PARKERSBURG - Hundreds of art lovers from around the Mid-Ohio Valley attended a free show in Point Park on Monday with the second annual "Labor of Love" art exhibit.
This was the second year for the "Labor of Love" art show, which is organized annually by Norm Payne, who wanted an art show to showcase local artists and their talents.
"I want to help the artists get their names out in the community," Payne said. "There are a lot of artists in this area who no one knows about because there is nowhere for them to show their work and I want to give them a way out there."
People look at paintings, drawings and wood sculptures on display at Point Park on Monday during the “Labor of Love” art show, which included pieces from 11 different artists, many of whom were in attendance, as well as performances from three separate music acts. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
A portrait by artist Gerry Enrico, a Point Pleasant resident, is displayed in Point Park on Monday during the second annual “Labor of Love” art show. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
Pol’s Family Trio, a classical gospel group, performs as one of six musical acts during the second annual “Labor of Love” art show at Point Park on Monday. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
Along the same lines, Lee Rector - president of the Artsbridge Board of Directors - attended "Labor of Love" in an attempt to work with the artists in getting their work out in the community.
"This is an awesome event," said Rector. "I am very impressed with the quality of work from these local artists."
Rector added that he attended the art show as a way to reach out to the local art community and spoke to several artists regarding Artsbridge helping to set up shows.
"Most artists are not part of a gallery and have no way to get people to see their work without events like this and I want to let them know Artsbridge is available to help them display their work," he said.
"My work is strictly commission, as I take a customer's personal photo and make it a work of art, but coming to events like this, helps me connect with future clients," said Marietta artist Anthony Wilson.
Wilson has been a mainstay at the Marietta downtown Merchants and Artists Walks as well as other art events throughout the valley for years and decided to try out the Point Park event.
"I heard about this event and thought it wouldn't hurt to come and see," Wilson said, standing under a tent with a number of his drawings on display. "That said, this has been a pretty good event for me; I have met a number of interested, possible, clients and given out a lot of business cards."
Portrait artist Gerry Enrico said he was pleased with the exposure his work received at the outdoor show.
"It's a good event and will be even better next year as more people learn about it," said Enrico, a Point Pleasant resident who teaches classes in Ripley. "Events like this show are for the artists because it gives us a chance to show our work and get to know other artists."
The art show also included several performances, including OVA, a tumbling performance group; Cornerstone Gospel; Pol's Family Trio, a classical gospel group; Stacey's Dance Studio; CLC Praise; and Elev8 Nation.
Other artists in attendance include Mamaerto Tindongan, a wood sculptor who not only creates abstract pieces but also hand-carved canoes, and charcoal sketch artist Debbie Jarrell.
Payne said he was already taking mental notes on how to make next year's "Labor of Love" better than this year's event.
"I have some ideas that could bring more artists and more people to Point Park to not only enjoy the art, but also the atmosphere here," he said. "We have a year, so there is time to build on what we started last year and did this year."