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Artist Alley
October 18, 2016
Volume 16-27

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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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and 
Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan visited the
Washington County Arts Council during their day in
Washington County on Wednesday, October 13, 2016 .
October 2016 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is pleased to present
"Paintstravaganza: Works by Goodloe Byron" as its October 2016 exhibit.
The art exhibited in both the Main and Hall Galleries at 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of Hagerstown's A & E District will run from September 30, 2016 through October 25, 2016.

On the web
Annual Community
Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2016  

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC's "Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2016." The juried community art exhibit will run from December 2, 2016 through January 3, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 5pm to 7pm.    
Artists are encouraged to submit up to three entries. No works previously shown at WCAC will be considered. Images must be submitted in a .jpg format and files should be labeled: "Last Name_First Name_Title of Work."    
Please email images of the works to be considered with the completed entry form to:
Include full name, address, telephone and email address.

Guidelines/Entry Form
Deadline is November 4, 2016. 
November 2016 Exhibits

"Ben McAfee & Amy Phelps: Presence" 
"Erica Kempler: Rythms, Changes, & Transformations"
will run from October 28, 2016 through November 29, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

In Search of Arts Instructors   
In search of dance and/or drama instructors, who, ideally, sing and practice progressive ways of cultivating creativity in children--such as, non-violent communication, games to foster healthy self-expression, independence and empowerment, etc. They would be helping my MATI team to create an afterschool arts program that engages the students and ignites their enthusiasm and creativity.  Using themes and issues of the students' lives (like bullying, fitting in, friendships, etc.) the team of teachers will guide them in putting together drama scenes, choreographing dances, writing, composing, and performing original songs.  Projects may include performances in school and in the community, recording CDs, DVDs, and putting together a full musical theatre production.  The overall vision is to empower the children and, with these creative skills, to nourish their families and the Bester community.  Bester Community of Hope is spearheading the afterschool program.  It will involve a commitment of two afternoons a week at Bester Elementary, plus planning time.  Salary would range from $40 - $50 per class hour, plus more, depending on the how extensive the program grows.  It is to start in the second semester, Jan. 2017.  Please contact Michael Tyson, at 301-906-2422 or .

The Board of the Washington County Arts Council is pleased to announce
the Guest Celebrity Chefs for The Art of Cooking 2017!
Application for Artists-in-Education Funding Matching Grant
School Year 2016-2017

Fall Book Signing with Nora Roberts

Saturday, October 29, 2016  12PM - 2PM
Turn the Page Bookstore CafĂ© 
18 N Main Street
Boonsboro, MD  21713

The Hagerstown Garden Club will hold its first Annual Luncheon and Holiday Mart on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742. The event begins at 11:00 with a cash bar and a shopping experience featuring vendors R. Bruce Carson Jewelers, Gordon's Grocery, Lovell's Nursery, Bows by Jane and June, Thistle Farms, Christmas Cookies by the Dozen, Oil and Vinegar Culinary Gifts, and Simple Stampin. At 12:15 a three course luncheon will be served followed by a speaker, Carol Chernega, author of The Secret Gardens of England. Ms. Chernega worked in Jane Austin's garden in Chawton, England gaining insight into the mind of the English gardener. She has travelled throughout England over 20 times since 1997 including group tours to the Chelsea Flower Show. The cost for the event is $35. Reservations will be accepted by Maria Theberge,
until November 7, 2016 at (240-446-5045 or ) or go to t o pay with a credit card.
Proceeds from the event will help support Hagerstown Garden Club community projects.


Kepler Gallery, Hagerstown Community College  
October 15 - November 19th, 2016  
Drone Strike Jesus is a solo exhibit by Artist Hench Smith, sculptor and mixed media artist presenting a body of work that questions and confronts America's perception of history and its lack of political memory. Opening Reception and lecture by the artist, Thursday, October 20, 2016. Reception 6-8 pm in the Gallery. Artist lecture 7pm at the Black Box Theater, Kepler Center for the Arts.

HEAL and MDIFF-H Check Presentation

The Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown recently presented a check to HEAL of Washington County. The $500 check was part of the proceeds from the 2016 film festival held in Hagerstown March 31-April 3, 2016

According to film festival president Tom Riford, "The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown was excited to partner with HEAL during the 2016 film festival, and distributed part of the festival's proceeds to the non-profit organization."

