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Artist Alley
May 12, 2016
Volume 16-13

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... 
Community Calendar
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WCAC Community Calendar
and learn about upcoming
events in your area.

 Artist Registry
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 Special Events
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 that are not to be missed!
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May 2016 Exhibits 

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is pleased to present two exhibits in May 2016.  The Gallery located at 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of the Hagerstown A & E District will feature, "Ricky Havens: Spiritual Warfare" and "All Fired Up-Clay Artists of Wright Hand Studio."
The exhibits continue through May 31, 2016.
June 2016 Exhibits 

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. presents two exhibits in June 2016.
The Gallery located at 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of the Hagerstown A & E District will feature, the 2016 Blues Fest Poster Artist, Larry Poncho Brown in both the Main and Hall Galleries along with the
winners of the 2016 Children's Blues Fest T-Shirt Contest.
Meet Baltimore MD native, Larry Poncho Brown at the opening reception on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The exhibits continue through June 28, 2016.

View the winners of the
2016 Children's Blues Fest T-Shirt Contest
Larry Poncho Brown at the Washington County Arts Council

Tickets available at the Washington County Arts Council

Delight all of your senses with the sights and sounds of local artists while sampling culinary treats during Taste of the Arts, coming to downtown Hagerstown 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
Get your passport ticket stamped at every venue and be eligible to win a variety of prizes!
(Bring your stamped passport to the Washington County Arts Council
after completing visits at all venues.)

Tickets cost $20 and are available at The Maryland Theatre box office and online here.
Taste of the Arts benefits The Maryland Theatre, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation, and Washington County Arts Council.

Thank you to the community for its support of local artists and the Washington County Arts Council through Washington County Gives.
This giving  opportunity was sponsored by The Community Foundation of Washington County, Inc. and the following presenting sponsors:  Hershey Family Foundation, Fletcher Foundation, Howard Bowen Family Fund; Thompson Gas, Pauline Anderson Foundation, and Mathias Trust.
Local opportunities for artists!
Photos by the Washington County Museum of Fine Art

Washington County Public School Art Exhibition--Middle & High School
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
On view through May 22, 2016
Sponsored by: Volvo Group Trucks, Washington County Arts Council, Antietam Cable Television
& Rotary Club of Long Meadows
Valley Art Association
North Gallery Shows for 2016

May 2016-All Member -
Abstracts Opening May 6-Closing May 22

Farmer's Market---Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, May 20, 2016   6:00pm - 9:00pm
Alvin & The Chipmunks
Saturday, May 21. 2016
(3rd Saturday)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
(3rd Saturday)
Kung Fu Panda 3
Saturday, July 23, 2016
(4th Saturday)
All free movies start at 7:00 p.m. Free drinks and free popcorn available in the lobby. 
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!
Julie Maynard at The Fine Arts Company
The Fine Arts Company would like to welcome Julie Maynard to the store for the month of May. Ms. Maynard will be at the 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.

Art on the Wall at Maloo's at Park Circle
325 Virginia Ave.
Hagerstown MD
301-790-0077   Open Tuesday - Sunday * 11am to 10pm

The art on the wall at Maloo's is a small sample of original artwork on display and for sale by Valley Art Association members from the Mansion House Art Gallery in City Park, Hagerstown.
For more information contact Marilyn Eavey at 301-393-8512
or Mary Lou at Maloo's.

Washington County Museum Ramble
April 30- May 29, 2016

The Washington County Museum Ramble, sponsored by the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites and
Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau , includes 27 local museums and historic sites. Most of the participating museums are opening their doors free of charge and many have special surprises planned for the weekend.
The Museum Ramble is an opportunity to visit Washington County sites at a self-guided pace throughout the month of May. Of Maryland's 300-plus museums, more than 10 percent are located in Washington County! The Museum Ramble makes the most of this by welcoming residents and visitors to the county's museums, many of which are private and typically open by appointment only. The Visitor Center is located at 6 N. Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.
  • APRIL 30-MAY 1: Mid-County and City Center
    (includes Hagerstown and Williamsport)
  • MAY 7-8: Southeast County
    (includes Sharpsburg, Boonsboro
  • MAY 14-15: Northeast County
    (includes Beaver Creek, Smithsburg, Fort Ritchie)
  • MAY 28-29: West County
    (includes Hancock, Clear Spring, Fort Frederick
A lice In Wonderland at The Maryland Theatre
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!

