Wayne County Council for the Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
WCCA started its anniversary celebration with a cookbook that includes member recipes and art and photos by local artists. The council launched its new website in March. New changes include more availability in signing up for children’s classes and a new online events calendar.
The council will display its “Anything Goes” exhibit for its 40th anniversary from June 8 to July 14. The exhibit will accept paintings, photos, pottery and ceramics, collage, drawing, jewelry, metal, mosaic, printmaking, sculpture, stained glass, tapestry and fiber. Even junk art, which typically includes 3-D works like sculpture, assemblage or collage out of ordinary, everyday or found items, will be showcased in the exhibit. Artists will be eligible for cash awards. William Mott will judge.
WCCA will host its anniversary party from 2 to 4 p.m. June 11 at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club, 7030 Bayview Drive, Sodus Point. The party will feature hors d’oeuvres, punch, a cash bar, favors, a silent auction, a basket auction and smaller art items for sale. John Kucko, anchor at WROC-TV, will serve as master of ceremonies. Big Blue House Band will perform. Tickets cost $25 or $45 for two.
WCCA is a non-profit organization that started in 1977 in Lyons. It moved to Newark in 2002. The council is an all-volunteer arts center dependent on private donations, grants and the energies and talents of its membership and community.
The council has two art galleries: the Main Gallery and the Christine Fayad Members’ Gallery. Its exhibit calendar includes the annual Wayne County High School and Middle School art exhibitions. The Main Gallery provides the community with space to showcase work from inside and outside Wayne County. The Members’ Gallery showcases WCCA member talent.
Classes and demonstrations are available for all ages and skill levels. Topics include drawing, painting, sculpting, jewelry making, creative writing and poetry.
The gift shop features handmade crafts, jewelry, scarves, purses, knitwear, original paintings, photos, pottery, finely crafted wood pieces, wall hangings and note cards. Gift certificates available for classes and gifts.
WCCA provides judges for the Elenbe Awards, which are given to area high school musical and drama awards. The Elenbe Awards, established in 1997, recognize excellence in drama and musical productions, both individuals and overall productions, in Wayne County high schools.
Annual memberships help to maintain the facility and cover costs of class offerings and operating the gallery and gallery store. Memberships allow WCCA to carry out its mission of encouraging cultural development throughout Wayne County and its neighboring communities and making the arts accessible to anyone of interest.
For information, visit wayne-arts.com.