By Joseph Pratt
The Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting the inaugural event of what it hopes to be an annual celebration called Art on the Lawn this Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Art on the Lawn is being organized by library associate Samantha Hall. Hall started the ART (Appalachian Regional Talent) Gallery this year, which is behind the reference desk of the main branch in the Portsmouth library. ART showcases a monthly exhibition of juried art pieces voted on by a museum ART board. Art on the Lawn will be ART’s first ever event outside of the monthly juried shows.
“We are also having what we are calling an open jam session,” Hall said. “There will be no time reservations. Musicians can just come, sing, play an instrument, whatever they do with music.”
The library has also planned for a puppet show for the kids to enjoy while parents check out the art tables.
“We have all sorts of things planned for the day. We will have the artists set up on the lawn, the puppet show for the kids and some sort of concessions and food vending, so the artists won’t starve,” Hall said.
Hall said that she feels that ART is still in the early stages, but continues a positive rate of growth. More information on ART can be found by visiting www.yourppl.org or by calling 740-354-5688 and asking for Samantha Hall at the reference desk.
The June art gallery will be centered on the medium of photography and pieces are to be submitted by May 24, to allow time for judging.
“People who love art will really enjoy this and the fun this is, we have a huge range of artists attending,” Hall explained. “We will have Crochê, jewelry, etched glass, stone, wood and the regular paintings and charcoal type artwork. I’m really excited to showcase all of the variety that has been submitted. With ART, we only get to display framed artwork that can be hung. This show has the diversity of all of the work that can be sat out.”
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.