Local artists show opens July 14 at Center for the Arts

Local artists show opens July 14 at Center for the Arts

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The Wayne Artists Group Effort was started in 1986 by Susan Shie and Lisa Kane to support area artists and provide opportunities to exhibit their work. The group will present a multi-media art exhibit at Wayne Center for the Arts in downtown Wooster.

“Re-Imagine” will open Thursday, July 14 and run through Friday, Aug. 26 at WCA, 237 S. Walnut St., Wooster. Viewing hours will be Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Friday and Sunday). There will be a public reception at the opening on July 14 from 6-8 p.m.

Patricia L. Kuntz Anderson is curating the exhibit. Anderson has been a WAGE member for 36 years since the group’s first exhibit in 1986. She has exhibited her art in a WAGE show nearly every year since. This year is her first time curating the show.

Seventeen WAGE artists are participating in the upcoming show, with another artist represented through her work. Several pieces by the late WAGE member Lynn Buckland will be included in the show in her memory.

The artists will have 45 pieces in a variety of media on exhibit, with some items for sale. There will be oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolors, fiber art, collages, drawings, stamp collages and mixed media all relating in some way to the “Re-Imagine” theme.

Fitting with the theme, each piece in the show is somehow reimagined, and each work of art has a unique backstory.

“One of my pieces for the show is a reimagined piece of art from our last show,” Anderson said.

Individuals who attended the show signed a batik with a permanent marker. “I took the signed batik and reimagined it as a flower,” Anderson said, “to symbolize the beauty that is in all who signed it and everyone else too.”

Among the diversity of pieces are several with COVID-related themes including Robin Landis’ piece created with a spilled cup of coffee and a rusty gear and a rubber stamp collage by Ed Marthey. Julie Fisher’s COVID-themed pieces are called “COVID Heebie Jeebies” and “COVID Angst.”

Lorene Meier reimagined cranes as giraffes in her acrylic painting. Susan Shie created a large quilt featuring Wooster’s Paula Chenevey, who died of cancer in 2021. Chenevey became known nationally as an advocate of The Affordable Care Act.

WAGE members meet monthly and share and critique each other’s art. They decide as a group on the themes for their art shows. WAGE exhibits have been held at both Wayne Center for the Arts and Heartland Point in Orrville.

There are currently 36 WAGE members, and the group is open to new members. Anderson said WAGE is open to anyone who is creating art and who would like a group to share the process with.

For more information call Wayne Center for the Arts at 330-264-2787 or email frontdesk@wayneartscenter.org and ask to be put in touch with Susan Shie. WAGE may be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/contact.WAGE.art/.