This weekend marks the grand opening of the “Destination ARTS!” initiative in Waynesboro.
Seven vacant buildings are being used as curated art galleries, while an additional eight storefronts will be used to exhibit art. Music and other performing arts, children’s activities, art demonstrations and other special events are planned for open house hours.
All activities are open to the public and free of charge.
“We want people to come, have a good time and celebrate being in Waynesboro,” said Andrew Sussman, co-president of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, which is organizing Destination ARTS!
Planned hours are a grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday through late October. The arts alliance, which plans to evaluate the program in the fall, has an option to keep at least one of its main spaces open for a full year.
Sussman said 600 pieces of artwork from 60 artists are still being loaded into buildings and entered into a database.
“Some came in at the last minute,” Sussman said, likening this week to “tech week” for a musical.
About 140 volunteers have been involved in some way, including washing windows, training volunteer docents and fixing air-conditioning systems, he said.
Goals of Destination ARTS! include selling artwork and generating interest in Waynesboro’s downtown, including its vacant buildings available for lease, Sussman said.
“There has been just wonderful community support,” he said.
For more information, go to www.artsalliancegw.org.
Destination ARTS! musical performances
All musical performances for the Destination ARTS! opening weekend are free unless otherwise noted.
- The Ken Jankura Quartet (Ken Jankura, Brett Crawford, Joe Dennison and Fred Griggs), performing jazz, 5 to 8 p.m., Center Square.
- Rebecca Reed and Justin Streletz performing Broadway and standards, 5 to 8 p.m. at 2 E. Main St.
- Eric Wengert on the ukulele, 5 to 8 p.m., 50 W. Main St.
- Tommy Lancaster, performing folk and blues, 6 to 9 p.m., Christine’s Cafe, 81 W. Main St.
- Old Tyme Bluegrass Jam, 7 to 10 p.m., Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre on Walnut St., $4
- The Ken Jankura Quartet (Ken Jankura, Brett Crawford, Joe Dennison and Fred Griggs), performing jazz, 3 to 6 p.m., Center Square.
- Beth Malone, Gillian Malone and Kathy Katy Altfield performing show tunes, 2 to 5 p.m., 50 W. Main St.
- Unheard Of (Eric Wengert and Brian Wengert), 2 to 5 p.m., 2 E. Main St.
- Lucky Punk performing rock and roll, 6:30 p.m. on the patio at Christine's Cafe
- Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys from Mountain City, Tenn., performing bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. at Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre on Walnut St., $14
- Mountain Air (Bobbi Smith, Bob Murphy and Lisa Donohoe), performing acoustic contemporary folk and pop country, 2 to 4 p.m., 50 W. Main St.
- Missy Eckert, playing guitar and singing, 2 to 4 p.m., 2 E. Main St.