Parkersburg Art Center to hold events

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PARKERSBURG — A pair of events will be held this weekend at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The ladies of the Parkersburg Art League of the Parkersburg Art Center (PAC PALs) will hold their biennial Princess Party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at www.parkersburgartcenter.org. Limited tickets will be available at the door the day of event. A ticket admits one child and there is no charge for Princess escorts (parents). Space is limited.

Wolfe Mountain Entertainment and the art center will host a grand event of creativity, games and much more. Attendees are asked to dress in their most royal attire and spend the morning with some of their favorite Disney Princesses and Princes.

There will be a special story time with Belle, a photo booth, curtsy lessons with dancers from PACE and princess themed art projects.

Proceeds from the Princess Party will support children’s art classes, summer camps, and supplies for the PAC winter Arty Parties.

“Art holds a dear place in my heart and to be able to share it with so many people is a pretty magical thing. It’s nice to know that all of our hard work benefits so many kids in the MOV with the experience of creativeness-it makes it all worth it,” said PAC PAL President Diana Wilson.

In the other event, watercolor painters from throughout West Virginia and beyond will be featured in the “Aqueous 2019” exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center from May 19-June 14.

The opening reception for the national juried exhibition, hosted by the West Virginia Watercolor Society, will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members to the reception.

The show features over 60 pieces of artwork created by 42 artists.

“This exhibit showcases some wonderful West Virginia artists but also brings in some of the best from across the country,” said Jessie Siefert, managing director of the art center. “We have had pieces shipped in from Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Wisconsin, Maine, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The pieces use water-based media, are recent works and have not been shown in other West Virginia Watercolor Society shows, she said.

“I have nothing but admiration for the artists who produced the work that was accepted for this exhibit,” said Abby Hayhurst, the art center’s Artistic Director. “When you touch brush to paper, you have to be right the first time: unlike oils or acrylics, you can’t scrape it off and hope for steadier hands tomorrow. Precise detail is hard to achieve when your paint wants to go for a stroll.”

Many of the pieces are for sale and several of the artists have made prints of their pieces.

These will be available for sale for the duration of the exhibit. The Framing Gallery at the art center always offers a 20 percent discount for art center members.

For this show they are extending that discount to anyone who purchases one of the WV Watercolor Society exhibit prints or if you would like an original piece purchased from the exhibit reframed, Siefert said.

The West Virginia Watercolor Society was organized in 1984 to guide and inspire watercolor artists, highlight the broad scope of watercolor painting and promote high standards of the art in the state of West Virginia.

The society holds workshops, publishes a newsletter and hosts both juried and non-juried exhibitions.

To find out more about this organization you can go to http://www.wvwatercolorsociety.org.

The art center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2 for non-members but always free for art center members and children 12 and under. Wednesdays are free days.

Find out more about the Art Center on Facebook or their website www.parkersburgartcenter.org.


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