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Artist Alley 
June 28, 2017
Volume 17-15  
     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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July 2017 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents
"The Valley Art Association:
Art for Everyone since 1938."
The Washington County Arts Council presents a Valley Art Association Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday June 30, 2017. Meet the artists from 5-7 pm. The exhibit will be on display through July 25, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Youngblood Studios

Opening of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail

Blaze Breakers
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 30th. 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
Destination ARTS!
Performances and Events for
June 19-June 27, 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.

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.
4th Annual Shakespeare in the Park: The Tale of Cymbeline. 
Maryland Entertainment Group presents the 4th Annual Shakespeare in the Park: The Tale of Cymbeline--FREE!
June 30, 2017 at 8 PM
July 1, 2017 at 8 PM
July 2, 2017 at 6 PM
University Plaza-50 West Washington Street Hagerstown, MD
Cymbeline, also known as Cymbeline, King of Britain, is set in Ancient Britain and based on myth and legend.  Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics often classify Cymbeline as a romance or even a comedy.  Like Othello and The Winter's Tale, it deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy. Experience daring sword fights, beautiful costumes, and attend the event of the summer!

Salute to Independence
July 1, 2017

The 32nd Annual "Salute to Independence" concert, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra , will be held on Saturday, July 1st at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland . This #FREE concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by the most spectacular #fireworks display in the region produced by Bay Fireworks of Farmingdale, NY.

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has programmed a concert that will honor, through words and music, the men and women who have served our country in the past, and those who are currently members of the United States Armed Forces.

The "Salute to Independence" has become one of Maryland's most patriotic outdoor events.

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

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"The Lay Of The Land"
An Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, & Turned Wood
By Susan Carney, Mark Muse and Neil Super

The Shepherdstown Community Club (War Memorial Building), 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV, hosts a four day exhibition of new works by artists Susan Carney, Mark Muse and Neil Super. The exhibit runs Thursday, July 6th through Sunday, July 9th. Exhibit hours are 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am-9pm Saturday, and 9am-5pm Sunday.
There will be an ARTISTS' RECEPTION on Saturday, July 8th, from 5pm-9pm with live music and refreshments . 

Plein Air Painting with Philip Lindsey
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday, July 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Rain Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Explore technique, process, and theory of open air (plein air) painting in a relaxed atmosphere at beautiful City Park Lake. Participants will be led through a step-by-step process of painting on location from direct observation. All stages of the painting process will be addressed, from start to finish. Workshop attendees will have the option of completing one or two paintings during the workshop.

Supply List: 2 canvases/supports, basic set of oil or acrylic paints (studio size tubes), basic set of brushes, a flat palette, palette knife, easel, small containers of mineral spirits if working in oil, or small containers of water if working in acrylic, rags/paper towels.
Optional Supplies: chair/stool, sunscreen, hat, bug repellent.

Register by July 1, 2017! Cost: $45.00 non-museum members/$41.50 museum members.

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.

Bridge of Life presents a Free Movie Night with "Beauty and the Beast."
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. 
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, Hagerstown MD 21740 
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". 
The Maryland Theatre in partnership with
the Authentic Community Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz
Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, 2017
at 7:30PM
Tickets public sale on June 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM

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

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 |
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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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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