MIDDLEPORT — “Art in the Village,” the annual display of paintings and photographs by talented Bend area artists, will be staged at the Riverbend Arts Council headquarters on North Second Avenue in Middleport Saturday.
The event which is free will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The awards presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the art show. The prizes with each receiving a rosette are $100 for the best of show, $50 for the people’s choice, $50 for first place, $25 for second, and $15 for third.
The judging of entries by and out-of-county judge will be closed with decisions being based on composition, perspective and light source, understanding and application of values, individuality and originality, control of medium and color, knowledge of subject matter and appropriate presentation.
In addition to the art show to be held inside the building, there will be a variety of activities and exhibits on the adjacent side street. There will be vendors, refreshments, face painting and painting demonstrations given by area artists. The emphasis of the art show is to not only showcase art work from area artists but to introduce children to a variety of art activities in a fun atmosphere.
Earlier this month an art class for children was held at the Pomeroy library taught by Bobbi Owen. The work of the children there will be on display at the art show.
The art program, geared to encouraging art talent and development as well as appreciation, is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
Debra Burke is chairman of Saturday’s art exhibit. She asks that art for competition be taken to the hall on Thursday between 7:30 and 9 p.m. or Friday, 9 a..m. until noon. As for exhibit-only entries where there is no entry fee or judging, those pieces are to be brought in for display at 9 a.m. on exhibit day.
Burke noted that there will be a Chinese auction along with the auctioning off of a Fenton cake plate during the afternoon.