February 28, 2020
Volume 20-03
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 .
February 2020 Exhibit
The Tenth Annual Washington County Art Educators Exhibit continues at the Washington County Arts Council through March 3, 2020.

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.
March 2020 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council announces that the March 2020 exhibit, “St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School: Student Art Show with teacher Erin Ruff” opens on Thursday, March 5, 2020 with an reception from 5 pm until 7 pm in the Gallery located at 34 S Potomac Street, in the heart of Hagerstown’s Arts and Entertainment District across from The Maryland Theatre. The exhibit continues through March 31, 2020.
Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
Cumberland Valley Exhibitions
The Washington County Arts Council congratulates the winners of the Washington County Arts Council Award given in the Museum of Fine Arts Washington County 2020 Cumberland Valley Exhibitions for a Washington County resident. Kate Miller of Hagerstown, MD won the award in the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition for her “Portrait of Kristi” 2019 and Steven Digman, Hagerstown, MD won the award in the Photographers Exhibition for his Autumn Flight, 2019.
Kate Miller, Hagerstown, MD Portrait of Kristi, 2019,
Oil on canvas
Steven Digman, Hagerstown, Md Autumn Flight, 2019, Digital photograph
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
Time for Three
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, February 29, 2020 • 7:30pm

Don't miss the energetic and talented powerhouse Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians whose work defies the typical genre classification. Although their instruments are traditional – the violin and double bass – their music and performance is anything but. Think rock concert meets symphony.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Faces of Hagerstown
2nd Outdoor Photo Mural Exhibition
Celebrating the People of Hagerstown
Let’s capture Hagerstown, Maryland, and its people.

The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Washington County Arts is pleased to announce the second exhibition of Faces of Hagerstown (FOH), a signature public art feature of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail.
Faces of Hagerstown is a large-scale outdoor photo mural gallery focusing on the human face and the truth of the Hagerstown experience. It will be located along the Hagerstown Cultural Trail in two prominent locations: (1) on a layered chain link mesh screening at the West Antietam Street Entrance Plaza, (2) on custom pole covers along the Lee Street segment of the Trail, and also on the brick walls of Artist Alley.
Photographs will be selected for large-scale reproduction in high-resolution black-and-white at a size of 36” x 36” (nine square feet). They will be printed on ¾” PVC display panels and exhibited for approximately three years as follows:
6 – 3’ x 3’ panels in Artist Alley
26 – 3’ x 3’ panels along the Cultural Trail near Herald-Mail
11 – 6” x 6” on utility pole wraps on West Lee Street
The City of Hagerstown anticipates the Faces of Hagerstown installation will be refreshed approximately every three years.
Faces of Hagerstown celebrates people of all ages and backgrounds who work or live or go to school in the City of Hagerstown, Maryland, by showcasing candid artistic images of them engaged in everyday life. To be eligible, images must be captured between February 16, 2020 and May 9, 2020.
This competition is open to photographers at any level of expertise and equipment, including cell phones. One third of photos exhibited will be drawn from submissions by each of the following three groups: • Students in Washington County, Maryland, schools, colleges and universities • Professional photographers and photojournalists, residing anywhere • Photographers of any age, at any level of ability, residing anywhere
The proportion of photos from the three groups in the final exhibition is subject to change at the selection panel’s discretion, based on the quantity and/or quality of entries from these groups, or to balance the exhibition proportionally to reflect actual city demographics including age, gender, race, occupation, and depicted activity.
Entrants must upload all required files (submission form, model release form, and images) to the Washington County Arts Council’s DropBox folder  2020 Faces of Hagerstown by May 10, 2020 at 5 PM EST using this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/OPlO1tgs6C7Uif7Xvz1x
Faces of Hagerstown Additional information can be found online at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/files/Cultural%20Art%20Trail/2020/QA-FAQ-FOH-2020-02-05.pdf
Detailed instructions can be found in the call. Photographers whose work has been selected will be notified by June 5, 2020 and the panels will be installed by early July 2020.
Photo entries will be juried by a group of visual arts professionals and educators based on artistic and technical merit and overall impact according to the entry standards listed in the call.
Entrants must upload all required files (submission form, model release form(s), and images) to the Washington County Arts Council’s DropBox folder  2020 Faces of Hagerstown using this link:
Detailed instructions for uploading files can be found at the end of the full call.

