March 12, 2020
Volume 20-04
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 .
March 2020 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council hosts its March 2020 exhibit, “St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School: Student Art Show with teacher Erin Ruff” 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.
Congratulations to Elaine Wolfe for her piece, “For Damned Souls” selected the "People's Choice" Award Winner for the Best of Local Art Show. The exhibit award has been sponsored by the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District with support from The City of Hagerstown.
Congratulations to Todd Geiman, the “People’s Choice” award winner for the 10th Annual Washington County Art Educators exhibit. Mr. Geiman’s award was sponsored by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund, a fund of the community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc.
Faces of Hagerstown
2nd Outdoor Photo Mural Exhibition
Celebrating the People of Hagerstown
Maryland Center for the Book announces this year's One Maryland One Book! It is "The Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See! This is a memorable tale of friendship. Learn more about this year's pick and the author on our website: http://bit.ly/38APEhr
The Washington County Historical Society presents
Culture and Cocktails at The Miller House
Friday, March 13, 2020
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Quench your thirst for knowledge at this one-of-a-kind lecture series!

Join the Washington county Historical Society as we host Kevin Talhelm who will bring to life the story of James Talhelm, an engineer for the Cumberland Valley Railroad in the early 1900s. Learn more about the golden days of the rail system in the area through the eyes of a long-time employee.
The featured cocktail will be the Blue Train! This tasty orange-flavored concoction dates back to a famous 1930s race between a Bentley car and a blue French train.
Your ticket price will include your first drink, and refills will be available for a small fee.

This event is for adults ages 21 and older, please! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Culture & Cocktails 2020 has been made possible by the generous support of The James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

The Miller House
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Telephone: 301-797-8782
The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County presents
“Renaissance to Romanticism”
March 11-April 8, 2020
Wednesday, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
$60 per person. Capacity: 25 students
Instructor: Daniel Fulco, Ph.D., Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator

This 5-week course is offered in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning Program.
A survey of painting, architecture, and sculpture in Europe and America from the Renaissance through the Romantic era, with focused discussions of works of art from the collection of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. This course uses these works to investigate meaning and aesthetic considerations in the visual arts while placing them in their broad cultural and historical contexts. Successive periods and styles will be explored such as the Southern and Northern Renaissance, the Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism.

The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
Washington County Arts Council 2021 Exhibits
- Call for Artists
Actors Studio students from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Theatre Department are presenting two hilarious one-act comedies from March 12-15 in the Black Box Theatre.

The first one-act, written by celebrated comic writer Ian McWethy is called THE INTERNET IS DISTRACT--OH LOOK, A KITTEN! Micah, your average high school student, is trying to finish her essay on The Great Gatsby when cat videos, Google, Facebook, Whoopsipedia and other denizens of the internet pull her into a wormhole from which she can't escape.

The second one-act is NO BODY TO MURDER, by Edith Weiss. It's set in the lovely and seemingly harmless COME ON INN of Nova Scotia where mayhem lurks behind every mime, axe-wielding gardener and a dozen other highly suspicious guests along with the always-suspicious butler, a housekeeper, cook and maids. COME ON INN and enjoy the fun-filled zaniness only an "isolated island inn" can offer.

SHOWTIMES
Thursday, March 12 - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 13 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 15 - 2:30 pm
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling 301-766-8840.
MEG Theatre Presents: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
at Kepler Performing & Visual Arts Center
at Hagerstown Community College
This gritty production runs: March 12, 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 8pm and March 15, 22 @ 2pm.

MEG Theatre presents "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", the Tony Award-winning play that showcases the inhumane practices inflicted on the patients by the wickedly manipulative Nurse Ratched.

Travel back to 1959 and witness these classically eccentric characters grapple with their mental wellness and dehumanization at the hands of the sterile institution staff.

With a masterful blend of heartbreaking truths, side splitting humor, and jaw dropping horrors, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" will have you pondering the vulnerable human mind over table games for the rest of your days!

Kepler Performing & Visual Arts Center at Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
St. Patrick's Day Run
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Join the Washington County Recreation and Fitness Department and the City of Hagerstown in supporting the Washington County Community Free Clinic on March 14th at the Saint Patrick's Day Run Fest.

The Saint Patrick's Day Run Fest is a Fitness Event Extravaganza, for all ages, in honor of Dan McDougal, M.D. The event consists of four running events: the One Mile Shamwalk, a 5K Run, an 8K Run, and a Half Marathon.

The St. Patrick's Day Run Fest Half Marathon is a USATF certified course.

Be sure to join us for this great running event and the spirited "After Party" in Downtown Hagerstown to begin your St. Patrick's Day Celebrations. Costumes and St. Patrick's Day attire are appropriate and Highly Encouraged for the St. Patrick's Day Run Fest and Celebration.
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
Pet Portrait Drawing Workshop
at The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
Thursday, March 19, 2020
9:30 AM – 3 PM, one hour lunch included
Instructor: Nicole Troup

Cost: WCMFA Members $55, General public $65
In this workshop, instructor Nicole Troup will teach students how to draw animals in graphite pencil from start to finish. As a working pet portrait artist in the field, completing many commissions for clients over the years, Troup will teach the fundamental skills needed to draw an animal portrait through demos and step-by-step instruction. Students are asked to bring in a photo reference of their pet (head shot preferred). If you don’t have a pet, Troup will bring in photo references of a variety of animals and birds for free use (doesn’t need to be a pet). Art principles that will be covered are: pencil technique, blocking in lights and darks, proportions, fur or feather technique, blending, contrast and more.

