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Artist Alley 
March 29, 2017
Volume 17-05   
     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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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

Exhibits run through May 2, 2017

To support the Washington County Arts Council on May 2, 2017, please click on this link 
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.

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.

The 2017 Official Visitor's Guide for
Washington County is now available!
This year's theme is
Washington County's Quaint Historic Towns.

Classical Guitarist - Rodrigo Paiva at the
Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church   
Saturday, April 1, 2017 * 6-7 pm
Rodrigo Jonas de Paiva was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1981. Son of guitar musician Cleivan Paiva, Paiva lived much of his childhood in the city of Crato in northeast Brazil in the state of Ceará. Cleivan Paiva realized his son had a gift for music and started to teach him guitar while he was very young. Rodrigo began guitar lessons with his aunt's teacher. In addition, Paiva took piano lessons from Neide Barreto. As a boy, Paiva began participating in his father's concerts singing and playing on his father's keyboard.
In 1994, Rodrigo Paiva moved to São Paulo and continued to develop his musical skills by playing guitar with other musicians and listening to music. During his teenage years, he began to play the cavaquinho, an instrument similar to the ukulele, and participated in several musical groups improving his skills. In 2001, Paiva joined the Free University of Music (ULM) and received an advanced-level certificate for popular guitar in 2008 under Professor Marco Prado. In 2007, Paiva joined the Cristal Group, recording 1 CD and 2 DVDs. In 2009, Paiva began his music education studies at the University Center Sant'anna, graduating in 2011.
Rodrigo Paiva moved to the United States in 2012 and studied jazz at the Frederick Community College under the direction of Anita Thomas. He currently lives in Frederick, Maryland, performing as a guitarist and teaching music lessons in guitar and music theory. Moments, Paiva's first recorded solo guitar CD, was released in 2013, and is available at his concerts and by emailing him at:
Guitar performance experience: Rodrigo Paiva has over 19 years of performance experience including recitals as a guitar soloist, playing in bands, weddings, and church groups.
He plays a wide-range of styles in his performances including selections from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, contemporary Christian, and his own solo guitar compositions.
Teaching experience: Rodrigo Paiva's teaching experience spans over ten years and includes instructing students of all ages: adults, teenagers, and children. He offers private and group guitar lessons in the Frederick, Maryland, area and surrounding communities.
11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742  
(301) 733-4411 |
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 |

Open Mic Nite
April 4, 2017 - Original Music
April 18 - Cancelled due to Spring Break.
The Maryland Theatre presents
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 * 7:00pm

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

Hagerstown Choral Arts presents
Sing Me To Heaven

April 8, 2017 4pm - 6:15 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown

Join the Hagerstown Choral Arts and the Northern Middle School Chorus and Women's Ensemble for an afternoon of uplifting music. Several arrangements by American Composer Aaron Copland will be performed along with many other beautiful pieces of music. Plus, get a sneak peek at our upcoming 25th season.
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 |

The Friends of Tolson's Chapel (FOTC)
4th Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner 

The Friends of Tolson's Chapel (FOTC) will host their 4th Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner in Hagerstown, MD on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at The Academy Theater Banquet & Conference Center, located at 58 E. Washington Street in Hagerstown.  The proceeds will help with ongoing operations and to maintain the chapel and cemetery grounds at Tolson's Chapel in Sharpsburg, MD.  

This year FOTC will celebrate the people of Tolson's Chapel, built in 1866 by the African American community in and around Sharpsburg, with a display of historic photographic portraits.
The gala event will feature the mellow jazz duo of Bob Sykes (piano) and Lou Hines (bass).  Other entertainment will feature Master Storyteller Renee Emanuel who will share several of her favorite stories.  A Silent Auction will also be taking place, along with raffles, throughout the evening.  The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, and dinner by Applause Catering will be served at 7:00 p.m.
The event is open to the public, with purchase of tickets by March 31, 2017.  Ticket price is $65 per person, or $55 for FOTC members, and special pricing for a limited number of full tables of six.  Cost of ticket is payable by cash, check or credit card.  Tickets for the event can be purchased via PayPal on their website: .  Or contact Edie Wallace via email at or call 240-452-7389.
The Friends of Tolson's Chapel is a 501(c)(3) organization that was created to restore and interpret the important historyof Tolson's Chapel.  The Chapel stands on the ground of the Antietam battle, which led to the Emancipation Proclamation, and signifies the beginnings of a free life and a free community - a church and school - for African Americans.  Tours are available by appointment.  Their website is .

Sharpsburg Library 301.432.8825

Full Rehearsal look at the Seussical Production
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30-4:00pm

Full Rehearsal look at the Seussical Production to see a behind the scenes of making the musical.
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
7 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown MD 21740
in Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District 
Classical Music Concert Series
By: Joseph M. Martin
Palm Sunday, April 9th, 2017--4:00PM
Reception to Follow Please mark your calendar for an afternoon of exquisite choral and instrumental music in the upcoming installment of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church's FREE Classical Music Concert Series. Joseph M. Martin's moving cantata "The Rose of Calvary" will be performed by the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church choir under the direction of Jeffrey A. Clise. This concert also will feature notable area vocalists, instrumentalists, and music ensembles. Special guests include: Gail Farmer, Soprano; Shelly Harr, Saxophone; Brenda Slick, Concert Piano; The St. Andrew Handbell Choir; and the Toot Uncommon Flute Ensemble. There is no charge for admission, but a free will offering will be received to benefit the St. Andrew Presbyterian Music Department's projects.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Name: Susan MacKenzie at 301-223-5964
Contact Email:

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795
(301) 223-8887 |

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.

2016-2017 Artists in Education Grant

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!
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.
Looking Beyond the Shell
Optimal Health Care Inc.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 * 3:00pm- 7:00pm

Senior Capstone Exhibit Sonia will present Silver Gelatin Prints. She creates portraits that tell stories. Her work portrays displaced residents who have lost everything. Her goal is to capture their way of living in inner cities in all sorts of conditions. By shooting the displaced, she wants to bring together a community so that we can stand with each other through tough times. Visually, Sonia wants to bring awareness to the truth that the homeless have a story to tell. More importantly, she wants to dispel the notion that being too lazy and not wanting to go out and better their lives causes homelessness and begging. Some homeless who are living on the streets are veterans who came back from fighting the war and are too proud to ask for money. Her series of photographs "Looking Beyond the Shell" is a truth statement that captures the harsh reality of life.

Contact: Sonia Glasgow at (218)591-3138 or

Optimal Health Care Inc.
6 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-2000 |

Call for Artists 
The Right of Return project encourages formerly incarcerated artists of all disciplines who seek to challenge mass incarceration through their creative practice -- including visual, performing, media, design, and other creative professions - to apply for the fellowship.  
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.
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Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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