Download, read, and return all completed documents:

PLEASE NOTE: You will need the FREE up-to-date version of  ADOBE READER to view and/or fill out the forms.

Washington County Arts Council
ATTN: Chris Brewer, Gallery Manager
34 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 791-3132
First Friday Coffeehouse Features Billy Kemp:
From Baltimore to Nashville

Friday, March 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Trinity Orchard House
4599 Shepherdstown Road (Route 45) • Martinsburg, West Virginia
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
Mozart + Mahler
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3:00pm

The MSO performs the monumental Fourth Symphony by one of the 19th century’s musical giants, Gustav Mahler, and two works by Mozart including his absolutely gorgeous Exsultate, jubilate.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra---301-797-4000— info@marylandsymphony.org

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Washington County Free Library
Poetry & Short Story
Writing Contest

It's time again for Washington County Free Library's Annual Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest!

The contest includes five age divisions: Children in Grades 2-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult.

Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, MD or have a valid Washington County Free Library card.

Writers may enter up to two poems & one short story. Poems may be up to one page in length per poem. Short stories may be up to 1,200 words in length. All entries must be original work and may be on any topic. All entries must include author name, age division, address, phone number, and email if available.

-No email submissions accepted.
-Keep a copy of your work as originals will not be returned.
-There will be first, second, and third place winners for each division.
-Winners will be announced at www.washcolibrary.org.
-Entries may be submitted between January 1 and March 15, 2020 to any library branch throughout the county or they may be mailed to:

Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest
Attn: Jeff Ridgeway
Washington County Free Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
*Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2020.

Call Mr. Jeff at 301-739-3250 x 255 with questions or for more information.
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Members of the Maryland Chamber Winds will perform solos, duos, and trios featuring works by Charles Koechlin, Valerie Coleman, Kaspar Kummer, and others.
This concert features Matthew Angelo on flute, Jeffrey Boehmer on clarinet, and Mason Adams on bassoon.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Event Date: 04/19/2020
Start Time: 3:00pm
End Time: 4:00pm

Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in Danse rythmique by French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations. Her delightful playing once elicited from a celebrated ballerina, “it makes me want to dance,” and guitar virtuoso John Feeley described her as "a beautiful player, so expressive and musical." This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Teens Have Talent
Friday, March 20, 2020 • 6:30pm

Join the Washington County Free Library with the Maryland Theatre for the 2020 production of Teens Have Talent on March 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryland Theatre. Teens Have Talent will highlight the many remarkable skills and exciting talents of teens from Washington County and the Tri-State area. Whether they are singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or acting, these teens are sure to impress and inspire!

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
The Maryland Theatre hosts
- The World's Greatest Eagles Tribute
Saturday, March 21, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Formed in 2010, EagleMania has emerged as a major act throughout the country, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. The music of the Eagles appeals to a wide variety of age groups, and the combination of heartfelt ballads, rock anthems laden with guitar harmonies, and the unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies as only the Eagles can do, has propelled the band for the past 40-plus years, positioning them as one of the most successful and popular bands in music history.

EagleMania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert.

The band consists of an ensemble of veteran musicians whose goal is to faithfully reproduce the Eagle’s repertoire, music they love to sing and play, always committed to giving their audience a perfect show every time they take the stage.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Maryland International Film Festival
Opening Night Red Carpet Event
Friday, March 27, 2020 • 7:00pm

Established in 2009 in the heart of downtown Hagerstown the Maryland International Film Festival- Hagerstown is a platform for independent filmmakers from around the world to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers, and educate the community. In 2017 MDIFF was awarded Movie Maker Magazines top 50 film festivals worth their entry fee. The 9th annual festival will be held on March 27-29th, 2020 in various locations in Hagerstown. The Opening Night Red Carpet Event will take place at 7 pm in the historic auditorium of The Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center.
The Maryland Theatre presents
Ron White
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7pm

Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White, who first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, has long since established himself as a star in his own right. Over the past 15 years, White has been one of the top grossing stand up comedians on tour in the country. His comedy recordings have sold over 14 million units (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), he's been nominated for two Grammys, he was featured in the Cameron Crowe Showtime Series, "Roadies," and he even authored a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Hot on the heels of his highly successful Netflix special, "If You'd Quit Listening, I'd Shut Up," Ron White is once again hitting the ground running, with a slew of new tour dates just announced for 2020. From Washington, DC to Milwaukee; Atlanta to Austin; Music City to Sin City, and numerous points in between- Don't miss your chance to "Catch the Tater!"


The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
Ports of Call: Journeys and Discoveries
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, April 4, 2020 • 7:30pm
Sunday, April 5, 2020 • 3:00pm

Let the Maryland Symphony Orchestra transport you across oceans and time with music that captures both history and nature so clearly you can almost see them. Multi GRAMMY Award-winner Sharon Isbin joins the MSO for a concert experience you'll never forget.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra---301-797-4000— info@marylandsymphony.org

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents
Shades Of Bublé - Songs of Michael Bublé
at The Maryland Theatre
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 • 7:30pm

Celebrating the continuing career of multiple GRAMMY Award-winning artist Michael Bublé, this three-man tribute performs his incredible catalog with sensational three-part harmony. This world-class act honors—but doesn’t imitate—the sophistication and retro style of Bublé with thrilling new vocal arrangements.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Michael Davis Two-Day Portrait Workshop at
the Mansion House Art Gallery
in Hagerstown City Park
Wednesday, April 8th and Thursday, April 9th, 2020

This is a two-day, 12-hour portrait workshop with Michael Davis. This workshop will have a live model for the full time period. Cost is $140 for VAA and Washington County Museum of Fine Art members, and $160 for non- members. There will be an additional model fee of $20.  Lunch will be included. To register, please contact Elaine Wolfe valleyartinfo@gmail.com or call 304-754-5116.

Mansion House
501 Highland Way
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 797-2867
Barabara Ingram School for the Arts
presents The Addams Family
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday, April 17, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 19, 2020 • 2:30 pm
Friday, April 24, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 25, 2020 •7:30 pm
Sunday, April 26, 2020 • 2:30 pm

The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it is every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents. (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)

Come join the Members of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in their 2020 All School Musical, The Addams Family!

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Taste of the Arts
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:30-8:30 pm
Delight all of your senses with the sights and sounds of local artists while sampling culinary treats at various downtown venues. Entertainment by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students & other talented local artists.

Get your passport ticket stamped at every venue and be eligible to win a variety of prizes! Bring your stamped passport to the Washington County Arts Council when completed visits at all venues. Tickets sold at The Maryland Theatre box office and all venues are within walking distance of City Center.

Taste of the Arts benefits The Maryland Theatre, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation, and Washington County Arts Council.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 same day (starting at 12am on 4/30/20) & $10 student ticket (with valid student ID).

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
The Maryland Theatre presents
B-The Underwater Bubble Show
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:00pm

Following your dreams and allowing your inner child to take over for a while is the premise of B-The Underwater Bubble Show, Inspired by childhood standards like Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan, B-The Underwater Bubble Show is a modern fairy tale with one major twist. "Each classic tale represents a journey of a kid who grows up and learns something," explains co-creator and director Enrico Pezzoli." We wanted a story about an adult character who discovers that he can still go back and enjoy life. We don't always need to grow up. Sometimes we need to step backwards for a bit and restart."The show follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who "always feels pressed by a thousand things to do in a world that seems to be moving too fast." The office worker discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase and gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia, which is full of seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids and other creatures.

Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, the visually spectacular show incorporates the latest in stage technology. Lasers, low ground smoke and flying foam simulate waves and the underwater atmosphere. However, the biggest attraction of the show is the spectacular use of soap bubbles in multiple artistic ways. Creators Pezzoli and bubble artist/spouse, Dace Pecoli have toured the world as a duo act for nearly twenty years working with the form, including a performance at the Sochi Olympics." Pezzoli explains. "We involved many elements of theater that could work without speech, like mime, puppets, physical comedy and sand painting, while adding visual special effects. Even in parts of the world where the culture may be different from our own, the result is always the same, with everyone cheering and applauding."

This performance is sponsored in part by the Richmond Lee Downey Foundation.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents
Shaun Johnson Experience
- High Energy Big Band
at The Maryland Theatre
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:30pm

Get ready for the new evolution of big band music! Led by Emmy-winning singer/ songwriter, Shaun Johnson. The Big Band Experience has a fresh sound that is centered around innovation. Shaun can channel the softly-crooning Sinatra and then segue into the theme of Spiderman without missing a beat.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
The Valley Art Association is delighted to host a workshop at the Mansion House Art Gallery with Katriel Srebnik on May 5, 2020, titled:

Painting People with Light & Color
Traditional and Contemporary Impressionist painting “secrets” are introduced and demonstrated:
establishing the composition, and light and dark masses; capturing effects of light and atmosphere;
selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; rendering clothing and background elements in a painterly manner; and helpful studio tips.
--Artists of all levels are welcome, from beginner to professional.
--Demonstrations by the instructor will be followed by individual instruction.
--Demonstrations are in oil. Artists are welcome to work in oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache.

Katriel Srebnik’s artwork has earned thirty-one national awards, including First Place for Signature Members and three Awards of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America; the President’s Award from the American Impressionist Society; Best of Show from the Academic Artists Association and Texas Art Museum; First Place from the National Society of Artists and Hilton Head Art League; has appeared in American Artist, American Art Collector, American Art Review, Art & Antiques, Art Business News, The Art Guide, The Artist, Art of the West, Art World News, Carrie Leigh’s Nude, International Artist and Southwest Art magazines; in over seventy national juried and eight museum exhibitions including the International Guild of Realism’s “Master Works Museum Tour; and in galleries throughout the United States and his own galleries in Santa Fe and Charleston, in London and France.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
To Whitney, with Love
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, May 9, 2020 • 7:30pm

Join American Idol Finalist LaKisha Jones in a celebration of the great ladies of soul from Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, the legendary Aretha Franklin and the one and only Whitney Houston.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra---301-797-4000— info@marylandsymphony.org

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000

The City Ballet School and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will collaborate on the world premiere of a full-length story ballet to debut at the Maryland Theatre on May 30th and 31st, 2020.

The Spell features an original 100-minute score by composer Arshak Sirunyan, and choreography and stage design by City Ballet’s Artistic Director, Danielle Horochowski. Horochowski has choreographed Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The Little Mermaid for City Ballet in recent years in addition to their annual performances of The Nutcracker. She is known for her vibrant storytelling and communicative choreography.

“The creation of The Spell has been an amazing adventure. It has been absolutely magical to hear the music for the ballet being created,” said Horochowski. “I am completely indebted to my incredible composer Arshak Sirunyan for creating this magnificent score. I am so grateful to Elizabeth Schulze for her partnership and her willingness to include the MSO in this journey. The ballet is an inspiration from one of my favorite childhood stories, and I am so excited to see it come to life!”

The Spell is a new fantasy story ballet based on the Grimm’s fairytale tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” The story depicts princess sisters bound by a secret spell to dance all night in the underworld ball. Desperate to discover why his daughter’s dancing shoes are worn out each morning, their father offers a prize to the man who can solve the mystery. A peasant boy falls in love with the youngest princess and sets off to solve the mystery.

The Spell will feature a cast of over a hundred local and guest dancers alongside The City Ballet School’s Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Twenty- eight musicians from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform the score for the first time, conducted by MSO Music Director, Elizabeth Schulze.

