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Wayne County Arts Alliance gets new board, launches gallery

October 30, 2013

HONESDALE, PA — Under the auspices of a new board of directors, The Wayne County Art Alliance (WCAA) has moved to a new space at the end of Maude Alley, located at 1023 Main Street. The space will be home to an art gallery and a small office. (For more on the gallery’s grand opening, see p. 24.)

In June, WCAA seated a totally new 10-member board, and by October 1 had moved out of its previous location in the Torrey Building next to the Wayne County Historical Society. Former executive director Tamara Murray stepped down from her post.

According to board president Paul Ludick, the new board’s priorities are to promote its members and facilitate their ability to support themselves as artists; to enhance the arts that already exist locally; and in the long run to bring more public art to the community.

“Right now we’ve also been brainstorming big time to see what we can do to work with different organizations and different people [in the community]… in different outlets and venues.”

Another shift is that teaching artists will host classes in their studios rather than in more public classroom settings. “These teachers are passionate about their art and what they’re teaching. So we’re trying to get classes back into these artists’ spaces so that the people who are taking those classes can become as passionate about their own work and about the artist’s work, too.”

The new board of directors at WCAA is comprised of members Paul Ludick, president; Ellen Silberlicht, first vice president; Ted Malakin, second vice president; Dave Harvey, treasurer; Mary Colgan, secretary; Cheryl Batcher; Yannis Glykokokalos; Joe Kluck; Gina Lenz; and Colette Ballew.