Waynesboro's downtown arts sizzle in mid-summer
WAYNESBORO >> Destination ARTS! activities this weekend, Aug. 6-9, in Waynesboro include special events and live music scheduled at Gallery 50, Gallery 20 East, 42 West ARTS Co-op, the Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro, the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery and along Center Square.
All performances and events are free unless indicated. Below are highlights:
• Marjorie Tressler, Gallery 50 curator/director, will begin a new demonstration series, painting a landscape in oil paints.
Tressler studied eight years with master landscape artist David Buckley Good at the Schuler School of Fine Arts, as well as with Ron Riddick of Tucson Ariz., Denise Burns of Catalina Island, Calif., and Lester Jay Stone, locally.
• Donna Bingaman will demonstrate portraits and floral oil painting from 1 to 3 p.m. at 42 West Arts Co-op. A Waynesboro native, Bingaman is a graduate of the Washington School of Art and has studied with several regionally and nationally known portrait and oil painting artists.
• Ed Beard will demonstrate wood burning techniques at 42 West Arts Co-op from 1 to 3 p.m. Beard has been an educator and woodworker for 50 years. A graduate of St. Johns College and University of Florida, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen-Cumberland Valley Chapter, the Lincoln Highway Heritage group and the Woodsmith's advisory board.
Wine Down Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. features Island Fusion (5:30) on the square with island tunes, Jimmy Buffet hits and more; and Patric Schlee on flute and drums while Ed Beard demonstrates wood burning techniques, both at 42 West Arts Co-op, 42 W. Main St. Activities and receptions are also planned at Gallery 50 (50 W. Main St.), Gallery 20 East (20 E. Main St.), and the Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro (13 S. Church St.).
• Musical alumni and faculty from Waynesboro Area School District will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. on Center Square. The group features Ben Dennis (vocals), Leann Helfrick (clarinet), Lexie Shank (saxophone), Natalie Smith (flute), Brenda Slick (piano), and Pat McNamee (saxophone and clarinet).
• Spinning alpaca yarn from 1 to 3 p.m. at 42 West Arts Co-op will be Pat Beard, who began knitting at age 10. She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Cumberland Valley Craft Guild. Beard weaves fabric on old-fashioned looms. After the weaving, each panel is washed before sewing on old industrial machines. Traditional scarves and shawls are hand finished.
• Reception at 1 for photographer Amanda F. Wells, whose work will be on display in The Contemporary School of the Arts, 10 E. Main St.
• Tri-State Jitterbugs, a group of retro swing dancers, will show off fancy footwork from 5 to 6 on Center Square.
• Irish music of Across the Pond will be featured from 2 to 4 p.m. in Center Square. "The most booked Celtic band in Central Pennsylvania" features Michael Morrison (guitar, mandolin, flute and vocals); Chuck Krepley (fiddle, guitar and vocals) and Dan Diviney (whistles, bodhrán and vocals). The trio are passionate about their traditional roots but say their music is delivered with a modern edge.
For more information visit www.artsalliancegw.org or call 717-655-2915.