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Classic Plastics looks to shape new event amid pandemic

Participants in the cosplay contest are shown at the 2020 Classic Plastics Toy Expo. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the convention is being replaced this year with an exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is seeking participants for a new exhibit to open in February in conjunction with Classic Plastics Toy Store.

The art center and toy store have worked together for the past several years to hold the Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo in March, but that event will not take place this year due to the pandemic.

As a replacement event, both are working together to organize the PAC ComDioBotCos Show, which will open Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the art center and will remain on display through April.

For the exhibit, the art center is accepting dioramas (including those featuring action figures ready for macro photography), comic art, robotics, cosplay costumes, 3D printed sculptures and other artful items related to Comic Con events.

Among the general guidelines: Two-dimensional artwork must be ready to hang on the walls, which could mean that it is framed but not limited to traditional framing; three-dimensional artwork, models, costumes and sculptures need to be self-supporting; artists may submit multiple pieces but the Art Center reserves the right to edit the exhibit if necessary. It is asked that artwork be PG-rated for this an all-ages exhibit.

Because of the pandemic, people won’t be browsing tables and shopping at the Classic Plastics Toy Expo like they did in this March 2020 photo. Instead, the convention is being replaced with an exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center. (File Photo)

All work should be delivered to the art center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3-6 to allow for safe social distancing.

Artists will have the option to price their works for sale. In the event of a sale, the Parkersburg Art Center retains a 30 percent commission with the artist receiving 70 percent of the sale price. Commission checks are made at the end of each month.

Work can be picked up after the exhibit concludes in April. Work unclaimed after June 1 becomes the property of the Art Center and may be sold. The Art Center reserves the right to use photographs and videos of this exhibit on its website and on social media.

The exhibit opening on Feb. 13 will be free and open to the public. Mask guidelines will be followed. The number of people inside the center will be limited to allow for safe social distancing.

Cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded in multiple categories by a panel of judges. Art will be judged based on creativity, originality and craftsmanship. Winners will be recognized on the Art Center’s website and on social media platforms by March 1.

Each individual piece should include an entry form. These will be available at the Art Center and at Classic Plastic Toys at the Grand Central Mall.

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