October 2, 2019
Volume 19-25
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... www.washingtoncountyarts.com .
October 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents “Family Tree” an exhibit featuring Elizabeth Beachley, Bruce Field, Clinton Jones, Richie Jones, John Komorowski, Pat Mc Cleary, Jene Meier and Laura Rittenhouse. The exhibit opens with a Reception on Thursday, October 3, 219 from 5 pm – 7 pm and continues through October 29, 2019.
Meet artist Pat Weneck McCleary one of the “Family Tree” exhibiting artists. You will have an opportunity to learn about the specific details of her artistic style, materials and process.
Call for Artists!
Valley Art Association will have a Child Portrait & Gold Metal Leaf Workshop with Nicole Troup at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 9:30 to 4:30 pm. Cost is $80 for VAA & MFA members and $90 for non-members. For details and to register call Elaine Wolfe at 304 754-5116 or valleyartinfo@gmail.com
HollyFest Applications Now Available

Deadline: October 7, 2019
Call for Films!
Early Bird Deadline: October 31, 2019
Maryland Ensemble Theatre Seeking
Productions and Operations Manager
POSITION TITLE: Production and Operations Manager, Maryland Ensemble Theatre
REPORTS TO: Artistic Director
DIRECT REPORTS: Technical Director, Over-Hire Staff
CLASSIFICATION: Part-time, 20 hours per week, Exempt, not eligible for overtime


The Production and Operations Manager is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of MET facilities, performances, rental performances and events, educational and special events, as assigned. Duties include the operational care and maintenance of the Mainstage Theatre, the Second Stage, rehearsal/classroom space, the shop and all other areas of the MET facility. This position requires skilled work, coordination, and cooperation with both professional and non-professional workers.

Please email your resume and cover letter to tjanes@marylandensemble.org.
No calls, please.

Application close date: Monday, October 7th, 2019, 12 noon EST.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Performing Arts Center at the Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Open House - 11am to 2pm
Ribbon Cutting - 4:30pm

The Maryland Theatre board, staff, and supporters are excited to share the much-anticipated opening of the crown jewel of downtown Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District! The public is invited to the unveiling of this amazing facility. Tour the new event spaces including the Grand Lobby, Cocktail Lounge, VIP Suite, The View Studio and the Ballroom. The official ribbon cutting and a champagne toast will follow at 4:30pm.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Halloween Hill at Joyful Arts Studio
6 pm – 9 pm

Joyful Arts Studio 21 E. Baltimore Street Greencastle, PA
Class tuition and supplies: $45
Beginner's welcome!
Come enjoy a Friday evening wind-down of painting to create this adorable Halloween Hill scene.

Contact Susan Shaffer at 717-658-2177 or susan@joyfulartstudios.com
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater's 35th Season continues with Stephen Sondheim's thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing 10 performances only, beginning September 13 and continuing through October 27th.

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight TONYs, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s ( A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

The musical is preceded by a buffet meal beginning at 6:00pm. There is one matinee on Sunday, October 27th at 1:00pm (meal). 

Tickets cost $49.50 and include salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit  washingtoncountyplayhouse.com  or call 301-739-7469.

The historic Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, which has been newly remodeled, is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents
Theatre for Young Audiences stage: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW!

This take on the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, is presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling schoolteacher Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also six characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman.

Tickets are now on sale at   washingtoncountyplayhouse.com/youth-theater  or call 301-739-7469.
Get yours today!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear…. In the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents
Carl Orff's Epic 'Carmina Burana'
at New Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Complex
Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

Opening of the MSO’s 2019/20 season with one of the grandest statements in all of choral literature, Orff’s Carmina Burana is pure spectacle. Deceptively simple harmonies combined with contagious rhythms and dramatic vocal solos create a hypnotically primeval experience. Featuring the combined voices of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Frederick Children's Chorus, this audience favorite explores the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of indulging in life’s excess. Arguably the most iconic choral work of the twentieth century, its unforgettable opening, “O Fortuna,” has become a pop culture phenomenon.

