Artists perform on St. C. street

Megan Cook and daughter Savannah of St. Clairsville found much to enjoy during the city’s first art walk Thursday.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Music, pottery, painting and more were on display at the businesses on Main Street on Thursday as local artists participated in the city’s first art walk, organized by the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce.

An interested crowd gathered in the early evening, despite some rainfall.

A total of 17 businesses participated, from Windows Fashions by Beth to Kelly’s Suite II, and visitors could walk in and observe.

“We’ve got buzzing all around town and people everywhere. It’s great,” Tim Porter, president of the chamber, said. “If the rain holds off, it’s going to be a great evening.”

“I think this is a great opportunity for the downtown businesses in St. Clairsville,” Rick Morgan, director of the Stifel Fine Arts Center, said as he gave a pottery demonstration at Three Labs Salvage. He added that he has been a longtime friend of co-owner Lynn Jeffries and was happy to participate. “I think the chamber is trying to bring some more excitement for downtown St. Clairsville, and encouraging the arts is always a good thing. I’m excited to be a part of this.”

“It’s an awesome way to get people into the small businesses in town, and it’s a great way to showcase artists,” Beth Bedway of Wheeling said as she looked over another pottery demonstration at K Design.

“I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how great this is, and how they’re glad to see the town’s coming back to life,” Joyce Paglialunga, owner of Past to Present, said.

Her son, John Paglialunga of Lafferty, had homemade silver jewelry on display.

“We’re getting a nice selection of people who seem to be really excited about what’s going on tonight,” Jeana Paglialunga, Joyce Paglialunga’s daughter, said.

“Doing this art walk is a wonderful thing to bring the town together. There’s a lot of people in town today,” John Paglialunga said.

Representatives from the St. Clairsville Senior Center were holding a raffle for a handmade quilt created by the seniors, with the drawing to take place at the end of May to benefit the center.

“This is just their first year, so we’re hoping it will be very successful for them and they’ll continue,” LeAnn Cook, a member of the senior center, said.

St. Clairsville High School students were also selling tickets for their upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” performance, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 2-4 and May 9-11.

“It seems pretty great so far,” Lily Pollock, a sophomore, said.

“I think it’s a good experience,” Gavin Shields, another sophomore, said.

“We’re going to check it all out,” Michelle Johnson of St. Clairsville said as she observed some of the displays.