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Artist Alley
April 8, 2016
Volume 16-07

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... 
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 Special Events
 Features special local events
 that are not to be missed!
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Now through Tuesday, April 26, 2016 

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. presents Robert & Kitty Nalewaik: "View of Two Hemispheres" and
Beth Carey:
"Reves/Dreams" for its April 2016 exhibits.
May 2016 Exhibits  

The Washington County Arts Council is featuring two exhibits in May 2016:
Ricky Havens: "Spiritual Warfare" and
All Fired Up!:
"Clay Artists of Wright Hand Studio".

Exhibits run April 29, 2016 through May 31, 2016 at the Gallery, 34 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD.    
An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm.
Maryland International Film Festival 2016---Stars and Movies in Hagerstown!
  • James Badge Dale, star of "13 Hours"
  • Kerry Cahill star in "Terminator Genisys"
  • Ann Mahoney star from AMC's "The Walking Dead"
  • Tracie Hovey, Executive Director Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown (MDIFF-H)
  • Scott Gardenhour, Filmmaker and executive producer of "13 Hours"; recipient of the 2016 "Nora Roberts Foundation Award"
  • Nicole Houser, Board Member MDIFF-H
  • Tom Riford, President, MDIFF-H
  • Heather Guessford, Treasurer, MDIFF-H
  • Mary Anne Burke, Board Member MDIFF-H
  • Bev David, Secretary, MDIFF-H
  • Kim Bain, Committee Member MDIFF-H
  • Steven Snyder, Venue Manager
  • Billy Shreve, Frederick County Councilman---2016 Mendez Award Winner
  • Tyler Smith, Venue Manager
Not pictured:
  • Jay Frantz, Board Member MDIFF-H
  • Bob Bruchey, Board Member MDIFF-H
  • Joe Marschner, Board Member MDIFF-H
  • Dan Poyner, Board Member MDIFF-H
  • Rob Apgar-Taylor, Committee Member MDIFF-H
Photo by William Fox

Art in Bloom-Friday, April 8, 2016
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Tickets still available for April 8th's Preview Reception!
Enjoy wine, dessert, and meet the floral designers!
Call (301) 739-5727

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced that Emily C. Socks has joined its administrative staff as Director of Advancement. Ms. Socks, who will oversee all development and fundraising programs for the MSO, including the coordination of a variety of special events and volunteer recruitment, comes to the orchestra with several years of program development experience, most recently with the Arc of Washington County. While at the Arc she played a significant role in the success of the annual "Dancing with the Arc Stars" fundraiser.
Ms. Socks, a native of Southern Maryland, is a graduate of Frostburg State University. She resides in Hagerstown with her husband Micah, a high school band director for the Washington County Public Schools, and their three children.

Public Art Meeting
Rodney Tissue, (back row), City Engineer of the City of Hagerstown along with Cochran Studio of Frederick presented the Hagerstown Cultural Trail Public Art Master Plan at the MSAC Public Art Meeting
held in Baltimore on Friday, April 1, 2016.
Maryland is part of a larger regional public art administrators group facilitated by Patricia Walsh at Americans for the Arts.  Virginia, DC, and Maryland administrators have met on an ad hoc basis over the past few years and are seeking to formalize the group and schedule twice yearly meetings. The goals are to discuss local public art programs and projects and to provide technical assistance to build knowledge resources in order to advance public art.
Congratulations Rodney!
Your Guide to local Summer Camps
Congratulations to all the students who were chosen to exhibit in the
2015-2016 Trilogy Fine Arts Competition sponsored by Trilogy-Drs. David Solberg, Andrew Oh, and Mitesh Kothari; Hager Hall; and WCPS. The art will be displayed over the coming year in the lobby of the Trilogy Professional Center, Hager Hall, and the Washington County Public Schools Central Office building.

Dr. Teresa Roberts recently presented at the National Art Education Association in Chicago 2016. Her artwork, which she is wearing, was selected for the NAEA Women's Caucus exhibition, Leading by Visual Voice.
Local opportunities for artists!
Valley Art Association
North Gallery Shows for 2016

April 2016
All Member Show, "Springtime On My Mind" 
Opening April 1 - Closing May 1 
(Drop Off March 29 and Pick Up May 2)
May 2016
All Member Show, "Abstracts"
Opening May 6 - Closing May 22 (Drop Off May 3 and Pick Up May 23)

The Spring Exhibition will be shown in the BISFA Lobby.

The Pillowman
Only three chances to see this stimulating dark comedy from award winning playwright, Martin McDonagh! April 8th, 9th and 10th at HCC's Black Box Theatre.

