Parkersburg Art Center to hold 6×6 Art Sale

The Parkersburg Art Center will open its third annual “6x6” Art Sale 1-3 p.m. Sunday with a preview starting at 12:30 p.m. The show runs through Dec. 21. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is ready for its third annual 6×6 Art Sale which will open Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the art center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

A preview will start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The opening is free for everyone.

“We have more than 1,000 small works of art in a variety of mediums and styles,” said Jessie Siefert, Parkersburg Art Center managing director. “Art has come from long distance PAC friends, like Gary Pettigrew, retired OU art professor, and those closer to home, like Tracy Love, our onsite framer and art instructor. We have paintings, mini-quilts, collages, photography, drawings and more.”

Whether the work is by a locally or nationally recognized artist or student painter, all 6×6 pieces will be $20 each. Frames and “edible 6x6s” will also be available for purchase at Sunday’s opening, with the framing service continuing through the exhibit period.

“These are perfect for showers, wedding presents, stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts,” Siefert said. “It is also an excellent opportunity to start your own collection of original artwork. You can create a gallery wall or just give each room a little spot of color.”

The “6×6: The Next Small Thing In Art” will be hitting pause in 2020.

“Everything has its season. This will be our third, and we hope the best year for 6×6, so it’s always good to go out strong, right?” said Abby Hayhurst, artistic director of the art center. “But this is really only a hiatus, 6×6 is too much fun to stop. Artists think it’s a hoot to do the little canvases, and shoppers love the idea of being able to score original art for $20 — who doesn’t? So, look for 6×6 to make a triumphant return in a few years. But who knows? It may be 5x5s.”

“The Parkersburg Art Center would like to thank Dorsey Northrup who brought us this wonderful idea and all who contributed to this community event,” Siefert said. “We would also like to thank our friends at Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal.,”

Anyone may come to preview the artwork exhibit starting today during regular business hours. The 6x6s will continue to be displayed and for sale during regular art center hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.