BUCKHANNON — A family-friendly art and music block party will be taking place in Trader’s Alley Saturday afternoon and evening.
The ART26201 event begins at 4 p.m. and goes to 10 p.m. and will feature local musicians, performers, food and drinks for sale and other activities.
Organizer Tim “Beard” Hibbs said, “We kicked around this idea a lot. We are trying to do some things in Traders Alley — art, music and creative efforts.”
Hibbs worked with Rick Miller and some others to organize the first Traders Alley Block Party.
“Rick and I are both in bands and it seemed like the right thing to do to try to bring art and music together and make something happen,” Hibbs said.
Promoting local art and musicians and bringing people to Buckhannon is something both said they feel strongly about.
Miller said, “There’s a lot of artists and musicians in the area and we usually have to travel to do anything remotely like this.
“We’ve got the outlet now. We’ve got the space and it’s long overdue that something like this should happen in in Buckhannon.”
Hibbs said he embraces the rural aspects of Buckhannon and Upshur County but also feels there needs to be an outlet for someone doing a surrealist take or pop take on art or for rock bands to perform.
“This is another way for us to showcase what else is going in on Buckhannon,” he said.
There will be three main acts performing during the evening — Hibb’s band BRASSTAXX, Miller’s band Holey Soles and Swamp Drag.
There will also be an acoustic side stage with Key to Adams, James Dunlap, Bryce O’Loughlin, The Whiskey Shakes and others.
As for art, Hibbs plans to have pieces exhibited. Hibbs works in different mediums including painting and metal but cautioned that a recent sell wiped out much of his metal art at this time.
“I work with watercolor, pastel colors, acrylic, even spray painting,” he said. “If you can make a mark with it, I have probably tried to do something with it.”
There will also be a couple artists from Glenville setting up. The art will be on display in the Blacksmith Shop gallery, next to Three-Quarters Café.
There will also be some art activities for kids and adults to be able to participate in.
Performance artists including O’Ryan Arrowroot with his circus act and Isaac Sams with live art will be featured.
Three-Quarters Café will be open and there will also be EZ Barbecue selling food. Except for food and drinks, the event is free.
Events happen rain or shine. If needed, the block party will move inside the white building.
Hibbs said he hopes to bring the art community together and to get people outside the art community to believe in Buckhannon as an arts town.
“You don’t have to go somewhere to see these events,” he said. “It’s going on here in our neighborhood.”
Trader’s Alley will be closed off for the block party from 4 to 10 p.m. but parking will be available on Main Street and other city lots including Jawbone Park which connects to Trader’s Alley.For more information, search for First Annual Traders Alley Block Party on Facebook.