Parkersburg Art Center to host Art-O-Rama on Saturday

File Photo Vance Hewitt, left, director of clay programs at the Parkersburg Art Center, encourages Niya DeBord as she tries the pottery wheel for the first time at last year’s Art-O-Rama at the Parkersburg Art Center.

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be celebrating children and the arts on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with the annual Art-O-Rama, a free community arts day.

“We invite other non-profit arts agencies to join us. We want to highlight all of the creative opportunities available to families in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Jessie Siefert, Managing Director for the art center.

“This year we are planning seven make-and-take crafting stations, along with face painting, clay demonstrations, natural science with Mountwood Park and a big Lego construction zone,” she said.

Art-O-Rama will also feature several performances. The Smoot Youth Band will step onstage at 10:30 a.m.. Students from the Guild Builders production of “Aladdin Jr.” will perform at 11:30 a.m. Schrader’s Youth Ballet will perform at 12:30 p.m. and the Smoot Barbershop Quartet will be strolling throughout the morning.

In the Art Factory there will be drumming, guitar and songs with Mary Gonot and Aaron Whited.

File Photo Lauren Wiblin, left, watches as Archer Wiblin, both of Parkersburg, watercolors during last year’s Art-O-Rama at the Parkersburg Art Center.

“Aaron feels the same way I do,” said Gonot, “we really look forward to this event every year. We love the PAC.”

“This is the most fun day of the year. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come out and take advantage of the free — yes, I said free — morning of music, science, art and drama,” said Abby Hayhurst, the art center’s Artistic Director.

Art-O-Rama is also the kick-off for Camp Creativity registration. When a child registers for the summer camp during Art-O-Rama they get a $5 discount.

Camp Creativity provides campers with a variety of visual arts experiences, Siefert said. They explore art mediums, techniques, styles and learn about the work of famous, and not-so-famous, artists. Lesson plans for each week are different so children can sign-up for more than one and enjoy a fresh experience.

Each Friday there is a Gallery Show featuring that week’s creations. The art center has summer camp weeks designed for children ages 4-5 years, students entering first through third grades, those entering fourth through sixth grades, and students entering seventh through 12th grades.

File Photo Casey Cutlip, left, helps get Cory Myers ready to throw clay on the wheel to make pottery at last year's Art-O-Rama.

More information is available at parkersburgartcenter.org.

During Art-O-Rama there will be a drawing for a free week of Camp Creativity and, thanks to Felice Jorgensen of the Smoot Theater, there will also be a drawing for a free week of Camp Vaudeville.

“This special event is made possible by our many, many volunteers and funding from the Pars Brain and Spine Institute Charitable Fund,” said Siefert.

“We could not provide all of the programs, classes, camps, exhibits and community outreach that we do without our dedicated team of workers and our sponsors.”

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