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‘Piccalilli Parkersburg’: Art community relishing chance to share creativity at conference

Joel Dugan, chairman for the Department of Architecture, Art and Design at Fairmont State University, will participate in a panel discussion on public art during the Piccalilli Parkersburg arts conference Sept. 9-10 in downtown Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A two-day arts conference called “Piccalilli Parkersburg” will be held Sept. 9-10 in downtown Parkersburg.

The conference is for working artists, art educators, college art students and arts organizations and will include workshops, hands-on art making, networking and a special collaborative evening event.

The conference is co-hosted by the Arts Collaborative of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Parkersburg Art Center and the Tamarack Foundation. Registration is open at https://tinyurl.com/42mk58er.

Early registration through Aug. 19 is $95. Starting Aug. 20, registration is $120. Special rate for full-time arts educators and full time college students is $75.

Piccalilli Parkersburg features two tracks, one all about the financial side of being a working artist. The other includes workshops by some of the region’s premier artists with hands-on art making opportunities. On Friday evening, Piccalilli Parkersburg participants will be treated to a progressive reception that will move from the Parkersburg Art Center to the Artbeat Studio and on up the block to Artsbridge. There will be food, music and a pop-up exhibit of participating artists’ work.

Sassa Walker will be among the artists and other professionals participating in the Piccalilli Parkersburg arts conference in September in downtown Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

“All registered conference-goers are invited to bring up to two pieces of their original art to display at the pop-up exhibit on Friday night, and if they are musically inclined, we would love to have you play that night,” said Jessie Siefert, Managing Director of the Parkersburg Art Center. “The idea behind this conference is that it is participatory. We can learn from presenters but we can also learn so much from one another.”

The conference will end with a behind-the-scenes tour of the soon-to-be-opened Discovery World on Market STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) museum. Continental breakfast, Friday lunch and Friday evening reception fare are all included.

The Parkersburg Piccalilli economics of art presenters include:

* Jennifer Reis, a creative entrepreneur and arts administrator, sharing ways to take creative assets and make them marketable.

* Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA, and founder of Minerva Financial Arts, will engage participants in a workshop that will help connect financial decisions with creative goals.

* Angelica Gillera is an arts advocate and owner of Strong Rapport. She will share information about how artists can be represented through the Tamarack Foundation’s Creative Network and how to write an artist’s statement.

* Jenna Green, an artist and grants coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, will share information on state individual artist grants and how to apply.

* Elizabeth Yeager, individual artist coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, who oversees several grant programs geared towards individual artists in professional development and folk arts.

* Kristin Meeks, owner of West Virginia Social Media, will provide tips and tricks for getting noticed and followed on social media.

* Sassa Wilkes is a working artist who will talk about managing time and motivation as an independent artist and how her “100 Days of Badass Women” project helped her create both community and income.

* A panel discussion on the economics of art presented by Reis, Luttrul and Gilleran.

The art making series will feature:

* Wood County Society will host in its studio space and participants will learn all about working with artists with disabilities and pick up collaborative art processes.

* Virginia Killian, a multimedia artist and retired art teacher, will lead a workshop in which participants will start three new pieces of art as she offers suggestions for getting projects rolling.

* Domenica Queen, Hispappalachian mixed media artist, will engage participants in using heritage textile and fiber art techniques to create heirloom artworks out of waste plastics.

* Wilkes will be working on a public art installation piece throughout the two days of the conference, and attendees are strongly encouraged to join the fun whenever they would like throughout the two days.

* Vance Hewitt, Parkersburg Art Center Pottery Studio Manager, will give mini wheel throwing lessons.

* A panel discussion on public art will feature Joel Dugan, chairman for the Department of Architecture, Art and Design at Fairmont State University, and Bobby Rosenstock, owner of JustAJar Design Press, a letterpress studio that specializes in woodcut posters. Rosenstock is also an adjunct professor at Marietta College and the chairman of Marietta Main Street’s Public Art Committee. The third panel member will be Nichole Westfall, muralist living in Charleston whose work can be seen across the country.

* Michelle Waters, working artist and professional portrait, art and concert photographer, will be leading a walking tour of the public art in downtown Parkersburg.

Questions can be directed to Jessie Siefert, Parkersburg Art Center, artstart06@gmail.com; Senta Goudy, WVU-Parkersburg, sgoudy4@wvup.edu; or Domenica Queen, Tamarack Foundation, dqueen@tamarackfoundation.org

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