April 5, 2019
Volume 19-08
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 from March 28, 2019 through April 23, 2019.
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.
Open Mic Night!
Read your original poetry in spoken word or play your original music at 28 South!
MSAC Seeking Panelists for Public Art Project Grant Program
The Maryland State Arts Council is seeking panelists to review Public Art Project grant applications for the 2019 fiscal year. The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) relies on a diverse array of arts experts from the field to do the important work of evaluating grant applications submitted by Maryland arts organizations and arts programs. Panelists review grant applications online, and meet in spring for the Grants Review Panel Meeting. Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to learn about Maryland arts organizations and the granting processes of the Maryland State Arts Council. Panelist application forms are due, Friday, April 19, 2019 . Please apply here .
The Maryland State Arts Council has committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in grantmaking as all funding mechanisms continue to be examined and updated. The design of the Public Art Across Maryland Grant application is meant to inspire authentic reflection and internal analysis for each applicant, with the knowledge that the Maryland State Arts Council is to be seen and utilized as a collaborative partner in the process. 
After applications have been reviewed, panelists are appointed by the Maryland State Arts Council for a one-year term, which may be renewed, and receive a modest honorarium and travel reimbursement for serving.
The Maryland State Arts Council uses Google products for all panelist activities. Applicants must have a Gmail account to apply. You may establish a Gmail account here .
Artwork: "Building Blocks" by Hense, photo courtesy of Washington County Arts Council
“What Do We Have to Lose?”-- Art Faculty exhibit,
HCC Department of Art
April 1 – April 19, 2019
HCC Kepler Gallery and Performing Arts Center
The 2019 HCC spring faculty art exhibit “What Do We Have to Lose?” will present the latest works of faculty members Audra Haddock-Martenot, Hensch Smith, Margaret Yaukey, Tom Renner, Janet Salter, Beth Carey, Evan Boggess and Joan Bontempo. Works on display include painting, mixed media sculpture, ceramics, photography, metal and jewelry at the Kepler Gallery from April 1st through 19th.

Kepler Performing and Visual Arts Center
Hagerstown Community College
1400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Steven Skerritt-Davis, Deputy Director, Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Mary Anne Burke, Executive Director of the Washington County Arts Council, welcomed Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady of Maryland, Mrs. Yumi Hogan, to The Maryland International Film Festival’s VIP reception on Friday, March 29, 2019.
Governor Hogan was awarded the Mendez Award for 2019, the festival’s top honor.
Pictured (left to right) Tom Riford, MDIFF-H board president; Jonna Mendez, representing her late husband for whom the award was named; Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; and Tracie Hovey, MDIFF-H executive director.

According to Hovey, “Hogan was recognized for his support of the arts in Hagerstown and Washington County.” The Mendez Award is named for the late Antonio "Tony" Mendez, author of Argo, the tale of his experiences as a CIA operative during the Iran hostage crisis that later became an Oscar-winning film.

Photo by Anderson Photography

The Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown announced the 2019 Festival winners and their categories at the award ceremony held at The Maryland Theatre on Sunday, March 31, 2019
• “El Chicano,” best feature film
• “Sac de Merde,” best short film
• “Family Medicine,” best local film
• “Love Always, Mom,” best documentary
• “Scopophilia,” best foreign film
• “It’s a Bird Thing,” best animation film
• “This One’s for You, Alice,” best student film
The Washington County Playhouse
Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
presents the Area Premiere of
March 22nd 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
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 Washington County Historical Society presents:
Family Workshop--Create a Seed Starter
Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Get a garden started with our egg carton seed starter workshop! This short beginner's gardening workshop will teach you the basics of starting a seed and how to care for it! Perfect for little hands and first-time gardeners. Our family workshops are held open-house style. This craft takes about half an hour to complete, so feel free to stop by any time during the session. Adequate supervision of children is required.

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

A Taste of Knowledge, this year’s major fundraiser at the Washington County Free Library, features a trivia contest with teams of up to six people competing for the title ‘Washington County Free Library Trivia Champions 2019.’ Also available will be an opportunity to taste a selection of locally produced beer from Antietam Brewery and local wines paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres from Benny's Pub, and a silent auction. The evening will also feature live music,
fun games, and other exciting activities!

Your support of this event help us to provide additional programs at the library. Last year the library offered over 2,800 programs with over 38,000 people attending one or more of those programs.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the silent auction?
Contact Sarah Hull at shull@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168.
The Cumberland Valley School of Music will present their Encore Musicians Concert on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 featuring over 100 community musicians aged 50 and older. This is a FREE event beginning at 2:30 PM at CAMS South Auditorium at 1151 McKinley St., Chambersburg.

This is the fourth time CVSM has assembled this event to feature its more “seasoned” performers. This year performers include Penn National Harmony Singers, New Horizons String Orchestra, and the New Horizons Band and Freedom Valley Chorus.

Visit CVSM online at www.cvsmusic.org. Keep up with all the latest happenings by following CVSM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@cvsmusic).
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


Please mark your calendar for a stellar afternoon of exquisite choral and instrumental music in the upcoming installment of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church’s FREE Classical Music Concert Series.

“It Is Finished”, a unique, powerful, and compelling Tenebrae service from the always uncommonly creative Mary McDonald will be performed by the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Adult Choir under the direction of Jeffrey A. Clise. This concert also will feature notable area music ensembles including: the St. Andrew Handbell Choir; the Washington County Museum Consort; and, the Toot Uncommon Flute Ensemble.

There is no charge for admission, but a free will offering will be received to benefit the St. Andrew Presbyterian Music Department’s projects. A reception will follow the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (301) 223-5964

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 .
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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