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Clotheslines are gone

quality art remains

June 12, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Fifty-five years ago, the Waynesboro Studio Art Club erected ladders on Center Square and tied clotheslines between them. That rudimentary display provided a forum to exhibit the work of local artists.

The exhibit has come a long way, if only two blocks physically. The basement of the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren houses the art indoors, yet the intent of the Clothesline Exhibit remains nearly the same - to show off the creations, compete for an award and perhaps sell a piece or two.

Feedback has indicated visitors are "overwhelmed by the amount of talent in our area," exhibiting artist Evie Cook said.

Katrina Hoopes of Waynesboro took best of show honors for a third time. This year, the ribbon was tacked on a likeness of her cat, Beanie.

"I'm very lucky. I'm very grateful," Hoopes said.

Working for small periods of time over a few days, Hoopes formed Beanie using colored pencils, a medium she is finding she enjoys more and more as she experiments.

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"I really like to create things," Hoopes said. "I like to make things with my hands."

Art is something she can't remember ever not doing, but said she is always challenging herself to become better. It is a difficult medium to use to reach people, Hoopes said.

"We're easily moved by stories and music, but it's harder to reach people since art is very passive," Hoopes said.

Ruth Durbin, another exhibiting artist, said her real passion is in teaching art. Several of her students' pieces are displayed near hers at the Clothesline Exhibit.

Durbin finds herself paying close attention to details in her watercolors and oils.

"I've got to do the little things on them," she said, while pointing out a small fairy perched on a sunflower leaf in one piece.

Among the 152 pieces featured in this year's Clothesline Exhibit are more than two dozen by local high school students. Judges "commented on the talents of the younger people," Cook said. Several of the students showcased self-portraits, she said.

The Clothesline Exhibit this year was extended to four days from its typical two. It is open 3 to 7 p.m. tonight and Tuesday at 117 S. Church St. Admission is free, and several names will be drawn for door prizes Tuesday.

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