Marietta set to host Arts Bash
Putnam Street to be filled with artists, performers
These are just a couple of the artists, musicians, actors and dancers that will flood Putnam Street on Saturday for the first Brick Street Arts Bash.
Hosted by Marietta College’s Music Department, individuals and groups are coming from all sectors of Ohio and beyond to showcase their talents on this special day. From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., the public can enjoy interactive art experiences and performances at no cost to them.
“Rain or shine we will be having the event,” said Marietta College’s Music Department Chairman Marshall Kimball.
The day-long celebration of the arts and arts education in the Marietta community is for everyone in the region. Live music will be performed at the Peoples Bank Theatre and at outdoor stages at Front and Putnam streets and Second and Putnam streets.
“We have one artist bringing several of his industrial art pieces and also opportunities for people to take lessons with some of the performers,” said Kimball. “There will be a lot to see.”
Griesmyer is a 38-year-old industrial artist who learned how to make sculptures by welding. After attending the Washington County Career Center and completing the welding program, Griesmyer said he found a new way to create art.
“For 16 years I was in Florida making surgical equipment and selling it to hospitals,” said the Malta, Ohio, resident. “I had this strong urge to quit and that’s when I found this new way to make a sculpture.”
The first sculpture that Griesmyer ever created was a man welding that the career center still has.
“I receive phone calls from everywhere because we are the only artistic welding company in southeastern Ohio,” he said. “Currently, we are working on an art project which we will line these 20-to-30-foot sculptures along the Muskingum River from Zanesville to Marietta.”
Griesmyer will be bringing one of the first sculptures completed for the project, a 20-foot-long fish, with him to the festival Saturday, along with several others.
“I’m bringing the fish, a peacock, a ballerina, an umbrella and a tree,” he said. “We really are just pushing the bounds with how we use metal in sculpting. This is a coal impacted area where jobs have left so I’m doing something different up here. It’s new and different and putting people to work.”
Griesmyer said he is excited to be a part of a new arts festival in Marietta.
“I love Marietta and I’ve always wanted to be a part of Marietta since I am now part of Southeast Ohio,” he said.
Geoff Schenkel, 45, of Marietta, will be displaying a 20-foot-wide by 8-feet-tall mural that will be painted by students from the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County and Harmar Elementary School.
“Wilyum Huffman is the graffiti artist from Parkersburg that we are going to be working with to create this work of art,” he said.
Students working on the project will be able to come and go on Saturday viewing the work-in-progress. At the end of the day on Saturday, Schenkel said, the mural will go back to the Boys and Girls Club where it will be included in programming throughout the summer and the fall.
“We don’t want to let the cat out of the bag with what the mural will look like yet so people will just have to wait and see on Saturday,” he said.
Meanwhile, Moore, 25, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is bringing contemporary folk music with his banjo to the stage on Saturday. As a graduate of Marietta College, Moore worked with the jazz band at MC and is excited to be invited back to play.
“I’ll play some solo stuff with the banjo and guitar for people to hear,” he said. “It’ll be a lot of bluegrass and folk music but it will also be a lot of fun. I can’t express how excited I am to be performing.”
The Escher String Quartet, an American string quartet based in New York City, will be taking the stage Saturday. The Transit Arts, Dance, and Music is venturing down from Columbus to perform on the Second Street stage at noon and professional actress Carolina Alvarez will be performing two one-woman theater shows.
There are expected to be several food trucks on hand for the festival, including B&M Hot-Dog stand, Lisa’s Sweet Stop, Uncle Dan’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Rubin’s Deli, D&D Concessions and DIK & KS Concessions.
Several blocks of Putnam Street will be closed to traffic for the event.
“The top of Third Street down Putnam Street until you reach Front Street will be closed,” Kimball said. “Front Street and Second Street won’t be closed until you reach Putnam Street, then there will be barricades because two of our stages will be there.”
Kimball anticipates those intersections to be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday until at least 7 p.m. that evening. All of Putnam Street will be closed until later Saturday night.
Schedule of performances
Peoples Bank Theatre Stage
* 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Marietta Children’s Choir
* 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir
* 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.: World Premiere of “Fight the Power” by MC music staff
* 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.: Escher String Quartet
* 3 to 5 p.m.: Songs at the Center — live taping of PBS show
* 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music
* 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Vintage Mix Barbershop Quartet
* 7 to 7:30 p.m.: Kent and Nannette Knappenberger, Celtic and Appalachian music
* 8 to 10 p.m.: Rockin’ Wrap Up Jazz/Blues Concert
Front and Putnam Streets Outdoor Stage
* 11 a.m.: Marietta College Contemporary A Cappella Choir
* 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Steven Moore, National Banjo Champion
* 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Carolina Alvarez, One-Woman Show-Margaret Blennerhassett
* 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Songs at the Center Performers Preview
* 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Vintage Mix Barbershop Quartet
* 2 to 3 p.m.: Radar Hill Jazz Band
* 3 to 4 p.m.: Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band
* 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music
* 4:30 to 5 p.m.: Stacey’s Dance Studio
* 5 to 5:30 p.m.: Kent and Nannette Knappenberger, Celtic and Appalachian music
Second and Putnam Streets Intersection Stage
* 11 a.m.: Kids Fun with Escher String Quartet
* 11:30 a.m. to noon: Drum Circle with Lawrence Greene
* Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music
* 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Cello Company
* 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Stacey’s Dance Studio
* 2 to 2:30 p.m.: Belly Dancing
* 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Carolina Alvarez, One-Woman Show-Frances Barker Gage
* 3 to 3:30 p.m.: Transit Arts Dance and Music
* 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Drum Circle with Lawrence Greene
* 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Kids Fun with Escher String Quartet
* 4:30 to 5 p.m.: Vintage Mix Barbershop Quartet
* 5 to 5:30 p.m.: Drum Circle with Lawrence Greene