December 31, 2019
Volume 19-33
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... .
December 2019 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. hosts its “Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2019.” The juried community art exhibit will run from December 5, 2019 through January 7, 2020.

Awards sponsored by Hagerstown A & E District
with support from the City of Hagerstown.
Middletown Valley Bank Krumpe's Donut Drop
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Middletown Valley Bank presents the Krumpe's Donut Drop to kick off the 2020 New Year in the square of Downtown Hagerstown, complete with fireworks and live music! The Maryland Theatre is partnering with Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop Inc. to spearhead this year's event and support the efforts of Downtown Hagerstown.
Don't miss the fun, outside on the square with FREE AC&T coffee & hot chocolate and of course, FREE Krumpe's donuts to the first 5,000 people! Thanks to Doing Better Business Quad States for sponsoring this year's fireworks and sending us out with a bang!
We hope you'll make the Krumpe's Donut Drop the first stop for your New Year's Eve plans. Be sure to stop by downtown restaurants and shops that will be having specials in honor of the big event!


5:00 PM - Kid's Zone with games, crafts, coloring, balloons and other fun kid's activities.
5:30 PM - Live performances begin by Staff Infection on the square.
6:00 PM - Family Festivities: live music, kids activities, FREE AC&T coffee & hot chocolate and FREE Krumpe's Donuts!
6:59 PM - Happy New Year's! The giant Krumpe's donut drops!
7:00 PM - Fireworks and live music from Staff Infection

S Potomac parking deck, N Potomac parking deck, Central lot, Market lot, street parking where indicated.
New Year's Eve Movie Night
Bridge of Life invites local citizens in downtown Hagerstown for the annual “Donut Drop” on New Year’s Eve from 5-7 p.m. Directly after the drop, Bridge of Life will show the movie “The Secret Life of Pets 2” at BoL.
Free movie, free popcorn and free drinks! A great opportunity to introduce a friend or neighbor to Bridge of Life!

Bridge of Life | 14 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 | 301-791-1674 | |
NYE Roaring 20's Reboot

Beacon House, Inc. and PressRoom at The Herald-Mail host NYE Roaring 20’s Reboot
December 31, 2019 from 9 PM until 1 AM

PressRoom at the Herald Mail
100 Summit Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21740

A little party never killed nobody! Come as a flapper, come as you are, come as a gangster or a silent screen star. It’s gonna be fun no matter the dress, just bring yourself and we’ll take care of the rest! Please join BEACON House, Inc and DJ Ryan Smetzer to ring in the new year by rebooting the 20’s with a modern twist as we welcome 2020 at the PressRoom at the Herald Mail!

DJ Ryan Smetzer will be entertaining all night and counting day the minutes to the new year. Tickets includes entry, party favors, champagne toast, Kids Glow Party, heavy appetizers, one chance at the vacation raffle, one drink ticket, and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit BEACON House, Inc. and all of our programs.

The Kids Glow Party and Event includes snacks for kids, a relax/sleep area, and activities for kids of any age. Please RSVP after purchasing tickets to reserve your kids’ space. Depending on construction either the Kids Party will be at Mulberry Lofts or 101 Summit Ave.
For sponsorship information contact Mary Anne Burke at 30-791-3132 or
Deadline: January 10, 2019 @ NOON
The Historic Houses of Worship Tour in partnership with and support from The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) is pleased to invite the public to enter a photo contest to promote the 2020 Historic Houses of Worship Tour.

Photos should capture an image from the Historic Houses of Worship Tour, scheduled to take place on December 26th, 2019 from 3pm to 7pm with a snow date of December 27th, 2019 from 3pm to 7pm. One selected original photograph will be commissioned by the tour organizers and will be used to create posters and promotional materials for the 2020 Tour.

Contestants may enter up to three images to the contest. The winner will be announced in February 2020 and will receive $200.

Please email images of the works to be considered and Entry Form to:
Include full name, mailing address, telephone and email address.

Alternatively, artists may submit digital images by sending a CD, marked with the artist’s name, and a completed Entry Form to:

Washington County Arts Countil
34 S. Potomac St. Suite 100
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
(301) 791-3132
January 2020 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council presents “Pure Spirits the works of Robert Stuart Cohen” at the Gallery from January 9, 2020 through February 4, 2020 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5pm until 7pm.

The Arts Council will host Mr. Cohen’s Artist Talk on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm.

Mr. Cohen says, “A love of color, variety and illusion define my artistic endeavor. Currently, I am visualizing a dynamic, rectangular plane in various contexts. I try to balance the rational and impulsive by using both carefully rendered and spontaneous techniques. I incorporate variety by combining various styles and assembling multiple canvases. The resulting images are metaphors for balancing order and freedom, extending boundaries, and bridging differences.”
February 2020 Exhibit
The Tenth Annual Washington County Art Educators Exhibit opens at the Washington County Arts Council on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 5pm until 7pm. The exhibit which continues through March 3, 2020 will feature an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2pm until 4pm.

The exhibit, sponsored in part by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund, a fund of the community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. provides an opportunity for the community to view recent works by Washington County's public, private, home-school, postsecondary and retired art educators. The exhibit demonstrates and validates to students an increased awareness of the arts through multiple media. "Art Educators of Washington County" Annual Exhibit is intended to "instill within the Washington County community the importance of arts…” and demonstrates the skills of the community's art educators.
The first exhibition of the new year at TAG/The Artists Gallery is based on the 100-year-old art movement known as Surrealism. The exhibition is titled "surREALLY? - Where Dreams Meet Reality" and seeks to examine the intersection of dreams and reality in the artistic process. Or, how the subconscious mind impacts the conscious doing of art. TAG is marking the 100th anniversary by filling the gallery with surrealist-inspired art. The show will include works by members of the gallery as well as artists invited to contribute works based on the theme.

The exhibition opens on Friday, January 3, 2020 and runs through Sunday, January 26, 2020.  An opening reception for the artists is scheduled for January 4, 2020 from 5 to 9pm. TAG/The Artists Gallery is located at 216 North Market Street in Frederick, Maryland. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm. Learn more at or by calling the gallery at 301-696-8187.
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