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Artist Alley 
April 27, 2017
Volume 17-08     
     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
May 2017 Exhibits

"Courtney Lee: You Are Here" and "Benita Keller & Audra Martenot's HCC Visual Arts Students: Vision Quest"

Exhibits run from May 5, 2017 through Mary 30, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM.

"Triopia" led by Phil Dimercurio will entertain guests during the opening reception.
Washington County Gives 2017
Advanced Giving continues through
May 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM

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.
Top row (right to left) Tom Garner, Principal of Salem Ave, Jasmine's previous school; Theresa Walker-Keegan, Jasmine's Mother, The Honorable Robert Bruchey, Mayor City of Hagerstown, Jason Walker-Keegan, Jasmine's Father.
Front row (right to left) Mary Anne Burke, Executive Director Washington County Arts Council, Contest Winner, Jasmine Walker-Keegan, and Michelle Hetzel, Jasmine's Magnet Art Teacher, Western Heights Middle.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey recognized Jasmine Walker-Keegan the winner of the
2017 Blues Fest Children's T-Shirt contest at its April 25, 2017 meeting.

Grand Opening of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail

The community will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail on Saturday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. Join project partners, local leaders, and artists who have contributed to the trail in a dedication ceremony to be held at the "Mural of Unusual Size" just off of Baltimore Street. Enjoy activities for the whole family along the Trail following the ceremony, including paddle boats on City Park Lake!

May 2, 2017 - Original Music 
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.
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.
Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition
at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
  • April 22 - May 7, 2017 (Primary Schools)
Reception/May 7, 2017/2:00 - 4:00 p.m./FREE
  • May 13 - May 28, 2017 (Middle and High Schools)
Reception/May 13, 2017/1:00 - 3:00 p.m./FREE
Sponsored by The Hershey Family Foundation, Washington County Arts Council, Antietam Cable, and Volvo Group Trucks
Destination ARTS!
Performances and Events for May 3-9, 2017

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please visit the website at or contact Amy Stine at 717-655-2915 or at Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Shepherd University International Guitar Festival
The third annual Shepherd University International Guitar Festival, which runs April 28-May 1, will offer several opportunities for the public to attend concerts and observe master classes. The festival, sponsored by Doc's Tea, will feature Grammy Award-winner David Russell, Cuban guitarist and composer Eduardo Martín, classical guitarist William Feasley, and guitar luthier Randy Angella.
Guitar festival events open to the public include:

  • Friday, April 28, 8 p.m.-William Feasley, award-winning solo artist and international performer; Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St.; admission by donation.
  • Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m.-Martín & Martín Duo, internationally recognized Cuban guitarist Eduardo Martín and his daughter Galy Martín; St. Agnes Catholic Church, 106 S. Duke St.; admission by donation.
  • Sunday, April 30, 8 p.m.-David Russell, Grammy Award-winning Scottish guitarist; Shepherd's Marinoff Theater; general admission is $20, and $15 for seniors and students under age 18.
  • Monday, May 1, 1:30 p.m.-Festival Participants' Showcase; Shepherd's Frank Center W. H. Shipley Recital Hall; admission by donation.
The public can also observe the following master classes at the Frank Center for free:
  • Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.-Master class with guitarist/composer Eduardo Martín, who will talk about his compositions and their relation to the folk music, guitar traditions, and special techniques of his native Cuba.
  • Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m.-noon-Master class with Eduardo Martín.
  • Monday, May 1, 10 a.m.-noon-Master Class with David Russell.

Metal Sculptor Scott Cawood
Open Studio
April 29-30, 2017   10AM to 6PM
Sharpsburg, MD  21782
Saturday, April 29, 2017   3-8pm
Downtown Frostburg
Meet local artists, catch live performances and demonstrations, attend specialty workshops, and make your own creations at the Frostburg Arts Walk! Designed to be a walking arts tour, attendees can expect a jam-packed evening with a wide array of entertainment for the whole family! Over 45 artists and craftspeople will be selling their wares in 28 participating businesses and locations in downtown. There is lots of fun to be had for the kids, too! Children can create unique crafts at City Place using recycled materials, hosted by Evergreen Heritage Center, or board the Arts Bus for more colorful fun with Kids Craft with Clare. Other children's activities and demonstrations include a free pasta necklace station, a homemade play dough workshop, and a tie-dye workshop.

