Week seven of “Destination ARTS!” features music from Brad Munn, Jon Ingels, “The Non-Violent Ferns”, and Daniel Lawson. We have children’s programs from Nicola Sussman and Leslie Quesada, art demonstrations by Donna Bingaman, Marjorie Tressler, and Thom Tholen, and a book reading from author-artist Becky Dietrich!
Destination ARTS! continues to transform Waynesboro’s Main Street, 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.
Friday, August 30
Performers and times are subject to change.
- 5 – 8 pm, Center Square
Brad Munn, Musician and songwriter for twenty-five years.
- 6 – 9 pm, Tommy Lancaster (vocals & guitar) – FOLK & BLUES – Christine’s Cafe
- 7 – 10 pm, “Old Tyme Jam” – BLUEGRASS – Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St. – $4
- 5 – 8 pm, 2 East Main Street
Thom Tholen and model.
Saturday, August 31
- 11 am – 12 pm, 37 East Main Street
SUNCATCHERS! – with artist Leslie Quesada
Leslie Quesada will help each child create his very own geometrical and unique window sun catcher. All materials are provided. This activity is best suited for children ages 6 – 10 years of age but older children would also be welcome.
- 1 – 2 pm, 37 East Main Street
FUN WITH SINGING & MOVEMENT TO MUSIC with Nicola Sussman
Nicola Sussman will play her ukelele and teach folk and classic children’s songs. Best suited for children entering grades 1 through 4 but others are welcome to join in the fun. No experience necessary! Nicola holds a BA in Elementary & Special Education from Hood College and is on the faculty of the Cumberland Valley School of Music.
Performers and times are subject to change.
- 12 pm – 3 pm, Center Square
NON-VIOLENT FERNS –
Erin Regan (lead Vocals, keyboard, guitar and ukulele)
Dani Kardisco (vocals, ukulele, and percussion)
Elise Stendal (guitar, ukulele, vocals, and percussion)
Amanda Bietsch (violin, bass and percussion)
Sammy Bradley (percussion)
- 4 – 6 pm – Daniel Lawson
Daniel Lawson performs classical works on the piano.
- 6 – 9 pm, Open Mic Night – Christine’s Cafe
- Marjorie Tressler – All Day at 50 West Main Street
- Donna Bingaman – 1 – 3 pm, 37 West Main Street.
Donna Bingaman will be painting and demonstrating her craft from 1 – 3:00 pm in the “Homegrown Art” gallery at 37 West Main Street.
Sunday, September 1
Performers and times are subject to change
- 1 – 4 pm – Center Square
Jon Ingels – Musician, singer and songwriter.
Jon Ingels is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Waynesboro, PA. Jon performs with the bluegrass band, “The Boro Boogie Pickers,” as well as the blues rock outfit “Big Whiskey.” In his solo performances Jon draws from all his influences ranging from blues to country, rock to reggae, and all points in between! While his acoustic shows are typically stripped down to the basics, Jon has been experimenting with looping technology to layer rhythms and melodies for a one-man band experience sure to keep your foot tapping along and leave you humming a song!
- 1 – 3 pm – 30 West Main Street
Becky Dietrich – “Artists of the Cumberland Valley”
Author, artist, art historian, and former gallery owner Becky Dietrich will read from and discuss her book, “Artists of the Cumberland Valley” – Stories and interviews with over 100 regional artists who exhibited their paintings at A Little Gallery of Mont Alto over a 20 year span. At one time this was the only Art Gallery in Franklin County. Many of these artists are currently included in the gallery exhibits at Destination ARTS!
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 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 are changing THIS WEEK — with a second opening scheduled for September 6, 2013!
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 continually 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!