April 18, 2019
Volume 19-09
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 .
Antonio Tobias (Toby) Mendez a Maryland based sculptor and painter opened his latest exhibit “Toby Mendez: Sculptures & Paintings” at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The exhibit runs through April 23, 2019 .
Another opportunity to meet artist Toby Mendez
to learn about his love of sculpture and painting and
his journey using multiple art forms.
BISFA Alumni/Faculty 10 th Anniversary Art Show

Celebrating the 10 th Anniversary of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, the Washington County Arts Council hosts “BISFA 10 th Anniversary: Alumni & Teachers” Art Exhibition from April 25, 2019 through May 28, 2019 with a Closing Reception at the Gallery on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm .

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is a Washington County Public Schools academic and arts magnet high school located in downtown Hagerstown in the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District.

Exhibiting artists include:
Todd Geiman Teacher
Brandy Merchant Teacher
Mark Youngblood Teacher
Michael Gouker Former Teacher
Audra Martenot Former Teacher
Teresa Roberts Former Teacher
Miranda Barkdoll Graduate
Shelby Baugher Graduate
N'kai Delauter Graduate
Helen Domsky Graduate
Laine Foxworthy Graduate
Sarah Gillelan Graduate
Liana James Graduate
John Krzywicki Graduate
Madelyn Lane Graduate
Armand Martenot Graduate
Erin Mettille Graduate
Kaia Moelin Graduate
Mary O'Connell Graduate
Abigail Recabo Graduate
Graycen Scott Graduate
Kylee Seymour Graduate
Stephen Sheredy Graduate
Petra'Rahim Solomon Graduate
Patrick "Necatuss" Soper Graduate
Iris Wechsler Graduate
Amanda Zabala Graduate
The Washington County Playhouse
Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
presents the Area Premiere of
Through May 25th

Move over, Thelma and Louise! When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin’ hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol’ laundromat into a bootscootin’ honky-tonk, exacting a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong, all while guaranteeing every customer a good, clean time! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this new musical from Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be A Dream).

Featuring the music of Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

Honky Tonk Laundry plays live on stage March 22nd through May 25th!
Tickets (which include a buffet dinner with a cash bar available) are $49.50 per person and can be purchased by visiting www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com or by calling 301-739-7469 for more information.

Performances are held Friday and Saturday evenings and select Sundays 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.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
Hagerstown Community College
will host the Spring Student Art Exhibit
Hagerstown Community College will host the Spring Student Art Exhibit from Monday April 22, 2019 through Friday April 26, 2019 in the Kepler Center on HCC main campus. Featured will be student work in pottery, sculpture, drawing, painting, jewelry and photography.
Meet these exceptional artists and view their creations at the opening reception on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 5:30-7:30.

Kepler Performing and Visual Arts Center
Hagerstown Community College
1400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
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

Dubbed "Champagne Soul" - 5th Dimension performs at the Maryland Theatre on April 25!

Remember these classics - Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In, Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep, Stoned Soul Picnic, and California Soul?

Purchase tickets now at mdtheatre.org/5th-dimension.php

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Maryland Entertainment Group,
Artists in Residence at
Hagerstown Community College, presents Fool For Love

The 1984 Obie Award Winner for Best New American Play, Fool For Love has been called a "twisted cowboy romance." Written by Sam Shepard, it is a tale of love, family, and the trials of the human condition. In a seedy motel room in the Mojave Desert we find our lead characters Eddie and May amid a volatile relationship. From there we are taken on a journey of two human beings that probably shouldn’t be together but just can’t seem to let go of one another.

