November 24, 2020
Volume 20-61
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...
In Pursuit of Happiness by papercut artist Rosa Leff opens in the WCAC galleries on November 5, 2020 and continues through December 1, 2020. Social distancing and wearing masks are required for all visitors.  In Pursuit of Happiness is available virtually on the Arts Council’s website (

All of Ms. Leff’s papercut work is hand cut from a single sheet of paper using an XatĂł knife. Ms. Leff is best known for her obsession with powerlines and urban landscapes. The artist now serves on the board of The Guild of American Papercutters.
The Washington County Arts Council is thrilled to partner with 
28 South and Bulls and Bears 
for a special Holiday Gift.  
Thank you to Bowman Development, E. Jay Zuspan and all the staff of these Downtown Hagerstown Restaurants.
Small Business Saturday® THIS Saturday, November 28, 2020. This year, more than ever, small businesses will need the support of the community during the holiday season.
Some of Valley Craft Network studios will continue to offer online and in-person shopping.

Valley Craft Network Artisans for 2020 are: Judy Williamson, Dave Swiger, Kesra Hoffman, Dan Rudy, Dave Dufficy, Bill van Gilder, Jane Pettit, Tammy Martinez, Jen Hatfield, Alice Orzechowski, Kirke Martin and Beth Carey. 

Check these links:

Tamareia Martinez Clay--

Alice Orzechowski & Scott Hoyman Capricorn Farms
·        Artisan Goat Cheese--
·        Handmade Soap -

M4 Studios Gallery ----

Bruce van Gilder Pottery---

Beth Carey—Studio2 LLC---

Jennifer Hatfield Ceramics---

Judith Williamson ---

Daniel Rudy, Woodendeavor, LLC---

St. Nick's Picks at Berkeley Art Works
From November 19, 2020 to December 24, 2020

St. Nick’s Picks holiday market returns to the Berkeley Art Works and is open for business Thursday, November 19 through Thursday, December 24! The exhibit space at the Berkeley Art Works is transformed into a holiday shop, displaying various artists’ works for great selection and more shopping fun!
This year, in addition to the Artists at the Works Co-op members and your favorite visiting holiday market artisans, St. Nick’s Picks has brought in some new artists, too. There is a mix of fine art and craft items for the home, including basketry, ceramics, glass, wood, photography, painting and mixed media; cards, calendars and clocks; even honey and handmade soap! There’s art to wear, including woven fibers, knitwear, beautiful jewelry and more! Not sure what to buy? The Berkeley Arts Council offers gift cards, which can be used to purchase work in the gallery, or any of our classes being offered via Zoom.

So, Don’t Pout!  Stop by the Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg and let St. Nick’s Picks be the solution to your gift-giving list! Holiday hours are Thursdays 11:00am to 5:00pm; extended Fridays 11:00am to 8:00pm; and Saturdays 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Contact Annette Verna at 304-620-7277 or
MSAC is seeking self-reflective art that expresses and explores how the artist perceives themself for the upcoming IDENTITY online exhibition. Literary arts, performing arts, media art and visual art all encouraged to apply! For more info & to apply:
The Maryland Theatre's Gift to You!
As we welcome the season of giving, and take time to reflect on what matters, most to us and our community we, The Maryland Theatre, encourage you to support local businesses and non-profits this holiday season. And as our gift to you, you will save when purchasing gift certificates this Holiday season.
Purchase a $50 Gift Certificate for only $45
Purchase a $100 Gift Certificate for only $90
Offer Valid November 25 - December 21, 2020
Visit or call our box office today to take advantage of this special holiday deal.
The first 10 people to purchase gift certificates receive a special commemorative ornament of the new Grand Stairwell!

Box Office Hours
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
Welcome to Locust Point - Mural Project Call for Artists

Bester Community of Hope and Locust Point Market seek an artist or an artist group to create a mural to be mounted on the outside of the building. The total budget for the work is $3,000. The call is open for artists who are Maryland residents. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

The mural will be created on an all-weather platform that can be semi-permanently attached to the back side of the building, facing north. The total size of the mural should not exceed 10 feet tall by 15 feet wide.

Professional artists or teams with experience with murals who live in Maryland may be eligible for this opportunity. Current liability coverage is strongly preferred.

The project prefers to receive applications through the Washington County Arts Council’s Dropbox folder “Interactive Wall Art-Maryland Artists”. Click the button below for full call, entry forms, and link to the DropBox folder:
Valley Art Association---November Member Show: Teachers/Students
Friday November 6th until November 29th at the Mansion House Art Gallery in City Park, located at 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The Mansion House is open Fridays & Saturdays 11am to 4pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm. Admission is FREE.
Tickets are NOW ON SALE for all of our popular holiday productions! Seating is limited, so get your seats today!

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

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

The Velveteen Rabbit - Theatre for Young Audiences
November 21 - December 19, 2020
The Playhouse!

Now in our 35th year!

  • Tickets now on sale online!
  • Telephone box office hours resume Tuesday, November 10th.

