October 24, 2019
Volume 19-27
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... 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 continues through October 29, 2019.
Meet photographer Bruce Field one of the “Family Tree” exhibiting artists. You will have an opportunity to learn about the specific details of his photography…. artistic style, materials and process.
Call for Artists!
November 2019 Exhibit
Benita Keller’s “Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses & Scrapbook #5: Revisiting The Pink Trailer” will be on view at the Washington County Arts Council beginning October 31, 2019 and will run through December 3, 2019. The Opening Reception will be held on November 7, 2019 from 5PM until 7PM.
Washington County Arts Council 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of the Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment District.

Parking is easily accessible through the A&E Parking Deck located at 25 Renaissance Way. The Washington County Arts Council main entrance is off the 3rd level (Potomac Street Level). There is an elevator on each level for your convenience.
Business Appreciation Week Ambassadors
visited the Washington County Arts Council.

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Theatre Department is honored to be included in a select group of pilot productions titled Marvel Spotlight – 10-minute plays and very excited to be selected for this opportunity.
In this new and unique collection of 10-minute plays, visit some of your favorite Marvel characters live on stage.
See Thor as he attends his first Prom; Peter Parker’s interactions with other students, or dare I say Villains, at Saturday School Detention; T’Challa (AKA) Black Panther having difficulty with one of his sister’s inventions. Join us as we watch Ant Man and Squirrel Girl meet for Coffee and discover what’s happening in a nearby air vent.  See how Wanda (AKA) Scarlett Witch convinces Natasha (AKA) The Black Widow, that she needs a Date. Did you ever consider that Groot would fall in love? No? Then see the Guardians of the Galaxy fight off a band of evil guards to give him a shot to converse with his new-found crush.  Visit the High School where Gamora and Nebula were first told that they were sisters. Watch what happens when Vision and Scarlet Witch have a love spat at a local café and see what happens to The Hulk as he reports to his first group therapy session for Anger Management. Lastly Join Tony Stark at the Stark Tower when all your favorite Avengers gather to figure out why all their Superhero accessories aren’t working.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see your favorite Marvel Characters in a new collection of adventures. Join the BISFA Theatre Department for Marvel Spotlight – 10 min plays at the newly renovated Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Maryland. The shows will run Monday and Tuesday, October 28, 29th at 7:00 p.m. Please phone or visit the Maryland Theatre Box Office to purchase tickets. Thank you! And, of course, email me with any questions.
"Washington County Roots" to feature
Howard 'Blackie' Bowen
Fri, November 1, 2019 * 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fans of the popular television show, Who Do you Think You Are” should not miss the second annual “Washington County Roots.” This year’s event will feature Howard “Blackie” Bowen, a prominent Hagerstownian and generous local benefactor. Washington County Historical Society’s kinship genealogy researchers have been hot on the trail of Blackie’s ancestors. Join them on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Miller House parlor as they reveal in a live presentation what they have found.

Blackie and his family will be treated to a journey back in time through his family tree, uncovering some of his ancestors’ most interesting stories and secrets, all the way back to the 1600s. WCHS researchers may even have dug up some family artifacts! The presentation will include a cash bar and light refreshments.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for members) and are available for purchase online or by visiting the offices of the Washington County Historical Society.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
Phone: 301-797-8782

Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Trails and Trees Studio Tour
Berkeley County, WV
9th Annual Studio Tour
November 2 and 3, 2019
10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
10 am to 5 pm
Join the 9th Annual Trails and Trees Studio Tour! The Free, Self-Guided Tour includes 18 artisans at 11 studios. Glass blowing, stained glass, iron work, wood turning, woodworking, pottery, original jewelry, baskets, honey, paintings, fiber art, and more ~ all handmade in West Virginia!  Meet the makers, learn about the artwork, and purchase a handmade treasure! Download a brochure and map at https://www.trailsandtrees.org or message the Tour to have a brochure mailed to you. Visit Creativity Where It Lives!
Leaves of Color Art---
Lillian Rhinecker art show

