PARKERSBURG — Small Enterprise Saturday was a success throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. For downtown Parkersburg, a number of completely different retailers and organizations teamed as much as promote gross sales.
Raffles had been arrange by way of Downtown PKB and a collaborative present basket drawing was organized by the Parkersburg Artwork Middle, ArtBeat Sudio and Artsbridge stuffed with $300 value of retailer merchandise and artwork provides.
Saturday kicked off day one of many Parkersburg Artwork Facilities annual vacation tree exhibit, and as a part of Small Enterprise Saturday, they invited native artists to arrange in what would be the Artwork Middle’s new present store space.
“This yr, we have now 17 ArtistTrees, which is a file,” mentioned Managing Director Jessie Siefert.
The Artist Bushes are the work of volunteers, college students from space faculties, and the artwork heart workers. Tree designers select a well-known artist, and interpret an instance of their work within the type of a Christmas tree.
“Nineteen years in the past, we wished to place up a show of Christmas timber.
A number of solutions had been made for a theme, however we stored coming again to the query: If Picasso had trimmed a tree, what would it not appear like? So ArtistTrees had been born,” mentioned Abby Hayhurst, Inventive Director of the middle.
Guests are inspired to convey loads of pocket change after they come see the timber.
“We’ve got fairly a rivalry going. Folks vote for his or her favorites by dropping spare change in a tube subsequent to every tree. The cash goes to pay for artwork provides for youths’ courses, and the designer of the successful tree will get bragging rights for a yr,” mentioned Siefert.
Whereas having fun with the exhibit and the distributors, Christmas consumers, might swing on by the ArtBeat Sudio and Artsbridge for extra vacation items.
Consumers might discover all the things from jewellery and textiles to small work, ceramic items, pictures and Christmas decorations.
Over on the ArtBeat Sudio, those that spent $50 or extra had been capable of enter right into a drawing for a group of store items.
“We had been open on Black Friday as effectively from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noticed large success,” mentioned Director of Wooden County Society Brandon Gress.
Gress mentioned that the store continues to see wonderful assist from the neighborhood.
“We’re wanting ahead to an important day of impression once more at this time (Saturday) not solely sharing our mission right here at Wooden County Society broadening alternatives for these with mental and developmental disabilities but additionally highlighting the social enterprise that our artists on the ArtBeat studio have been capable of develop during the last yr or so,” he mentioned.
Gress advised stopping into their retailer, positioned at 317 Eighth Road in Parkersburg Monday by way of Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for consumers seeking to give a “heARTfelt” present this season.
They’ve a couple of seasonal occasions occurring this December that can have unique merchandise on the market and prize drawings.
These occasions are: The 12 Days of Christmas beginning Dec. 8 and going until the 23 (excluding weekends) and a vacation open home Dec. 20-23.
Becoming a member of in on the downtown enjoyable for his or her second yr was Artsbridge, who additionally had distributors from each Ohio and West Virginia arrange their artwork for folks to cease in and store.
The drawing for the artwork basket winner will likely be held Monday.
Madeline Scarborough might be reached at [email protected]
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