Destination ARTS! is proud to announce a TRIPLE GRAND OPENING as the next phase in the successful venture of transforming Main Street, Waynesboro, into an arts destination. “Gallery 50,” “42 West Arts Co-op,” and the Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro.
The public is invited downtown to a free celebration of quality art, live music and refreshments on Friday, November 8, from 5 – 8 pm. Musicians will include Mitch Morrill (vocals and guitar), Ritma Cordia Marlin Barnes, marimba and Jane Peatling, cell), and the eclectic improvisational group Earthsong Ensemble.
This special evening marks the Grand Opening of “Gallery 50” at 50 West Main Street. A continuation of the volunteer effort to revitalize downtown Waynesboro which started in July, this new gallery will feature over 300 pieces of fine art and crafts from more than 50 artists and artisans. “We will be presenting paintings, jewelry, fine arts photography, ceramics, etchings, fiber arts, photo note cards, books by local authors, and surprises,” notes lead curator Marjorie Tressler. “Every item will be of exceptional quality and they will all be priced to sell!”
The Grand Opening of the new “42 West Arts Co-op” located at 42 West Main Street. It will feature a diverse collection of unique art from its 17 members, including paintings, art photographs, fiber arts, wind chimes, musical instruments, fine craft furniture, blown glass, wood carvings, and more.
The Grand Opening Celebration of the new Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro, 13 South Church Street. The center will be selling a wide variety of beautiful handmade pottery.
In addition, as a further continuation of Destination ARTS!, art will be displayed in storefronts at 33 E. Main, 43 E. Main, 106 W. Main, and 81 W. Main Street. All art displayed in these venues is also available for purchase.
Beginning November 8, all three locations will be open four days every week: Thursdays, 1-4 pm; Fridays, 5-8 pm; Saturdays, 12-6 pm; and Sundays 1-4 pm.
“The holidays are approaching, and there is no better or more unique gift that art,” notes Andrew Sussman, chair and originator of Destination ARTS! “We hope that this year people will do their shopping on Main Street, thus supporting local artists while also enjoying entertainment and the community of friends and neighbors. The opening of these three new galleries and arts centers is an incredibly exciting development for Waynesboro!”
As a special bonus for this opening weekend, a beautiful poster of the “Historic Doors of Waynesboro”, with photos by Patrick Brezler, will be given free to every customer who makes a purchase from any of the venues
Live music will be presented at each location on November 8, as well as at Christine’s Café, 81 W. Main Street and Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre
- “Gallery 50” – 5 – 8 pm – “Ritma Cordia” – Marlin Barnes (marimba) and Jane Peatling (cello)
- “42 West Arts Co-op” – 5 – 8 pm – eclectic, improvisational “Earthsong Ensemble”
- “Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro” – 5:30 – 7:30 pm – blues and classic rock singer-guitarist Mitch Morrill
- Christine’s Café – 6 – 9 pm – classic and folk rock with Tommy Lancaster
- Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre – 7 – 10 pm – Old Tyme Jam
Destination ARTS! is an initiative of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro. For more information about any of these activities or venues, please visit www.artsalliancegw.org.