Boonsboro Shafer Park Community Building
Showing and selling art work
Sunday, November 3, 2019 from to 1 pm to 4 pm
Contact: Lillian Rhinecker a 301-331-9170
St. John's Episcopal Church Reisterstown
Join St. John’s Episcopal Church in Maryland’s beautiful hunt country for the annual art show featuring, faculty, students and alumni of the Schuler School of Fine Arts, and selected guest artists.
November 10, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm
3738 Butler Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Call for Entries---2020 Cumberland Valley
Artists Exhibition and Photographers Exhibition
Deadline: November 15, 2019 @ 3PM
Holly Fest hosted by the City of Hagerstown
Department of Community & Economic Development
at the Maryland Theatre
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:30 pm until 3:00 PM

A free holiday show featuring talented youth performers from Ballet and All That Jazz, Boonsboro Dance Academy, Barbara Ingram Dance Department, Seed Dance Company/ Bloom Dance Studio, Fresh Academicz, Hagerstown Community College Dance, Dancin Time Studios, and Washington County Show Kids & Show Co.

This free show is a Hagerstown tradition! Be sure to visit the Main Street Hagerstown Christkindl Markt (10 am-4 pm) and stay for the City Center Tree Lighting (4-6 pm) - all on the same day!

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Local artists Phillip B. Grove and David Bottini selected for the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition
Maryland Citizens for the Arts

ArtsLab 2019
Friday, November 22, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horowitz Center
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD
Early Bird Fee: $20 General Admission; $15 for Groups of 3 or More from the Same Organization
Early Bird Special Ends November 1
ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development symposium, presented by MCA each year, in different parts of the state. This year's theme is "Arts Ecosystem." It will feature presentations by, and conversations with artists, lawyers, and organizations that make up the inner-workings of the arts ecosystem. For more information, visit the MCA website .
Maryland State Arts Council
2020 Independent Artist Awards Applications - Performing Arts
Deadline: Friday, November 15, 5:00 pm
Click HERE for Full Guidelines
Click HERE for Application
Maryland State Arts Council's Independent Artist Awards recognizes achievement by Maryland artists working independently of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by unrestricted grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. The 2020 awards will only focus on the Performing Arts. For more information, contact Program Directors, Emily Sollenberger at emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov or Laura Weiss at laura.weiss@maryland.gov .
Maryland State Arts Council
Creativity Grants
Click HERE for the Guidelines and Application Process
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Deadlines for the Creativity Grant Program are rolling. MSAC began accepting applications on April 1, 2019, for the FY20 Application cycle (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020).
The purpose of the program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information, go to Creativity Grants .
Call for Films!
Early Bird Deadline: October 31, 2019
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.
An eclectic collection of photographic images of inspiration and despair
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 5-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 31-November 24

Our troubled times can seem bleak and foreboding but somehow we manage to find hope amidst the wreckage. Dystopia/Hope will focus on many facets of life that show encouragement or despair, a never-ending struggle.

John Krowka is a self-taught photographer who has found comfort and satisfaction in taking photos for over 50 years. His photo "Playtime" is on display on the Cultural Trail in Hagerstown and his photo "Trump Rally" won the Juror's prize at the Cumberland Valley Photo Competition. His photo "Barred Owl" won first prize in the Boonsboro Greenfest and "Lockhouse #51" will be included in the 2020 C&O Canal Trust Calendar.

Krowka has resided in Boonsboro for the last 18 years and will always be a NYC native. He is actively involved in community organizations, operates Kensho Farms in Boonsboro, and is a retired immunologist / microbiologist who spent ~ 20 years doing AIDS research in the San Francisco Bay area.

Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac St
Hagerstown, Maryland
Call (240) 675-5965

Join Main Street and the City of Hagerstown for third Annual Christkindl Markt in downtown Hagerstown! This event features local artisans selling their handcrafted goods as well as local food vendors (German beer, Gluhwein, Bratwurst and other tasty treats)!

New for 2019, we are expanding the event to a two-day event - November 30 & December 1!

