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Artist Alley 
March 18, 2017
Volume 17-04  
     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.
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March 2017 Exhibits

" Jon Parks: Southern Exposure" and " Lesley Whalley: Colorful Language"
Exhibits continue through March 28, 2017

Washington County Arts Council, 34 S Potomac Street, in the heart of downtown Hagerstown.

April 2017 Exhibits

"Monika Wertman: Taking Shape: Anatomy of an Athlete" and "Janet Salter and HCC Students: Body & Soul"

Opening Reception, Thursday, March 30, 2017   5-7PM

Exhibits run through May 2, 2017


Washington County Historical Society will be hosting its last Sunday afternoon musical concert of the winter season. The afternoon concert is from 2 - 4 and will include a reception.

THE WEAVERS ~ Bill and Joyce Weaver are local living historians and musicians from Boonsboro, MD. They have studied and performed traditional music of 18th century Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and Colonial America. Bill plays fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and vocals while Joyce plays accompaniment on the recorder, oboe and vocal harmony. Recently, the Weavers celebrated their 40th anniversary touring and sight-seeing Joyce's ancestral home of Ireland. Many of the tunes they will be performing are traditional favorites among seasoned Irish "Pub Crawlers". Join us for an afternoon of song and stories from the Emerald Isle.
Frank Herrera: On the Road Again
Photographic Exhibition

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts a photographic exhibition, Frank Herrera: On the Road Again running through April 9, 2017.   A native of West Virginia, Frank Herrera has traveled the world with his camera. The images he captures feature the hallmarks of his style: remarkable light, thoughtful composition, and exquisite detail. In this intimate installation, Herrera shares photographs of some of his favorite destinations.
Mr. Herrera is a juror for the 2017 Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographic Exhibition. Since 1968, Frank Herrera has pursued a freelance career devoted to commercial and art photography, specializing in photodocumentary work. He has been affiliated with Glen Echo Park, a part of the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD, as an artist-instructor since 1975. He is responsible for developing and implementing a creative photography program with emphasis on public access to the arts. Herrera took a series of photographs during "The Perfect Moment" Mapplethorpe protest at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1989 for which he is renowned.
For more information on the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Open Mic Nite
March 21, 2017 - Original Spoken Word

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
The Playhouse is proud to present Dreamworks' MADAGASCAR
as its next Theater For Young Audiences production.
MADAGASCAR runs February 4th through April 8th 2017.
Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.

Purchase tickets online at or call 301-739-7469. The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, REAR, in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
The Planets
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, March 18, 2017 * 8:00pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017 * 3:00pm
Explore the mysteries of the solar system with this full-sensory experience featuring NASA HD video footage to accompany Holsts' out-of-this-world "The Planets".
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
Maryland Entertainment Group Auditions for Cymbeline
Zion Reformed United Church of Christ
201 N Potomac Street Hagerstown, MD 2174

March 21, 2017; Start Time: 6:00pm--End Time: 9:00pm

Maryland Entertainment Group will be holding auditions for Cymbeline, its 4th Annual Shakespeare in the Park on Tuesday, March 21 from 6-9 pm at Zion Reformed United Church of Christ 201 N Potomac Street Hagerstown, MD 21740. Please bring 1 copy headshot and resume and prepare 1 Shakespearean monologue. To schedule an audition appointment call 240-520-0443. Performance dates for Cymbeline are June 30 and July 1 at 8 pm and July 2 at 6 pm.

Contact Name: Sam Little--Phone: 240-520-0443 or
Left: Louise Abdullah
Right: Carey Strong with Al Martin

Volunteer of the Year Award and the Volunteer Special Recognition Award

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is proud to announce Carey Strong and Louise Abdullah as the recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Volunteer Special Recognition Award. The recipients were announced at the museum's Annual Membership Meeting on March 2, 2017.
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Rockin' Road to Dublin 
Friday, March 24, 2017 * 7:30pm

Following sell-out shows in the Northeast, Rockin' Road to Dublin is coming to Hagerstown on their Rockin' Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith, the cast includes 14 dancers, 8 musicians and two vocalists.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
Coloring Party  
Friday, March 24th & 31st  @ 4 p.m.

Unwind after a long week of studying, tests, and homework with intricate adult coloring pages.

 Please Register
Fletcher Branch Library
YA Room #212
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone 301-739-3250 x 270
Contemporary American Theater Festival

In anticipation of the Summer of
Six, Contemporary American Theater Festival is hosting a Shepherdstown Sneak Peek on March 24th at 8pm in the Frank Center. Join CATF's Founder and Producing Director, Ed Herendeen and special guest, playwright Allison Gregory.