The Fine Arts Company is pleased to welcome Cindy Downs back to the Fine Arts Company! Cindy's paintings are all original watercolors painted on location (plein air) in the tri-state area.   Opening, April 9, 2016 6pm to 8pm.
Ms. Downs' paintings are all original watercolors painted on location (plein air) in the tri-state area as weather permits. Her specialty is rural landscape often depicting historic structures in order to preserve our rural heritage which is so rapidly disappearing. Cindy taught art in Washington and Frederick counties in the public school system. She received her BS degree from Towson University and her MLA from Western Maryland College. Her studio is located in Clear Spring, Maryland. Cindy Downs is back as our featured artist for the month.

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
Featuring Thomas Pandolfi at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, April 9, 2016 * 8pm
and Sunday, April 10, 2016 * 3pm
Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will be the guest artist when the Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents its final Masterworks Concerts of the 2015-2016 Season on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.
Tickets may be purchased online at , by phone at 301-797-4000, or in person at the MSO Office at 30 W. Washington Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For the sixth consecutive season, the MSO will be providing FREE Masterworks concert tickets to students in grades one through 12. This free student ticket initiative is generously underwritten by contributions from Music Director Elizabeth Schulze, Susquehanna Bank, The Rotary Club of Hagerstown, and The Rotary Club of Long Meadows Foundation.
Two Rivers Woodwind Quintet

The Friends of Music will close out their 2015-2016 concert season with a concert by the Two Rivers Woodwind Quintet on Saturday, April 9.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Shepherdstown WV's Trinity Episcopal Church
It will feature the following works by French, Argentine, German and American composers:
* "Trios Pièces Brèves" (1930), by Jacques Ibert
* "Milonga Sin Palabras" (1979), by Astor Piazzolla
* "Quintet in B-flat, Op. 56" (1821), by Franz Danzi
* "Quintet in C, Op. 79" (1898), by August Klughardt
* Highlights from "Porgy and Bess" (1934), by George Gershwin
Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before April 2). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be accepted.
Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts

Vote for the People's Choice in the
Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition and
Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon!
Exhibit continues through April 10, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Adorn Yourself with Creativity!  Learn the fundamental techniques used in metalsmithing to create jewelry. n this workshop participants will learn the basic skills of texturing metal, forming, sawing and piercing, assembly, filing and hand and mechanical finishing.
Instructor: Sukey Rankin

A Wilder View - Opening reception
featuring new images by Photographer Bruce Wilder.
16 N Main Street, Boonsboro, Maryland
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Bruce Wilder, a photographer who works in both film and digital, picked up his first camera at the age of twelve. Within a decade, he began processing his own negatives and prints. While black and white photography launched his passion, the digital medium expanded his vision, allowing him to produce art images in color.

Now merging technology and art, Mr. Wilder has explored HDR. High Dynamic Range imagery enables him to create photographs with a greater dynamic range by combining several images of different exposures.
Mr. Wilder believes the artist's choice defines his potential. He embraces the diversity of photographic art, its endless possibilities whether dramatic black and white, dreamy monochrome, brilliant color or visions enhanced with creative digital manipulation.
Paint Nite Fundraiser for the Library!
Monday, April 18th @ 7:00pm 
Hager Hall Event & Conference Center

Love to express yourself creatively? Come paint with a purpose! 
Show your support for Washington County Free Library!
A master artist will give the group step-by-step instructions to create a work of art - while you socialize and sip cocktails from the cash bar. All attendees go home with a masterpiece and great memories. No art experience needed! Visit the event page for more details!
Internship and Scholarship Opportunities 
at the Washington County Museum of fine Arts!

Jean Cushwa Internship-  
Through her estate, Jean Cushwa an d her heirs have established a program of support for a deserving college student from Washington County, Maryland, majoring in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture, Design, or Museum Studies. 
Deadline April 15!

Jean Cushwa Scholarship- 
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Announces the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award. The $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to one Graduating High School Senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland. The student must plan to pursue a career in Visual Art, Art History, Art Education, Design, Architecture, or Museum Studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.
Deadline May 3rd!
Little Women - The Musical
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women - The Musical follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, as well as their mother, "Marmee". This show is incredibly moving and will make you laugh and cry! It is a beautiful portrayal of the lives of women during the Civil War, as well as the unbreakable bond between sisters and family.

You have 3 chances to see it: 
Friday, April 22nd @8pm 
Saturday, April 23rd @8pm  
Sunday, April 24th @2:30pm

Tickets are $15 and FREE for HCC students and staff

Concessions will also be available, as well as drawings each night for a gift basket!
All proceeds go to The Robinwood Players Theater Club.
Bridge of Life
Free Movie Night
Saturday, April 23, 2016 

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
The seventh installment in the Star Wars series, The Force Awakens is set about 30 years after Return of the Jedi. It follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron's search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, successor to the Galactic Empire. The free movie starts at 7:00 p.m. with free drinks and popcorn available in the lobby.
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!

