WAYNESBORO >> Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe on June 27 will present "Show Tunes," a program of music from popular stage shows, from 2 to 4 p.m. along Center Square. The performance is part of Destination ARTS! weekend arts activities downtown.

Rain site for the show is Gallery 20 East.

Since 1995, WCTT has provided youth with opportunities for dramatic experiences through the production of classics such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Cinderella," "Oliver" and "South Pacific."

Destination ARTS! takes place Thursdays through Sundays in several downtown galleries and restaurants.

Here are some of this week's events:

Wine Down Fridays

Receptions with live music, wine and refreshments are scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 26 at four galleries:

• In Gallery 50, 50 W. Main St., the duo of Nicola Sussman (vocals and ukulele) and Gloria Showalter (vocals) will present contemporary folk songs and standards.

• In Gallery 20 East, Gerald Kowallis (vocals), with pianist Brenda Slick, will perform a group of original songs he has written set to the poetry of local poet and tinsmith Robert North, called "Songs of a Tinsmith." He will also sing three songs for which he wrote both music and lyrics: "Just a Little Laughter," a song about the need for joy and laughter in our lives; "Mary Ponders," in which the mother of Jesus sings a lullaby and wonders what lies ahead for the child she bore; and "Longing," a love song about a hoped-for mutual love yet to be. Kowallis' performance experience includes roles at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Allenberry Playhouse, Trinity Players and Mercersburg Area Community Chorus. He is a former choral director at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

• In 42 West Arts Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Patric Schlee will play flute, drums and guitar. A native of Baltimore, Schlee lived on remote West Virginia mountain land until he moved to South Mountain 25 years ago. He has spent many years fine-tuning his flute and chime harp designs.

Art exhibits

• The artists at 42 West continue their exhibit "Cats" through August. The show features cats in various art forms.

• Gallery 20 East, 20 E. Main St., continues through July 28 with "Vivid Abstractions" paintings and mixed media. The show features works of Linda Slattery Sherman and Marion Griffin. Also featured are the work of several local photographers.

• The Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro, 13 S. Church St., displays works by artists working in clay.

• The Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, 10 E. Main St., will continue through June 30 a show of photography by Ryan Haylett.

• Gallery 50, 50 W. Main St., features a combined show, "2 Women, 2 Points of View," with the works of Katrina Hoopes and Donna Mitchell. A reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. July 10. Hoopes, an impressionist oil painter, uses bold strokes in both large and small formats. Mitchell, a traditional realist, works in pastel using brilliant colors and interesting subjects in her compositions.

Participating galleries will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday (Gallery 50 and 42 West Co-Op only), 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday.

On Saturday

Two artists will demonstrate their craft from 1 to 3 p.m. in 42 West arts Co-Op:

• Greencastle woodworker Ed Beard will demonstrate wood burning images of feathers and eagles. "I enjoy working with wood species native to Pennsylvania to create functional art showing the natural grain and finish of the wood," he said.

• Denny Bingaman will demonstrate sculpting an African elephant in clay. A Waynesboro native, Bingaman photographs birds and wildlife both at home and in his travels. He also sculpts wildlife in clay, using his photographs as reference. The clay works are used to render rubber molds for casting cold cast bronze, copper, etc. After casting, a patina is applied, finished off with steel wool and waxed.

More music

Waylon K. Smith of the Positronic Cats will solo from 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 27 in Schier's Furniture Lifestyles, 37 West Main St. He will perform original songs as well as covers of several rock and folk songs. Champagne and Zoe's chocolate will be served.

"Island Fusion" featuring Jody and Nancy Messich will offer a combination of musical styles from 2 to 4 p.m. June 28 in Gallery 20 East (or on Center Square, weather permitting). Their music includes Jimmy Buffet hits, rock standards and traditional island tunes performed on a real steel drum.


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