Ticket Price: $19 - $79

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Tickets can be purchased online at www.marylandsymphony.org or by phone at 301-797-4000.

For Information:
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Box Office
28 W Washington St, Ste 2
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Engine Room Art Space presents
Carol Williams: Fibers of Defiance…..
Textile Quilting, Metal Framings and Written Word
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 3-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 3-27, 2019

Ms. William’s “work with fabrics and buttons is a re-purposing of the traditionally feminine art form of sewing and quilting, which has been historically classified as craft.” The artist’s exhibit “uses the “women’s work” of quilting and sewing to make statements about women; our images, our challenges, our obstacles and our status…..pieces tells a story or describes an experience, embellished with buttons, but always with fabrics that contribute to the depth of ….connection to cloth. Even as the textile industry continues to be one of the largest, and most polluting, industries on earth, our dependence on fabric is a daily, and very personal, essential connection.”

Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call (240) 675-5965
Valley Art Association members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Abstract” at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from October 4th to October 27th. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or valleyartinfo@gmail.com
TAG/The Artists Gallery

New works by two long time members of TAG/The Artists Gallery are the focus of the October exhibition. Sarah Higgins and Tricia Stockman bring their individual perspectives to abstract painting and photography, respectively.

In her show titled "Abstracted Realities," Sarah Higgins presents recent paintings and drawing that reflect her continuing interest in perceived reality. 

The photography of Tricia Stockman continues her exploration of the ubiquitous presence of birds. She concludes this presence can be predictable and universal. Through her photography Stockman suggests that birds are notations, exhibit repetitions and patterns when birds hold a "meet up."  The collection incorporates straightforward photography, photo collage and photo filters in response to the initial observation of birds on a wire.

TAG will also have a show of new work by other members of the gallery. The exhibition runs from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 27. Opening reception for the artists is Saturday, October 5, from 5 to 9pm. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm and Sunday, noon until 5pm, or by appointment. Learn more at theartistsgalleryfrederick.com or 301-696-8187.

TAG/The Artists Gallery
216 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701 
For information contact Tom Ritchie 410 353-8306,  trit1801@gmail.com
Scott Cawood
OCTOBER 1st Saturday Open Studio; Sat. Oct 5, 2019
3829 Harpers Ferry RD 21782; noon-6pm
Battle of Hagerstown Walking Tour with Steve Bockmiller
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

For eleven days in the summer of 1863, the Civil War raged within the borders of Washington County, Maryland. Local towns Hagerstown and Williamsport saw the brunt of the fighting as General Meade's Army of the Potomac drove Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops south across the Potomac River.

Follow in the footsteps of these Civil War combatants 156 years later on our new walking tour, led by local author and historian Stephen Bockmiller. This 3-hour tour follows the direct path of the battle as it wound its way through the streets of Hagerstown. You'll hop onto a bus for the final leg of the tour, which follows the troops' route down to Williamsport.

The tour will depart from the Hagerstown Public Square and end up by Hagerstown City Hall. Parking will be available in the Elizabeth Center Parking Lot and Central Lot, located at 14 N. Potomac St., or across the street at the University District Parking Lot at 25 N. Potomac St. Please note that this tour will require walking and standing for several hours at a time.

Beau Soir Ensemble
at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Admission: $10 for the general public, FREE for WCMFA Members

