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Pa. studio club hangs its art out to spy

June 16, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - It has been years since Lester Stone taught artists to change real life into still life, but as he walked through the 57th annual Clothesline Exhibit inside Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Stone smiled with pride at the oils and sketches created by his many students.

"I love it," he said of the show. "I am so proud of them."

Forty-seven artists entered a mix of paintings and pottery in the four-day show, hosted by the Waynesboro Studio Art Club.

Club President Evie Cook said the event has been a part of Waynesboro's history for half a century and takes its name from the way the club once displayed art along Main Street.

"They would set up ladders and tie rope between them," Cook said. "They hung the paintings on the rope like you would (hang) clothes on a clothesline."

The temperamental weather of early summer moved the show indoors years ago, and now local churches get to host the artists and their work.

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Cook said impartial jurors judged the art in 11 categories, awarding ribbons for first, second and third place, along with honorable mention.

The teachings of Stone were seen throughout many of the 162 pieces entered in the show, including the oil painting "Pink Shoes" by Katrina Hoopes, which was named Best in Show.

Maureen Bannon, a professional artist from Stevensville, Md., said Stone has a reputation for teaching skill with light, color and perspective.

"I am popular today because of him," said Bannon, who studied under Stone in the 1990s. "He is a genius."

Bannon did not submit artwork to the show, which is open only to local artists from Southern Pennsylvania, but came to see her former mentor and view the work he helped many local artists achieve.

For all the winning pieces in the show, the one drawing the most attention was a sketch of Stone giving his protg Becky Dietrich a kiss.

"Lester loves to kiss artists," Dietrich said. "He has been my instructor for years, we still paint together, and when he gave me a kiss, a lady asked him to do it again so she could take our picture."

That photograph inspired artist Cindy Smith to sketch the kiss into a work she titled "Art Lovers." The name was perfect, Smith said, because it played on the kiss and the love Dietrich and Stone share for art.

Smith's sketch and many of the other pieces featured can be purchased from the artists, Cook said.




If you go



What: Waynesboro Studio Art Club's 57th annual Clothesline Exhibit

When: Tonight and Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 S. Church St., Waynesboro, Pa.

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