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Artist Alley 
June 13, 2017
Volume 17-14      
     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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 Artist Registry
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June 2017 Exhibits

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

WCAC hosts two exhibits during the month of June 2017 to celebrate the 2017 Western Maryland Blues Fest.
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 Blue Fest T-Shirt contest.

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.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- Chalk Art Walk Outside of the Museum - FREE
2:45- 3:45 p.m. - Drawing with Kellie Mele/FREE -
Register or 301-739- 5727 ext.124
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Art Activity with Kim Brown/Atrium/FREE
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Sculpey Clay Sculptures with Melissa Gibson/
$5 per person all ages/Register Here
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Sculpey Clay Sculptures with Melissa Gibson/
$5 per person all ages/Register Here
For information on all events

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

Any reservations received by June 14th will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card
Click the graphic for details! 
Community Arts Development Grant 

For more information contact Mary Anne Burke at
Blaze Breakers - Artist Reception
June 17, 2017 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm 
Engine Room Art Space
36 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740 
(240)520-1407 |

Engine Room Art Space presents "Blaze Breakers" by Chloe Irla from June 1st to June 31st with a reception June 17th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Blaze Breakers is an ongoing, multimedia project that utilizes analog and digital processes to distort, degrade, and destroy the color blaze orange. Textile manipulation, digital image capturing, Instagram filtering and compression, traditional 35mm film processes, and projection methods are some of the technical approaches used in this continued investigation. Irla of Baltimore, MD has been interested in the purpose and the message of the color blaze orange since her introduction to its use in farming and hunting in rural Maine. Irla's intent with this exhibit is "to present the viewer with the artifacts of this once bright, purposeful color. The technical means to destroy the color produce new translations of what once were vibrant, urgent messages. I am interested in blaze orange as a symbol of safety amidst danger: its visibility suggests that one be cautious of their surroundings. What happens if this color fails to communicate its message?" - from Irla's artist statement.

Contact Emily Jones at 304-940-0456 or
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.
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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