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Artist Alley 
May 31, 2017
Volume 17-13       
     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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June 2017 Exhibits

Nathan Gorey, 2017 Blues Fest Visual Artist and Children's Blues Fest T-Shirt Contest .

WCAC will host two exhibits during the month of June 2017 to celebrate the 2017 Western Maryland Blues Fest. There will be an opening reception to meet the artists on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5:30pm until 8:30pm
Nathan Gorey, the 2017 Blues Fest Poster Artist, will exhibit in the Main Gallery and the Hall Gallery will show selected works of the 2017 Children's Blues Fest T-Shirt contest.

Mark Your Calendars! 
Mark your calendars now for the weekend of June 1st to June 4th for the 22nd Anniversary of the Western Maryland Blues Fest! The 2017 series will feature yet another fabulous line-up of national, regional, and local musical acts to jump-start your summer fun. Get tickets today at

Frederick Festival of the Arts
The Frederick Festival of the Arts will be held along Carroll Creek Linear Park on June 2, 3 and 4, 2017
The Festival will kick off on Friday, June 2, 2017 with a performance of the Superintendent's Combo of the U.S. Naval Academy Band at 7pm. Artist Booths will be open on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday 4, 2017
To volunteer sign up at  

Art Market - Wind Down
Deadline: June 2, 2017

"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 June 2017 event, on Friday, June 9, 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, June 9 2017 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm to be held in conjunction with Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND.

From the City...
Cultural Trail Grand Opening

Experience the Hagerstown Cultural Trail during the Grand Opening Celebration, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17! The fun begins at 11 a.m. in Herald-Mail Plaza with music, a fire truck, rock wall, local arts and crafts vendors, and a kids' craft zone sponsored by Howard's Arts & Frames.
Enjoy a fun-filled day of face painting, food trucks, geocaching adventures, kids' craft areas and much more. Explore the trail to view the new art installations, meet the artists and experience the butterfly garden. Visit City Park for a special attraction: paddle boats, kayaks and canoes on City Park Lake for the first time ever! And stop by local businesses for an event passport stamp and enter to win special prizes.
At 2 p.m., the official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place in front of the Mural of Unusual Size, where local and state officials and musicians will celebrate the official opening of this new arts and cultural gem in the heart of the city.
For full details, parking information and passport stamp locations, visit online at
Trail heads are at West Antietam Street and Hagerstown City Park.

Saturday, June 17 * Event Times: 12pm-5pm
Downtown Hagerstown
Trail heads at W. Antietam Street and City Park


Paddle Boats, Kayaks, & Canoes on City Park Lake
Sponsored by 

Plan your activities for the day...
11AM   - Event begins at Herald-Mail Plaza featuring: music, fire truck, rock wall, shop local arts & craft vendors, and kids craft zone sponsored by Howard's Arts & Frames
2PM - City of Hagerstown official ceremony and ribbon cutting begins in front of The Mural of Unusual Size with local and state officials accompanied by music
*Rain location for Ribbon Cutting - Community Room at Washington County Free Library - 100 S. Potomac Street.

Face Painting, Balloon Making Stations, Food Trucks, Kids Craft Fun Zone Areas, Chair Massages, and Geocaching Activities.
Make sure to stop by the following businesses along the trail route to pick up your passport and be entered to win gift cards to local businesses and receive a special offer for boat rides on the lake that day!!

1 - Washington County Arts Council
2 - Washington County Free Library
3 - Herald-Mail Media
4 - Hagerstown Housing Authority
5 - Chiropractic & Massage Center of Hagerstown
6 - Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Come to the Hagerstown Cultural Trail grand opening celebration to meet the artists, view the new art installations along the trail, experience the butterfly garden, and participate in various learning sessions on topics related to the trail!


City Park - 501 Virginia Ave.
A&E District Parking Deck - 25 Renaissance Way
City Parking Lot - 36 W. Antietam Street
Columbia Bank Parking Lot - 44 W. Antietam Street
Herald Mail Parking Lot - 100 Summit Ave.
Mark Rothkopf, "Shadow Play"                         Mark Rothkopf, "Tea Time"
TAG to feature shows by Rothkopf and by all members in June 
Frederick, Md.
Mark Rothkopf will have a solo exhibition at TAG/The Artists Gallery in June.  His new series of photographs is titled "" Glimpses of Nirvana." 
Rothkopf  grew up in the  Catskill Mountains of New York where he developed a love for art at a young age.  "I painted and drew and loved studying masterpieces of painting," he says, "but I changed directions during a workshop where I met some of the greatest photographers and saw their amazing work.  I fell in love with everything about photography, and I feel the same way almost forty years later."
"Glimpses of Nirvana" is about Rothkopf's lifetime love affair with the pursuit of special images.
"I`ve searched the earth from my doorstep to places as remote as Iceland," he says.  "I truly enjoy those photographs that come to me easily and have an immediate  beauty. However I often find greater beauty in the far less obvious.  That often involves exploring things I fear- shadowy areas that are less inviting-  but more often have a richer and more meaningful result."
Included in "Glimpses" are images that he describes as "having grown very slowly on me- and hopefully they will on the viewer as well."  This interaction between the seer and the seen will, he hopes, lead viewers to an idyllic place or state which some describe as nirvana.
In addition to this solo exhibitions, TAG will have a new show of work by all members of the gallery with a theme of "SunSational."  Both shows run from June 2 through 25. with a reception from 5 to 9pm during First Saturday on June 3. 
TAG, at 216 North Market Street, Frederick, is open Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm, or by appointment.  Learn more at or 301-696-8187.


The Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County and the Contemporary American Theater Festival will host an opening cocktail reception for High drama, Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Fesitval

Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County
Kaylor Atrium
401 Museum Drive, City Park,
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from
6:30 pm until 8:30 pm
$50 ticket includes $20 tax deductible donation to MFA and CATF
Call 301-739-5727

Maryland Federation of Art
American Landscapes
Call for Artists
MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 17th annual American Landscapes competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work depicting a landscape from one of the Americas* and following entry guidelines, will be considered. The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA's Circle Gallery from August 10 through September 9, 2017. Scenes from the Americas.

*The Americas: North America, Hawaii, Central America, Caribbean and South America

JUROR: An artist, educator, and author, Al Gury is Chairman of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He received his BA from Saint Louis University, a four-year Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and an MFA from the University of Delaware. Al's work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Capitol in Washington D.C., and other venues across the country. Al is also a contributing editor for Per Contra, an international journal of arts, literature and ideas; a contributor to a variety of publications internationally; and the author of three books: Foundations of Drawing, 2017, Color: It's History and Practice in Painting, 2011 and Alla Prima, 2009. He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist Magazine.

American Landscapes may be entered
by uploading JPEG images through MFA's on-line entry system.

Maryland Federation of Art 
18 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 268-4566

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra 
to Hold Third Annual Tennis Tournament 
June 10 & 11, 2017 at St. James School
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced that the Second Annual MSO Tennis Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 at St. James School, Hagerstown. The tournament will be open to high school students, adults, and senior tennis players (55 and above).
MSO Executive Director Michael Jonnes will serve as tournament director with Matt Taylor (Fountain Head County Club pro) as advisor. The entry deadline is Wednesday, May 31 and entry is limited to two events per person. Events are singles open, doubles open, and mixed open. Fees are $40 for singles, adults; $20 for high school students, singles; $60 for team, adults, doubles; and $30 for team, high school doubles. Prizes will be awarded to Champions and Finalists.
Proceeds from this year's tournament will be used to fund repairs to the MSO's acoustical shell used for concerts held at the Maryland Theatre.
There will also be a Ball Fall Raffle on Sunday. Raffle tickets are $10 per ball or 3 balls for $20. First place raffle winner will receive $250; 2nd place, $150; and, 3rd place, $100. Raffle participants do not need to be present to win.
For more information, to pay and register online, go to: For general inquiries or to purchase raffle tickets, contact MSO Office Manager Judy Ditto at 301-797-4000, ext. 107.
Frederick Symphony Orchestra presents:
Forbidden Love featuring music from the
Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, Forrest Gump, Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story
Saturday, June 17th 7:30-9:30 pm
Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD  21701
For more information call: 301.685.3585 
Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $25.00

For tickets go to:
HCC announces dates for annual 
Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series

Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Association recently announced its concert schedule for the 13th annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free and are open to the public. The schedule of events is as follows:
      • Sunday, June 25: The United States 229th Army Band
      • Friday, July 21: The United States Navy Commodores
      • Monday, August 7: The United States 257th Army Band
      • Saturday, August 12: The United States Army Six-String Soldiers
      • Saturday, Sept. 9: The United States Air Force Airmen of Note
      • Saturday, Sept. 16: The United States Navy Sea Chanters
All concerts will be held at 6:15 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. Concerts are subject to change by the U.S. Military. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds.
This year's concert series is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, Amvets Riders Chapter 10, Forty & Eight Voiture 651, and Mr. Edmund Ruos. For more information and weather updates, email or call 240-500-2346. 

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.
Destination ARTS!
Performances and Events for May 29-June 5, 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.

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
The Maryland Theatre hosts Vince Gill 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

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

The Lego Batman Movie
Saturday, June 17, 2017
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two. 
Watch the movie trailer on YouTube
All movies start at 7:00 p.m. with free popcorn and drinks available in the lobby of the historic theater. Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!

Bridge of Life--14 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown 
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.

Antietam Sparkle 
Friday, June 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Click the graphic for details! 
July 2017 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents
"The Valley Art Association:
Art for Everyone since 1938."
The exhibit opens with a reception to meet the artists at the Arts Council Gallery at 34 S Potomac Street
in downtown Hagerstown from 5-7pm on
Friday, June 30, 2017. 
The exhibit will continue through July 25, 2017.
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". 
Call For Art!
Deadline: August 1, 2017 
Engine Room Art Space
This call is for Every Space A Story, a juried exhibit on view this October at Engine Room Art Space. We are seeking photographs that depict the beauty of old buildings and vacant spaces in the tri-state area together with personal stories, memories & anecdotes from the artists in relation to these spaces for the group show.
Please be safe and do not trespass while photographing.
Interested artists please send your jpegs, a description of the images and a brief bio to by August 1st, 2017.You will be contacted in August if your work is accepted. All formats, black-and-white or color photographs are allowed. Images must be taken within a 30-mile radius of Hagerstown.Printing and framing is at the artist's expense. Unframed works are welcome.
36 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740 
(240)520-1407 |

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra 
2017-2018 Season 
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 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
The Hit Men
Sunday, November 5, 2017 * 3:00pm
THE HIT MEN are a collection of hit-makers whose friendships and individual recording successes have been interweaving with each other for most of their lives. The band consists of five legendary performers from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Tommy James and the Shondells, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John & Kiki Dee, Carole King, Chicago, Barry Manilow and many others.

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