Hagerstown Community Concert -
The Young Irelanders

21st Century Irish Ensemble
The Maryland Theatre
Thursday, April 28, 2016 * 7:30pm
Civil War Medicine Talk

Discovery Station is pleased to host this free program in collaboration with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Dr. Rathgeb is a semi-retired orthopedic surgeon and will be leading this program in period dress. The program will focus predominately on surgeries and amputations. He'll have the reproduction medical pack and surgical kit with him.
Date: April 30, 2016/Time: 1 PM to 2 PM

This talk is also an overview of what the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine has to offer in its galleries, this lecture details the work and challenges of surgeons and medical personnel during the Civil War.

Learn about diseases and the medicines used to treat them, surgeries and amputations, soldiers' food and nutrition, and more. This talk also examines how Dr. Jonathan Letterman led the introduction of the first system of staged evacuation and treatment for mass casualties.

Chris MacDonald's -- Memories of
Elvis in Concert

The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, April 30, 2016   7:30PM

Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ages 10 through Adult

The Texas Tenors
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, May 7, 2016 * 8:00 pm  
Texas Tenors Return to Hagerstown to Perform With the Maryland Symphony
The Texas Tenors won the hearts of over 100 million television viewers from around the globe to become the #1 vocal group in the history of NBC's "America's Got Talent," and on Saturday, May 7, 2016 The Texas Tenors will be bringing their breathtaking vocals and Texas-sized charisma to Hagerstown for a return engagement with The Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets may be purchased online at , by phone at 301-797-4000, or in person at the MSO Office at 30 W. Washington Street.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Explore printmaking tradition, using modern tools and materials. We will learn to cut an image into a plate, ink it, and transfer it onto paper.  Can be used for simple things (such as fabric paint on tea towels) up to the most sophisticated art forms, from greeting cards to treasured images

And Then There Were None

The Potomac Playmakers present the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, "And Then There Were None"! Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island.  One by one, they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die.  In this superlative mystery comedy, statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantle of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger.  A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "soldiers" met his death until there were none.  Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned.  A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead - poisoned!  One down and nine to go!  The excitement never lets up in this compelling mystery!

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and directed by Wanda Dittman, "And Then There Were None" stars Gerry McCarney, Barbara Huwe, Al Gardner, Barbara McCormick, Tod Williams, Jim Zuna, Barry Harbaugh, Nic Sigman, Jayn Stewart, Greg Berezuk, and Tom Doty.  "And Then There Were None" runs May 13-15, 2016 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8:00 pm, while the Sunday matinee starts at 3:00 pm! Ten dollar advance tickets are available ONLINE ONLY at , and twelve dollar tickets will be available at the door.

The Fine Arts Company would like to welcome Julie Maynard to our store for the month of May. She'll be at our store May 14, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm for her art opening to talk about her work. Julie Maynard's work is a form of painting with paper on two- or three-dimensional surfaces, building up layers that incorporate objects picked up along the Potomac River and city streets.

Alice In Wonderland

Sunday, May 15, 2016 * 3:00pm

The Western Maryland City Ballet Company and The City Ballet School bring you the story of Alice in Wonderland as you've never seen it before. Join Alice on her curious adventures as she chases the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to meet the Queen of Hearts.

Set to an original score arranged exclusively for City Ballet, Alice in Wonderland is a fantasy ballet that combines classical and contemporary dance paired with theatrical magic to enchant an audience of all ages. Featuring brilliant costume and set design, this ballet is not to be missed!  

Art Market-
Call for Artists
at Wind Down -
Downtown Hagerstown
May 2016.
Deadline April 22, 2016.

Call and forms
available online: .
A new art and food festival will be taking place in May in the town of Grantsville, one of Maryland's newest A&E Districts.  
The Artisan & Epicurean Faire will be the culmination of a week-long celebration and Grantsville's participation in the National Road Festival. 
Information can be obtaining by contacting 
Blues Fest Party in the Garden
at The Miller House

Kick off your Blues Fest celebrations with our annual tradition: a backyard blast in the Miller House Museum Garden! There will be live music, excellent food and a cash bar, all in the beautiful and private setting of the museum garden. Space is limited, and this is a very popular event, so please call (301)-797-8782 or email for reservations. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Ticket price includes two complimentary drink tickets.

Washington County Maryland Historical Society
Ann Mahoney, of "The Walking Dead," and Kerry Cahill, of "Terminator Genisys." presented acting workshops for BISFA students while in town for the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown.  Classes were sponsored in party by the Arts in Education program of the Washington County Arts Council.
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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