St. C. Art Walk in April

T-L Photos/ROBERT A. DEFRANK ABOVE: Gabe Hays, director of landscape architecture for the Wallace Pancher Group, will have his Main Street Gallery stocked with a local artists’ works during the coming Art Walk through the city.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Main Street through the city will be alive with music, painting, handcrafting, pottery, performances and other forms of artistic expression for the city’s first Art Walk, slated from 5:30-8 p.m. April 25.

Local talents are invited to show off what they can do.

St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Wendy Anderson’s excitement was palpable as she described her hopes for the evening and how it grew from a simple idea to an event that multiple businesses and area artists wish to participate in.

“This is our inaugural Art Walk. The concept is from Windows Fashions by Beth, who will be open that evening, to Kelly’s Suite II, who will be open that evening, and the businesses in between.”

Anderson added that a perceived lack of activities around town was one motivator.

“We don’t have anything like that in St. Clairsville, and the reason why we decided to do it here … if you’re here at 5 p.m. it’s like they rolled up the streets,” she said.

She added that the idea was met by enthusiastic support from businesses and city officials.

“We have the blessings of the city,” Anderson said. “This is going to be huge.”

She said the walk is expected to boast both volume and variety.

“We invited everybody to be involved in this. We opened this up to anybody,” Anderson said. “It took legs. It started to work. It became everybody’s Art Walk. … The response has been overwhelming. It started small.”

Anderson said the event will feature recognized, talented artists.

“You’re talking about a lot of people, and they have a lot of followers,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Sites involved will include the Main Street Gallery, located in the back of the Wallace Pancher Group building, where Gabe Hays, director of landscape architecture, regularly features work from local artists.

“We’ve had a gallery here for most of the last decade. We’ve been having our shows here,” Hays said, adding that he has tried to host a different artist’s work once a month. “I haven’t had as many artists in here lately because we’ve been busy. … In St. Clairsville, it’s nice to have the opportunity to create that art scene.”

“People don’t even know we have a gallery in downtown St. Clairsville,” Anderson said, adding that the work of St. Clairsville artist Bob Dombrowski will be featured that evening, with appetizers and wine provided.

Hays’ facilities also feature the original columns from the Oglebay Mansion.

From there, sightseers can walk to the Chamber of Commerce office itself.

“I’m going to feature Roxanne Bruce, who’s going to have some of her artwork here,” Anderson said. “Then you go up the street and you’ll have Adam Bedway from East Wheeling Clayworks. He’s going to be throwing clay. He’s going to be showcasing that.”

Anderson added that there will be activities and sights for people of all ages.

“The library is going to have showings of award-winning animation short films,” Anderson said, adding that the films will be shown in 15-minute segments from 6-7 p.m.

“This is also geared for kids, which is a good thing,” Anderson said, adding that Envy Studio will be providing hair chalk and face painting.

“Then go across the street to (ESV Teleproductions). He’s going to have a green screen up, so the kids will get to pretend to fight like they’re superheroes, and he will take that video and send it to you. It’s free,” Anderson said.

Alterations Ect. and The Dress Collection near the library also will be open, with a family member of the owner making balloon animals.

“Then you go to Three Labs Salvage,” Anderson said, adding that Rick Morgan, director of the Stifel Fine Arts Center, will demonstrate Raku pottery firing there. He will be bringing the fine arts center’s mobile unit for the demonstrations.

Three Labs Salvage co-owner Lynn Jeffries added that she had been a pottery student of Morgan’s, and she was happy to have him.

“She’s going to show pottery. She’s going to have several people in there,” Anderson said.

“The Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence Museum will be open. We’re also going to have cardio drumming by Better You Nutrition,” she said, adding that the exercise routine will be performed on the plaza in front of the Belmont County Courthouse.

Newellstown Diner will be open until 8 p.m. that night.

“That’s rare,” Anderson said.

Tina Yanok of Indigo Studios will have a presentation at Restore Yoga + Wellness. The site will also host stained glass art demonstrations.

The variety continues, with Secret Serenity MedSpa featuring Jodi Leigh Designs Fine Art, with pet portraits, portraits and wildlife art in a preferred medium of graphite and pastels.

Anderson said Kelly’s Suite II will end the Art Walk, where Rachel Goodman, wife of Jay Goodman of Harvey Goodman Realtor, will draw caricatures.

“She’s a good artist,” Anderson said.

Artist and designer Jackee Pugh will have abstract paintings made with alcohol inks on display and available for purchase, and the lobby of the Clarendon Hotel and Huntington Bank will be open and in use.

“I want to incorporate the art, and I want to incorporate the businesses. For businesses to host these artists, you have to physically go into the businesses, which gives them exposure,” she said. “You’re exposing them to art. You’re exposing them to culture. You’re exposing them to how interesting St. Clairsville can be.”

The evenings events also will include Belmont College’s Building Preservation/Restoration students, who will have examples of ornamental plaster, wood parquetry, stained glass, blacksmithing, hand-made ceramic tile and scagliola completed in their program.

She said high school students from St. Clairsville-Richland City School District and East Richland Christian School also will participate.

“We’re involving all the kids, too,” she said.

Anderson said she wanted to make the Art Walk a yearly event and to see it grow with each anniversary.