October 2, 2020
Volume 20-52
Welcome to Artist Alley,
Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... www.washingtoncountyarts.com.
Four Retired “Rebels Without A Cause” Exhibit with artists Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, & Jeff Shoaf is now open in the Galleries with social distancing & masks and will be available to view “virtually” on the WCAC web page at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/ on October 3, 2020

Four Retired “Rebels without a Cause”:
Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, and Jeff Shoaf

According to Don Viar, the coordinator of Rebels with a Cause, the group “thought it would make sense to explain what that (the exhibit title means) and where it came from. For years South Hagerstown High School used “rebels with a cause” on the school stationary as a statement of spirit and pride for its students, teachers, and staff. All four of the artists in this show have a strong relationship with South High. Three of the four are graduates of South High, and three of the four taught at South High. Lee Weaver was the art teacher of three of us: three of us are graduates of Shepherd College: all four of us taught art in the Washington County School System; all four of us taught on the elementary and secondary level. During our careers, all four of us have hung artwork at the Arts Council and the Museum of Fine Arts. All four of us are retired art teachers from the Washington County School System. Three out of four of us are now in our 70’s and one youngster is in his 60’s. All four of us still produce art on a regular basis and all four of us are good friends. We are not a group with a cause, just four old guys that still believe art is important in life and still enjoy producing it. We sincerely hope that works for you as it does for us. “Just four old rebels doing art.”

PARKING: Please use the A&E Parking Deck located at 25 Renaissance Way. The Washington County Arts Council main entrance is off the 3rd level (Potomac Street Level). There is an elevator on each level for your convenience.
The Way Out by Susan McNally
The Great Escape by Carol Wilks
Earth, Wind and Fire

The Mansion House Art Center announces the October 2020 show, “Earth, Wind and Fire.”
Opening October 2, 2020--Closing October 25, 2020
501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Open Fridays and Saturdays 11am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 5pm.
Admission Free
Just Lookin' Gallery of African American Art hosts,
The Challenge of Change: Civil Rights in America
When: Through Tuesday, Nov. 3. Sundays noon to 5 p.m.; Monday by appointment; and Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
40 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, Maryland
Free admission
Visit @JustLookinGallery on Instagram; Just Lookin’ Gallery of African American Art on Facebook; or go online to justlookin.com
Maryland Humanities has announced that the
2020 One Maryland One Book
The Island of Sea Women
author Lisa See
A Message from First Lady Yumi Hogan

Join the Maryland Humanities from Mountain Maryland to the Ocean City shore as it reads and discuss this year’s memorable story. Programming takes place this fall from mid-September to mid-November and can be found at https://www.mdhumanities.org/programs/one-maryland-one-book/2020-one-maryland-one-book/2020-author-tour-october-4-7/
As part of the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit virtually to discuss her book The Island of Sea Women.
All tour events are free. You must register to receive the virtual event link. Event registrants will be entered into a drawing to win a set of teas and snacks from Jeju Island.
The local discussion will be co-hosted by 
Carroll County Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries,
 and Washington County Free Library on
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Call for Artists
Annual Community Art Show:
The Best Local Art of 2020
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC’s “Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2020.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from December 3, 2020 through January 5, 2021.

Submission Deadline: October 24, 2020
Pet Portrait Drawing Workshop at the
Museum of Fine Arts Washington County

Register now for this virtual workshop instructed by Nicole Troup.
Thursdays, October 8, 15, and 22 // 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$55 for museum members, $65 for the general public
Click below for supplies and registration.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Announcing AEMS's New and Improved Website!
Dear Arts Education Family,
We are delighted to introduce our extensive new AEMS website!
This website further solidifies AEMS's role as THE arts education advocacy organization in the state. It furthers our longtime and ongoing commitment to ensure that all 900,000 students in the state have access to a high-quality arts education. Our website offers a wealth of content to activate educators, administrators, families, and community members to begin their arts education advocacy journey!
Please take a look at the new aems-edu.org and join us in the celebration!

