Local creatives lined up along Second Street Saturday for street art Saturday. The event, which takes place multiple times throughout the summer, gives artists and musicians the chance to put their work on display.
Tina Throckmorton brought along several different projects she has done, including painted rocks and small barns built with lumber from local sawmills. She says she hopes street art Saturday will help to engage people in the area.
“Hopefully it brings more people, more interest in our area,” Throckmorton said. “It’s so sad we’ve lost so many small businesses around here, you know mom and pop places. Hopefully this brings people to Portsmouth, keep us alive, that’s our goal.
Dominique Johnson had apparel and comic books on sale for his group, the Creative Cult. At Saturday’s event the Creative Cult released their second comic book.
“As far as the creative experience, we bring a nice energy to the area, or something to do,” Johnson said. “Outside of the street art Saturday we do things, we hold events, we’ve been holding events for Shawnee State and the Portsmouth area for people our age for like three years now. So we bring community, we bring people together, we bring a place for people to be themselves and be creative.
Music echoed throughout Second Street during the event. Jeanie Theiken-Creamer, John Schomburg, and Janet Schomburg came from Athens, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio to play for the event. They are not new to the area though, as they are originally from Scioto County.
Janet Schomburg says that she enjoys coming back to the area to see all of the old buildings. She also enjoys participating in street art Saturday because it gets people into local shops.
“Look at all of these people that are here, and they’re buying stuff,” Janet Schomburg said.
Street art Saturday will be held again this summer, and will continue to give artists the opportunity to show off what they do best.
“I like to see the pride it brings out in people, it gives them something here that they can be proud of,” Thieken-Creamer said.