October 9, 2020
Volume 20-53
Welcome!
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”:
Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, and Jeff Shoaf
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.
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
Arts and Crafts Fair at Wright Hand Studio
Saturday October 10th * 10:00-6:00

Fall Greetings! 
We are having an outdoor event in the parking lot in front of my studio at 571 Jefferson Street in Hagerstown. The show will represent 
the fine art pottery and clay sculpture by the clay artists of Wright Hand Studio and other invited guest artists. I will be doing pottery 
demos all day in the studio. My pottery will be set up inside along with Jennie Avila's new Sky Cat Paintings on display for sale. The other 
invited artists will set up tent displays on the parking lot in front of the studio with ample space to shop for beautiful handmade one of a kind 
arts and craft items. It is a great time to Shop Small and support your local artists for your Holliday gifts!

Featured Artists for this amazing event are:

Lisa Allen-Pottery 
Jennie Avila-Sky Cat Paintings 
Robbie Caruthers-Rustic Wood benches and stools 
Tamara Gessford-Pottery 
Mark Keener-Hand Built Pottery
Heidi Myers -Pottery/Clay Sculpture
Marge Polling-Pottery/Clay Sculpture
Sugar Hollow Farm-Kathy and Jay Brown Alpaca wool and Alpaca wool products

We are planning for a fun day at the studio with surprises for sure!

Steve Wright
571 Jefferson Street Hagerstown
800-990-HAND
Panelists sought for 2021 Heritage Awards
Picture: The Sensational Royal Lights, who received a 2018 Heritage Award, are the multigenerational gospel ministry of the Elliott family. Their music is rooted in African-American devotional traditions. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review to review 2021 Heritage Award nominations. Heritage Awards recognize long-term achievement in traditional arts, or community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Awards annually recognize one recipient in each of three categories: Person/People, Place, and Tradition.

Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to support the traditional arts while also learning about MSAC granting processes.

What does a panelist do?
Panelists play a vital role in the MSAC grants process. Heritage Award panelists will:
·    Attend an orientation in-person or virtually to learn about the Heritage Awards program
·    Review written grant nominations online
·    Attend an in-person or virtual panel meeting to collaboratively evaluate nominations with other panelists

Who can be a panelist?
MSAC relies on a wide array of arts experts and enthusiasts from across the state to serve as panelists. Heritage Award panelists are selected with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in traditional arts. Regardless of your connection to the arts, we encourage you to apply. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

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 “Heritage Awards” as the Grant Program.

Panelists receive modest compensation for their services and must have access to an Internet-connected computer to complete reviews.

For questions, contact State Folklorist Chad Buterbaugh at chad.buterbaugh@maryland.gov.

Each Heritage Award supports the vitality of the traditional arts in Maryland. Download Heritage Award nomination guidelines and see a list of past awardees at the arts council website.
 
Deadline: October 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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.
Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Dwight Yoakam, has officially postponed his performance at The Maryland Theatre from Monday, November 9, 2020, at 8 PM to Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 8 PM.

Tickets originally dated (May 2, 2020) are transferable and will be valid in the same form you have them in currently for the new date & showtime in 2021.

Options if ticket holders are unable to attend the new date:
  • Share your tickets with a friend or family member
  • Re-sell them online at Ticketmaster.com or otherwise or
  • Consider the ticket value a donation to the performance entity
If you have a question for our box office staff, please call 301-790-3500 and leave a message. While a response may not immediate- staff continues to check voicemails and e-mails often. Please continue to check the website www.mdtheatre.org  for the most up-to-date information about hours of operations. The Maryland Theatre thanks everyone their continued support of The Maryland Theatre during this unpredicted time.

The Maryland Theatre
21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
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



Due to an unforeseen family emergency, the Washington County Historical Society sorry to announce that it is postponing this Sunday October 11, 2020 walking tour of Rose Hill Cemetery. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date and time.

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 link 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!
Join WCMFA for the next program!
Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m.
Free!
Please RSVP to drastelli@wcmfa.org.
A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date.

Let’s Talk Art! A Conservation Conversation: Jasper Cropsey’s Autumn Landscape & Hudson River School Works at WCMFA
Join Director Sarah Hall and Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator Daniel Fulco for this special conversation, perfectly timed to coincide with fall foliage season. Sarah and Daniel will be joined by Conservator Heather Smith, owner of Maryland Art Conservation, LLC, Baltimore, to discuss Heather's recent treatment of Cropsey's Autumn Landscape. You will see before and after images of Heather's work, while Daniel and Sarah put the museum's Hudson River School collection into a broader social and artistic context.
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


  1. Chef E Jay Zuspan III of 28 South
  2. Chef Alan Redding of Desert Rose Cafe and Sweet Shoppe
  3. Dr. Brenda Paul of River City Dental
  4. Dr. Salvatore DiMercurio of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

Discovery Station will raffle off each carver’s pumpkin creations and the carver with the most raffle tickets sold will be crowned the 2020 PumpKing or PumpQueen!
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
301-739-5727
Authentic Community Theatre Inc. Welcomes Broadway Star
Major Attaway

Master Class tickets are available now!

The Major Attaway Master Class tickets for October 25, 2020
are available now!

Authentic Community Theatre in Hagerstown is super excited to be offering this chance of a lifetime to you in our community!

Observe Major working with individuals on technique and one on one direction and meet the CURRENT Broadway Genie! 

ACT NOW and buy your ticket while they are still available!
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
301-739-5727
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
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
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.
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