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Parkersburg Art Center showing Christmas spirit

Kasey Snyder and Kelley Cartwright, members of the Parkersburg Art Center Board of Directors, make ornaments for an artist tree for the 2019 exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center. This year’s Artist Tree Display begins Nov. 27. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be throwing open its doors on Nov. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the opening of the Artist Tree Display and Holiday Artist Market.

There will be free admission, grab-and-go snacks and a craft project for kids to take home with them.

“Did you ever wonder how Da Vinci, Calder, or Picasso would have decorated their Christmas tree? The art center did,” said managing director Jessie Siefert. “Local artists and school groups come together 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 that will feature 15 uncommonly designed and decorated trees this year,” she said.

“My family always loves to come to the art center at this time of the year and check out the unique display,” said Wendy Ralsten, owner of Family Carpet. “Family Carpet is proud to support this gem in our community.”

“Trees this year range from a colorful take on Matisse done by the Shaw family to a tree inspired by Nick Cave, a contemporary African-American sculptor, which is being designed by the team at the Marietta Makerspace,” said the center’s artistic director, Abby Hayhurst. “Bring some dollar bills and vote for your favorites!”

Teachers Ashley Chichester and Chelsea Bunner decorate a tree with a crayon top for the ArtStart Preschool this year at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo Provided)

Along with the festive decor there will also be an abundance of original arts and crafts for sale as part of the annual Artist Market. Featured vendors include Tracy Love originals; Nicole Harris paintings; wood and lino-prints by Charlotte Dauphin; watercolors by Lynda Rhodes; card and tags by Truly Yours Invitations; woodworking by DT Wood Design; whimsical cards by Joan Palmer; watercolor prints by Hemlock Hyde; pillows, mugs and blankets by Lavana Lemley; and Dangly Designs’ earrings and pottery by Vance Hewitt, Kathy Stacy, Joyce Tharpe and Judy Keith. There are ceramic bisque painting kits; discounted Parkersburg Art Center t-shirts, stickers and bags; RainCaper capes and masks and the artwork in the Innovative Arts Alliance exhibit is also for 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.”

Dennis said the art center’s gift shop will be open through the winter season.

Visitors to the art center are asked to wear masks and sanitize their hands. Sanitization stations are placed throughout the gallery level. The art center will be limiting the number of visitor to allow for safe social distancing within the building.

The art center is located at the corner of Market and Eighth streets in downtown Parkersburg. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available on the center’s Facebook page or website at www.parkersburgartcenter.org.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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