Saturday, November 30
6:00am - 12:00pm - City Market (25 W Church Street)
10:00am - 4:00pm - Christkindl Markt (University Plaza)
1:30pm - Holly Fest (Maryland Theatre)
4:00pm - Downtown Tree Lighting (Public Square)

Sunday, December 1
12:00pm - 4:00pm - Christkindl Markt (University Plaza)

University Plaza
50 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Authentic Community Theatre presents
Beauty and the Beast
at The Maryland Theatre

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Friday, November 1, 2019 • 7:30pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 7:30pm

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is proud to present ELVIS In Concert Tribute on Friday, November 1st at 6:00pm, Saturday, November 2nd at 6:00pm and Sunday, November 3rd at 1:00pm.

It's time to get "All Shook Up," as Jeff Krick Jr, one of the country’s premiere Elvis Tribute Artists, takes The Playhouse stage! Elvis In Concert Tribute will take your breath away! Jeff has performed in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Headlined on Cruise Ships! Preceded by salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, and coffee, tea and iced tea. Cash bar. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

Tickets cost $49.50 and may be purchased at washingtoncountyplayhouse.com or by calling 301-739-7469.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
St. Maria Goretti High School Players
Shakespeare Abridged
in the Ballroom of The Maryland Theatre

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00pm      
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm      
If you like Shakespeare, you'll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show! All of Shakespeare's 37 plays done in 97 hilarious minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, this show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare! Join the St. Maria Goretti Players as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Tickets on sale to the general public Thurs., October 3, 2019 at 11am
Noteworthy Sundays at the Washington County Free Library— Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Jennie Avila will perform selections from her Civil War true story songs. Experience the Civil War musically, through the eyes of Antietam area residents. Everyday people found themselves in the extraordinary circumstances of the Civil War: blue and gray, black and white, men and women, young and old... and of course a horse.

"Marvelous voice and songwriting...Great stuff!" -Jeff Shaara, author of "Gods and Generals"

Jennie Avila worked with the Boonsboro Museum of History, various WC Historical Societies, The Western Maryland Room in Hagerstown's Library, and local descendants of Civil War era. Her research spanned eight years, as more and more tales came out of the woodwork. These songs are based on true stories that Jennie could get her hands on and her heart around. Hear the eerie stories behind the stories, as well as Stephen Wright's handmade ceramic drums.

A veteran singer-songwriter, Jennie Avila has opened for many beloved performers such as; comedian Robin Williams, the Legendary Pete Seeger, Janis Ian and Richie Havens. She currently performs solo and with her Husband, Stephen Wright. She has composed 10 albums of original music. The most recent CD, entitled "Love & Lore of The Civil War", was inspired by true stories from the Antietam Battlefield area. It was preceded by "Civil War Stories in Song", an EP sponsored by the WC Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jennie Avila was honored to perform her original Civil War songs with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as part of their 2013 and 2017 Salutes to Independence.

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
The Maryland Theatre presents
One Woman Sex and the City:
A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes
Show Date - Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

Join actress and comedian Kerry Ipema as she portrays all 4 of our favorite women Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in this 90 minute love-letter and hilarious tribute through six seasons of this mad-cap series. Kerry portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they eat brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos.

Ipema and co-creator and director T.J Dawe (One Man Star-Wars/One Man Lord of the Rings) bring all of our favorite moments to life. The naked dress, the "post-it note" and the "tantric sex demonstration" all weave their way into this fantastic send-up. Who can forget how the Cosmopolitan drink swept into our lives? Mr. Big may even make an appearance.

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes reminds us all of the power of friendship and why this show so firmly remains in our hearts and minds. We "can't help but wonder" what waits in store for YOU at this perfect girls-night out.
Unleash your inner Carrie Bradshaw and treat yourself to a VIP brunch in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom before the off-Broadway performance of Sex and the City!
Doors open at 12 pm
Tickets to the brunch are $39.00 and includes:
•   Complimentary Mimosa or Cosmo
•   Buffet Brunch
•   Photo Opportunities
•   Entertainment by DJ Sidekick
•   Giveaways & Prizes
Additional drinks are available for purchase. And for the ladies - a specialty shopping area!
PS - Don't be afraid to bring your own Mr. Big - men are allowed.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Interested in applying for an Independent Artist Award? Have questions on when or where you fit in? See our chart below or contact a Program Director here: https://www.msac.org/programs/independent-artist-award … Applications are due November 15th!
To include your happenings in future editions of Artist Alley, please send your art information to  maryanneb@washingtoncountyarts.com

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