Market to host merchants, artists

Street event to be held Friday

File photo David, left, and Rachael Puls perform June 1 in front of Market Street Antiques during the first Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk of the season. The next walk will be 5-7 p.m. Friday in downtown Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will hold its second Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk of the summer season from 5-7 p.m. Friday along Market Street in downtown Parkersburg.

Businesses and organizations throughout Market Street are participating by remaining open and by sponsoring an artist at their location. There will be purple signs in front of each participating site and Artsbridge volunteers will be stationed throughout the event passing out information.

The event, which will go rain or shine, goes from Jan Dils’ office all the way down to the Blennerhassett Hotel and the street will be closed from the corner of Seventh and Market to Eighth and Market streets.

The artists will include musicians, singers, visual artists, a henna artist, a woodworker, historical building tours, photography, and a strolling barbershop quartet. There will be a small stage where the street is closed for a performance by the students of The Smoot Theatre’s Camp Vaudeville at 5 p.m. and a performance by High Schools That Rock from 5:45-7 p.m.

New to this Merchants and Artists Walk will be the United Way, The Coffee Bar and Schrader’s Youth Ballet. United Way is sponsoring a band in front of HighMark WV, and Schrader’s Ballet will be showing dance demonstrations.

The Artsbridge office will feature the art opening of Sarah Crooks Hoye, one of the organization’s ArtCart instructors and the mother of two. Hoye uses acrylic paint pouring, which is a type of fluid art.

The Market Walk is followed by Downtown PKB’s Point Park Concert Series at 8 p.m. in the Point Park Amphitheatre. The final concert of this year’s series will feature 1988 Tribute to Bon Jovi and 80s music. The Point Park Marketplace is also participating in the Market Walk.