WOOSTER — Photography started as a hobby for Philip Joseph Kline, and he likes to keep it that way.
“And I want people to use it to escape, too, from their everyday lives,” the 22-year-old Wooster native said.
And through Feb. 7, you can escape through Kline’s photography, along with a wide array work from more than two dozen local artists in the 2nd Annual Wayne-Holmes Artists’ Exhibition at the Wayne Center for the Arts.
Though still a relatively new addition to the WCA’s lineup, the exhibition has already become the center’s most popular show of the year. Several hundred people gathered at the center for the exhibit’s opening reception Friday evening, strolling through the Looney & Gault Galleries to enjoy the various paintings, photographs, sculptures and more.
But more than becoming a fast community favorite, the juried exhibition is an important event for the local arts scene, WCA executive director James Fox said.
“We’re a small community, and so it’s easy to think that we’re this small rural community and that we don’t have an artistic culture that a large community has. But in reality, we’ve got, I think, a surprising number of high-quality artists and musicians in Wayne and Holmes counties,” Fox said. “And so this show is important.”
This year’s exhibition, which runs through Feb. 7, features a total of 53 pieces from 28 artists, all of whom either currently or previously lived or worked in Wayne or Holmes counties. The show includes a good mix of returning artists from last year’s show, and new artists, WCA marketing coordinator Nichole Fehrman said.
And, Fox added, the exhibition also highlights the core of the WCA’s mission.
“Part of what we are here to do is advocate for artists in this area and be a support to them and promote them, and this is just a great opportunity to highlight a large number of them at once,” he said, adding that it’s an especially valuable opportunity for emerging artists…