Arts Alliance of Waynesboro Offers Holiday Fun

Arts Alliance of Waynesboro Offers Holiday Fun

The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro & Frederick Classical Ensemble teamed up to bring Second Shepherd Christmas Play to Waynesboro. The Second Shepherds’ Play is a famous miracle play, dating back to Medieval times. It is also called The Second Shepherds’ Pageant. This comedy with a Christmas message is sure to delight audiences of all ages with the hilarious antics of its quirky characters, as well as its Christmas songs. Be prepared to join a sing-along at the end of the play. Two Nights to See the Show–December 22nd Show & December 23rd Show at the Faith United Methodist Church, 104 North Potomac Street in Waynesboro. Tickets available at here.

Also, Live Music FRIDAYS! 5:30-8pm on Dec 14- Nick Andrew Staver, Dec 21- Mountain Air, and Dec 28- The Loose Screws. Plus, enjoy Sunday Songs with Bill Mullarky Dec 30th 2-3:30pm

Be sure to visit the galleries of downtown Waynesboro to finish holiday shopping. Use Amazon Smiles and select the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro as your favorite nonprofit.

Waynesboro’s Destination Arts is a great opportunity for fall fun this October

Waynesboro’s Destination Arts is a great opportunity for fall fun this October

Make a trip to Destination Arts in Waynesboro this October, featuring art exhibits, pottery making, photography displays, and thunder gourd making. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro is the innovator of Destination Arts, an effort launched in July 2013 to support downtown revitalization by filling empty storefronts with art galleries. Five years later, the project is part of Waynesboro’s identity and offers five gallery locations—42 West Gallery, Ceramics Art Studio, Gallery 35 East, Gallery 50, and Walnut Street Studios.

As leaves begin to turn the second week of October and peak at the end of the month, it is an excellent time to enjoy the art destinations, cafes, and restaurants of downtown Waynesboro. Waynesboro, also an Appalachian Trail Community, is part of the South Mountain, which is the eastern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The beauty is a source of inspiration to artists near and far.

For a “hands on” art experience, consider a class from the Ceramic Arts Studio. October 21 is a chance to make a pinch pot, monster candy dish, using a combination of slab and sculpture in a two-hour class from 2 PM to 4 PM at the 13 South Church Street studio. October 26 offers more fun at Corks & Clay, 7 PM to 9 PM, with a chance to make a Thanksgiving pumpkin platter.

For a more visual experience, enjoy the Fall Art Show at Gallery 50 on West Main Street, featuring regional and local artists Vicki Favilla, Sarah Higgins, Rebecca Grace Jones, Michelle Briddle, and Jan Heath. A Civil War photography exhibit is on display at Gallery 35, on East Main Street. Works exhibited are by Rodney Clark, Noel Kline, and Andy Smetzer and showcase Civil War re-enactments at Gettysburg and Waynesboro.

Music lovers will enjoy the October 17 open mic night at 46 West Main Street from 7 PM to 9 PM at Music Makers. Open mic nights, held alternate Wednesdays, embrace all musical styles.

Other Destination Arts highlights of October include a thunder gourd making demonstration on October 10, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. A thunder gourd, as the name implies, makes a sound like thunder when shaken. Artist Denny Bingaman will show how it is made. Another demonstration by Bingaman, set for October 24, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, shows dyeing and patina-coloring of metal jewelry. Both demonstrations are at 42 West Arts on West Main Street in Waynesboro.


The Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro announces Kathyrn Gratton as the organization’s new Executive Director, Gratton will coordinate community outreach, oversee the two artistic spaces that operate under the AAGW, and promote programs that align with Destination Arts.

Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro Board President Elena Kehoe stated “Kathyrn has shown tremendous dedication to the tri-state business community through her professional and volunteer experiences.

Kathyrn Gratton is a lifelong resident of Greencastle, PA. She has 8 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and also currently serves as the Chairperson for the local SCORE Chapter and as a Bold Futures Mentor for Girls Inc. of Washington County. She also teaches entrepreneurship and marketing to small businesses as a Certified Small Business Mentor.

Since 2012, The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro has worked to encourage a thriving arts culture in the Greater Waynesboro community. The goal of the organization is to bring together area artists, musicians, arts organizations, businesses, government, and arts lovers to foster better communication and cooperation in support of the arts. A strong arts community is key to improved quality of life and vibrant economic development. As part of Waynesboro’s Destination ARTS! effort, Waynesboro offers Gallery 50: 50 W. Main Street, 42 West Arts Co-Op: at 42 W. Main Street, Gallery 35 East: at 35 E. Main Street, Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro at 13 S. Church Street, Walnut Street Studios at 117 Walnut Street, and the Music Makers throughout downtown Waynesboro.

The upcoming Destination ARTS! demonstration and class schedule for mixed media is

Jan. 31, 2018– Oil Painting Class with Donna Bingaman. 12–3 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 01, 2018– Oil Painting Demo with Marjorie Tressler. 1–4 p.m. at Gallery 50
Feb. 02, 2018– Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 03, 2018– Children’s Valentine Heart 10am- Noon at Ceramic Arts Center
Feb. 03, 2018– Oil Painting Demo with Donna Bingaman.
12–2 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 03, 2018– Book Binding Demo with Pamela Soaring Raven
1-3 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 05, 2018– Painting Class with Marjorie Tressler. 1–4 p.m. at Gallery 50

Connect with the Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and upcoming Destination ARTS! activities at