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Artist Alley 
April 13, 2017
Volume 17-06    
     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... 
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April 2017 Exhibits

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

Exhibits run through May 2, 2017

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

If you are not available on May 2nd there is a new option---Advanced Giving.

The 2017 Official Visitor's Guide for
Washington County is now available!
This year's theme is
Washington County's Quaint Historic Towns.
April 18
Cancelled due to Spring Break.
A Classical Approach to
the Alla Prima Workshop
at the Mansion House.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 * 10 AM to 5 PM
A workshop with Michael Davis (website at the Mansion House
Gallery on Thursday, April 20, 2017: 10 AM to 5 PM.
Lunch will be provided. $125.

For information or to sign up for the workshop, please contact Elaine Wolfe at, or phone at (304-754-5116) by April 11th.
501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740   
(301) 797-6831 |

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.
African American History
with author Bob O'Connor

The Washington County Historical Society, in partnership with the African American Historical Association and The Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery, will present a program on African American history with author Bob O'Connor on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 1-3p.m. 
O'Connor will discuss his book, "Catesby - Eyewitness to the Civil War." The book offers a historical fiction account of a real slave who was a blacksmith to Lewis Washington in Charles Town, Va. (now WVa.) and then was sold to a man in Keedysville, Md. The story follows his quest to become a free man which includes becoming a runaway slave. Catesby eventually became a blacksmith for the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the unit of United States Colored Troops whose story is told in the well-known movie Glory.  He was captured in Florida and held in Andersonville Prison.
African American Heritage speaker programs are held on the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at the Miller House Museum, home of the Washington County Historical Society. Future speakers include Ed Maliskas, Fanny Crawford, Richard Kline, Margaret Miles, Steve Bockmiller and the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society.
The primary function of the African American Historical Association is to research African American history and culture and utilize that research to further educate and inform communities in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. For more information about African American Heritage in Washington County, visit
Natural State
at Engine Room Art Space
Group Exhibit
4/13/2017 - 4/23/2017
The opening reception for this show will be Thursday, April 13th, from 4:30-8:40 pm. There will be an artists panel at 6:00 pm, where the artists will further explain their work and take questions from the audience. The show will be up and open to the public until Sunday, April 23rd.
Engine Room Art Space 
36 N. Potomac St. 
Hagerstown, MD 21740 

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!
Spring Scavenger Hunt
& Photo Workshop 
Saturday April 22, 2017 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM
     If you like to take photos here's a chance to have some fun with your camera on a photographer's scavenger hunt and enjoy a day at this "Spring Photo Workshop" on Saturday April 22, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
     You start taking photos before you attend by finding and photographing 20 items. (You can do it alone or take a friend along!) The list of the scavenger hunt items is emailed to you when you register. Many items are common things that can be found in and around your home, the challenge is to take creative interesting photos of the items. Of course a few require you to go searching!   Bring your best 20 shots to the workshop, to be reviewed while you have some morning pastries and coffee at Sanctuary Studios. Of course there's a prize for the winner who has all the items, ties will be broken by choosing who has the best photos of all the items.
     Session is for beginners to learn some basics and for more experienced photographers to spend time with their camera exploring new artistic directions and check out some Adobe Photoshop tools.
     W orkshop is given by photographer Penny Knobel-Besa who has won many awards for her photography, is published in several literary journals, and exhibits here and abroad. The session will be held at her and her artist husband, Hilmar Gottesthal's Sanctuary Studios in Flintstone. The session is informal and includes tips for better photos, brief field trip by car in the immediate area includes miniature horses, scenic vista, and old spring house, the day ends with studio model shoot with backdrop and various clothing from wedding to funky.  
     The workshop offers the opportunity for interactive exchange of basic photographic information with opportunities to ask questions. Workshop Fee - $85 which includes buffet lunch. To register send down payment of $40 to Penny Knobel-Besa at 13910 Scofield Rd. Flintstone, Maryland, 21530 (Include your email with payment and you will receive the Scavenger Hunt List & Details)
For more information contact or call (301) 478-2735 
Painting Nature Workshop
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Instructor: Christine Neill, MICA Professor
Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10am-3pm
     This workshop focuses on the painting of nature objects. Bringing the natural forms into the indoor studio allows us to closely examine aspects of light & color, composition, form & surface and pictorial space. Techniques of watercolor painting as well as the unique aspects of painting nature will be emphasized through demonstration, slides and observational painting.
     The instructor will propose specific topics for students to work on. Participants can expect to complete a painting during the workshop. Whether students choose to paint realistically or expressively, they will be encouraged to work in a style familiar to them. The workshop is open to participants of all levels who have experience painting with watercolor (intermediate and advanced.) Cost: $45 non-museum members/$41.50 museum members .
     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. 
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 |
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.
Call for Artists
32nd Biennial Quilt Exhibition

