Bicycle artwork winners named

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Art Center announced Monday the winners of its first bike art contest, which took place during Park Day on Saturday.

“We had a total of 305 votes for the 14 bikes,” said Jessie Siefert, education director at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The winner was the steampunk “Out of Time Machine” created by Tony Canzoneri and Amy Johnson, who won the Parkersburg Art Center’s Park Day “People’s Choice” in the bicycle-decorating contest with 70 votes.

Canzoneri and Johnson will receive a free family membership to the Parkersburg Art Center as their prize. Their bike will be featured in the Oct. 11 gallery opening.

The second-place winner is the “Giraffe Bike,” created by Wendy and Rickie Yeager, which received 67 votes.

“I was overjoyed with the number of bikes and the quality of work,” Siefert said. “The winner was very imaginative and the public seemed to really enjoy looking at the bikes and voting for their favorites.”

The 14 bikes in the contest had been old, unused bicycles that were donated to the project by local community members as part of the Park Day celebration.

This was the second year for Park Day, which was held Sept. 14, as a way to not only feature downtown merchants and organizations, but also promote outdoor activity and alternative modes of transportation, including walking and biking.

Sponsored by the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board, the four-hour event included activities, decorated areas and other attractions along Market Street, which was closed from Sixth to Eighth streets.

Park Day is an international event that encourages people to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces. In place of cars, people are encouraged to come ride, skate, jump, play and dance in the street

Siefert said this was the first time the art center took part in Park Day, but not the last.

“We had a great time looking at the bikes and holding the contest,” Siefert said. “Really, I think it’s great when we can get people making art for the sake of just making art, which this contest did.”