Shepherdstown Sneak Peek 
March 24th at 8pm 
Frank Center Stage
260 University Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Learn more about the 2017 Season by visiting
CATF online.
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

4th Saturday, March 25, 2017
March's Free Movie Night will feature "Moana," an adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

Watch the movie trailer on YouTube
All free movies start at 7:00 p.m. Free drinks and free popcorn available in the lobby. 
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Teen Idol 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 * 7:00
Tickets on sale Friday, Feb 24th, 2017 at 11:00am
The Washington County Free Library & Maryland Theatre along with After Five Productions Present Teen Idol 2017, celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Twenty teens, ages 15-19, will perform for a grand prize of $1000 and second prize of $500. Come out and cheer for your favorite Teen Idol and support
Teen Programs at The Washington County Free Library.

Guest Master of Ceremonies, Pieter Bickford and special performances throughout the night. 
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |

Taste of Vegas Casino Night

A Discovery Station Benefit Fundraiser!
A Celebration of Food, Drink, Music & More!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT
Fountain Head Country Club
13316 Fountain Head Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Enjoy great food with your ticket, casino games with funny money, live music by Staff Infection, dancing, a cash bar, tip jars, 50/50s, door prizes, auctions.

Tickets Available on 

The Maryland Theatre presents
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Sunday, March 26, 2017 * 4:00pm
Accompanied by his band, Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone currently performs over 200 concerts a year. He consistently plays to sold-out venues and his admirers span the generations. At the age of fifteen, Peter achieved international fame as "Herman", lead singer of the legendary pop band Herman's Hermits. His classic hits include: "I'm Into Something Good", "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter", "I'm Henry VIII, I Am", "Silhouettes", "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", "Wonderful World", "Just A Little Bit Better", "There's A Kind of Hush", "A Must To Avoid", "Listen People", "No Milk Today" "The End of the World" "Leaning On A Lamp Post", and "Dandy".

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |

Kerensa Gray:
Noteworthy Sundays
@ Your Library Concert
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 3:00pm

20th Annual Billie Holiday vocal Competition winner, Kerensa Gray if often compared to such jazz royalty as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall. Kerensa's music finds balance in her ability to skillfully interweave melodies of jazz, blues and folk music into a sound that is undeniably and uniquely hers.

100 South Potomac Street
Community Room - 1&2 - #308/309
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 739-3250
Pencil & Ink Landscape Drawing   
Smithsburg Library
Tuesday, March 28th @ 6:30 p.m.
Join local artist, Jeanine Harshman from Middlepoint Studio, to learn all the techniques to create a landscape drawing. Attend both classes or just one that are being held in our Community Room. Materials will be provided. Class is limited to 15. This is for ages 8 to adult.
Registration is required 301.824.7722
Smithsonian Curator to present
"The Ciwara Masquerade:
Performing Work, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Mali"
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts invites the public to a catered dinner and lecture, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The lecturer will be Mary Jo Arnoldi, Curator of African Cultures and the Arts at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Arnoldi will discuss "The Ciwara Masquerade: Performing Work, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Mali. The dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. Reservations must be made prior to March 24, 2017. Participants can attend the dinner and lecture or the lecture only if they wish.
To purchase tickets for this event, call the Museum at 301-739-5727 or on-line at . Tickets for the dinner and lecture are 25 for non-museum members and $20 for Museum/Singer Society members. Tickets for the lecture only are $5 and free to Museum/Singer Society members.

Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents Melinda Doolittle
Soulful Pop Female Vocalist 
at The Maryland Theatre
Thursday, March 30, 2017 * 7:30pm
Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. Her debut album, Coming Back to You (2009), garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times which hailed Melinda as one of the most "phenomenally gifted" singers in years. A powerful Pop vocalist.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre hosts the
USA National Miss Maryland Pageant
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Preliminary Competition * 6pm - No tickets required

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Final Crowning * 3pm
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 * 7:00pm

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
The Best of the Eagles

at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, April 8, 2017 * 8:00pm
Featuring Guest Artists:Jeans 'n Classics. A tribute concert to one of the world's most successful and widely loved rock bands of the 1970's, with songs including Take It Easy, Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and other favorites!
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-3500 |

Steel Magnolias
March 17 - April 22, 2017
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater presents Steel Magnolias.
Steel Magnolia's is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Helped by her assistant Annelle, Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, Clairee, the former Mayor's wife, and M'Lynn, whose daughter Shelby (the prettiest girl in town) is about to marry a "good ole boy." Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias is truly touching, funny and marvelously entertaining.
Purchase tickets online at or call 301-739-7469. The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, REAR, in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
Faces of Hagerstown