The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
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
EaglesMania
- 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
Washington County Playhouse presents
Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors
Mar 21, 2020 - May 17, 2020

One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maira, from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.

• Ticket price includes Dinner & Show and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity are not included.
• We reserve the right to reassign selected seating to accommodate patrons with special needs or groups.
• All sales are final. There are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges.
• CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS.
• Tickets subject to a $3.75 Ticketing Operations Fee.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469
Stories In The Round - Donald Davis
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown meeting hall 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD
03/23/2020
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The maestro of American storytelling, annual headliner at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough TN, Southern Appalachian raconteur and story wizard, Donald Davis is back to open Season 7 of Stories In The Round with drum roll and clarion call. Count on this session of SITR to sell out quickly. Season tickets for the full series are available now through Monday, March 23. Stories In The Round is a 10 session series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, 13245 Cearfoss Pike (Salem Ave. extended) usually on the 4th Monday of the month, March thru December. Children 12 years & older welcome when accompanied by a parent or group leader.

$10 in advance $12 at the door
Contact Fanny Crawford at 301-730-1638 or fanitsky@hotmail.com
Weaving Workshop: Point Twill
at The Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10 am until 3:30 pm

$25 due upon registration. $15 supplies fee due to the instructor at the start of the workshop

The movement and visual intricacy of point twills is infectious!
Workshop students will weave a sampler gamp using 5-point twill threadings and numerous tie-up and treadling changes to yield a useful future reference tool with over 100 patterns.

The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
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.
Hagerstown Garden Club cordially invites you to the
18th Annual Art in Bloom March 27 – 29, 2020
Tickets are available at http://wcmfa.org/art-in-bloom/
FASHION FOR FIGHTING: THE ROLE OF CLOTHING IN THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Through March 31

Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD
301-797-8782
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!"

THIS SHOW IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

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
Shippensburg Band presents a FREE Spring Concert

(The Shippensburg Band is proud to present a free concert featuring the talents of local musicians performing timeless music selections. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Shippensburg Area Senior High School. Admission and parking are free; donations accepted (the Shippensburg Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization).

Highlights of the concert include Portrait of the American West, Procession of Nobles from “Mlada,” Spirit of Hope, Irish Tune from County Derry, Instant Concert, and a variety of American marches. The concert features solo trombonist Keith Davis performing Slide Ride accompanied by the band.

The Shippensburg Town Band, directed by Carl Sponenberg, is a community band that has gathered many individuals from Shippensburg, PA and surrounding area to make music and share it with others. The band is a dynamic group of young and old from all walks of life, some with degrees in music and/or music education, but most participants are amateurs. We rehearse on Tuesday nights between 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School Band Room. Anyone who plays a band instrument is invited to come to a rehearsal and join the band.

Keep live music alive in Shippensburg! More information is available at www.shipband.org.
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
Watercolor classes with Lee Weaver
at The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County

Wednesdays, April 15 - May 20
4:30 - 7 PM
$121 for WCMFA Members
$135 for the general public
Instructor: Lee Weaver


The Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
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
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.
Big Cork Summer Concert Series
Package Onsale Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11 am
Individual Concerts Onsale Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11 am
Summer Concert Series Package includes admission to each of the following performances at Big Cork Vineyards:
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 7:00pm
Faithfully at Big Cork Vineyards
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 7:00pm
Rumours at Big Cork Vineyards
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 7:00pm
1964 at Big Cork Vineyards
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:00pm
Sinatra Big Band at Big Cork Vineyards
All concerts will take place at Big Cork Vineyards located at 4236 Main Street Rohrersville, MD 21779 and are rain or shine!

Ticket holders are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs & blankets! Children 5 and up must have a ticket.
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...

THE MUSIC:

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

Saturday 6/13/20:

Full event details available at www.interstatewinefest.com
YES, THE INTERSTATE WINE FEST IS NOW PART OF THE INTERSTATE BLUES FEST.

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

Washington Cunty Agricultural Education Center
7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
The Washington County Playhouse presents, Mamma Mia!
Jun 19, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

• Ticket price includes Dinner & Show and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity are not included.
• We reserve the right to reassign selected seating to accommodate patrons with special needs or groups.
• All sales are final. There are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges.
• CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS.
• Tickets subject to a $3.75 Ticketing Operations Fee.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469
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.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Washington County Playhouse
Sep 18, 2020 - Nov 01, 2020

A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll's experiments with exotic "powders and tinctures" have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave.
• Ticket price includes Dinner & Show and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity are not included.
• We reserve the right to reassign selected seating to accommodate patrons with special needs or groups.
• All sales are final. There are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges.
• CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469
A Christmas Carol presented by the Washington County Playhouse
Nov 27, 2020 - Dec 20, 2020

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dingy quarters on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless, with his newfound generosity, all those whom he has neglected and abused.

• Ticket price includes Dinner & Show and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity are not included.
• We reserve the right to reassign selected seating to accommodate patrons with special needs or groups.
• All sales are final. There are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges.
• CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS.
• Tickets subject to a $3.75 Ticketing Operations Fee.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469
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

Artist-in-Residence
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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