October brings flurry of events to Parkersburg Art Center

Photo Provided Dr. Gene Sims demonstrates wheel-throwing for a young art center participant.

PARKERSBURG — Opening festivities for three new exhibits will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The three shows include works in ceramics, painting, digital photography and photographic manipulation, and a special showing of art by the region’s calligraphers.

The public is invited to the opening reception, which will take place at the art center, 8th and Market streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Admission for the reception is $10 for non-art center members, with no charge for children under 12.

The art center’s Boll Gallery will be decked out with examples of calligraphy, the fine art of lettering. Seven members of the Marietta Calligraphers Society will display small handmade books, one-of-a-kind cards and large wall pieces and free-standing calligraphic works.

Members of the Society, which was formed in 1981, will show techniques, including paper-marbling, illuminating and embellishing.

Photo Provided “Tumble Down Creek” acrylic by Kevin Dalton.

The Main Gallery will house an exhibit titled “Married, with Pigments,” featuring works by St. Marys husband and wife, Kevin Dalton and Michele Binegar.

Dalton works on canvas and board in paint, pastel, charcoal and mixed media. Binegar, who teaches graphic design at Parkersburg High School, is a photographer who transforms her photos using computer techniques.

Both artists have won prizes at art center groups shows, including the recent “Regional 17” exhibit and “The River,” held in 2016, and both have had works accepted in exhibits in Ohio, Pennsylvania and throughout West Virginia.

Also on display will be “Faces,” an exhibition by members of the art center’s Clay Studio that will display three-dimensional ceramic pieces created in techniques, including wheel-throwing, slab modeling and hand-modeling. The exhibit will feature a series of sculpted faces by Williamstown artist Joan Palmer, according to art center director Abby Hayhurst.

“We’ve been trying to get Joan to agree to show her work literally for years, but she’s the modest type, and had been turning us down. Well, her fellow Clay Studio members got into the act, and said they’d show in support of her, if only she’d agree to an exhibit. Everyone loves Joan’s whimsical “Faces,” and wanted to see them displayed. As a result, we will be showing a lot of excellent pottery by the 30 plus members of the studio,” Hayhurst said.

Photo Provided River digital photo manipulation by Michele Binegar.

During the Oct. 6 opening reception, members of the Clay Studio will be demonstrating wheel-throwing techniques, and inviting guests to try their hand at this ancient art. “Wheel-throwing is great fun, and we’d like to invite everyone to take a shot at it,” said Vance J. Hewitt, director of the art center’s Clay Studio. “But we suggest that you don’t wear your best clothes. It’s fun, but it gets messy.”

The gala opening weekend will conclude with clay demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Members of the art center’s Clay Studio will demonstrate clay wedging, wheel-throwing, hand-building, trimming, texture, and a variety of finishing techniques. The public is invited, and while there is no charge for any of the demonstrations, donations are welcome, Hayhurst said.

The three exhibits will be on display at the art center through Nov. 3. The art center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Daily admission is $2 for non-PAC members, with no charge for children under 12.