Parkersburg Art Center opens exhibit

Yart Sale to be held Saturday

Photo Provided Dorsey Northrup is chair of the Yart Sale on Saturday at the Parkersburg Art Center.

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will open a new exhibit and also offer an opportunity to buy art, art supplies and other items in a yard sale format this weekend.

A new photography exhibit will open Friday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg, followed on Saturday by the second annual “Yart Sale.”

The new exhibit is titled “Reflection in a Pool” featuring an exhibition of photographs by Jesse Thornton of Huntington.

The opening reception will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, with the exhibit running through March 26. Admission to the reception is $10 for the public and free for art center members and children under 12 years.

Abby Hayhurst, director of the art center, said Thornton’s specialty is taking pictures in near or complete darkness.

Photo Provided “Huntington Noire” by Jesse Thornton

“Jesse’s work is very interesting, and often involves time-lapse. It is occasionally moody, and sometimes makes you think you are looking at a painting instead of a photograph,” she said.

Thornton was born in Point Pleasant and describes himself as “an explorer, student of the Sciences, and a dreamer.” His concern over the current degree of light pollution in the night sky is reflected in his works.

“I’m fortunate to live in a state where nearly complete darkness can be found; where the Milky Way is still visible from horizon to horizon. West Virginia is one of the last places in the East Coast where this is possible,” Thornton said. “The starry sky has inspired humankind throughout history, to advance us culturally and scientifically. It’s given us perspective on our place in the universe and allowed us to dream bigger. I feel an obligation to document what we are losing, because so few people are aware of the light pollution issue.”

Thornton’s exhibit will include several canvasses by Larry Bragg, a Point Pleasant painter. The art center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Weekday admission is $2, with no charge for children under 12 years of age.

The “Yart Sale” will return for a second year from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday offering gently used artworks of all kinds, as well as art and craft materials, decor and display items, gift wrappings, tools, toys, art books and a large variety of Christmas decor.

Photo Provided “River of Dreams” by Jesse Thornton

Hayhurst said the third floor ballroom will be filled with items for sale.

“Whatever ‘Yart’ is, we sure have a bunch of it,” said Hayhurst. “This year will be a jackpot for the DIY folks. We have a ton of fabrics and fabric sample books, materials for crocheting, paints, pastels, supplies for carving and basket-making, you name it. You know how it is … you go to the craft store and see something you want to try. You get it home, and five years later it’s still in the drawer … or am I the only one who does this? Anyway, lots of people are cleaning out their arts-and-crafts cupboards, and donating stuff to us for the Yart Sale.”

The Yart Sale will also offer a large number of framed and unframed artworks, many by area favorite artists such as Don Whitlatch, Rebecca Noble and Pete Rogers. Roger and Nancy Crowley will also be bringing in a number of their Western-themed fine art to sell. Items purchased at the sale can be custom-framed at the art center for a one-day-only discount.

Proceeds from the Yart Sale will support “Art-o-Rama,” the art center’s free community art day for kids happening on March 17.