Franklin County Visitors Bureau Spotlights Destination Arts Activities in Waynesboro

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau highlights the variety of Destination ARTS on November 2-6.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to experience the art of Waynesboro, PA. In July 2013, Destination ARTS! began filling empty storefronts with local, regional, and national art in an effort to connect community to art and bring downtown to life. Today, the effort has filled empty storefronts and brought visitors from across the United States and Europe to the galleries of downtown Waynesboro. The November 2-6 Destination ARTS! is a good time to see the effort firsthand.

Wednesday, November 2 gets the week of art activities started with:

  •     The Gourd Art Demonstration, 12:30-2:30 PM, at 42 West ARTS Co-Op & Gallery, located 42 West Main Street. Nature enthusiast Denny Bingaman will demonstrate his process of making decorative gourds. Visitors will be shown his techniques of carving, burning, and dyeing the gourds
  •     Writers Forum, 5-7 PM, at 32 West Main Street, Waynesboro. Writers of all genres are welcome to join the monthly Writer’s Forum. Author and guest speaker Maxine Beck will have a presentation on the process of ghost writing. Participants are encouraged to share their latest works and solicit feedback.

Thursday, November 3 includes:

  •     Oil Painting Demonstration, 2-4 PM, at Gallery 50, 50 West Main Street. Curator and director Marjorie Tressler will be conducting an oil painting demonstration featuring a large landscape. Tressler is a former student of the Schuler School of Fine Arts and has studied with several nationally known and prominent local artists over the last 35 years.
  •     Songwriter’s Workshop with Ed Hamell, 6:30 PM, at Music Makers, 46 West Main Street. Join the Songwriter’s Forum for a special “masterclass” working with professional musician Ed Hamell, who will share his technique of turning life experiences into lyrics. The session will include a mini concert and Q&A session.

November 4 is Wine Down Friday, 5:30-8 PM at Gallery 50 on West Main Street. The Tresa Day Trio (TDT) will be performing pop and jazz from the 30s through the 70s, as well as hits by popular contemporary artists. Members of Tresa Day share a passion for great songs and a deep love of music. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Also on Friday, 42 West ARTS! Co-op is holding an opening reception for its new show, “Winter Wonderland.” From 5:30 PM to 8 PM, experience photography, pottery, wood burning, nature printing, jewelry, tin-smithing, weaving, and more. Patric Schlee will be entertaining with live music. Wine and light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given out.

On Saturday, November 5 the public is invited to join the husband and wife art duo of Ed and Pat Beard at:

  •     Wood Burning Demonstration, 12-3 PM at 42 West ARTS Co-Op & Gallery. Co-Op member Ed Beard will be demonstrating wood burning designs of eagles and feathers. Beard has been a woodworker for the past 50 years and has exhibited in art shows and galleries since 1966.
  •     Weaving Demonstration, from 1-3 PM at 42 West. Pat Beard will demonstrate how she weaves a table runner for visitors. By combining yarns of different colors and textures, Beard is able to create unique and beautiful pieces using an “old-fashioned” loom.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, join the Drum Circle from 2-4 PM at 42 West ARTS Co-Op & Gallery. The multi-talented Patric Schlee invites young and old to join him for a drum circle. Bring in a drum or play one of the co-op drums.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy trails of history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more…plan a visit soon at or by contacting 866.646.8060.

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