Ruth Wicker Schaaf, Violist, a native of Germany, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Koln. As the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Fellow Scholarship, she received her master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Her primary teachers include Joseph de Pasquale and Rainer Moog, and she studied Chamber Music with Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, Primosz Novsak, and the Alban Berg Quartet.
Ms. Schaaf has given recitals in Europe (including Switzerland, Germany, and Greece) and throughout the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn. Ms. Schaaf is active as a chamber musician and has taught viola at Western Michigan University and Andrews University. For two seasons she served as principal violist of the Kalamazoo Symphony, and was a member of the Oregon Symphony prior to joining the National Symphony Orchestra.
Carole Bean is the Piccoloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the NSO, she performed with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Verge Ensemble, and Fessenden Ensemble. Ms. Bean has presented numerous children’s concert performances as part of the Outreach Program of the NSO. She also has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 1992. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Bean attended Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University, where she studied with Judith Bentley and Walfrid Kujala, respectively.
Michelle Myers Lundy is a professional harpist who performs throughout the Washington, DC area. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and Mansion, the Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, Lyceum Museum, Alden Theatre and several of the Smithsonian Museums. Ms. Lundy is currently principal harpist with the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Amadeus Orchestra, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic and the New Orchestra of Washington. She has played with the National Philharmonic and Maryland Symphony Orchestra and regularly works with the Thomas Circle Singers.
As a proponent of chamber music, Ms. Lundy is the founding member of Beau Soir Ensemble (BSE), a flute, viola and harp trio formed in 2007. Beau Soir Ensemble has premiered music written for the Trio in the Washington DC area. The trio has performed at a variety of esteemed venues throughout the region including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Lyceum Museum in Alexandria, DACOR Bacon House, and the Anderson House.
Sumi-E Ink Painting Workshop
hosted by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 10 AM until 1 PM

In this workshop, participants will explore the basic fundamentals of Sumi-e painting. Participants will learn about the unique materials required and the basic techniques involved to create a Sumi-e of bamboo. All materials will be provided.

Cost: $35 for WCMFA Members, $40 for general public
Instructor: Sukey Rankin
Call the museum at 301-739-5727 or follow the link to register. http://wcmfa.org/art-classes/sumi/

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive in City Park
Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-739-5727
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Galen Abdur-Razzaq is an extraordinary flutist with an extensive performance career. He is also a riveting speaker with encyclopedic knowledge on the history of jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Galen studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Performing Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Bus Trip:
Fallingwater & Westermoreland Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
$275 per person

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ Bus Trip: Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA and Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
Hop on the bus with the Museum of Fine Arts and visit Fallingwater, the famed creation of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Polymath Park, and more!

Time Magazine called Fallingwater Wright's "most beautiful job," and it is listed among Smithsonian's "Life List of 28 places to visit before you die." The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was established in 1959 and features famous artists, such as Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and more.

Depart WCMFA at 6:30 AM on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Return to WCMFA in the evening on Friday, October 18, 2019.
Overnight accommodations will be at the Hampton Inn, New Stanton, PA. Hotel provides complimentary hot breakfast. Rooms include two queen size beds and will be shared with a fellow traveler. A private room could be arranged for an additional fee.
$275 per person. All admission, tour costs, transportation, hotel rates, and taxes are included in the price.
The Mountain Maryland Artist Studio Tour program an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council located in Cumberland, Maryland takes visitors away from the usual gallery experience to visit artists in their studio environments, where they see artists in their natural habitats.
Held annually, the Artist Studio Tours including member artists of the Allegany Arts Council living and working in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Each year, approximately 20 studios are represented, with media ranging from jewelry, to ceramics, wood-turning, and furniture design. The Tours are self-guided and visitors may view as many studios as they choose.
In 2019, the Artist Studio Tours will take place October 19 and 20 from 11:00AM-5:00PM daily. http://artsaleandtour.com/what-are-the-artist-studio-tours/.
The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown presents
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday, October 25, 2019
Happy Hour 6:30 pm
Movie Begins 8 pm

The Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the historic Maryland Theatre featuring a VIP Happy Hour & Costume Contest!

C'mon everyone! Let's do the Time Warp Again! Join us for this "fabulously freaky" cult classic on October 25! Happy Hour starts at 6:30 pm in the new Performing Arts Center Cocktail Lounge with music, beer, wine and costume contest.

Happy Hour/Costume Contest –SOLD OUT
Movie Tickets Only - $15 advance/$20 at the door

The Maryland Theatre
S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Maryland State Arts Council Call for Panelists
for the Independent Artist Award
Deadline: October 16, 2019
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