Waynesboro’s transformation into a “work of art” continues August 2 – 4
Week three of “Destination ARTS!” features more children’s programs, music of Jody & Nancy Messich, Ken Jankura, Roy Justice, Tim Gotwald, Danny Lawson and more
Destination ARTS! continues to transform Waynesboro’s Main Street, and the plans for weekend number three , and the event continues to be open every Friday from 5 – 8 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm through October 27.
As part of this exciting new initiative, seven vacant buildings in downtown Waynesboro have been converted into full-fledged, curated art galleries, and art is also displayed in an additional nine storefronts. Nearly all of the art is for sale.
NEW THIS WEEK – ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS!
Friday & Saturday, August 2 & 3
Ellen Dorosh, a local weaver, will be demonstrating weaving on Friday evening (5-8 pm and Saturday (11 am -2:30 pm) at 22 West Main Street
Saturday, August 3 only
Fine artist Marjorie Tressler will be painting and demonstrating her craft throughout the day at the gallery located at 50 West Main Street
Saturday, August 3
These activites are planned for 37 East Main Street. Pre-registration is not necessary. However, we would appreciate it if anyone interested could send an e-mail to email@example.com, listing the subject, “CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS,” so that we can gauge how many children will participate.
- 1 – 2 pm – BASIC CALIGRAPHY – Kathy Bourdeau will be teaching basic calligraphy for students grades 3 – 9.
SCHEDULE OF MUSIC
A variety of musical styles can be heard in Waynesboro this weekend. The list of performers includes Jody and Nancy Messich playing “Island Fusion” (a combination of musical styles including Jimmy Buffet and standards plus traditional island tunes with a real steel drum), the Ken Jankura Jazz Trio, Roy Justice, the “Singing Historian” (whose songs and stories span the history of our country), the classical flute-guitar duo of Tim Gotwald and Dan Dropkin, and classical pianist Danny Lawson, singer-guitarist Missy Ecker, and much more.
Locations for performers are all on Main Street and will be posted in the downtown area during the hours of “Destination ARTS!” (all performances are FREE unless otherwise noted):
Friday, August 2
- Jody & Nancy Messich (vocals, keyboard, guitar, steel drum, drums) – ISLAND FUSION (5 – 8 pm, Center Square)
- Gillian Hollen (voclas & keyboard) – VARIETY – 5 – 8 pm, 2 East Main St.
- Missy Ecker (vocals & guitar) – 5 – 8 pm, 50 West Main St.
- Tommy Lancaster – FOLK & BLUES – 6 – 9 pm, Christine’s Cafe
- “Old Tyme Jam” – BLUEGRASS – 7 – 10 pm, Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre – $4
Saturday, August 3
- Ken Jankura Trio, featuring Ken Jankura (bass and vocals), Joe Dennison (guitar) and Fred Griggs (drums) – JAZZ – 3 – 6 pm, Center Square
- Tim Gotwald (flute) & Dan Dropkin (guitar) – CLASSICAL & JAZZ – 4 – 6 pm, 50 West Main St.
- Open Mic Night – 6 – 9 pm, Christine’s Cafe
Sunday, August 4
- Roy Justice (vocals & guitar) – SINGING HISTORIAN – 2 – 4 pm, Center Square
- Danny Lawson (piano) – CLASSICAL – (2 – 4 pm, 50 West Main St.
- Patric Schlee (flute & drums) – ECLECTIC – – 4 m, 2 East Main St.
An initiative of the non-profit Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro (AAGW), Destination ARTS! is an ambitious attempt to revitalize a small town and stimulate economic development. Hundreds of volunteers are involved, working on everything from art selection and installation, building preparation, event programming, warehousing, and the coordination of “docents” to greet the public in each gallery during open hours. The event has united landlords, artists and arts organizations, businesses, local government and the general public in an effort to achieve a single goal — to bring vibrancy back to our downtown, and to share our enthusiasm for the natural beauty, history and talent of the area with others.
Some of the most highly respected fine artists in the Mid-Atlantic region are participating, including Benjamin Jones, David Buckley Good, Fritz Biggs, Brad Clever, Kevin Kutz and Steve Navada. There are also photographers such as Raymond Gehman, Janie Moltrup and Denny Bingaman, ceramic artists such as Hilda Eiber and Mike McIntyre, as well as many, many others. The exhibits feature paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, and fiber arts. Gallery exhibits will change every six weeks.
The gallery locations and themes are:
- 50 West Main St. – “Small Town Hosts Big City Art” – Paintings by our most prominent and metropolitan artists
- 37 West Main St. – Furniture Market Showroom – “Homegrown Art” – Art by professional or amateur artists who grew up in the Waynesboro area
- 32 West Main St. – “A Taste of the Arts” – Sampling of Gallery Arts, note cards and prints, and all sales transactions
- 30 West Main St. – “Palette to Canvas” – Paintings of all genres
- 22 West Main St. – “Through the Lens and Of the Earth” – Photography, digital arts, pottery and fiber arts
- 2 East Main St. – “Scenes, Shapes and Surprises” – Paintings, sculptures and the unexpected
- 13 South Church St. – Special Features of the Ceramic Arts Center – Diverse pottery and more in Waynesboro’s newest arts center
In addition, storefront art displays will be presented in both existing businesses and other vacant buildings, including:
- 24 East Main St.
- 30 East Main St.
- 33 East Main St.
- 35 East Main St.
- 37 East Main St.
- 43 East Main St.
- 81 West Main St.
- 96 West Main St.
- 106 West Main St.
More activities are constantly being scheduled! Check the website often for updates, or follow the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Waynesboro is surrounded by beautiful countryside and parks, and there are many other activities and events to offer visitors. Renfrew Museum and Park and Renfrew Institute offer a wide variety of cultural events and environmental programs. There are great hiking opportunities along the Appalachian Trail, apple and peach orchards, excellent restaurants and award-winning chocolate shops. Pen Mar Park, once a tourist destination that drew as many as 20,000 visitors a day to the area, is still majestic and offers stunning views and dancing on Sundays. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro looks forward to sharing the natural beauty and talent of the area with all who attend Destination ARTS!