August 8, 2020
Volume 20-41
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.
Artist Focus - Dana Ebersole
Artist Focus - Lesley Whalley
Extended Deadline: August 14, 2020
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.”
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...
MSAC ENVISION Series:
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 11: Open Discussion
August 18: Collaborative Problem Solving
August 25: Open Discussion
September 1: Equity and Justice-Based Programming
Envisioning Our Communities: Story Share

August 12 12-1PM
with John Schratweiser
What better way to listen and share, if not over a meal? Grab lunch and join your fellow colleagues in a story share! As we gather together, this time is to collectively discuss anecdotal hopes, challenges, and tales of resilience of our arts communities. Leave the hour feeling inspired and connected as we envision the resurgence of the arts in our communities. 

Guest John Schratweiser will share how his passion for theater, and specifically musical theater opened the door to a career in Arts Administration and Advocacy.
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
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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
Washington County Historical Society--Up-coming events
Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-797-8782
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:  rbrankin@hagerstown.usmd.edu
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 www.marylandsymphony.org

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.

www.valleyartassoc.com  phone: 301-797-2867
Message from the Maryland State Arts Council

Overview
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 ana.hall-defoor@maryland.gov. 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.
  • Facebook.com/travelmd
  • Instagram.com/visitmaryland
  • Twitter.com/travelmd

The Maryland State Arts Council thanks you for your help. MSAC appreciates your participation in its quest to stop the spread of COVID-19.
David Bottini to teach
On-Line Art Classes
through
Howard’s Arts and Frames

Landscape Painting Online Workshop
Classes begin week of SEPT. 7, 2020
Explore landscape painting while staying indoors at-home. Thursday {novice to artist with some experience}
$ 85.00 + pre-packed supply package{20% off} (or purchase what you need to have the class supply list provided – it is really important to use the quality of acrylic paint that is suggested) Class enrollment is limited to a maximum of 16 students (min. 6)
Howards will arrange curbside delivery if desired.
 
This {6 week} class will focus on developing specific skills used in completing layered “glazing” approach to landscape painting.
 
Whether you are new to painting, or a well-practiced artist, you will learn useful technique and process. Students will work from photos (they take) of landscape for use developing an acrylic painting on canvas using a layered, glazing method. Students will work from observation, quick sketches and photos. Topics will include careful observation to develop a focused composition, working through concept sketches, developing a basic under-painting, and building the spatial illusion through using layers of acrylic paint in glazing technique.
6-week + one 2 hour end of class group critique. A scheduled Zoom class (up to 90 m.) every other week (3X) and weekly online painting demonstrations with ongoing Voicethread posting option. All online meetings and videos will be recorded and available for student’s review and reference. (While the Thursday 12:30 – 2:00) Zoom meetings are synchronous, you are NOT required to sign-in)
 
(Zoom is easy & free to use – I send an “invitation” I pay for the deluxe version - - you follow prompts, Voicethread is a visual art program I pay to host that is also easy to use – simple name and e-mail free sign-in)

Improving Your Painting Skills! Online
Classes begin week of SEPT. 7, 2020

Painting at-home together with guidance and peer interaction.  (Tuesday) {for those with some previous painting experience}
You will become a better artist! Your paintings will improve in this 6-week workshop -
Building on the 4 previous 6-week class sessions, this online approach will continue with the same dual track – individual painting goals PLUS a focus technique/subject.
 
6-week + one 2 hour end of class group critique. 90 min. Zoom every other week (3X) and weekly online painting demonstrations with ongoing Voicethread posting option. All online meetings and videos will be recorded and available for student’s review and reference. (While the Tuesday 12:30 – 2:00) Zoom meetings are synchronous, you are NOT required to sign-in)
(Zoom is easy to use – I send an “invitation” and you follow prompts, Voicethread is a visual art program I pay to host that is also easy to use – simple name and e-mail sign-in)
$ 85.00 + pre-packed supply package {20% off} (or purchase what you need to have - class supply list provided – it is really important to use the quality of acrylic paint that is suggested) Class enrollment is limited to a maximum of 16 students (min. 6)
Howards will arrange curbside delivery if desired.

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.

Questions, David Bottini at forgabriel@icloud.com or Sarah Kersting, Howard's Art & Frames 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.
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 (emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov) or Laura Weiss (laura.weiss@maryland.gov) 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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