Exhibits on view Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00-5:00 ($2 non member admission). Wednesdays are FREE! Admission to opening receptions is $10 for non-members and FREE for members.
Praxis—A Fine Arts Approach: Photography by Garen DiBartolomeo: March 31 - May 10
Opening: Sunday, March 31, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Garen DiBartolomeo is a photographer from Weirton, West Virginia, who takes, as he says, a "fine art approach to commercial photography." Many of the 50+ images in this solo exhibit may have begun their lives as a shot for an annual report or ad campaign, but this does not change the fact that the works embody all the same markers sought for in fine art. I admire his uses of color and composition to create a mood of mystery; a sense of a story that is lurking just out of sight. We called the show "Praxis" because his pieces exist in the triangle surrounded by art, science and skill....old Aristotle would have gotten a large charge out of them.
Abby Hayhurst, Artistic Director
Parkersburg Art Center
Blenko Glass: Vivid Glass from the Collection of Barry Wade: March 31 - May 10
Opening: Sunday, March 31, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Blenko Glass Company is a family-owned and operated concern since 1893, and located in Milton, West Virginia since 1921. Founder William Blenko came to our state seeking a dependable workforce, easy access to the railroad, and an abundance of cheaply priced natural gas for his furnaces. His son (also William) imported Swedish glass artists to train the Blenko crews. This was the beginning of the tableware line of pieces known throughout the world for their extraordinary color and elegance of form.
Blenko is one of the few survivors of America's Art Glass industry, in part because of their almost futuristic design aesthetic. The work is sturdy and forthright. The shapes are simple, but not in the least simplistic. The Blenko colors demand that the glass be displayed in a place where light can pour through, reminding us that glass—while appearing hard—is always a molten work in progress.
Blenko is popular with serious glass collectors, and Parkersburg's Barry Wade is no exception. We are delighted he is trusting us to display samples from his vast personal collection. Many of his pieces are one-of-a-kinds, and signed by the artists, such as Wayne Husted, shown on the right with Barry and one of his brilliant platters.
Abby Hayhurst, Artistic Director
Virginia Killian: “Images Just come to me”: February 17 - March 16
Opening: Sunday, February 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Viginia Kilian is a local artist, art instructor and founding member of Riverside Artists’ Cooperative. She is always experimenting with new materials and fresh ideas. The Art Center will have a large collection of her new works on display.
This opening also has an interactive element! Along with this exhibit we will also be creating a community mural. We will have aprons and rubber gloves on hand, but come dressed and ready to paint!
This exhibit opening on February 17 is FREE for members and non-members thanks to our sponsor, Tellus Consulting Group.
Virginia’s art will be on display February 17 - March 16.
Artist Trees: November 24 - December 22
The Parkersburg Art Center’s Annual Artist Tree Display will kick off during our Holiday Open House/Artist Market on Small Business Saturday.
Ever wonder how Klee, Calder or Picasso would have decorated their Christmas tree? We did! Local artists and school groups come together each year to imagine what this classic holiday decor would have looked like in the hands of famous (or not so famous) artists.
This is a community celebration of art and creativity. Bring some change and vote for your favorites! These fabulous trees will remain on display until December 22. Artist Trees 2018 is made possible by our friends at Family Carpet.
6x6 Show: November 16 - December 22, 2018
Members and Artists Opening: Friday, November 16th.
Sale starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m..
Each member and artist may bring guests.
General community sale starts Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Free admission.) Art will remain on sale during regular Art Center hours through December 22.
This event is the Parkersburg Art Center’s fundraiser where we display well over 1,000 original small works of art, 2D or 3D, any medium, all on a 6" X 6" base. All will be for sale for $20. We will also sell beautiful frames and 6x6 boxes of edible goodies to enjoy then or during Thanksgiving. The 6x6's will remain on display and for sale until Christmas.
You may preview the artwork beginning Tuesday, November 6th during regular business hours.
Allied artists of WV Juried Exhibit: October 14 - November 10, 2018
The Allied Artists of West Virginia have been in operation since 1935. Their mission is to encourage, nurture and present the work of West Virginia artists to the community. Jury sessions are held twice a year in the spring and fall. Applicants must be 18 and a resident of West Virginia.
This exhibit is their 71st Juried event. Congratulations to the Allied Artists of WV, who have consistently fostered excellence in West Virginian art for many years!
This exhibit was sponsored by our friends at Wesbanco! THANK YOU!
Images left to right: “Mountain Laurel” by Jerre Watkins, "Eagle Over Kanawha Valley" by Henry Riffe, "Summer Charm" by Stella Jarrett, "Mission Arches" photograph by Laura Moul
Judith Saunders: September 7 - October 5, 2018
While traditional basketry techniques are used in Judith's art pieces, the results are far from traditional. Her vessels are intended to be more sculptural than functional. Judith Saunders has been weaving three-dimensional forms with copper and hand-painted papers for more than thirty years. Her plaited forms can be seen in the book Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark by Vladimir Yarish, Flo Hoppe and Jim Widess. Judith's second home on Ocracoke Island, NC provides the inspiration for her more organic pieces, the "Shell Basket" series, that always starts with an Ocracoke shell each providing a new design challenge.
"The River 2018": July 22 - August 25, 2018
"The River" is PAC's biennial juried exhibit, featuring 92 works chosen by juror Gary Pettigrew from a record 186 submissions, all by professional and semi-professional artists from WV and Ohio. This year, the top prize is $1,000 for Best in Show, with prizes in 2D, 3D and some special awards. "The River" is made possible by support from United Bank and WVU Medicine/Camden Clark Medical Center, with additional prize support from Nationwide Heirship Research and the Tellus Consulting Group.
Paintings, photographs, sculptures, collages and mixed media pieces - it's all here. Don't miss "The River," an exhibit that only rolls around every other year.
To view the list of featured artists click The River page.
"Aqueous 2018": June 3 - July 7, 2018
"Aqueous 2018" the West Virginia Watercolor Society's National Juried Exhibition. Artists from seven states have brought their best work in this most exacting of mediums: watercolors. Juror Ron Thurston, signature member of the American Watercolor Society, chose the 39 best pieces to be put on display at the Art Center through July 7. Don't miss this show!
As a special treat for guests at the June 3 opening, members of the Ki No Kaze group—WV's only Bonsai Club— will be displaying samples of their delicate art form. Sunday only, the Tanner Boll Gallery will be alive with the beauty of Bonsai!
Images left to right: "Mosaic Blast" by Rita Montrosse, "Daddy" by Jeannine Swartz, "Gliding Past the Wreckage" by Michael Jacques
“Windows of Opportunity”: April 15 - May 13, 2018
"Windows of Opportunity" are works created by the Marble Tree artists, a division of SW Resources. “Marble Tree” is the artistic division of SW Resources, and is a way for SW clients to express themselves in a creative and productive manner. Each Marble Tree mosaic is meticulously hand-crafted with thousands of pieces of recycled magazines. Each piece is colorful, unique and beautiful.
Along with the mosaics, the Marble Tree artists—Linda Alexander, Forest Ash, Charlenne Dawson, Jenny Ferruso, Kristi Garrison and Colin Kelley—are displaying their takes on recycled windows removed from older homes in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The windows are hand-painted, using transparent glass inks, and are as colorful and unique as the mosaics.