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This artistic tree is called “Mr. Doodle”. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will open on Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the opening of the Artist Tree exhibit and the Holiday Artist Market.

There will be free admission, take-out snacks and a craft project for the kids.

For the annual Artist Tree exhibit, local artists and school groups come together to imagine what this classic holiday setting would have looked like in the hands of famous and less famous artists.

This is a community celebration of art and creativity that will feature 18 trees with unusual designs and decorations this year. Visitors can contribute a few dollars and vote for their favorite trees, with proceeds helping the Art Center purchase supplies for art classes.

“Kids in kindergarten are so excited about opening on Saturday,” said Jess Carpenter, kindergarten teacher at Criss Elementary. “They told me it was going to be ‘the best day of my life’.”

This tree was inspired by Jeff Koons. (Photo provided)

“First Settlement Physical Therapy is proud to support the Art Center – the best center in the state. Events like the Artist Tree exhibit are proof of that,” said FSPT owner Simon Hargus. “We hope the whole town comes out to experience this unique holiday tradition.”

In addition to the festive decor, there will also be an abundance of original arts and crafts for sale at the PAC 713 Market and the annual Artists’ Market. Candles, handbags, jewelry, cards, paintings, decorative boxes, pottery, macrame, stained glass, fused glass, stuffed animals, hats, wood crafts, books and more are featured.

“It’s so fun to see what people in our area are doing. This is just one of the ways the Art Center can support local artists in our community. We keep the gift shop full of gift items and original artwork, so if you can’t come this weekend, please stop by and shop with us later. Shop small. Buy local, said Anna Farson, reception and events manager for the art center.

The art center is located at the corner of Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about events at the Art Center, visit their Facebook page or their website

This tree is called “The Monolith”. (Photo provided)

Romero Britto inspired this tree called “A New Day”. (Photo provided)

This luminous tree is “The Snowy Day”. (Photo provided)

This tree was inspired by Stewart Davis. (Photo provided)

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