Artsbridge to offer Market Street Merchants and Artists Walks

File Photo Musician Matt Enik performs during last year’s Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk in downtown Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will present a pair of Market Street Merchants and Artists Walks in June and September in downtown Parkersburg.

The first will be 5-7 p.m. June 1 and the second will be the same time Sept. 7, with all businesses on Market Street invited to participate.

One of the special events during the Walk will be a one-night only art show at 6 p.m. June 1 at the Dils Center.

This show is free to attend and donations will be accepted and will go toward the Dils Center roof repair. Musical guests will be We are Funhouse and Jake Eddy. The featured artists will be Cam Benson, Brooklyn Ewing, Eli Tracewell and others.

“This is the second year for the event and it is already bigger and better,” said Amanda Stevens with Artsbridge.

File Photo Piper Rutter, of Parkersburg, learns about making pottery from Casey Cutlip, a member of the pottery group at the Parkersburg Art Center, during last year’s Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk. This year’s event will be June 1 in downtown Parkersburg.

“Last year we had 23 businesses and organizations along Market Street participate and this year we already have over 30! The event is a free celebration of art, music, craftsmanship and the growing downtown shopping, dining and business district.”

The event goes from the corner of 13th and Market streets down by the Wood County Courthouse. The Point Park Market Place is also participating and Downtown PKB will kick off its Point Park Concert Series on June 1 at 8 p.m.

“We are hoping to bring the concert crowd downtown a little earlier and see and hear the music, visual and performing arts that will be showcased at each site,” Stevens said. “The participating places will have a purple, A-frame Artsbridge sign out front that says Market Street Merchants & Artists Walk. Maps will be available for the public at the event,” she said.

For more information, contact Artsbridge at 304-428-3988 with any questions or email mandy@artsbridgeonline.org.

The Dils Center and Point Park Marketplace are both a part of the Market Walk and have multiple businesses inside that will be open and featuring artists. Other participating locations are: Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Artsbridge, Aspire Salon, Blennerhassett Hotel, Breads & Beyond Bakery, Cham’s Lebanese Cuisine, Conley Law Office, Counseling & Wellness Center, Crystal Cafe, Deb Lorentz Photography, Huntington Bank, Jan Dils Attorney at Law, Maka Mia Pizza, Mango Latin Bistro, Market Street Yarn & Crafts, Market Street Antiques, MovieSound Studio, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg Brewing Company, Q Wagon BBQ, Ross Foundation, Rustic House, Sly Fox, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Priory, Studio 6 Yoga, This N That Shop, Toscano in Appalachia, United Bank, Unity Cafe, Village Cakery, Wal-Bon and the Wood County Senior Citizens Association.

Some of the artists that will be featured during the walk include: Courtney Knoch, Melony Gingery, Fluid Drive, Borrelli Art, StopGag-Eli Tracewell, Levi WestFall, J.D. Williamson, Rebecca Delaney, Chad Stevens, Erica Ash, Sarah Crooks Hoye, David and Rachel Puls, Jesse DeBarr, Brady Young, Susan Sheppard, Heather Cooper, Patty’s Creations, Marijean Stockwell, Joe Bello and others. The Actors Guild will be doing a musical number from upcoming productions of The Little Mermaid and Little Shop of Horrors. The art center will have children’s activities and a pottery demonstration.