On Sunday, October 11, 2020 the Washington County Historical Society will host a two-hour, social distanced tour of Rose Hill Cemetery. Featuring the history of several of the area's founding families, as well as local icons, trailblazers, and legends, this is an event you do not want to miss.

The Washington County Historical Society announces that October marks the long-awaited return of Culture and Cocktails! Join the Washington County Historical Society on Friday, October 16, 2020 for a special Zoom installment of Culture and Cocktails, wherein Mark Brugh of Sharpsburg Civil War Ghost Tours will return to share ghost stories from the Antietam Battlefield...and beyond. Sign up for both events via the links below:
Time Travelers Alight, an outdoor performance by MAD Dance

Time Travelers Alight to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 beginning at 3:00 pm. This original performance by MAD Dance takes place in three outdoor locations in Hagerstown, MD:

There is time between each section for the audience to travel by foot, bike, or car to the next location.

The music for this piece (composed by Cam Millar) will be livestreamed on the MAD Dance YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxGs70h-RgGVvx5RWHAnmSQ). For the best experience, please bring a smart device and earbuds.

The performance is free, and has been supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).
The Maryland State Arts Council's Regional Arts Summits are back and this year as virtual!

The Regional Arts Summits are virtual this year! Join the Maryland State Arts Council team on (October 20, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 6:3O PM for an afternoon of arts content-specific breakout groups, community sharing, and more! This event is free! Register at marylandartscouncil.eventbrite.com #MDArtsSummit2020
MSAC to host “office hours” online
Do you have an arts related question, comment or suggestion, and would like to have some one-on-one time with a Maryland State Arts Council staff member? You are in luck! Every Tuesday until October 20th, the MSAC staff will be available for “office hours” online where you can drop by via Google Meet and chat!
Sign up is easy: visit tinyurl.com/SummitOfficeHours and find the staff member you’d like to speak with and choose a time slot!
Authentic Community Theatre announces
updated dates and times for Footloose
Tickets for Authentic Community Theatre’s performance of Footloose ae now on sale! Make sure you get yours before they're gone!

October 22nd: 7:30pm (100 Live Tickets)
October 23rd: 7:30pm (100 Live Tickets, Unlimited Live Stream)
October 24th: 11am (100 Live Tickets) 6pm (100 Live Tickets, Unlimited Live Stream) 9pm (100 Live Tickets)
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Hosted by Discovery Station

Who would make a better pumpkin carver? A surgeon or a chef? Find out during this year's VIRTUAL Surgeons vs. Chefs Pumpkin Carving Event! We're excited to host this event online and even more excited that it's going to be Disney-themed! Our carvers will have just under two hours to carve their pumpkins and see just who has the better skills with a knife! The best part? You'll be able to watch from the comfort of your own home! We'll be raffling off each carver's pumpkin creations and the carver with the most raffle tickets sold, will be crowned the 2020 PumpKing or PumpQueen! You'll also be able to vote for who you think should be named the People's Choice Award Winner. If that wasn't enough, we'll be raffling off tasty treats during a live Cake Walk AND be giving away multiple door prizes during the event! We'll be holding a costume contest for the kiddos who can submit photos of their Halloween costumes to Discovery Station. We'll be handing out prizes for different categories! So, stay tuned for more information! This event is sponsored by Hamilton Nissan.
Free art classes for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Check it out!
Bob Wantz Memorial Watercolor Workshop at the
Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
Middle and High School Students
Saturdays, October 24 – December 5, 2020
9 – 11 a.m.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Authentic Community Theatre Inc. Welcomes Broadway Star
Major Attaway

Authentic Community Theatre Inc. (ACT) in Hagerstown Maryland has announced that Broadway Star, Major Attaway, will be conducting 2 Masterclasses for their theatre October 25, 2020
"If anyone out there thought Covid was going to stop us from bringing our theatre and our community amazing opportunities, they were wrong" said Robbie Soto, President of Authentic Community Theatre.

