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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Businesses along Main Street will host area artists from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday for the second art walk through the city.

St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Wendy Anderson said many were eager to resume the event after delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had it two years ago. We’re going to have different businesses across the city that will have an artist in their store. …Each location will have snacks,” she says, adding that the snacks will be artist- or artwork-related.

“Everyone is going to have something.”

To date, more than ten companies will welcome artists.

The 3 Labs Salvage store will feature Jackee Pugh, Sara Howard and Paige Elmore. The Belmont County Heritage Museum will host David Barsch and Alan Fitzpatrick. Marcia Fox will be at Common Wealth Financial. From past to present will have John Paglialunga and Alex Raines. Bob Dombroski will be at Fur Pet’s Sake. Giacinta’s Gelato & Cafe will have Jerry Thiess. Kelly’s Suite II will host Barb Elben. Art to Dye For will be at LUX Boutique. Restore Yoga and Wellness will welcome Rachael Goodman, Tina Yanok and Cindy Fluterharty. The St. Clairsville area chamber will host Amanda Deshong and Siena Baldi. The St. Clairsville Library will welcome Judy Burger and Kathrine Barnes, as well as Mayor Kathryn Thalman.

Union local students will have one-on-one presentations at the Boutique on Main. And First Presbyterian Church will have Lucian Murzyn, Michael Harvella, Autumn Agnew and Megan Wagner.

Acoustic guitarist Jule Carenbauer will perform at Courthouse Plaza.

Other businesses will not welcome artists but will be open.

“It’s a great community event. It gets people out. We get to promote local artists and people can take their evening stroll downtown,” Anderson said. “It’s going to be a nice evening just to walk around St. Clairsville.”

She said the art walk will continue rain or shine.

“Each company shares it on Facebook”, Anderson said. “It seems that people are interested in it. They want to see this.

Belmont County Tourism Director, Jackee Pugh, also a local artist, will showcase some of her abstract alcohol ink paintings at 3 Labs Salvage.

Pugh said the event is close to his heart and an attraction for the area. She said her own style has been described as “vibrant” and “fluid.”

“I have been an artist all my life” she says. She pursued artistic pursuits as a student at St. Clairsville High School, as well as when she attended Eastern Ohio University and Columbus College of Art and Design. “The fine arts have been part of my life, of my entire education. I paint abstract art in my free time, and probably over the last five years I’ve really made it a priority for me to do more.

Pugh participated in the first art walk before the pandemic and showed some paintings and was happy to have the chance to participate again. She added that she also participates in the Lancaster, Ohio, Art Walk, where 45 of her paintings hang in a gallery.

“I’m glad we still have one here in Belmont County,” she says.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the amazing artists we have here in the Ohio Valley that you might not know about because there aren’t a lot of galleries and other places where the people can really display their work like there is in a bigger city.. Wheeling has the Stifel Fine Arts Center and I’ve shown my work there before but I’m glad I’m on this side of the river and to have my work exhibited at 3 Labs in St. Clairsville, where I’m from. …

“It’s a win for businesses, for the community, for residents, for visitors,” said Poug.

Her 11-year-old daughter, Paige Elmore, will also present her watercolours.

“This is the first time she has exhibited her work” said Poug. “I’m excited for her. This is a great opportunity.”

“We started this two years ago and went on hiatus due to COVID, but we would also like to be known as the art capital of the Ohio Valley where artists can come and feel at home. comfortable and free to show their art and just have a cool little event that revolves around the artist, because I think that’s been overlooked. We don’t have that here.” Anderson said. “We’re just trying to spark new ideas and creativity in people, and just show what they’re doing.”

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