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Artist Alley
November 17, 2016
Volume 16-29

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 2016 Exhibits

"Ben McAfee & Amy Phelps: Presence" 
"Erica Kempler: Rythms, Changes, & Transformations"
runs through November 29, 2016.

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. hosts "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.
The exhibit jurors were Benita Keller and Kathryn Burns.

Benita Keller
Benita Keller grew-up on a farm in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and presently lives in her high school town, Shepherdstown, WV. Ms. Keller teaches private workshop photography classes, is the director of The Jefferson County Photography Project and will soon be extending this to include The Washington County Photography Projects. She is presently working to get 30 years of her archives in order, working on producing photography books of her many years of photographing, and establishing an "out of the house" artist studio because she says; "My art work has out-grown my house." Benita Keller is represented by The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WV and was the featured artist in April 2015 at the Washington County Arts Council. A 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland, Ms. Keller has taught photography as an adjunct for over 25 years-at Shepherd University, The Art Institute of Washington DC and The Montgomery College School of Art and Design. Today, Ms. Keller is an adjunct professor at Hagerstown Community College where she teaches digital photography and photography for public discourse, which she describes as a photojournalism class, as well as an advanced photography class.

Kathryn Burns
Kathryn Burns is the owner and operator of The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WV. The Gallery features work by local artists and offers art services to the community since 2008. Previously, Ms. Burns operated Antietam Arts, A Fine Art Gallery in Boonsboro, MD and Antietam Arts Services, a whole framing and art consulting business servicing the D.C. and Western Maryland vicinity. MS. Burns has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland and a Design Degree from University of Florida.

The Washington County Arts council announces that
Lou Scally of WHAG/WJEJ and
Heather Guessford of Kaplan University
will be the co-emcees of The Art of Cooking 2017!
Sponsorship Opportunities---contact Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132 or 
Not pictured: Mike Flicek

The Washington County Arts Council presented its 2016-2017 Community Arts Development (CAD) awards at the Gallery on November 14, 2016.
The recipients include:

Project FY2017
Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation
The Augustoberfest event
Ballet & All that Jazz
The BTJ Dancers--Hagerstown Housing Authority
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation
Summer Arts Academy--Summer 2017
City of Hagerstown-Blues Fest
Blues Fest
Discovery Station
STEAM Machine: Moving Ahead With the Future
Hagerstown Choral Arts, Inc.
Hagerstown Choral Arts 2016-2017 Season
Hagerstown Comm. Concert Association
Operating Grant
Maryland Entertainment Group
2016-2017 season
Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown 2017
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
The Kinder Konzerts Series
The Maryland Theatre
Wind Down Hagerstown
The Potomac Playmakers
90th Anniversary Year including Production of "The Boomerang"
Washington County Free Library
Noteworthy Sundays @ your Library Concert Series
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County Public School Art Exhibition

The Washington County Arts Council CAD grant awards are made possible through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will host a book signing with local author Stephen Lynn Meyers for his latest book, "Growin' Up Country, The Life and Times of Clarence Henry Showalter" on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The book signing will take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Visitor Welcome Center, located at 6 North Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown. Meyers, a lifelong Hagerstown resident, is also the author of "Walking in Water, A History of, and tales from the Conococheague Creek." His new book will be available at the Visitor Welcome Center for $19.95.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts!
Gallery Quartet 
November 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
The guest flutist will be David La Vorgna. Mr. Vorgna is on the faculties of Goucher College and Loyola University in Baltimore. He currently plays flute/piccolo with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Capitol Hill Chamber Players, and Trio Amici, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and the Baltimore Opera Company. The program will include Mozart's Quartet in D Major for flute, violin, viola and cello, Beethoven's trio for flute, violin and viola; and, the Quintet No.1 for flute, two violas, violin and cello, by the early romantic Danish composer Friedrich Kulau.

Candice Mowbray:
Noteworthy Sundays
@ Your Library Concert
Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 3:00pm

Classical guitarist Candice Mowbray and multi-instrumentalist Anita Thomas will delight the audience with this concert filled with concert energy, exceptional skill and sincerity.

100 South Potomac Street
Community Room #308/309
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 739-3250

MSO RECITAL - St. Michael's Duo 
Sunday, December 4, 2016 * 2:30pm
WCMFA Annual MSO Recital will feature St. Michael's Duo. The concert will be December 4, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. General Admission is $10.00; museum members and Children 12 and under are FREE. 
Christmas from the Past Art Workshops at the
Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts 
Holiday Cards Workshop Wednesday, November 30, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
All those beautiful cards you have saved will have a new look for the best part of them.  Learn how to make a window card inserting part of the old card and make a greeting especially from you. Based on your own handwriting, we will create your own style for the new message. Good to recycle and great for you!
Instructor: Chris Tischer 

Holiday Wreath Workshop Tuesday, December 6, 2016 
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, December 5. 2016 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Women's Club, 31 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
For more information, email The Potomac Playmakers at or call (240) 382-7269.
Join us for our 25th Annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting Service.

You're invited, Friday, December 9th at 7:00 pm to watch as we light our 65 foot Christmas tree, then walk among the 2,500 luminaries lining the roads of the cemetery.

This year's event will feature a choral performance by Emmanuel United Methodist Church Choir.

FREE refreshments will be served the night of the event.

Ribbons to decorate our Memorial Tree may be purchased in memory or honor of your loved one for $2.00. A ribbon will be selected at random and the person named on the ribbon will be permanently memorialized with an engraved brick in our Memorial Garden. Ribbons can be purchased in advance by stopping by our office. They will also be available at the event. Memorial bricks can also be purchased for $40.00.

All proceeds from this year's event will be donated to The ARC of Washington County.

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.
Supported in part by:
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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