Date/Time: April 25, 26, 27 at 8PM, April 27 & 28 at 2PM

Price: $15 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors (55+), HCC Students & Staff Free
(The Thursday, April 25th performance is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN at the door only, First come, first serve! )


Location: Hagerstown Community College's Black Box Theater
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown MD 21742

For tickets visit https://bit.ly/2FY1bwb or call 301-302-9784
Stories In The Round
Janice Curtis Greene comes to Stories In The Round as an accomplished American Griot, with 25 years’ experience telling African, African American and Multicultural stories, folk tales, Rap Rhythms, narrations for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and historical narratives from African American history. She is the current president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, member of the National Storyteller’s Network and Network of Biblical Storytellers International, and Governor Hogan’s recent appointee to the Maryland Commission of African American History and Culture. Besides her presentations at festivals, schools, libraries and hospitals in a diverse selection of major U.S. cities and towns, Mrs. Greene has also performed in Brazil, Canada, Zambia, South Africa, Egypt and on international cruise lines.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Stories In The Round is a 10 session series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, 13245 Cearfoss Pike (Salem Ave. extended) usually on the 4th Monday of the month, March thru December. Children 12 years & older welcome when accompanied by a parent or group leader.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door. Season tickets available until April 22.
Contact: Fanny Crawford, 301-730-1638 or fanitsky@hotmail.com .
Potomac Playmakers Auditions
- One Act Play Festival
Haven Lutheran Church
1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742
04/29/2019, 04/30/2019
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Potomac Playmakers announce auditions for the Fourth Annual One-Act Play Festival By Area Playwrights! For the last several years, the Playmakers have given area playwrights the opportunity to see their original plays performed live on stage. For the second year in a row, a playwriting competition was held for playwrights from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. From the wealth of plays submitted, three original pieces were accepted. They are as follows – “God and Other Well-Intentioned Strangers” by Greg Berezuk. In this drama, a bereaved father takes a moment to himself outside of the reception following his daughter’s funeral. His daughter’s passing has shaken his faith, as he is consumed with the question of “WHY.” After a conversation with his sister, the man finds himself face-to-face with God. What follows next is a conversation that everyone who has experienced a profound loss can relate to. The play calls for a cast of three, with one male performer in his fifties and older and two females, one in her fifties and older, and one female in her 20’s and up. “God and Other Well-Intentioned Strangers” will be directed by Jim Zuna. “Sisters Of The Locker Room” by Nancy L. Funk. In this comic piece, a group of middle-aged and senior ladies banter in the gym locker room after a tough workout, sharing their tales of love and loss. During their conversation, the ladies learn that one of their own has been left by her husband for another woman. The ladies decide to take matters into their own hands by kidnapping the wayward husband and putting him on trial! The script for “Sisters” calls for nine females in their 40’s and older, and one male performer in his late 40’s. “Sisters Of The Locker Room” will be directed by Wanda Dittmann. “Affair At The Hotel Opal” by Jeffrey N. Johnson – In this dramatic piece, a man and his wife are in Paris trying to track down places where his father spent time during World War II. With photographs in his hand, his wife’s input, and the assistance of the local barkeep and staff, the man tries to learn about the father that he never knew. And what does the “Lady Madonna” have to do with it all? The script for “Opal” calls for a cast of four men in their twenties and older, and three women in their forties and older. “Affair At The Hotel Opal” will be directed by Jeff Marcum.

Auditions for the Fourth Annual One-Act Play Festival By Area Playwrights will be held April 29, 2019 and April 30, 2019 at Haven Lutheran Church, located at 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742. Auditions start at 7:00 pm and will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Performances will be July 12-14, 2019 at The Women’s Club in Hagerstown.
Potomac Playmakers--240-382-7269
Valley Art Association Exhibit
Friday May 3 rd to Sunday May 26 th
Valley Art Association members: Virginia Hair, Leona Kronstadt, Janie Moltrup, Laura Shindle & Anita Shivley will exhibit their paintings on the theme “Across the Pond” at the Mansion House in City Park, Hagerstown. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission and opening reception on Sunday May 5 th 2 to 4 pm. For more information call 301 797-2867 or e-mail valleyartinfo@gmail.com.

Carolyn Blitz, Publicity
Valley Art Association
301 745-8917
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
10th Anniversary Celebration
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm


2:30pm & 7:30pm

The One Conference for All the Arts in Maryland
Join us for the Maryland Arts Summit
June 7 & 8 at

Registration for the Maryland Arts Summit is  NOW OPEN !

The 2019 Maryland Arts Summit will be the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities.

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