March 6, 2019
Volume 19-06
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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March 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is pleased to host Shepherd University Visual Collective: Unity and Marie B. De Amicis: Vagabondage during March 2019. An artist talk with the Visual Art Collective will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the gallery from 2pm until 4pm.
The exhibits continue through Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
February 2019 Exhibit

Toby Mendez: Sculptures & Paintings will be the Washington County Arts Council’s featured exhibit at the gallery from March 28, 2019 through April 23, 2019. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. Artist Talks will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm and on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm.
DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

Call for Films: Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown
High School Student Film Contest

Student Film Contest Rules:
  • Theme: Produce a film of any subject.
  • Scene selection requires teacher approval.
  • Length: 3-7 minutes / Entry Deadline March 15, 2019.
  • No excessive or gratuitous profanity, violence, or nudity.
  • No racial, cultural, religious, or gender discrimination.
Submit through FilmFreeway using the link below and
use the code high school.
Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown
36 South Potomac Street, Suite 200
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(916) 712-2781
Valley Art Association hosts figure drawing sessions every Thursday 10 am to 1 pm at the Mansion House in City Park, Hagerstown. Professional female & male models are varied on a monthly schedule. VAA members as well as non-members are welcome. For more information call Elaine Wolfe at 304 754-5116 or . The sketch at left was done by Elaine Wolfe.
Disney’s High School Musical On Stage!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children’s Theater is proud to announce the first Theatre for Young Audiences production of their 2019 season: Disney’s High School Musical On Stage! directed by Shawn R. Martin. This show opens Saturday, January 26, at The Playhouse which is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District and City Center.
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage in Disney’s High School Musical! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.
Disney’s High School Musical On Stage! is for ages 3 and older! Tickets are $18 and include the show and kid-friendly lunch: all beef hot dog and chips, or a slice of oven baked cheese pizza and chips. Beverages and gratuity are not included.
Performance Dates: Saturday afternoons January 26 - March 16, 2019.
For tickets, please visit or call 301.739.7469

Valley Art Association members exhibit on the theme of “Cumberland”
Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm. Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Free admission

Friday March 1 st to Sunday March 31 st
Mansion House Gallery
501 Highland Way, City Park
Hagerstown, MD

For more information call (301)797-2867 or .
Maryland Entertainment Group presents
The Three Musketeers
March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2019 at 8 pm
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 2019 at 2 pm
Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 Seniors (55+), $10 Students, HCC Students & Staff Free

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, this swashbuckling adventure will take audiences on a journey to France where Athos, Porthos, Aramis and newcomer, D'artagnan fight for France. The novel has been recreated in various forms since its publication largely because of its examination of strong themes including: friendship, loyalty, courage, and triumph over evil.

For tickets visit  or call 301-302-9784

Kepler Performing and Visual Arts Center
Hagerstown Community College
1400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
The Maryland Theatre hosts
The World’s Number One Eagles Tribute

Friday, March 8, 2019 • 7:30 pm
Eaglemania has evolved into a nationally touring tribute to The Eagles, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. Their music appeals to a wide variety of age groups, and the combination of heartfelt ballads, rock anthems laden with guitar harmonies, and the unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies as only the Eagles can do, has propelled the band for the past 40-plus years, positioning them as one of the most successful and popular bands in music history. Eaglemania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh's solo albums. 
Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert. The band consists of an ensemble of veteran musicians whose goal is to faithfully reproduce the Eagle’s repertoire, music they love to sing and play, always committed to giving their audience a perfect show every time they take the stage.
The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Cumberland Valley School of Music and Wilson College Performing Arts Series presents Annie Jr
Friday, March 8 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 9 2:00 PM
Directed by Heather Kline
Musical Direction by Lindsay Owen
Featuring CVSM students between the ages of 8 and 18 

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Laird Hall at Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Ave
Chambersburg, PA
Culture & Cocktails:
The National Road Museum with Tiffany Ahalt
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.

The National Road has been a major US trade route for most of American history. Learn more about the new museum highlighting its legacy.

The featured cocktail will be: The Ramble! You won't want to hit the road once you start enjoying these raspberry flavored concoctions!

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!

Fri, March 8, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
$15 .

The Miller House
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.

Family Workshop: Paint a German Fraktur
Traditionally made for German and Swiss immigrants, Fraktur are highly decorative handmade birth and marriage announcements. Learn more about fraktur and see some real examples for yourself from the Miller House Museum collection before you make your own to take home with you!
Our family workshops are held open-house style. The craft typically takes half an hour to complete, so you can arrive any time during the session. Adequate supervision of children is required.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


The Miller House
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.

The Washington County Free Library
and The Maryland Theatre present
"Teens Have Talent."
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:00pm f LIVE 96.7.

Twenty teens from the Tri-State area will perform for a grand prize of $1,000 and a runner-up prize of $500. Be inspired and cheer for your favorites. Guest Master of Ceremonies will be Ryan Smetzer.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Maryland Theatre presents
Rhythm of the Dance
Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 7:00pm

This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand-year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern-day stage show.

Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to a purity content preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet presenting it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field.

The show features a live band, three tenors & some 22 dancers. Be sure to experience Rhythm of the Dance when it performs in a venue near you. You'll be very glad you did! 4.5 million fans can't be wrong!!

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Spring is Coming!
Authentic Community Theatre presents
March 22 & 23, 2019 • 7:30pm

An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and – most of all – love.

Set in the East Village of New York City,  Rent  is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama,  Rent  has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's  La Boheme , Jonathan Larson's  Rent  follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
This show is recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and content.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Blue Ridge Professional Baseball League with Bob Savitt
Join the Washington County Historical Society for a delightful afternoon in the Miller House Museum parlors for one of our Sundays in the Salon! Historian and author Bob Savitt will be presenting on the history of the Blue Ridge Baseball League. Operating out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, nine towns hosted teams in one of the most successful Class D minor leagues. Spend the afternoon in good company and learn more about the league that jump-started the careers of over 100 major-league players.
A cash bar will be available, and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$10/WCHS member

The Miller House
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.

Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents
Cherish the Ladies
Saturday, March 30, 2019 • 7:30pm

These ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensemble's ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500

Exploring & Creating Dynamic Watercolors with Mick Williams
Learn to work with watercolors, discover tips, tricks and techniques to create and build better paintings. Work on still life and landscapes, learn design and composition, color theory, depth, and how to exaggerate 3D space. This 6-week course is designed to educate students to control the medium and encourage personal expression.

Class Dates: Thursdays, Apr. 11 - May 16
Times: 1oam-Noon
Ages: 14-Adult
Registration Fee: $25* (will be applied to cost of class on first day)
Cost: $125 +$99-$155 supply kit (supplies may also be purchased separately)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: Mick Williams
To reserve space:  call us at 301-733-2722 or register on-line at
The Berkeley Arts Council will offer a series of art classes taught by Judith Becker starting in March. Judith is an accomplished fine artist and experienced art instructor in several media. The classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The current class schedule is:

Beginning Drawing Animals and Other Fauna
Thursdays March 7, 14, 21 and 28th; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Lifting Your Art with Dynamic Design and Composition
Fridays March 8, 15, 22, 29; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Beginning Watercolor Pencil Painting
Wednesdays April 4, 10, 17, 24; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Painting All Types of Animals
Thursdays April 4, 11, 18, 25; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

4 in 1 class: Trees, Rocks, Textures, Backgrounds
Thursdays May 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Creative Approaches to Painting Landscapes
Fridays May 3, 10, 17, 24; (Four weeks)

Details are posted at

For more information:
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts presents
April 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm
April 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm
April 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm
April 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm
April 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
April 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm
All around the world millions of people have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Join the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students for 6 shows on April 5-14, 2019.  (synopsis from Music Theatre International website)

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500

The Maryland Theatre hosts
Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 • 7:00pm

Kris Kristofferson has been making things happen his entire life. Born in Texas and raised in a military family, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who studied creative writing at Pomona College in California. The Phi Beta Kappa graduate earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford, where he boxed, played rugby and continued to write songs. After graduating from Oxford, Kristofferson served in the army as an Airborne Ranger helicopter pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1965, Kristofferson turned down an assignment to teach at West Point and, inspired by songwriters like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, moved to Nashville to pursue his music.

After struggling in Music City for several years, Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s.

His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson's compositions.

His renown as a songwriter triggered Kristofferson's successful career as a performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to his flourishing career as a film actor. Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films including "A Star is Born" for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1977. Other cult favorites Kristofferson appeared in include; "Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore", the "Blade" Trilogy and "Lone Star". His more recent films include; "He’s Just Not That Into You" and "Dolphin Tale".

Heralded as an artist's artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 30 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world.

In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame and was honored with the American Veteran's Association's "Veteran of the Year Award" in 2002. In 2014, Kristofferson was honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500

The Maryland Theatre hosts
 The 5th Dimension
Thursday, April 25, 2019 • 7:30pm

From the late 60s through the 70s, they were about as big as it gets. This group scored seven Grammy awards, 22 Top 40 songs, 5 #1 Billboard hits, and helped launch the careers of such songwriters as Ashford & Simpson and Laura Nyro.

Their lushly orchestrated hits - dubbed Champagne Soul - include "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Last Night I didn’t Get to Sleep," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Never My Love," and "California Soul."

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500

Tim Hawkins
presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
at The Maryland Theatre
November 24, 2019 at 3:00pm

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. But don’t take it from us... Tim's gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines. Sure he's funny, but fans are often even more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim's hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Aging Rockers, Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife, Cletus Take the Reel, A Homeschool Family, and The Government Can. Still, Tim is no rock star: "It's not like I have a choice. Comedy is my only life skill." Tim reminds us that for life's many difficulties, laughter is always the best medicine – when the medication runs out. He just released his 9th comedy DVD, "Just About Enough". Tim lives in Missouri with his wife and four crud muffins.

For information contact Anne Hunt at 301-7902000 or
The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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