POWHATAN POINT -- Ohio River Artists, a nonprofit under the umbrella of the Ohio Valley Riverfront Development Committee, will be hosting several community events from July to October.
First, on Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., jewelry artist Cathy Carpenter will be debuting her new collection of poly-clay pendants and earrings. Her work on this line, called "Giving by Design," began as a healing process when she lost three family members to cancer within one year. All of the pieces will be available through silent auction, and 100 percent of the money collected will be donated to the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital. Pieces can be seen on her Facebook page.
Area artists are invited to set up next to the Ohio River Artists Gallery, 164 First St., on the first Sunday of the months of August and September. ORA will be hosting an open air art market from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. open to the public. All forms of original arts and crafts are welcome-painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking, candle making, quilting, etc.
In the Native American tradition, Ohio River Artists is also sponsoring a series of Pau Waus, or "gatherings," open to the general public. They will be held on the second Sunday of the months of August, September and October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each gathering will have a specific topic. In August, educator and historian Michael Burk will discuss local "History before History Books." In September, Cathy Carpenter will discuss Native American art and symbolism. At October's Pau Wau Glynis Valenti will lead a "talking circle" that will include a Native American story..
All events will take place at the Ohio River Artists Gallery, 164 First St. and at the Art Park dedicated to Native American culture located next to the gallery. Please bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy the peace on the banks of the Ohio River. For more information or to reserve space for the art market, call Dorothy Milton at (740)827-4292.