Downtown PKB plans selfie stations

Lyndsay Dennis, with the Parkersburg Art Center, poses for a photo in front of a selfie station at 716 Market St., featuring artwork by Belpre High School student Katrina Foster. Foster was one of four winners in Downtown PKB’s Selfie Station Art Contest. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A quartet of local high school students are helping to make downtown Parkersburg a more appealing place to snap a selfie.

Two students from Parkersburg South High School and two from Belpre High School were selected as the winners of Downtown PKB’s Selfie Station Art Contest. The students’ work has been installed in the windows of the vacant 716 Market St. building next door to the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, and people are encouraged to take selfies in front of them and post the pics on social media.

Downtown PKB Executive Director Wendy Shriver said the placement of the students’ artwork is a precursor to establishing permanent selfie stations.

“We’ll have them throughout downtown on the sides of buildings,” she said.

The long-term goal is to have enough ready-made backdrops to develop a selfie station tour, Shriver said. It would be another reason to bring folks downtown, working toward the goal of creating a vibrant commercial district as part of Downtown PKB’s efforts in the Main Street Community program.

Lyndsay Dennis, with the Parkersburg Art Center, poses for a photo in front of a selfie station at 716 Market St., featuring artwork by Parkersburg South High School student Logan Moyers. Moyers was one of four winners in Downtown PKB’s Selfie Station Art Contest. (Photo Provided)

Shriver said downtown is already a popular picture-taking location, with many young people having senior and prom photos taken in the area.

“They’re always down at the Point. They’re always down underneath the train trestle,” she said.

Pictures submitted for the contest related to the theme “Lighter Than Air.” Winners were voted on by members of Downtown PKB’s Arts and Culture Committee.

The winning works of art were a melding of butterfly wings and flowers by Parkersburg South’s Megan Ellis, cats leaping and playing with toys by Belpre’s Isabella Gilbert, balloons against a sunrise by South’s Logan Moyers and a field of sunflowers beneath a bright sky by Belpre’s Katrina Foster.

Downtown PKB is inviting the community to take selfies in front of the colorful backdrops and tag them to the organization’s Instagram page, @downtownpkb, or on the Facebook page with the hashtag #WeArePKB.

Lyndsay Dennis poses in front of a selfie station at 716 Market St., featuring artwork by Belpre High School student Isabella Gilbert. (Photo Provided)

Lyndsay Dennis, with the Parkersburg Art Center, poses for a photo in front of a selfie station at 716 Market St., featuring artwork by Parkersburg South High School student Megan Ellis. Ellis was one of four winners in Downtown PKB’s Selfie Station Art Contest. (Photo Provided)

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