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Parkersburg Art Center to hold its open house

Kasey Snyder and Kelley Cartwright make ornaments for their Rene Margritte inspired Artist Tree installation at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be throwing open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for the annual Holiday Open House.

There will be free admission, hot drinks and sweets available all day.

The Open House is also the opening for the center’s annual Artist Tree Display. Local artists and school groups come together each year to imagine what this classic holiday decor would have looked like in the hands of famous and not-so-famous artists.

This is a community celebration of art and creativity.

“Bring some change and vote for your favorites!” said Abby Hayhurst, the art center’s artistic director. “Trees this year range from a graceful Degas number designed by Schrader Youth Ballet to a Rene Margritte inspired installation done by the team that brought you the sensational Banksy tree last year.”

Along with the festive decor there will also be a slew of artists selling art, crafts and hand-made decor items as part of the annual Artist Market. Featured vendors include Mom and Me Crafts with holiday decor, Mike Penn’s pen and ink drawings and watercolors, SW Resources paper mosaics, Susan Walker’s wreaths, Bryan Barker’s poured acrylics, Nicole Harris’s paintings, Dangly Designs’ earrings and potters Vance Hewitt, Kathy Stacy, Joyce Tharpe and Judy Keith. Hundreds of pieces of 6×6 artwork, frames, RainCaper capes and jewelry will also be on sale.

“I love getting the Artist Market together every year,” said Lyndsay Dennis, events coordinator for the art center. “It is so much fun to see what people in our area are making. It is just one of the ways that the art center can support the local artists in our community. Shop small. Shop local!”

The art center is located at the corner of Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Admission is $2 for non-members and free for members and children ages 12 and under. Wednesdays are free days.

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