     The Schoolhouse Quilters Guild Inc. of Cumberland Maryland cordially invites quilters and sewers of all ages to participate in the group's 32nd Biennial Quilt Exhibition from June 16-18, 2017 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Submission date is June 14 from 12 noon to 5 PM at the Multi-Purpose Building, 11490 Moss Avenue, Cumberland MD 21502. There is no charge to participate.
     Monetary and non-monetary awards will be presented along with ribbons. The quilts will be judged on originality, technique, and craftsmanship. The jurors are all members of the the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges.
     The main awards are sponsored by Hunter Douglas, major manufacturer of custom-made window coverings, and local area employer, include Best of Show, Best Use of Color, and Best Quilting Technique.
     There are various quilting categories from appliqué to machine and hand embroidery. To learn more about pre-registration requirements and the awards, please visit
You can also call Lita at 240-362-7079 or MaryAnn at 301-338-1082 for additional details.
You are encouraged to pre-register here: Quilt Registration Form

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 |
Jesus Christ Superstar: 2017 A.D.
April 21, 22, and 23, 2017 
Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar: 2017 A.D.," on April 21, 22, and 23, in the Kepler Theater on HCC's main campus.
Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $15, but HCC students, staff, and faculty can attend for free. The show is rated PG-10 due to simulated violence and loud explosions. To purchase tickets online, visit
Production made possible by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals and Two Knights Rights Limited. For more information, contact director Mike Harsh at
Hagerstown Community College
Kepler Theater 
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown MD 21740
Gallery Quartet Concert
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, April 23, 2017   2:30 p.m.
      The Gallery Quartet, will present a chamber music concert on Sunday April 23, 2017.  The group has played at the museum for 40 years. The program will feature music for strings and flute. The concert is free and open to the public. You may RSVP at 301-739-5727 or
     The program will begin with a performance of the String Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No.5 by Joseph Hadyn, "The Father of the String Quartet". This lively and melodious work will be followed by the impassioned String Quartet in A major composed by the Felix Mendelssohn. This early romantic work was inspired by an early romance of the youthful composer. Gallery Quartet members performing in this concert are Carl Tretter and Jere Stern violins, Carolyn Kessler, viola, and Fay Rosinsky, cello.
     Information can be found at 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. 
Chain Maille Workshop
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Instructor: Sukey Rankin
Thursday, April 27, 2017 a0:00 AM - 3:00 PM
     Learn to make jewelry using the beautiful pattern technique of chain maille.  Your creations will be a mesmerizing dance of rings.  Each participant will be able to make a bracelet and a pair of earrings or pendant during the workshop. All materials needed to make your projects are included in your workshop fee.  Participants may wish to bring their own chain maille pliers and magnifiers.

Cost: $65.00 non-museum members/$58.50 museum members
Please Register by April 19, 2017! Deadline to Register April 19!

     Information can be found at 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.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day- 
Commemorate at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art
April 30, 2017    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Schedule of Events
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Camera Obscura in Kaylor Atrium/FREE
Bowman Gallery/FREE
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Mini Exhibit of Pinhole Photography/Kaylor Atrium
     Information can be found at For more information contact 301-739-5727 ext.124 or  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.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Kaylor Atrium 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21741
Wednesday, May 10, 2017   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Sale - A variety of weaving and tapestry looms, warping boards, Inkle Loom, Swifts, and frame looms are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis. 
Table looms are Studio Model 15" looms
Floor Looms are Studio Model 36" studio models
Harrisville 4-shaft floor loom
Gallanger 4-shaft counterbalance floor loom
Information can be found at 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.
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.

The Runner Stumbles!
The Potomac Playmakers announce the final show of their historic 90th Anniversary Season, Milan Stitt's "The Runner Stumbles!" In this great drama, a young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelt tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed.
Produced by special permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and Directed by Barry Harbaugh with Nic Sigman, "The Runner Stumbles" features the talented cast of Tom Doty, Larry Doucette, Starlene Hamilton, Kim Jones, Andrew King, Adam Martens, Maverick McKee, Lexi Oliver, and Andrea Robison. 
"The Runner Stumbles" will run May 12-14, 2017 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740.  Show time will be 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday night performances, while the curtain will rise on the Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.  Discounted advance tickets of $11 are available ONLINE ONLY at , while $13 tickets will be available at the door.

Maryland Entertainment Group presents 2010 Tony Award Winner RED a play by John Logan Directed by Reiner Prochaska May 18, 19, 20 at 8 pm May 20 and 21 at 2 pm
Hagerstown Community College's Black Box Theatre
11400 Robinwood Drive Hagerstown, MD 21742
Tickets are $15 General Admission ~ $10 Students/Seniors 55+ Seating is limited! To purchase tickets visit: or call 240-520-0443 Appropriate for ages 17+
Fee: $15 General Admission ~ $10 Students/Seniors 55+

"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.

Hagerstown Community Concert Association announces new season -- 2017-18 schedule
* Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 - Two on Tap
* Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 - The Quebe Sisters
* Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 - Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, a tribute to Hank Williams
* Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Three Redneck Tenors
* Sunday, April 4, 2018 - Side Street Strutters

Tickets for the Hagerstown Community Concert Association 2017-2018 Concert Series are on sale. All concerts take place at The Maryland Theatre, 27 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Cost is $60 for a season series subscription. To purchase tickets online, go to , or mail a subscription form to Hagerstown Community Concert Association, P.O. Box 851, Hagerstown, MD 21741-0851.
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday, September 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts.

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