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Parkersburg Art Center helps Colonial House

The Parkersburg Art Center and Colonial House are working together on an art project. From left are Emma Dotson, Jessie Siefert and Iris Cozzens Baldwin with artwork by Michael Dickinson. Dotson and Baldwin are wearing their Golden Girls T-shirts. Golden Girls is a service club made up of Colonial House residents. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center recently lent two pieces of art to Colonial House Senior Living in Parkersburg.

The framed prints by Mike Penn and Michael Dickinson depict scenes from Parkersburg’s past.

“About a month ago Missi Stanley (director of Colonial House) got ahold of me and told me that the residents had requested new decor. I knew that we could help,” said Jessie Siefert, managing director of the Art Center.

“The art that we provided depicts buildings and local scenes with keen accuracy. The residents want to be able to walk down the hallway, see mementos and images that bring back memories.”

“We are calling this the Colonial House Historic Hallways Project,” said Stanley. “We are looking for artifacts, pictures and photos of area history.”

The Mike Penn piece, which is pen and ink with watercolor, is an image of a streetcar that once ran down Market Street. The Dickinson print showcases a riverfront view and several historic buildings.

“We are still looking for more memorabilia and art work. For example, we would like something representing each local high school,” said Stanley.

“I want a picture of the old Buttermore Jewelry when it was downtown,” said Colonial House resident Iris Cozzens Baldwin. “And a picture of the Singer store.”

Anyone with artifacts or images to donate or loan, can contact Stanley at 304-428-6575 or colonialhouse@suddenlinkmail.com.

The Colonial House is a nonprofit senior living facility at 1517 23rd St. in Parkersburg.

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