July 2, 2020
Volume 20-36
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 .
Visitors will be able to view the current exhibitions, of artists Lesley Whalley and Dana Ebersole which open in the gallery on July 2, 2020 and “virtually” on the WCAC website on July 7, 2020.
Hagerstown City Park Summer Concert Series
Free outdoor concerts in the City Park Band Shell beginning Saturday, July 18.
Bring your own blanket or a lawn chair and maintain social distance between yourself and others at the event. Limited seating will be available in the band shell benches. Treat yourself to concessions at Nena's Curbside Café, located by the new playground in City Park, before or during the show. Guests will be asked to maintain social distance and follow CDC health and safety guidelines. Concerts begin at 7pm.
Jill Fulton Band
Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Hillbilly Gypsies
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
The Rock & Roll Relics
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Spotlighting the artists of The Gallery Shop
Public Art Envision Listening Sessions for Artists
The Maryland State Arts Council is hosting two listening sessions for Maryland artists interested in participating in an artwork purchasing program to have their work be on permanent display in State owned buildings! Sessions will take place July 6th & 13th from 4-5pm.
Remembering past WCAC Gallery Exhibits
Valley Art Opening
The Mansion House Art Center is reopening on July 3, 2020 featuring a new Valley Art exhibit: "Art Is For Everyone"
The Mansion House Art Center which is located at 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown will be following the safety and health recommendations of the Governor and Heath Officials. Hours are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday .
2020 Washington Goes Purple
Call for Artists

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. (WCAC) and Washington Goes Purple invite local artists working in any medium to submit their art for a September 2020 exhibit, “Purple - the Color of Recovery.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from August 27, 2020 through September 29, 2020. “Purple - the Color of Recovery,” while recognizing the impact of the opioid epidemic, celebrates recovery and the hope that we will heal as a community.”
Beginning in July, MSAC will host a series of free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities through a diverse offering of conversations and information. 
Sneak peak! 
·      Tuesday mornings
·      Envision our State at “Coffee with Ken” 
·      Wednesday lunches
·      Envision our Communities and join in a “Story Share” 
·      Thursday afternoons
·      Envision Online Engagement through “Digital Sharing”
·      Throughout the summer
·      Envision our Programming with MD Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Public Art updates, discipline-specific PD, and more!
Public Art Listening Sessions: Purchasing Artwork for State Buildings 
Maryland's percent for public art program, the Maryland Public Art Initiative, is seeking input about a program to purchase existing works from Maryland artists that would be on permanent display in State owned buildings. In this listening session, MSAC will gather feedback for a proposed artwork purchasing program and how it may benefit painters, photographers, mixed media artists, sculptors, etc.
Diversifying Income Streams: Creative Thinking about Money
Participants will share ideas for current and future income diversification to sustain arts organizations. Led by MSAC Executive Director Ken Skrzesz.
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects IAA panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the current year’s discipline. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 
Selected IAA panelists serve on one or two panels as described below. 
Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.
What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists: 
·      Attend one in-person or virtual training session.
·      Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*
·      Attend one Regional panel meeting. Select panelists will also attend one State panel meeting. Regional meetings will take place in October 2020. The State meeting will occur in mid-November 2020. 
*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applicants per region. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late August 2020 through the panel meeting(s). 
Panelists must have access to a computer with 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 Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
·      Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
·      Select "Panelist" from the drop down options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
·      Select “Independent Artist Award” as the Grant Program.
Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov ) or Laura Weiss ( laura.weiss@maryland.gov ) for assistance. 
The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15
MSAC public art program is seeking candidates to serve as Grant Review Panelists for the new Public Art Across Maryland Conservation Grant . Those interested may apply below.
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.
Extended Deadline: May 14, 2021 @ 5PM*
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!
Valley Art Up-Coming Opportunities
  • Figure-drawing sessions are being resumed at the Mansion House in July, limiting the number of artists to four. The necessary COVID precautions will be observed. Professional models. Shared model fees only. No instruction. The sessions in July - September will be on the second and fourth Monday of each month, beginning on July 13 and July 27, 9:30 - 12:30. To book a space, please contact Elaine Wolfe. A waiting list will be maintained, as needed, and additional sessions may be scheduled.

  • For information about joining online sessions with professional models via Zoom, contact the DC Art Models Collective (DCAMC) at https://tinyletter.com/DCAMC. They provide very helpful information about using Zoom and provide a wide variety of models and types of session (e.g., one-hour lunchtime gesture, evening portrait, etc., individual sessions).

Workshops and Classes
Elaine Wolfe has contacted various workshop artists about offering demonstrations or classes via Zoom until live workshops are resumed. These include David Bottini, and Michael Davis and Hans Guerin. 

Before the Fall workshops listed below, we hope to re-schedule some of the classes and workshops at the Mansion House with the artists whose workshops we had to postpone, including the afternoon classes on the porch with Brendan Rich on "How to Make Paint" and "Cold Casting with Pewter". Discussions are underway with Brendan.

Fall Workshops
September 10, 2020    One-day "Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal" (child) with Nicole Troup
October 15, 2020    One-day Still-Life Workshop with Scott Royston

For information email, valleyartinfo@gmail.com
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