"HEAL," which stands for Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles, is a nonprofit that began providing free opportunities in 2013 to Washington County individuals and families to lead them on a healthier path. The creation of this organization directly resulted from a goal identified in the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP): "Decrease the obesity rate in children and adults by increasing physical activity and healthy eating."

HEAL understands the barriers people face when seeking resources and programs to maintain or improve one's health. A holistic approach is taken for all of HEAL's work, and care is given to create a non-judgmental environment that fosters camaraderie.

Film festival executive director Tracie Hovey said, "In 2016, the film festival screened over 150 films from all over the world. Some of the filmmakers came from Japan, South Korea, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and several other countries." Hovey added, "The film festival is very pleased to give back to the community, and every year donates to local non-profits

That's the Ticket!
     In a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum, compare modern and historical presidential scandals, see why colonial voting was more like a college frat party, and learn more about Washington County's political history. Displays include photographs, letters, artifacts and political memorabilia. The exhibit runs until December 31st.
     The new exhibit opens officially on September 10th. Take a self-guided tour of the museum, explore the new exhibit, and participate in political-themed games, crafts and activities! Free for WCHS members, $8 for adults and $5 for children under 16 and seniors over 60. Family discounts available.
Play Ball!
Celebrating Sixty Years
of Norman Rockwell's
"The Oculist"
  in the Baer Gallery at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
through October 23, 2016
Since its debut on the cover of Saturday Evening Post on May 19, 1956, Norman Rockwell's painting of The Oculist has been a perennial favorite of baseball fans, young and old.  This very special 60th anniversary "focus show" tells the story of how the painting was originally conceived and created, and how it became a treasured highlight of the WCMFA collection.  Organized in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition includes original documents related to the creation and acquisition of the painting, as well as rarely seen photographs of studio models and compositional stage sets taken\
by Norman Rockwell himself

Freaky Friday
Wind Down Hagerstown
Hagerstown A & E District
Friday, October 21, 2016 * 6pm to 9pm
Freaky Friday is back at Wind Down! Favorites will include: celebrity pumpkin carvers, hay rides and a costume contest. Keep it Smokin' is cookin' up some BBQ on the street and there will be funnel cakes as a sweet treat!
Enjoy live music from Slackwater 4.
(301) 790-2000 |
Foon Sham: Sea of Hope II at
Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts
through January 8, 2017 
Created in memory of his mother, Catherine Siuhing Yiu Sham, who died from cancer in 2002, Foon Sham's groundbreaking Sea of Hope installation featured a large, elongated object made from laminated blocks of wood, mounted on a pedestal. This central boat-like object was surrounded by small boats, folded from handmade paper by gallery visitors and inscribed with their personal prayers or messages for departed friends and relatives. Each paper boat contained a cone of tea leaves, evoking the Eastern tradition of burning incense in memory of deceased ancestors.
Foon Sham described the Sea of Hope project as follows: I made a long, wooden vessel for my mother, who died of cancer in 2002, as a metaphor for her to travel to somewhere peaceful. The tea leaves, which contain anti-oxidants, were used as symbols of cures-hopes. Viewers can participate by writing their messages to their loved ones who also died of cancer, on the paper boats that I provided during the exhibition.
As guest artist at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Foon Sham will create Sea of Hope II in the museum's Groh Gallery. The commissioned sculpture will, once again, be accompanied by a fleet of handmade paper boats created, inscribed, and dedicated by museum visitors throughout the period of the exhibition.
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the artist.
Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents 
Adam Trent Futuristic Illusionist
  The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, October 23, 2016
* 3:00pm

Adam was voted small venue entertainer of the year by CA Magazine. An incredible presentation using state-of-the-art techniques. Adam was voted top 10 most influential youths in the country by US News and World Report Magazine. Bring the entire family!

