Y’art sale pays off for Parkersburg Art Center


The sale, which serves as a fundraiser for the PAC and its programs, included a wide variety of items from art supplies to finished art that people could purchase. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center was bustling with patrons as they browsed the annual Y’art Sale and let their kids make Valentines in the Arty Parties downstairs.

The sale, which serves as a fundraiser for the PAC and its programs, included a wide variety of items from art supplies to finished art.

“We have original artwork. We have art prints, some are even signed and numbered, We have frames, art books, beads, display stands, holiday items and a whole bunch of other cool stuff for sale — cheap,” said Jessie Siefert, the center’s managing director.

Often, artists donate what they are no longer using to the center, and they keep and use what works for their programs.

“We received so many wonderful donations from our supporters as they downsized or remodeled and we now have a wonderful abundance and it is time for us to share,” said Siefert.

Leah Kohler, 3, makes a Valentine for her Grammy. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Also happening Saturday was the annual series of “Arty Parties”, which give children a chance to try their hands at a variety of arts and crafts activities every Saturday, starting in January and continuing through March.

Arty Parties are offered two times a day on Saturday (10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m.) and are completely free to any child who wants to participate.

Due to the pandemic, spots are limited and require a registration. There are 12 spots available each hour and 12 take home crafts available for pick-up.

Saturday’s craft was making Valentines. Kids could be found crafting colorful beaded hearts with pictures or a hand written note being added onto the project.

“I am making this one for my Grammy,” said Leah Kohler, 3.

Selah Williams, 3, works on a Valentine with help from her father. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

While examples are provided, however, kids were free to do as they pleased with the art supplies they got.

The art center was also setting up for their newest exhibit on Saturday.

“Class of 2060” and other works by Jim Trivett will be on display from February 18 to March 19.

According to a write up provided by the art center, James Charles Trivett was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He went to Essex College, where he majored in art, specializing in multimedia. His big influences at the time were the Cubists, Modernists and Impressionists whose work he saw displayed in NYC.

After graduation, he went to Europe to study, and was inspired by the stained glass he saw in the great cathedrals. In the 70s, he studied in Karlskoga, Sweden…and the glass continued to influence him.

Ansley Williams, 5, works on a Valentine with help from her mother. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

He relocated to West Virginia, further developing his interest in stained glass, and worked in this medium for the next three decades, teaching classes and exhibiting his art.

“Our showing of Jim’s work is primarily acrylics paintings on wood panels, but you can see the strong influence of stained glass techniques at work in his colorful, delineated style,” the art center said in a post on the upcoming event.. “You can also see Jim’s wry humor and sense of fun. “Class of 2060” is the perfect cure for the Winter doldrums.”

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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Upcoming Arty Party Crafts

People crowded into the Parkersburg Art Center for their Y’art Sale Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

* February 19: Paper Towel Tube Totem Poles

* February 26: Geometric shape collage using tangrams

* March 5: Shape and line paintings using oil pastels and paints

* March 12: Mask/headbands

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