Major Attaway, Best known for his portrayal of The Genie in Broadway's Aladdin, will be making his way down the east coast to Hagerstown MD for two masterclasses on October 25. 10 people will get the opportunity to work with Major and get feedback from him while 60 people will get to sit back, watch, and take notes while Attaway works with individuals.

"This isn’t the first time that we have brought someone of this caliber to ACT. We have had masterclasses with Susan Egan and Wilson Jermaine Heredia. Wilson even came and did a full show with us. This isn’t the first and it's not going to be the last" said Soto.

Major Attaway, originally from Fort Worth Texas, got his call up to Broadway in 2016 to be the standeby for Tony Winner James Monroe Iglehart. In February 2017 with Iglehart moving over to Hamilton, Major got to call the role his own.

"Major coming to Hagerstown is an amazing opportunity" Soto continued. "People loved other classes we have put on and the one question we've gotten is when are we going to bring in someone who is on Broadway right now? It was never easy because they do 8 shows a week. With Covid and Broadway being shut down this gave us an opportunity." Soto took a group of about 50 to see Aladdin on Broadway in 2018 and got to meet Major. What he saw was everything he personally have ever dreamed of. "Seeing Major for me was like being a kid on Christmas. Everything he did on stage was stunning. He was hilarious, heartfelt, and I could have watched him over and over again. He commanded the stage the second he walked on to it". Major coming to Hagerstown makes the 3rd year in a row that ACT has presented a masterclass from Broadway talent and they don’t see themselves slowing down anytime soon. "As soon as I took over as president at ACT I saw that while we were educating our talent, they were hungry to learn from new people and wanted to hear from people who have made it to the big time. So that's what we have been doing. It is important that we continue our mission, more so now than ever before". Soto said.

You will have multiple opportunities to meet Major. He will be in attendance at Authentic Community Theatre's production of Footloose at the Historic Maryland Theatre for a meet and greet. Tickets can be purchased at www.mdtheatre.org. Tickets for the masterclass can be purchased at www.actforall.org. Tickets go on sale September 12, 2020. To participate the cost is $100.00 and to observe tickets are just $40. Participants will receive one on one training from Major and will receive pictures and can bring one item to have autographed. Autographed headshots may also be purchased for the event. Everyone in attendance will get a chance to meet and take a picture with Major.

For More information you can contact Robbie Soto, President at robbie@actforall.org or go to www.actforall.org
Drive Through Trick-Or-Treat at Fairgrounds Park

The City of Hagerstown is partnering with Manning Media this Halloween for a Drive Through Trick-or-Treat at Fairgrounds Park on Thursday, October 29th (5pm-9pm) and would welcome non-profits to participate with them!

In lieu of a fee we just ask you to provide at least 1,500 pre-packaged treats and giveaways for the event. There are only 15 spots available (first come, first serve) so grab your spot soon by filling out an application which is available by contacting Cassie Hershberger at CHershberger@hagerstownmd.org.

“A safe, fun trick or treat event! Grab the family and take a drive through Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown and visit our vendors who will be handing out treats to the kids. RAIN OR SHINE. Just $5 per carload (must be legally belted in the car). Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Washington County. Gates open at 4:30pm. Please note: there are no restroom facilities available. Only 700 tickets will be sold.
It's BACK!
Don't miss The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the
historic Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 30, 2020 and Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6pm
Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11am

Tickets available via Ticketmaster, online only.
Let's do the Time Warp Again! Join us for this "fabulously freaky" cult classic on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31! Doors open one hour prior to showtime. Additional showtimes may be added based on demand.

Tickets are $35 and include a Prop Bag and (1) beer or wine.
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
The Washington County Playhouse will resume public performances on Thursday, November 12th, 2020! Ticket sales will resume on October 15th.

