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Art Walk brings some needed color to the COVID era

Jordan Reynolds and Melisa Vincent, friends, set up a conjoined table that featured fluid art and acrylic paintings. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — COVID-19 has caused many events to cancel, but as the community moves further into 2020 they find ways to still come together.

Artsbridge held an Art Walk outside the Grand Central Mall Saturday, where local artists were able to set up tables to present their work for the community to see and purchase.

Tables with a wide range of artists’ abilities were present. When the count was taken, the displays added up to 11 tables of artistic examples.

There was printed digital art, inkwell drawn art, paintings, pottery, film, shirts, wooden collages, jewelry stations and other art pieces around the parking lot.

There was even a table set up by the Watering Can Art Studio for kids to paint a pumpkin or sunflower and take home for free.

Another table set up Saturday morning at the Art Walk outside the Grand Central Mall included mixed art pieces by Ciara Sims. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

“I have been doing digital art for around nine years,” said Ciara Sims.

Other than digital drawings, Sims had art made with water color, ballpoint pen, inkwell art and wire statues.

“I really do a large variety of art, it’s what I do for a living and what I have always enjoyed,” Sims said.

Jan Whitman, a member of the Clay Lab Co-Op team at the Parkersburg Art Center, was at the Art Walk selling pottery and advertising for classes the Art Center offers.

“Even though COVID is still present, we are holding a wide range of classes. For more information, people can check out our website,” said Whitman.

Families came out to browse the art selection Saturday morning at the Art Walk outside the Grand Central Mall. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Another attending artist was Ted Lewis, who was selling wooden mosaics.

“Each piece is done separately, then mounted on a backing together to create each work of art,” said Lewis. “I only make a couple a year, normally in the winter, because they take a long time to create.”

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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