Wayne County Arts Alliance makes art more accessible to everyone with 4 displays of art in Wayne County this summer. There are a variety of styles and artistic genres, with something to appeal to every age group. Some displays are interactive, making it a fun, family activity. On your next visit to Ledges Hotel, set aside the time to view these public art exhibits that showcase the wealth of talent in the Pocono Mountains. Request a free Vacation Guide and be fully prepared for exploring the area.
The Great Wall of Honesdale
This project in the heart of downtown Honesdale transformed the side of a brick building into a giant canvas. Now in its sixth year, the display features 11’ x 17’ photographic reproductions of original artwork. Featured work changes annually and there are 12 different pieces in each display. Artists in all mediums were invited to submit work that reflected the theme, “Saturation.” The result is an installation of bold billboard size work representing digital collages, photography, textiles, oil on canvas and more. Visit The Great Wall at the intersection of Fourth St. and Main St in Honesdale.
You Are Here
Visitors can literally picture themselves in these displays. Scattered throughout Wayne County, You Are Here features original paintings by 35 local artists. Painted on standing wooden panels, each has two head-sized cut outs. The fun, interactive displays encourage passersby to snap a photo in the display or even create a video. Paintings are placed outside of various businesses in Hawley, Honesdale, Damascus and White Mills. Well-known local artists including Jeff George, Lindsay Barrett George and Yanni Visici created pieces that, “reflected the uniqueness in us all.” When they step into the painting, people can become a conductor for the Stourbridge Line, pilot of a spaceship or even a butterfly. There is a QR code on the back of every panel that links to a map detailing the location of all of the displays. Wayne County Art Alliance is holding a competition for the most fun video incorporating the displays. Post entries on social media with the hashtag #waynecountyarts. Here in Hawley there are displays in front of the Public Library, A.M. Skier Insurance, ReMax, Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and Wallenpaupack Brewing Company.
Artists Studio Tour
After a hiatus last year, the Artists Studio Tour makes a highly anticipated return August 27, 28 and 29. Visitors may take the self-guided driving tour to visit the studios of 16 local artists. Participants may meet the artists, get a glimpse of their work space and samples of their art, plus have the opportunity to purchases pieces to take home. The tour begins at The Cooperage along Main Street in Honesdale. From there, visitors will get to see the countryside and communities that inspire so many local artists. Art in a variety of mediums is showcased, from paintings and sculpture to photography, ceramics, textiles and jewelry. The tour is free and open to the public.
Downtown Hawley Partnership wants you to take a seat. Its Summer of ’21 project will culminate with the auction of several Adirondack chairs custom-painted by local artists. Until then the chairs are on display outside of local businesses including at Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery here at the Hawley Silk Mill campus and at our sister property, The Settlers Inn. The community art project is a collaboration between Downtown Hawley Partnership and The Craft Room. A craftsman from Lake Ariel handmade each chair. Stroll through downtown Hawley to view the unique work. An Americana-themed chair is on display outside of Teeter’s Furniture. Other paintings depict a woodland scene, a ‘60s psychedelic design, a cheery Flamingo and even a Star Wars inspired chair.
An Artful Stay
Ledges Hotel celebrates the wealth of talent in the Pocono Mountains. Guests have a gallery-like experience when walking through the common areas. Paintings, photographs and sculptures by local artists may be found throughout the hotel. Plan a getaway to see these displays of art in Wayne County and find out for yourself why the region is an enclave for established and emerging artists.