The Washington County Playhouse
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, Md 21740
If you need special assistance or if you are a Season Ticket Holder please email
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469

Authentic Community Theatre’s production of ELF the Musical at The Maryland Theatre!

All tickets for the live viewings of Elf the Musical are SOLD OUT!! 
Patrons can still purchase stream tickets at

The Maryland Theatre Box Office Hours 
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 11am-4:30 pm 

21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Family Holiday Workshop featuring
Santa and Elf cast members
The Maryland Theatre Box Office Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 11am-4:30 pm

21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Present Virtual “Home for the Holidays” Concert FREE for the Community

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present a virtual “Home for the Holidays” concert on Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be offered free of charge on the symphony’s new “MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall” streaming platform at
For nearly two decades, the MSO’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts have become the area’s favorite holiday tradition with families and friends gathering to listen to the magical sounds of Christmas that are sure to fill hearts and souls with goodwill throughout the rest of the season. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the concert will be live streamed from the Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center exclusively on the new virtual concert platform that has been developed by the orchestra. There will be no live audience for the concert.
The “Home for the Holidays” program will feature the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s brass musicians in a delightful performance of familiar tunes and grand classics that blend beautifully into the atmosphere of the season.
To access the concert live stream, patrons will need to create an account on the new “MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall” streaming platform at There is no charge to create an account.
Through this newly developed platform, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's upcoming live performances will be accessible on over 1,000 devices including iOS devices, Android devices, MACs, PCs, streaming media boxes such as Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Additionally, native apps can now be downloaded on Roku and Fire TV for easier viewing at home.
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 presented by the Oshkosh Public Museum (WI) in partnership with Jan Brett.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Dear Friend,

Thank you for the continuing support during this intermission. Rest assured, the curtain will rise again, and we are busily preparing behind-the-scenes to welcome you back into the historic Maryland Theatre in January 2021.

Our 39th concert season will include five Classical Masterworks concerts and one MSO Pops! performance.
The new MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall season subscriptions and individual virtual performances are NOW ON SALE. CLICK HERE for more information. An entire season of entertainment (6 concerts) is available for just $149 per HOUSEHOLD!

Stream in high definition from the comfort of your living room or on the go! The Maryland Symphony Orchestra's live performances will be accessible on over 1,000 devices including iOS devices, Android devices, MACs, PCs, streaming media boxes such as Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

Device specific apps are currently in development and will be available soon for both Roku and Amazon FireTV. With one of these devices, your viewing experience will be similar to Netflix!
In the coming week, we will be reaching out to our 2019-2020 season subscribers with options for renewing, including limited-in person seating. Due to reduced seating capacity in the historic auditorium and mandated social distancing indoors, only 100 seats can be sold for each performance. Although we will attempt to accommodate seat requests, many seats are currently unavailable due to social distancing guidelines. A sample seating chart can be found below in this email. At the current time, only Orchestra level seats are available at three different price levels. No balcony level seats will be sold. 
All subscriptions for in-person attendance must be processed by phone with our box office staff in an effort to assign seats in a socially distanced way. Additionally, all 2020-2021 season subscribers will need to purchase a minimum of 5 concerts for in-person attendance.
As we approach the first part of December additional in-person subscriptions may be offered, depending upon seat availability. All in-person subscriptions include access to the new MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall platform. Virtual subscriptions can always be upgraded to in-person tickets at a later time.
If you were a 2019-2020 season subscriber and are interested in in-person concert attendance this season, please keep an eye out for a mailing from the orchestra. Otherwise, please know that a virtual subscription package can be ordered right now for $149 per HOUSEHOLD. It's a fantastic deal that includes all six concerts during the 2020-2021 concert season.

Any seats unclaimed by renewal subscribers will be offered as single tickets beginning in January.

We realize that you may have lots of questions. To best serve you, it is recommended that you email your questions or concerns to We will get back to you as soon as possible.
We look forward to a triumphant return to the Maryland Theatre in January 2021!
Warmest regards,
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
2020-2021 Concert Season
The Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
21 S Potomac St, Second Floor
Hagerstown, MD 21740
New Fall and Winter Classes
Amazing Tablescapes
Join us for the virtual Amazing Tablescapes unveiling on February 1, 2021.

The Washington County Museum’s “Amazing Tablescapes” is going virtual. Join the museum online on February 1, 2021 when it will unveil the unique tables that creators have made in their homes this year. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! Every week, we give you a reason to vote and to participate in this annual fundraiser. Thank you for supporting the museum!

Take a look at Amazing Tablescapes throughout the years.
See the Amazing Tablescapes in February.
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Songs in the Attic: The Music of Billy Joel
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00pm
Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11am
Songs in The Attic is a musical tribute to Billy Joel. David Clark entertains with spot on accuracy with dynamic and high energy. If you love the music of Billy Joel then this show is a can't miss!
The Maryland Theatre Box Office Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 11am-4:30 pm

21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
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 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  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 Box Office Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 11am-4:30 pm

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