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Joel Dugan, chair of the Department of Architecture, Art, and Design at Fairmont State University, will participate in a panel discussion on public art at the Piccalilli Parkersburg Arts Conference September 9-10 in downtown Parkersburg. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — A two-day art conference entitled “Piccalilli Parkersburg” will take place on September 9 and 10 in downtown Parkersburg.

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

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 bird registration through August 19 is $95. As of August 20, registration is $120. The special rate for full-time arts educators and full-time students is $75.

Piccalilli Parkersburg offers two tracks, one on the financial aspect of being a working artist. The other includes workshops by some of the region’s top artists with opportunities for hands-on art creation. On Friday night, Piccalilli Parkersburg attendees will be treated to a progressive reception that will move from the Parkersburg Art Center to Artbeat Studio and up the block in Artsbridge. There will be food, music and a pop-up exhibition of the participating artists’ works.

Sassa Walker will be among artists and other professionals attending the Piccalilli Parkersburg Arts Conference in September in downtown Parkersburg. (Photo provided)

“All registered conference attendees are invited to bring up to two original works of art to display during the Friday night pop-up exhibit, and if they’re musically inclined, we’d love to make you play that night, said Jessie Siefert, executive director of the Parkersburg Art Center. “The idea behind this conference is that it is participatory. We can learn from the presenters, but we can also learn a lot from each other. »

The conference will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of the soon-to-open Discovery World on Market STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) museum. Continental breakfast, Friday lunch and Friday evening reception rate are all included.

The Parkersburg Piccalilli economy of art presenters includes:

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

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

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

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

* Elizabeth Yeager, Individual Artist Coordinator in the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History, which oversees several grant programs for individual artists in professional development and popular 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 time management and motivation as a freelance artist and how she “100 Days of Badass Women” project has helped her create both community and income.

* A round table on the economics of art presented by Reis, Lutrul and Gilleran.

The artistic creation series will include:

* The Wood County Society will host in its studio and attendees will learn all about working with artists with disabilities and experience collaborative artistic processes.

*Virginia Killian, a multimedia artist and retired art teacher, will lead a workshop in which participants will begin three new works of art while offering suggestions for moving the projects forward.

* Domenica Queen, a Hispapalachian mixed media artist, will engage participants in using heritage textile and textile art techniques to create heritage artwork from plastic waste.

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

*Vance Hewitt, director of the Parkersburg Art Center pottery studio, will be giving mini-courses in wheel throwing.

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

* Working artist and professional portrait, fine art and concert photographer Michelle Waters will lead a walking tour of public art in downtown Parkersburg.

Questions can be directed to Jessie Siefert, Parkersburg Art Center, [email protected]; Senta Goudy, WVU-Parkersburg, [email protected]; or Domenica Queen, Tamarack Foundation, [email protected]

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