For more information: 
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts presents Seussical The Musical
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday and Saturday, April 28 & 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-3500 |
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.
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.
Nature and History
C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
May 5 through May 28
     The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Nature and History" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St, Cumberland MD, from May 5 through May 28.
     The exhibit will feature works by wood turned artist, Mike Cope, along with a variety of art from the private collections of the Allaway family, the Giarritta family, the Halmos family, the Lin/Irwin family, the Persons family, and the Scarpelli family.  Gallery guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and the art collectors at the opening reception May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.
     MIke Cope's favorite approach is to find a gnarly piece of wood and let its inner beauty come out. Whether that happens to be a bowl, a vase, or an abstract expression, Cope's goal is to create an agile form that has volume without a mass.
For the first time ever, the Gilchrist Gallery will display art pieces from the private collections of 6 Cumberland MD families who have been patrons of the arts community for many years.  This exhibit will give gallery visitors an unprecedented opportunity to view these items and gain a glimpse into what motivated the collectors to make them their own.
      The Gilchrist is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, visit, call 301-724-5800 or email
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.

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.

Boonsboro Hosts
9th Annual Green Fest
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Beautiful Shafer Park will be the scene of the Annual Boonsboro Green Fest.
Hosted by the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, the festival will run from 10AM to 5PM
Admission is FREE
Shafer Park  
37 Park Drive
Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
A Fifth of Beethoven 
Saturday May 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.
The 35th anniversary season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra comes to a close as internationally acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform Beethoven's ("Emperor") Concerto No. 5, with the MSO, Elizabeth Schulze conducting, on Saturday May 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $15 - $65 and are available at or by calling 301-797-4000.
In addition to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, the program includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Together, they represent two of the most recognizable pieces of music ever written.
This final weekend is coupled with "A 35th Anniversary Celebration," a special event to celebrate 35 years of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, concertgoers will be treated to a complimentary wine tasting, featuring Big Cork Vineyards, Knob Hall and Red Heifer wineries, hors d'oeuvres, and birthday cake in the courtyard of the Maryland Theatre and on the adjacent block of South Potomac Street. Full pours of wine will be available for purchase. The pre-concert festivities on Saturday will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will continue after the conclusion of the concert. The event is free for all attendees of the Saturday evening concert. The Sunday, May 14 concert does not include pre or post-concert activities.
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 790-3500 | 

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+

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 Williamsport, MD Community Band
is proud to host the MD Community Band Festival this year. We will be hosting a two day festival this year. This will allow more bands a chance to perform for our audience.  
Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11
Concerts performed in the historic Springfield Barn, Williamsport, MD 21795 

The 2017 Participating Bands:

Baltimore Symphonic Band                                           Montgomery Village Community Band                          
Bay Winds Concert Band                                              Olney Concert Band                    
Bel Air Community Band                                               Rockville Concert Band                                  
Browningsville Cornet Band                                          Rohrersville Band
Columbia Concert Band                                                Williamsport, MD Community Band                                             
Hagerstown Municipal Band                                          Hunt Valley Symphonic Band                              
*Bands listed in alphabetical order
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
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Miss Maryland
and Miss Maryland's Outstanding
Teen Scholarship Pageant

Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:30pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7pm
Final Crowning

Come watch Maryland's best as they vie for the title of Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen. The Miss Maryland/Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Pageants are official preliminaries to Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen competitions, the world's largest scholarship organization for women. For more information please visit us on the web at and on Facebook and
Concert at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 
June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. The young American pianist is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique in performing the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Liszt.  In the "Pops" genre, Pandolfi is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.
Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus
at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, July 16, 2017/2:30 p.m.
Kaylor Atrium
     Barbershop Harmony is a unique art form, with its roots from back during the turn of the century America. The barbershop style of harmony uses close 4 - part acapella referring to no musical accompaniment. Old songs with smooth melodies and natural harmony were written in the heyday of Tin Pan Alley from 1890 to 1920 which were best suited for the barbershop harmony style.
     These songs were about the simple pleasures and emotions of life that an average singer could easily sing. Beginning in the small town barbershops, local country stores and churches throughout America, it was not long before the male quartet became a standard act in Vaudeville shows and other musical entertainments. Recordings of popular quartets in the early decades of the 20th century formed the heart of barbershop music as we know it today, a style that still delights the performer as well as the listener.
     The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus is one of over 800 chapters comprised of over 35,000 singers worldwide. Living in communities in the surrounding areas such Hagerstown and even some from over the Mason-Dixon Line in Pennsylvania (hence the name), our chorus members come from many different occupations. Some members might be new, while others having been a part of the tradition of singing barbershop for over 60 years or more. Throughout the year the chorus performs at a variety of venues such as nursing homes, hospitals, civic events including the singing "The National Anthem" at the Hagerstown Suns game as well as for private audiences. Some of the songs we sing are familiar classics like "My Wild Irish Rose", "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Shenandoah". 
"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
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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