November 1, 2019
Volume 19-28
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.
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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.
Council for the Arts Opening Reception
2019 Miniature Art
35th Annual Exhibition

Friday, November 1, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Council for the Arts
81 N. Main Street
Chambersburg, Pa 17201
"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
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 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.
Dystopia/Hope: 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
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
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 or message the Tour to have a brochure mailed to you. Visit Creativity Where It Lives!
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
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 or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
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
The Washington County Historical Society
presents Culture & Cocktails:
From John Brown to
James Brown with Ed Maliskas
Friday, November 8, 2019

Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a lecture program at the Miller House Museum, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude.
Washington County's Kennedy Farmhouse has a long history: first hosting John Brown as he planned the raid on Harpers Ferry, then as a major stop for some of the biggest African American musicians in American history. Join author Ed Maliskas for more information on the little farmhouse with a big history and his band as they bring to life some of the hits played at the Kennedy Farm.

The featured cocktail will be: the Pumpkin Martini. Get in the spirit with these scrumptious fall spirits!

Your ticket price will include your first drink, and refills will be available for a small fee. This event is for adults ages 21 and older, please! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Friday, November 8, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Miller House Museum
135 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Return to Normalcy: Post World War II Life in Washington County - Exclusive Film Screening at the Maryland Theatre
November 10, 2019. 2 - 4pm.

Join the Washington County Historical Society on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00PM as it partners with the Maryland Theatre to screen its production of a movie-length film depicting life in Washington County during World War II and the post-war years of the 1940s and 1950s.  Relive the lives of the residents of Washington County during and after WWII as soldiers return home, families blossom and a community reorients itself to civilian and domestic life.

Stroll down Memory Lane! Viewers might recognize old friends and neighbors as they celebrate holidays, engage in school activities, participate in parades, enjoy leisure time, shop and earn a living. The film features seventy-year old scenes of Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Williamsport and more.

Do not miss out on this entertaining and informative piece of Washington County history – at the Maryland Theatre, 27 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. November 10, 2019. 2-4pm.

Tickets are $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at The Maryland Theatre Box Office or at

For More Information:
Call 301-797-8782

The Maryland Theatre
21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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
ART EXHIBIT 11/01/2019

Valley Art Association members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Dragons, Fairies and Fantasies” at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from November 1 to December 1. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents The Wizard of Oz on its Mainstage beginning November 15th and running through December 22nd. Shows are held on Friday and Saturday evenings and select Sundays. The Broadway show, preceded by a buffet meal, is appropriate for ages five and older.
Follow the yellow brick road again! Young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She’s helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage. 
Tickets, which include dinner and show, cost $53.50 for adults and $43.50 for children ages 5 - 12 (service fees also apply). Children under age 5 will not be admitted to Mainstage productions. To purchase, visit   or call 301-739-7469 Tuesday Through Friday during telephone box office hours.
Potomac Playmakers - "The Porch"
Zion Lutheran Church, 31 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, MD 21795

The Potomac Playmakers proudly announce the second show of the 2019-2020 Season, Jack Neary’s comedy, “The Porch!” “The Porch” takes place over Labor Day weekend in 2006. Three friends, all women in their late fifties or early sixties, sit on a front porch and comment—sometimes graphically—on anything and everything in their purview. Over the course of the play, their husbands are introduced into the action. Many topics are addressed, but under the camaraderie is a secret that won’t be revealed until the penultimate scene, which cements the bond established among these lifetime friends. Laughs abound from the very first scene and rarely let up. But then, since it's a comedy about real people, life steps in, plots twist, and lives change. It's a play about the challenge of enduring friendships, and has been compared to “The Golden Girls” and “Steel Magnolias.”
“The Porch,” directed by Cathy James with Rachael Thompson, stars Greg Berezuk, Wanda Dittmann, Tom Doty, Kimberly Jones, and Paulette Lee. “The Porch” is sponsored in part by a grant from the Washington County Arts Council and will run November 15-17 and November 22-24, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, located at 31 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, Maryland 21795. Showtime for the Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8:00 pm, while the Sunday matinee performances will start at 3:00 pm. Tickets for each performance are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at

***PARENTAL ADVISORY – “The Porch” contains suggestive language and adult themes and may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.



Maryland Symphony Orchestra Will Present “The American Symphony”
at New Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center

The 38th season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a musical journey that celebrates America. “The American Symphony” features the music of Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price, and Kimo Williams. During this one night only performance, Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the newly renovated Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center for a truly memorable concert experience.

When Antonín Dvořák came to the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, he was an immigrant thrown into a new world and new sounds. Out of that experience, he wrote a symphony for America: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, subtitled "From the New World." It has become one of the world's most beloved orchestral works. It also produced a melody that is both a hymn and an anthem to what American music can be.

Also featured on the program, the Symphony in E minor is the first symphony written by the American composer Florence Price. The work was completed in 1932 and was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Frederick Stock in June 1933. The piece was Price's first full-scale orchestral composition and was the first symphony by an African American woman to be performed by a major American orchestra.

During this performance, the MSO will also premiere a new work by Kimo Williams, a retired US Army Vietnam veteran and local composer from Shepherdstown, WV. “Fanfare of a Flower,” was commissioned by the Maryland Symphony in honor of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra. An award winning and nationally recognized composer, Mr. Williams’ compositions have been performed by the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, Savannah, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Alabama and Dallas, among many others.

The 2019/2020 concert season is presented through the generous support of Antietam Broadband. The MSO is also supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Tickets for the concert range from $19 to $79 for adults and children. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office.
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday the Valley Art Association will hold their monthly meeting a week early November 20th 7 pm at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md The speaker will be David Bottini demonstrating his acrylic painting glazing style. Guests are welcome and refreshments served. For more information call 301 797-2867 or
Call for Films!
Regular Deadline: December 1, 2019
Local artists Phillip B. Grove and David Bottini selected for the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition
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: … Applications are due November 15th!
Weekly Acrylic Painting Studio with David Bottini
Two-hour evening studios from 6 PM to 8 PM on Mondays at the Mansion House, beginning on October 14th. These will be in four-week sessions and will be continued on an ongoing basis. Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal development with professional guidance, input and instruction. The use of glazing techniques in acrylics will be covered Cost is $70 for 8 hours/4-week session for VAA and Museum members ($75 for non-members).Minimum 5, maximum 10. To register, Payment by check, made out to David Bottini, may be mailed or dropped off during business hours to the Mansion House Art Gallery, Attn: Treasurer, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740. (Payment by credit card is possible if you go to the Mansion House during business hours.) For further details including suggested materials list, please contact Elaine Wolfe at or call 304-754-5116.

Acrylic Painting Studio Classes with David Bottini
Mansion House Art Gallery, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown City Park
Weekly open studio sessions will begin on October 14, 2019.
They will consist of 2-hour evening studios, from 6 PM - 8 PM, on Mondays, in 4-week sessions, and will be continued on an ongoing basis.
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 or Laura Weiss at .
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 .
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