The performance calendar is as follows:

  • The Golden Girls 3: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher (New ticket purchases only. No exchanged tickets or Season Tickets may be used) November 12 - 22, 2020

  • Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol December 4 - 20, 2020

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde January 29 - February 21, 2021

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the
250th birthday of Beethoven.
Support the concerts and education programs of the MSO
Multiple ticket options are available.

Meet the cast and staff of Authentic Community Theatre’s production of ELF the Musical!

Tickets available soon through www.mdtheatre.org
September 13, 2020-January 10, 2021
The World of Jan Brett, opens on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Over 70 original paintings from bestselling books set the theme of the exhibit and take you on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures from which Jan Brett gets her inspiration. From tropical rainforests to Arctic igloos, your imagination will fly away into The World of Jan Brett. The World of Jan Brett is organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum (WI) in partnership with Jan Brett. Visit us online at http://wcmfa.org/.

Museum of Fine Arts—Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
The Deadline to Register to Vote in Maryland is OCTOBER 13!

Maryland Citizens for the Arts have revamped their Voter Engagement Guide.

MCA's virtual voting registration site is a non-partisan information source meant to serve all who choose to use it.
Call for Stories: Women in the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing

The MSAC is seeking stories about women in the arts and making efforts to highlight these stories throughout the year. When sending your ideas, include "Year of the Woman" in the subject line. For more information, click here.
Call for Stories:
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing

The MSAC is seeking stories about entrepreneurship in the arts and making efforts to highlight these stories throughout the year. When sending your ideas, include "Entrepreneurship in the Arts" in the subject line. For more information, click here.
County Arts Development (CAD) Grant
Call for Panelists
Art in August Pop-Up Exhibition by artist Will Watson courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects County Arts Development (CAD) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in arts agencies of all disciplines in all of Maryland’s diverse communities. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

Selected CAD panelists serve a six-month term, which may be renewed in the future. 

Panelists receive compensation of $450-500 for their services, based on the number of assignments. 

What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists: 
Attend one in-person or virtual training session in January 2021. 
Review and evaluate 8 applications on MSAC’s online grants management system SmartSimple from February - March 2021. 
Schedule and implement in-depth conversations with 1 or 2 assigned agencies. 
Attend one panel meeting held in Spring 2021. 

Panelists must have access to a computer with an internet connection to complete reviews.

How do I apply to be a panelist? 
Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system SmartSimple. 
Click the Apply Here button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
Select "Panelist" from the dropdown options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
Select “County Arts Development” as the Grant Program.
Questions? Contact Dana Parsons (dana.parsons@maryland.gov) for assistance. 

Deadline: November 1, 2020 at 5pm
Successful panelists enthusiastically embrace organizational and analytical skills, preparedness, timeliness, communication, collaboration, and their role as an advocate for the arts. Please do not complete this application if this list does not align with your practice.
Each Month, Commit to Two Connected Sessions
In a community with members of Maryland’s arts sector, MCA will build a brave space for courageous conversations about race and other social identities. Participants will increase their understanding and capacity for racial equity through guided reflection and discussions.
When registering for an academy, please commit to attending the Evening Session AND Lunch-time Reflection Session for the month.
For dates, times, and registration, visit the academy registration page.
This program is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Fall Academy will be monthly workshops from September - December and will address issues of understanding race, unpacking privilege, examining bias, and moving towards racial justice. After each academy session, there will be a reflection session to help support attendees during this journey. Each session will also include 30 minutes of pre-work/reflection prior to the session. The dates for the academy are:
Unpacking Privilege - October 8, 2020 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Unpacking Privilege Reflection - October 22, 2020 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Examining Bias - November 5, 2020 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Examining Bias Reflection - November 19, 2020 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Moving Towards Racial Justice - December 3, 2020 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Moving Towards Racial Justice Reflection - December 10, 2020 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
*It is highly recommended that you attend both the academy session and the reflection in order to get the full experience of the racial justice journey*
*Details will be sent out 48 hours before registration*
To stay connected, please join the
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The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development.
Supported in part by:
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of
County Arts Agencies of Maryland,
Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts
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