Artisans Celebration 2024: Wild and Wonderful

The Story of the Sculptures

Everywhere you look in downtown Huntington there are sculptures of bear, deer, trout, and cardinals!  Why?

The sculptures are part of a community art project called Artisans Celebration: Wild and Wonderful. This project is brought to you by the MHN Foundations and is a fundraiser for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. This installation is the third to come to our downtown area.

The beginning of the Artisans installments in 2016 filled downtown Huntington with train engines that were created to share the historical connection between Huntington and the railroads. In 2019 beautifully painted tugboats spent the summer and fall on the streets of the city to remind viewers of how important the river has always been to the industry of our city. This year, the Artisans committee chose to celebrate the animals native to our great state for the third installment.

Take part in a scavenger hunt as you make your way around downtown Huntington! Enjoy viewing the 48 sculptures painted by 36 local artists—each one sponsored by a local business. 

If you would like to own one of these fantastic pieces of art, visit here. All the monies raised are to help kids at Huntington’s own Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.

Another great event presented by:

MHN Foundations and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary.


Email: or call 304.781.4444

Artisans Celebration 2024: Wild and Wonderful is a collaborative project under the umbrella of the MHN Foundations.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Promote visual arts and its artists, tourism of the Huntington, WV and Tri-State area, the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital service area, and beyond.
  • Raise needed funds for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital (
  • Increase regional prosperity
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Strengthen community pride
  • Activate economic development

Sponsor a Sculpture

Are you an artist, would you like to be notified of our next Artisans Celebration?


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