he might give painting a try after he retires.

Payne described how he came up with the idea for a show at Point Park and how he decided on the name.

“I knew I wanted to set up an event and I was down at the park and I liked the atmosphere,” he said. “When I decided to have the first one Labor Day was coming up and knew it was a day when many would be off work.

“Art is arts and crafts and all that and people do it because they love it.”

Musical acts at the show will include OVA, a tumbling performance group, from 11-11:30 a.m.; Cornerstone Gospel from noon-1 p.m.; Paul’s Family Trio, a classical gospel group, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Stacey’s Dance Studio from 3-4 p.m.; CLC Praise from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Elev8 Nation from 6-7 p.m.

Anyone who wants to exhibit can contact Payne at

Two of the featured artists are Debbie Jarrell and Mamaerto Tindongan.

Jarrell’s works are charcoal sketching and she will exhibit works in the second Labor of Love Artfest 2014.

In 2013, she also was an exhibitor.

Jarrell has been living in Ravenswood for 40 years. Jarrell has been a member of a group in Ripley that meets once a week in an informal class to work on their art.

“There is an instructor to help us and give us suggestions named Gerry Enrico,” she said. “That was when I started sketching and I’ve been doing it ever since. I draw every day.”

When she was in high school, Jarrell said, she was told by friends and family she should pursue art, but did not.

“They told me I should pursue it and draw more,” she said. “Someone told me about these classes and I decided to go.”

Since she began taking the class she estimates she has done about 200 sketches and has tried her hand at other mediums, such as colored pencils and pastels.

“I’ve tried others and go right back to charcoal,” she said. “It’s my favorite.”

Jarrell said she sells some of her work and others are not for sale.

Jarrell uses Facebook as she is working on a sketch for comments and suggestions. She said several comments are received for some items and for others there are few or none are received.

After she retires, Jarrell said she would like to work on her sketching, perhaps as an illustrator for children’s books.

Jarrell said she hopes to have six to eight items at the Labor of Love.

Tindongan is a wood sculptor of decorative and functional items.

He is a member of the Ifugao tribe in the Philippines and the master carvers in his tribe was where he learned his craft.

“I’m working on a project now building a hut like those built by my tribe,” he said. “They do not use nails and they can withstand storms and earthquakes.”

Items he will have at the Labor of Love Art Fest 2014 will include dug out canoes, a double helix sculpture of DNA and Mobius Circles.

Tindongan said he uses hardwoods from the area, wild cherry, oak, ash maple and poplar. He uses cottonwood for the canoes and pine for the rafters in the hut.

“All the wood I use is locally soured, nothing is imported,” he said.

Tindongan said he was drawn to the area after seeing the abundance of materials for his carving.

“I use the smallest branches for items, while a lot of it is used for firewood or thrown away,” he said.