August 14, 2020
Volume 20-42
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...
Visitors are able to view the current exhibitions, of artists Lesley Whalley and Dana Ebersole through August 2020.
The Washington County Arts Council July & August 2020 Exhibits....view the videos.
or visit the Gallery.....socially distancing...wearing facial masks...
Mark your calendars….
support the Washington County Arts Council!


Washington County Gives is a 24-hour, online giving promotion hosted by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Washington County, Maryland. This annual event gives the Washington County Arts Councils and local nonprofits the opportunity to raise unrestricted dollars and receive and prize money!
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
The Maryland Theatre has announced that
EAGLEMANIA: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute
has been rescheduled for March 6, 2021 at 7 PM.

NOTE: This performance was originally postponed from March 2020 due to COVID-19 and then re-scheduled for Sunday, September 27, 2020. Per state guidelines, the event has been postponed until March 6, 2021.
Ticketholders please note that your original tickets will be valid for the new date.

For information contact: Audrey Vargason, Business Relations Manager at

The Maryland Theatre
21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Call for Artists
Annual Community Art Show:
The Best Local Art of 2020
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC’s “Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2020.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from December 3, 2020 through January 5, 2021.

Submission Deadline: October 24, 2020
Post your up-coming events on the WCAC calendar. Email calendar changes and updates to
FY2022 Grants for Organizations Intent to Apply Application is now open
Application Due September 15, 2020
The Grants for Organizations (GFO) granting program provides general operating support to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, as well as units of government, that produce or present ongoing arts programming that is open to the public.

If your organization is a NEW Applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization is required to complete the Intent to Apply form in order to be eligible to apply for FY2022 GFO funding. If the organization is deemed eligible after review of the Intent to Apply form, the organization must submit a completed On-Year Application by November 15, 2020 to be considered for FY2022 GFO funding. 

If you answer “Yes!” to all sections in the below chart, your organization is eligible to complete an Intent to Apply form.
Questions? Contact Program Directors Laura Weiss ( or Emily Sollenberger ( for assistance.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5pm

Focusing on Possibilities
Join us this week for the Envision series! MSAC offers free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities. For more information and to register, please visit our website.
Envisioning Our State: Coffee with Ken

Here’s your chance to get the ear of the Director! Join MSAC’s Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz, and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for a topic-specific dialogue about the arts in Maryland
August 18: Collaborative Problem Solving
August 25: Open Discussion
September 1: Equity and Justice-Based Programming
Envisioning Our Programming

Place-based Community Organizing in West Baltimore
Thursday, August 20, 1-2 PM
As executive director of Arch Social Community Network in West Baltimore, Denise Johnson is a community organizer developing strong relationships with constituents through dialogue and direct interaction. This webinar demonstrates Arch Social Community Network’s philosophy that place, individual experience, and community tradition are building blocks in creating a local outlet for cultural expression. Traditional arts professionals and other cultural workers are invited to attend this session to learn how cultural traditions and fieldwork can be framed as essential components of community organizing.
MCA Racial Equity Program 

Hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, this program will include educational and developmental work by way of workshops and reflection sessions, and a complimentary book club. For more information, please visit the MCA website
Connect with us
Artist Focus - Dana Ebersole
Artist Focus - Lesley Whalley
Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition
Enjoy the WCPS Annual Art Exhibition virtually this year. Click here to view.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council, Hershey Family Foundation, Volvo Group, Dr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Murray, and Cooling Services, Inc.
Washington County Historical Society--Up-coming events
Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosts
“Celebrating 100 Years of Women Artists"
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
The USMH University Spirit Run will be held virtually this year!

Benefitting USMH Scholarship Fund the event will run from Friday, September 25, 2020 through Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Participants can complete a 5K, 10K, or half marathon wherever you choose.

Registration is open now! With your registration, you’ll receive a race t-shirt and medal which will be shipped directly to you with contactless packaging.

We encourage you to gather your friends and family to make a team with a creative Maryland or University themed name.
Registration is now open!  Sponsorships are also available. Contact Bob Rankin for more information:
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
announces the 2020 Treasure Sale!

