Events continue today in Waynesboro
Waynesboro's Fall Foliage Festival kicks off
By MICHAEL L. OWENS
News Virginian Staff Writer
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Life crowded downtown Waynesboro on Saturday, framed in vibrant colors as well as blacks and whites displayed on Main Street tents for thousands to admire.
Artists nationwide packed the cityís tiny strip from morning through evening for the first day of the weekend-long Fall Foliage Festival, each person with their captured visions of surreal, ancient and common sights.
Inside one booth sat Ohio-based Amy Lindenberger, sketching with colored pencil a Civil War-era child that would be a composite of photographs of actual children and backgrounds.
Within the frames hanging around Lindenberger were penciled moments from the war between the states, of imaginary and long forgotten characters.
Her fatherís interest in that war drew her into artistic interpretations of the genre.
"I never remember seeing him without a Civil War book in his hand," she said.
One drawing depicts Rose OíNeal Greenhow, the Confederate spy who blew the cover of the Union advance on Manassas. Another, "The Calm Before the Storm," has a group of volunteer Union soldiers sharing laughs in a field.
"In research, the contemporary art always seemed to be about battle and generals," she said. "I was more and more interested about people and its [the Civil Warís] effect on people."
Thousands from across Virginia hoarded the nearly 400 displays lining the streets, each spectator in search of the perfect centerpiece for an office or living room.
"I donít usually leave here empty-handed," said Therese Noland of Petersburg. "Itís got to be anything thatís different, unusual."
Noland and friend Catherine McNamara, of Richmond, are regulars of the street show, dropping by each year to peruse masterpieces and enjoy food hawked by downtown restaurants as well as mobile vendors.
"I just like to look at it all," McNamara said.
Added Noland: "The diversity of art is exquisite ... You can find almost everything youíre looking for here."
Self-proclaimed "dot man" Curtis G. Wood, of Maryland, portrayed his black-and-white visions of survival with thousands of ink dots on canvass.
Among his captured moments are a ballerina in mid-air, the squinting eyes and twisted grimace of famed blues musician BB King as he wrings a bouncy note from his guitar, and a teary baby in the wrinkled hands of an adult.
"Thatís my goal, to bring out the emotion that tells a story," he said. "The first time I did it [dot art], it felt like I had been doing it for years. I felt that comfortable with it."
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