Wayne and Holmes art show planned in Wooster

Wayne and Holmes art show planned in Wooster

The show is presented by Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster and is part of the center’s continuing outreach to recognize local artists and talent.


An Oct. 1 deadline is approaching for Wayne and Holmes artists to participate in the Wayne/Holmes Artists’ Exhibition. The show is scheduled for Jan. 10 through Feb. 14 and is open to any artist in any medium either formerly or currently residing in Wayne or Holmes counties.

The show is presented by Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster and is part of the center’s continuing outreach to recognize local artists and talent.

The second annual event came about last year as the Center for the Arts realized it only had representation for a small portion of the artists in the area. The exhibition is a juried show, and judging will begin after the submission deadline.

Artists may submit up to three original works completed within the past three years and not previously displayed at the Center for the Arts. The entry fee for Wayne Center for the Arts members is $10 per entry and $15 for nonmembers. Entries may be submitted with photos online at www.wayneartscenter.org. Applications for entries began June 1.

Wayne Center for the Arts executive director James Fox said the exhibition will reflect the level of talent to be found in the area. “We know there is a large pool of highly remarkable talent here,” he said. “People often think of Cleveland or Columbus in terms of art, but we have an amazing and active community of talented artists in Wayne and Homes county.”

“Any artwork in any form is welcome,” Wayne Center for the Arts general manager Lynn Davis said. “Pen and ink, oils, acrylics, sculpture, fabric, area artists work in just about every medium, and the show will surely reflect that.”

A reception for the show will be held opening night on Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m. with music and refreshments. “Last year there were about 200 people at the opening night reception,” Davis said.

Awards for selected entries include $300 for Best of Show, $200 for runner-up, and $100 for honorable mention and the People’s Choice.

Artists with work selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be notified by the end of October.

“The Artists’ Exhibition reflects what we try to do overall,” Fox said. “We want to continually reach out to local artists, bring them together and encourage their work. We hope to bring together many area artists for the show.”

In that light Fox also spoke of the upcoming Wooster Arts and Music Fest on Sept. 14 downtown. The event, formerly the Wooster Arts Jazz Fest, will feature local artists’ work and live music by several bands.

“There are more than 30 artists signed up for the Arts and Music Fest,” Davis said.

Fox said, “It should be a low-key and fun event and should see a wide range of artists from the area.”

Wayne Center for the Arts began 45 years ago in 1973 at the campus of the College of Wooster. The former Walnut Street School was purchased 10 years later with help from the Rubbermaid Foundation. The center is the oldest and largest of its kind in the area and features visual, dance and performing arts. Classes are available. Call the center at 330-264-2787 for more information on classes and programs offered.

A full calendar of events may be seen at the center’s website. Wayne Center for the Arts is at 237 S. Walnut St. in Wooster.

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