The 2020 Treasure Sale returns this year in the form of an online auction beginning Friday, November 6. The Museum is  accepting donations now -- click here!
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra plans to begin its subscription season in late January, even if some distancing is still required. Plans are underway to offer a livestream option for remote concert attendance. More details will be available on their website soon at

During this pandemic “Intermission” Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has been curating and hosting weekly online concerts drawn from the MSO’s archive of concert recordings to display the MSO to a wider world and to keep our local audience connected during a period of shut-down. She is also taking a deeper role in the continued development of online educational content for students who will not be able to attend school in person this fall.
The Valley Art Association August 2020 all member show at the Mansion House Art Gallery is the theme "Vacay Daze". This exhibit includes works of art by Valley Art members about vacations.  The show runs through August 30,2020.  The Mansion House at 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown MD is open Fridays & Saturdays 11am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm. Admission is FREE and face masks and social distancing are required.  phone: 301-797-2867
Message from the Maryland State Arts Council

Recent trends in Maryland concerning those contracting the COVID-19 virus are showing that people of all ages are now being impacted. As a reminder that taking several, simple precautions can help stop the virus from spreading, the Maryland Office of Tourism is creating a radio and social media campaign called “Masks On Maryland”. The radio campaign is already in production and will air shortly. However, our social media campaign is now in development and will showcase popular social media influencers, young celebrities and business leaders in general who will urge their peers and followers to wear masks to help stop the virus from spreading.
To Participate
Contact Participants will be asked to:
  • Post a photo of themselves wearing a Maryland flag mask that will be given to them. 
  • Produce a video (approved prior to posting) using the following basic script messages delivered in their own special way.
  • “I’m (name, occupation)”. 
  • “I’ve worked hard to (capture today’s issues in my art, make music that inspires, etc.)”
  • “Only you can keep Maryland in business”.
  • “Stay 6 feet apart and wear a mask.”
  • “MASKS ON MARYLAND”! (put on provided Maryland flag mask) 
  • Use the following hashtags
  • #MasksOnMaryland
  • #MDinFocus
  • #PhysicalDistancing 
  • Link to Maryland Office of Tourism social media sites.

The Maryland State Arts Council thanks you for your help. MSAC appreciates your participation in its quest to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Acrylic Landscape Painting Online Workshop
with David Bottini
Explore landscape painting while staying indoors at-home.
Working from your own observation, quick sketches, and photos, students will create an acrylic painting on canvas using a layered glazing method. Covered areas include concept sketches, underpainting development, and building spatial illusion through layered glazes of acrylic paint. Composition will remain an important focus throughout all steps. This class will encourage review and discussion both during development and after completion.
·     Zoom class every other Thursday 12:30pm – 2pm (3 total)
·     Weekly online painting demonstration with ongoing Voicethread posting option.
·     2-hour end of class group critique
(All online meetings and videos will be recorded and available for student’s review and reference, therefore it is not required that you attend the Zoom classes.)
Zoom is free and easy to use. You will receive an invitation from the instructor for each session. Voicethread is a visual art program the instructor utilizes that is also easy to use – simple name and e-mail free sign-in.
Class Dates: Begins week of Sept. 7th
Ages: 14-Adult
Cost: $90 + $135 supply kit (supplies may also be purchased separately)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: David Bottini (Read more about David Bottini here.)
The supply kit is priced at about a 20% discount. Anyone in class will receive 10% off additional supplies at Howard’s for the duration of class. Howard's can arrange curbside pick up and/or delivery (on a location by location basis).

Sign up deadline by August 31st

Follow the button below to register online OR stop in or
call us at 301-733-2722 to reserve your space.
David Bottini brings over 32 years of experience teaching art and a lifetime working as a professional artist to teaching beginner and emerging artists. He studied painting at The Rhode Island School of Design, The Maryland Institute, and earned his MFA from The Savannah College of Art & Design.
Bottini’s paintings are featured in national art publications and his paintings are exhibited and collected throughout the United States. He has been part of the Cumberland Valley Juried Exhibit for 2018, 2019 and was the Peoples Choice award recipient for the 2018 and 2019 Cumberland Valley Exhibit. His work is on exhibit locally at Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WV.
Class fee is only refundable if you cancel more than one week before class begins. If the class is cancelled, we will refund your registration fee.

Howard's Art & Frames 1256 Dual Hwy Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-733-2722
This exhibition features 20th- and 21st-century paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures drawn from the collections of the WCMFA and area collectors.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Grants for Organizations - Call for Panelists
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Grants for Organizations (GFO) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the disciplines of the organizations under review. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

The FY22 GFO process will include one multi-disciplinary panel to review all new applications and organizations in an “on-year.” 

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.*
·    Complete assigned extension assignments (Artistic Site Visits and In-Depth Conversations)
·    Attend one GFO panel meeting (March/April 2021)
*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applications. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late November 2020 through the panel meeting in March/April 2021.

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 “Grants for Organizations” as the Grant Program.
Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( or Laura Weiss ( for assistance.

Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm
Successful panelists enthusiastically embrace organizational and analytical skills, preparedness, timeliness, communication, collaboration, and their role as an advocate for the arts. Please do not complete this application if this list does not align with your practice.
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