A collaborative event between Artsbridge and Downtown PKB, the first-ever Market Street Merchants & Artists Walk will bring together local downtown merchants, arts groups and area artists in an effort to continue adding interesting and lively events to downtown, while promoting the arts.
With over 20 stops along the Walk, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Event Chair, Karen Waller, expressed her delight in having so many participants in the first year. “This has really caught on better than we had hoped and I’m delighted to have so many great businesses and organizations participating. Those who attend will have a great time, I’m sure,” Waller said.
Participants can start at any point on the map, depending on what they are looking for. The event stretches from the 1100 block of Market Street to the Point Park Marketplace. Locations will be up and running at 6:00 p.m. and the Walk itself will wrap up at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is then invited to gather at the Point Park Marketplace for a free performance from The MIXX Band from 8-10pm.
From live music, to handmade crafts, art, and children’s entertainment, the event will feature both local and regional artists from a variety of backgrounds. Vendor showcases will be located at both Artsbridge and the Point Park Marketplace, offering a unique assortment of shopping opportunities.
Participants in the event include:
· Parkersburg Brewing Company: DIY Artist Erica Ash
· The Coffee Bar: Live music from Anthony Mossburg
· Crystal Café
· DownTown Specialty Bakery: Cakeoke - sing karaoke and enjoy a free cupcake!
· Mango Latin Bistro: Live music from Jake Dunn and artwork from local artists
· The Blennerhassett Hotel: “Wright Stitches” from artisan Kim Wright
· Point Park Marketplace: Vendor Showcase and live music from MIXX Band
· Parkersburg Art Center: Smoot Theatre Children’s Choir, Jazz Quartet and children’s art activities
· Actors Guild of Parkersburg: Professor Bubblemaker’s Eclectic Entertainments
· Market St. YMCA: Showcase of handmade items
· Artsbridge: Vendor Showcase
· Aspire Salon: In-house make-up artist
· Classic Plastics Toy Store: Cartoonist JD Williamson
· NOE Office Supply: Mike Penn
· The Framing Gallery: Kristie Garrison
· GFWC Parkersburg: Demonstrations by member artists
· Trinity Episcopal Church: Fine Junque Sale
· Parkersburg Day Nursery: Showcase of children’s artwork and puppet show
· Market Street Antiques
· Conley Law Office
· Chams Lebanese Cuisine
· Edward Jones Financial Advisor JC Rutter: Live music from Matt Enoch
· Highmark: Music and art demonstrations from employees
More information can be found on the Downtown PKB website along with a link to the Facebook event and interactive map: www.downtownpkb.com