Exhibits, ArtOberfest promise busy weekend at Parkersburg Art Center

He Spoke of Lands, Not Far by Susan Sheppard. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will feature three events this weekend, including the opening of two new exhibits.

One of the new exhibits opening from 5-7 p.m. Friday is “Sweet Fangs by Lavana Lemley.”

The exhibit by Lemley, a Vienna native and award winning mixed media sculptor and painter, will debut over 20 new works featuring candy-crusted, fanged creatures along with art from her archives.

Lemley received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Full Sail University and majored in computer animation. Her artwork infuses plants and animals into creatures inspired by the strangeness of the natural world. Her sculptures and paintings have been featured in various galleries, newspapers, and blogs.

Lemley’s exhibit is sponsored by First Settlement Physical Therapy.

Sweet Devil by Lavana Lemley. (Photo Provided)

The other exhibit opening Friday is “From the Natural To The Supernatural: The Life and Works of Susan Sheppard.”

Sheppard was a poet, author, artist and creator of the Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours who passed away in April of this year. This is an exhibit honoring her and her creative legacy.

The Sheppard exhibit is made possible by her family and sponsored by Mother Earth Foods, The Farmacy, and the law firm of Rusen and Auvil PLLC.

“We hope that you will join us for this opening reception. Lavana’s work is just ‘out there’ and imaginative and Susan brought such soul and spirit to her artistic process. Let’s celebrate these wonderful women,” said Jessie Siefert, Managing Director of the Parkersburg Art Center.

The exhibit opening event is free for PAC members and kids under 12 years of age. For non-Art Center members, opening reception admission is $10 per person.

On Saturday, ArtOberfest will be back in downtown Parkersburg from 6-10 p.m. The 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street will come alive with music, fine art, craft brews, heritage craft demos, chalk art, and food. Everyone is invited to spend an evening under the red umbrellas and Edison lights on Market Street. In the event of inclement weather, activities will move inside to the Parkersburg Art Center at 725 Market St.

ArtOberfest is free, but donations will be accepted. A special thanks goes out to the event sponsors — Bill Bailey Insurance, United Bank, Artsbridge, Discount Pool Supply, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Brewing Co., along with event partner Downtown PKB.

Social distancing and mask wearing is recommended at both events.


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