Fast Track Public Art Project
An Outdoor Photo Mural Exhibition Celebrating the People of Hagerstown

     Do you know Hagerstown, Maryland, and its people? Can you capture the truth of life in Hagerstown in a photo? Then this opportunity is for you!
     The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council and the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitor's Bureau is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of Faces of Hagerstown (FOH), a signature public art feature of the new 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 (artist rendering above), and (2) on a restored artistic masonry wall and custom decorative pole covers along the Lee Street segment of the Trail.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
4th Saturday, April 22
Our Free Movie Night for April will feature:  "Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story"
The first installment of the Star Wars Anthology seriesRogue One is a standalone film set immediately before the original film.  In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Watch the movie trailer on YouTube 
All free movies start at 7:00 p.m. Free drinks and free popcorn available in the lobby. 
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!

6th Annual Children's T-Shirt Contest

Here is your chance to become a part of the Western Maryland Blues Fest, held each year in Hagerstown, MD.
We are searching for one talented student to design this year's kids t-shirt to be sold at the festival. This student must be in Kindergarten thru 8th grade.
30 finalists will have their artwork matted and displayed at the Washington County Arts Council during the Blues Fest Poster Artist Exhibit opening Thursday, June 1, 2017 with a reception from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The show will remain on display through Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
One lucky winner, in addition to having their design placed on the children's t-shirt, will receive complimentary passes to the weekend festivities and will be introduced during the opening ceremonies on Friday, June 2nd.
To download an application click here.

2016-2017 Artists in Education Grant

Art Market - Wind Down

"Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND" is a downtown monthly event in conjunction with The Maryland Theatre, The Washington County Arts Council and the City of Hagerstown.....that is fun for all ages. The May 2017 event, on Friday, May 12, 2017, offers artists the ART MARKET, a venue to demonstrate and sell their art while enjoying local food, beverages and entertainment.
The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC), along with the committee members of the Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND, are pleased to invite visual artists to answer a "Call to Artists" for the opportunity of be a part of the juried event 2017 ART MARKET on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm to be held in conjunction with Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND.
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts presents Seussical The Musical
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday and Saturday, April 21, 22 & 28, 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23 & 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Announces the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award. The $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to one Graduating High School Senior and a resident of Washington County each year who plans to pursue studies in Visual Art, Art History, Art Education, Design, Architecture, or Museum Studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college. The winner will be chosen by a selection committee, comprised of representatives from the WCMFA's Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Director and Staff.

Jean Cushwa Internships
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts offers internships to qualified college students with an interest in Art, Art History, or Museum Studies. In an environment of supervised, hands-on learning, internships allow students to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and to contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions. Applications are accepted in the spring of each year, for 1 summer internship position with a stipend; other volunteer internships may also be available.
The Cushwa College Internship has been established through the estate of Jean Cushwa and her heirs.

Application deadline: May 2, 2017
Information can be found For more information contact the Museum, at (301) 739-5727 or visit Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dial M for Murder 
  May 5- June 10, 2017
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and 
Children's Theater presents Dial M for Murder.
Alfred Hitchcock based his much-loved thriller on this play about a former tennis star who has married for money. He goes on to plan what he thinks is the perfect murder. Or is it? This hair-raiser thrills you down to the last chilling moment!
Purchase tickets online at or call 301-739-7469. The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, REAR, in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
"Two Museum Thefts that Made Headlines in Baltimore"
Washington County Museum of fine Arts
May 21, 2017--2:00 PM -- Free

Gary Vikan, Former Director

of the Walters Art Museum (1994-2013)

Dr. Gary Vikan served as director of the Walters Art Museum for nearly two decades. Since retiring from that post in 2013, he has devoted his time to research and writing. His new memoir, Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director, published by SelectBooks, tells a story of looted fakes, forgeries, and failed exhibitions. In this entertaining lecture, Vikan will recount some of the unexpected and little known challenges of running an art museum. Copies of his memoir will be available for purchase for $20.00 in the Museum Shop.
Presented in Memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey through the Jane Steffey Fund. "Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director."

*Book Signing After Lecture

Costumes from the 
Contemporary American Theater Festival
Special Exhibition

Special Exhibition Reception --
Saturday, June 10th at 6:30pm

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Groh Gallery and Kaylor Atrium 
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741

Tickets: $50 per person
For tickets and more information contact the
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
at (301) 739-5727.

T he Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from
the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the
Department of Business & Economic Development.
Supported in part by:
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland,
Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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