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Parkersburg Art Center plans March events

The annual Classic Plastics Toy Expo at the Parkersburg Art Center will be March 7-8. Downtown PKB will again organize is Savory Saturday event on March 7, with several downtown eateries participating. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center has several events planned in March.

The weekly Arty Parties started in January but continue each Saturday through March 21. In the month of March, each weekly event has something extra special.

On Saturday, the Arty Party will have a superhero theme to coordinate with the Classic Plastic Toy and Comic Expo that takes over the art center at Eighth and Market streets. The Arty Party that day will be held at Artsbridge at 925 Market St., and will feature face painting, superhero masks and t-shirt capes along with a selfie-station.

At the art center, the annual toy expo will be Saturday and March 8 and will feature celebrity guests, events, toys, comics, games and cosplay. The expo, now in its seventh year, will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8 at the art center.

There will be vendors, exhibitors and fans gathered for shared interests in toys, books, comics, movies and television. Activities will include game tournaments and others and the annual Cosplay Contest.

Fred Williams demonstrates chip carving at the Parkersburg Art Center last year as a member of the Geppetto Woodcarvers. The group will return to the art center March 14. (File Photo)

Tickets to the expo will be $5 each day or $8 for both days with children ages 10 and under admitted free.

As part of the event, Main Street PKB will hold its annual Savor Saturday event with downtown eateries offering discounted food samples during the Saturday activities at the expo.

Additional information regarding activities, vendors and more is available at classicplasticstoyexpo.com or on the Classic Plastics Toy Expo on Facebook.

Each year, the expo features celebrity guests. This year, professional wrestler “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will be present Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., while fellow professional wrestler Buff Bagwell will be visiting the expo both days. Another special guest will be toy designer and character creator Aaron Archer, who spent 18 years at Kenner/Hasbro and worked on a variety of unique brands including Star Wars Ep1, GI JOE, Kenner Batman, Alien Resurrection, Jurassic Park 3, and many others.

In conjunction with the toy expo, Downtown PKB will be holding its annual Savor Saturday in Downtown event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer attendees, as well as the community, an opportunity to sample favorites offered in downtown restaurants.

For every sample purchased at participating restaurants, customers will receive one entry into the Savor Saturday contest (plus receive a bonus entry for checking in to the event on Facebook).

On March 14, The Geppetto Woodcarvers and artist Joe Bello will be set up in the main gallery of the art center. The Woodcarvers will be demonstrating their craft and letting kids and adults try their hand at soap carving.

Bello is a self-taught artist whose art focuses on Pareidolia in commercial food product imagery, creating unique pieces by reusing what we often throw away. The Arty Party project that day will be creating bird feeders or sculptures out of wooden craft sticks.

March 21 will be the annual Art-O-Rama event which closes out the Arty Party series. The event features a variety of performances and activities.

“We invite in the other local non-profit arts groups and celebrate what this community has to offer young people,” said Jessie Siefert, the art center’s managing director. “There are multiple hands-on arts and crafts as well as brief performances by Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet, Schrader Youth Ballet, The Smoot Youth Band, Williamstown Strings and Guild Builders. Mountwood Park will have a naturalist display and the NICA Mountain Biking program for kids will also be on hand with information and a cycling craft,” she said.

March also brings new art classes, workshops and FineTime Painting Parties to the art center. Starting in March there are three pottery class options for teens and adults, along with oil painting, cross stitch and several FineTime options. There is even a class just for senior citizens being offered at a discounted rate, Siefert said. For younger artists, classes include Baby Van Gogh Go, Mini Monet, Preschool Picasso, Afterschool Arts and Crafts and a bunny painting party.

For information about all of the Art Center classes, go to parkersburgartcenter.org and follow them on Facebook.

Contact Wayne Towner at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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