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County  
Diana of the Chase
Presenter: Robin Salmon, vice President of Art and Historical Collections/curator of Sculpture
at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina

6:00PM Dinner   -- 7:00 Lecture
Presented in Memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey
through the Jane Steffey Fund
Dinner and Lecture for museum members $20.00
Dinner and Lecture for non-museum members $25.00
Lecture Only for non-museum members $5.00
Lecture only for museum members - FREE (RSVP)
RSVP and purchase tickets October 20, 2016 -- 301-739-5727
Exhibit of Judith Becker 
Original Paintings at the 
Berkeley Art Works 
Berkeley Arts Council Teaching Artist presents a selection of original watercolor, color pencil, and mixed media works for display in the at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. This will be a unique opportunity to see the range of work, much of which has not been exhibited previously in Martinsburg.
The exhibit is on display now through November 5 in the Back Space Gallery. Gallery hours are Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, and Sat 11-4. The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.
The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at
The Maryland Theatre hosts Ron White

Friday, October 28, 2016 * 7:00pm & 10:00pm
Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
The Capitol Steps-What to Expect
When You're Electing

Thursday, October 27, 2016 * 7:00pm

(301) 790-2000 | 
Halloween Art
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
FREE for students in Grades 1-5 
Instructor: Kim Brown 
Register by calling the museum at 301-739-5727 or
Annual Alsatia Mummers' Parade
Saturday, October 29, 2016 * 6:00pm
The Maryland Theatre Box Office sells chairs along the parade route for $8.00 each. The box office will be open the day of the parade 10am-2pm for ticket pick-up.
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 790-2000 |
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Coming to the Kepler Black Box - a wonderful comedy farce about theater students! "Stardust" by Walter Kerr - opened at Catholic University in 1946, directed by theater legend Father Gilbert Hartke. This show and HCC both celebrating 70 years together!

On the web
HCC releases 2016 edition
of the
Hedge Apple
Hagerstown Community College will hold a reception for the most recent publication of its literary arts magazine, the Hedge Apple, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Antietam Room in the Student Center.
All contributors to the 2016 Hedge Apple are encouraged to come celebrate and read their original work. The English Club is partnering with the Theater Club to include an open mic session for all interested HCC students. Work written by others will be allowed as long as the speaker has permission to perform the piece. Speakers are limited to three minutes per piece. Prizes will be awarded.
This event is free and is open to the public. Local writers and artists are encouraged to attend. Advance registration is not required. Copies of the Hedge Apple magazine are complimentary for all attendees.
The Hedge Apple was founded in 1999 by Askold Skalsky, a former professor of English and foreign languages at HCC, now retired. The magazine is published once a year by the students and faculty of Hagerstown Community College and features poetry, short fiction, and artwork by HCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 
Submissions for the next edition of the Hedge Apple will be accepted until January 31, 2017. For more information, visit
The Maryland Theatre presents
B-The Underwater Bubble Show
Friday, December 2, 2016 * 7:00pm
SPECIAL: Family 4 pack at 40% off, must purchase 4 tickets
Passcode: TMNME3
Expires 9/9/16

B-The Underwater Bubble Show is a visual, musical, emotional and lavish show that transports people in an imaginary underwater world with a real feeling of being submersed in the ocean deep. The Underwater Bubble Show is Cirque du Soleil meets giant bubbles.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
It's A Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre    
Sunday, December 4, 2016 * 3:00pm
This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra's film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard's doom. A heartwarming, uplifting gift for audiences during the holiday season.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
the Oak Ridge Boys/Christmas Celebration Tour   
Thursday, December 15, 2016 * 7:30pm
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre hosts
The Wizards of Winter    
Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7:30pm
The WIZARDS OF WINTER which features former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, return to the Maryland Theatre. The Wizards of Winter are an eclectic group of musicians from the Metro NY, NJ, PA region with strong Classical and Progressive Rock influences woven throughout their musical careers. While similar to TSO in its style, the Wizards original material is unique unto itself. Their show is a Fun Theatrical Holiday Rock Event for the Entire Family featuring Original Tunes and TSO Favorites. Come join us aboard The Arctic Flyer as we go in search of the true meaning of Christmas! 

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

A Page to Stage
Live Performance!
Presale-Tuesday, October 18th at 11am
Public sale 10/21 at 11am

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the funs never done!
Presale password: SEUSS 

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740

(301) 790-2000 | 
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