Parkersburg Art Center to hold YART Sale

Photo by Wayne Towner Jessie Siefert, education director for the Parkersburg Art Center, catalogues some of the items donated to the art center’s YART Sale scheduled for Feb. 18.

PARKERSBURG — A different kind of art sale will be held Feb. 18 at the Parkersburg Art Center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

“It’s our first ever ‘YART’ Sale,” said Dorsey Northrup, event chairperson.  “The sale is for people who are ready for a change in their decor or who are artists and crafters looking for frames or other supplies.”

The sale will take place in the art center’s ballroom from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Admission to the art center is $2 for adults, with no charge for kids under 12. Cash or major credit cards will be accepted for purchases, and all sales are final.

Over 200 works of art that have been donated for the sale, from prints to watercolors to oil paintings, Northrup said. The sale will also feature a wide variety of display materials, textiles, paints, papers, and other art and craft materials.

“We are putting very reasonable prices on all the items for sale, so this is a good time to stock up,” Northup added. “After all, there are only 315 shopping days til Christmas!”

Art Center Director Abby Hayhurst said some of the items will be put in a “fine art” display, including a number of works by well-known area artists such as Don Whitlatch, Rebecca Noble and Pat Evans.

“We have received donations from a number of people who are down-sizing. They still love the artwork, but don’t have room … and they want their art to go to a good home where it will be appreciated. For someone who is re-doing a room, this will be the ideal time to get fine original artwork and signed prints. While some of the pieces show a little wear-and-tear, it’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a new mat, or a more modern frame.”

Jessie Siefert, the art center’s education director, said she and her team have been cleaning out art supplies at the art center.

“Folks have donated art and craft supplies to us for years, and we are very appreciative — don’t stop! — but because of the sizes of our classes, we need things in quantity,” she said. “So what we have done is gone through all our supplies and pulled out all the things we only have a few of, or that we just can’t use. There is a bunch of unusual stuff! For example, we have 10 rolls of automotive upholstery fabric. It’s hard to paint on, but it would be great if someone were thinking about re-covering their porch furniture!”