The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) has its first permanent showroom since its inception.
The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) has its first permanent showroom since its inception. Paul Ludick, president of the WCAA, said that a space located at 1023 Main Street in Honesdale, has been dedicated to show work from local artists who are members of the WCAA. “This is a venue for local artists to show their work,” he said. “We will be having monthly shows the first Saturday of every month.” The alliance has been around since 2003 currently has almost 100 members from across the county. The artists produce work in varying mediums, including sculpture, jewelry, and paintings. The alliance held a grand opening for the new space Oct. 26. The show, titled Members 1026, is currently showing pieces submitted by 29 members. The show will be on display until Nov. 23, and is free for the public to attend. The gallery space is open to visitors from Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. The WCAA is a not-for-profit group that is completely run by volunteers. It consists of citizens who are interested in the beneficial effects of the arts on the community. In the spirit of community participation, Ludick said the alliance is in the planning stages of a show inspired by the Rachel's Challenge initiative. “All kids will be asked to contribute to art inspired by Rachel's Challenge,” he said. “The show will be called 'Kindness All Around.'” The show will take place in February, and is open to all children in the local school districts. This public show also helps foster another goal of the organization-education. “The education part of art is important, especially for the kids,” he said. “We want to expose kids to art.” In the future, Ludick said the WCAA is hoping to achieve a goal of starting public art. “We are really looking to start developing public art,” he said, and encourages the community to participate. Ludick said joining the WCAA is easy and can be done by visiting www.waynecountyartsalliace.com and clicking on the membership link. Being a member of the WCAA not only provides the use of the showcase space, but also access to the ArtiFacts newsletter and a listing on the artists webpage. To find out more about the WCAA, and upcoming shows and events, like them on Facebook at Wayne County Arts Alliance or visit them on the web at www.waynecountyartsalliance.com.