Parkersburg Art Center displaying 6×6 exhibit
Sales event to be held Nov. 12
PARKERSBURG — With an event organizers are calling “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art,” the Parkersburg Art Center is kicking off the holiday season with an exhibit of over 2,350 works that are all six inches square.
The artwork is in all mediums and styles, from paintings to photographs to paper-craft to three-dimensional pieces.
According to event organizer Dorsey Northrup, the artworks come from 37 states and four countries.
“We put it out on Facebook, and people from all over have sent us work,” Northrup said.
“It’s pretty amazing. And people have told their friends, who want to do a 6×6, too.”
Over 700 of the works are by school art students from all over West Virginia and Ohio.
“We put out the request to teachers in both states, asking them to help us raise funds for the Art Center by contributing their work,” Northrup said. “The teachers have been great.
“They’ve done some 6x6s themselves, and made it a class project for their students, who have done some fabulous little gems of art.”
“A few artists have asked us to charge a little more for their works, but most are happy with the $20 price tag,” Northrup said. “These are perfect for a gift exchange, as stocking stuffers, as wedding, shower, or Christmas gifts. They are also good for decorating your home…for kids’ rooms, for a guest room or bathroom or kitchen…wherever you’d like a spot of color.”
Many of the artists contributing work are well-known, such as Gary Pettigrew, Diane Barnett Lough and Christine Rhodes, among others.
According to Art Center director Abby Hayhurst, some of the works are intended to be hung as part of a group of two, three or four.
The 6×6 artwork will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 11 for preview.
On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Art Center will open at 1 p.m. for an hour’s preview. At 2 p.m. the sale will start.
During that Sunday’s sales event, framing and gift-wrapping services will be available, as well as edible 6x6s.
“Lots of people who wanted to contribute but didn’t want to do a painting are using their baking skills to prepare 6×6 boxes of tasty treats,” Northrup said. “We think it just might be possible to do every bit of your Christmas shopping on Sunday at the Art Center.”
There will be no admission charged for Sunday’s preview and sales event.