“Our collaboration with Danielle, Arshak and the City Ballet School is a dream come true for me and an opportunity for the orchestra to work outside the box and explore new ways of expression,” said Schulze. “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting project that will put a much-deserved focus on the exceptional talent right here in our community. Danielle’s brilliant choreography, accompanied by Arshak’s compelling score, promises an incredible weekend of dance and music.”

The performance will serve as many firsts for the community, as a collaboration of this magnitude has never been performed in Hagerstown. With female choreographers, in general, making up less than 20% of all choreographers, Horochowski’s world premiere will make her one of the first women to stage a full-length classical ballet featuring an original score performed with a symphony orchestra. The performance will also feature theatrical animation design by Mitch Stark and new costumes, set design and construction.
The Maryland Theatre hosts the
“Celtic Woman Celebration - the 15th Anniversary Tour”
Friday, June 5, 2020

Feel the embrace of breath-taking music that transports you from your theatre seat straight to Ireland. Celebrating 15 phenomenal years of music-making this year, Celebration brings together our very favorite songs from the journey so far - songs that have created an incredible bond with audiences all over the world. To mark 15 years of harmony, history and hits, and to thank our fantastic fans, we bring you Celebration - The Tour.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
The Blues Are Not Dead In Western Maryland!

The INTERSTATE BLUES FEST features the 7th installment of the Interstate Wine Fest (12+ Maryland wineries), the Distillery Village (6+ regional distilleries), and the Quad State Beer Garden (12+ regional brews). Unlimited samples of wine, beer, and liquor for one low price, including Friday Crab Feast and Saturday VIP options! It also offers other great regional food, vendors and artists all at a spectacular venue! Play games, sing karaoke, and check out what else is new...


Friday 6/12/20:
6pm - Switch Fu

Saturday 6/13/20:

Full event details available at www.interstatewinefest.com

Vendor Application Open 2/15/20
Volunteer Application Open 3/15/20

Washington Cunty Agricultural Education Center
7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
American portrait artist, Nicole Troup, will hold a "Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal" workshop at the Mansion House Art Gallery on Thursday, September 10, from 9:45 AM to 4:45 PM. This is a great opportunity for beginner and intermediate level artists to receive intensive instruction from a generous teacher and artist whose resume includes portraiture for corporations, hospitals, and noted figures.

Visit her website, http://www.nicoletroupmasterpiece.com, to see her work and read her news.

Registration information: $80 for Valley Art Association and Washington County Museum of Fine Art members and $90 for non-members.
Final Deadlines for MSAC Grants in FY2020!
As we near the end of the Maryland State Arts Council’s fiscal year 2020, there are still numerous grant opportunities for Maryland artists, arts organizations, performance venues, teachers, community members, and Arts and Entertainment Districts!
Deadline: April 1

Through the Artist in Residence Program, grantees receive 50 percent off artist fees for multi-session arts residencies. Nonprofits and units of government (public schools, libraries, parks and recreation centers, etc.) are eligible for funding. Read guidelines and apply here.

Arts & Entertainment Districts Technical Assistance Grants
Designated management entities for Arts & Entertainment Districts in Maryland can apply for up to $2,500 in funding to support organizational development or marketing projects. Read guidelines and apply here.
Deadline: May 12

Public Art Across Maryland
This program offers two types of funding: Planning Grants of $2,500 and Implementation Grants of up to $10,000. Maryland 501c3 nonprofit organizations or local government agencies may apply. Read guidelines and apply here.
Deadline: Rolling

Visiting Performers
Through the Visiting Performer Program, venues receive more than 30 percent off artist fees for assembly programs and performances for students. Read guidelines and book a visiting performer here.

Creativity Grants
Apply before April 1st for funding that supports activities or events happening in FY20 (before July 1). The Creativity Grant Program aims to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the state of Maryland. Applications for FY21 activities or events will be available starting in April. Read guidelines and apply here.

Maryland Touring Grant
The Maryland Touring Grant provides matching funding (up to $5,000) to eligible Maryland-based nonprofit organizations to support the presentation of artists listed on the Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster. Read guidelines and apply here.

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