2nd Annual Faculty Arts Showcase
The second annual Faculty Arts Showcase will be presented by Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Williamsport High School. The faculty art show will open at 3 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. The concert featuring the teacher concert band and the teacher jazz band will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium.
The art show, organized by Lily Clay, art curriculum specialist, will feature more than 15 works by county art teachers. The concert band will be directed by Dr. Stephen Miles, supervisor of visual and performing arts. The jazz band will be led by Scott Benford, band director at South Hagerstown High School. Both music ensembles are comprised of current, former and prospective music educators from the area, along with talented community musicians and other WCPS staff members.
A $5 donation will be collected at the door and proceeds are earmarked for establishment of a scholarship fund to support graduating WCPS students pursuing higher education in the arts.

The Potomac Playmakers
Women's Club
May 13-15, 2016
31 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

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.
"Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years
of Norman Rockwell's "The Oculist"

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
May 19, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Illustrated Public Lecture: See America with Normal Rockwell by Virginia Mecklenburg: Sunday, June 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Since its debut on the cover of Saturday Evening Post, The Oculist has been a favorite of both Rockwell enthusiasts and baseball fans, young and old.  Featuring original documents related to the creation and acquisition of the painting, as well as rarely seen photographs of studio models and compositional stage sets taken by Norman Rockwell himself, this very special 60th anniversary "focus show" tells the story of how the painting was originally conceived and created, and how it became a treasured highlight of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts collection.
On Sunday afternoon, June 19, the WCMFA will present a public program featuring guest speaker Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).  A specialist on American art and culture, Dr. Mecklenburg served as curator and primary catalogue author for SAAM's 2010 exhibition Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.  To celebrate the WCMFA painting The Oculist, Dr. Mecklenburg will present an illustrated lecture on the topic Seeing America with Norman Rockwell.
The exhibition is organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  The exhibition is sponsored in part by Anne G. & Howard S. Kaylor, Conservit, Inc. and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Franchot.

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 
Your Guide to local Summer Camps
Ballet and All That Jazz
Spring Recital at the
Maryland Theatre
Saturday, May 21, 2016 * 2PM and 7PM
Celebrate Spring! Ballet and All That Jazz presents their 28th recital at The Maryland Theatre.
New ideas with music, costumes and choreography equals energy, excitement and entertainment.

Jann Rosen-Queralt, "Confluence" detail, 2011. Photo courtesy of King County | Ned Ahrens (Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, WA)
Maryland State Arts Council Offers  Public Art Workshop for Artists
" Art in Public Space " a workshop for artists, sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), will be offered from  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 10 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore.
This free workshop is for artists who are interested in learning how to apply for public art commissions. Baltimore artist Jann Rosen-Queralt will co-present with MSAC Public Art Program Director Liesel Fenner.
 Art in Public Space will focus on how to find project opportunities, types of public art projects - temporary and permanent, Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP), the application process, developing a proposal, the artist selection process and fabrication. While the emphasis will be on percent-for-art programs, other models will be discussed.
"The workshop will provide information to artists who are currently engaged in or interested in Public Art," said Fenner. "Public art is an opportunity for artists to work at a larger scale, collaborate with communities, and have their work viewed by a larger audience. Public Art reflects a site's history, our culture, and adds meaning, enhancing the sense of place. I look forward to working with Rosen-Queralt whose extensive public art project experience will inspire artists to apply for commissions and enter the field."
Workshop co-presenter  Rosen-Queralt is a three-time MSAC visual art Individual Artist Awardee and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her focus is on environmental sculpture and public art integrating the diverse fabric of urban areas while maintaining ecological sensitivity to reveal the character and context of the site.   
Fenner has worked in the art and design fields nationally both in the public and private sectors. She was the Public Art Program Manager at Americans for the Arts in Washington DC, and formerly practiced urban design and landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information about MSAC Public Art Program, contact Liesel Fenner, program director at 410-767-6544 or Feel free to forward this information.

Dad's Night Out--Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, June 10, 2016 * 6:00Pm - 9:00PM

June 11, 2016
10th Women's Club
House and Garden Tour
Saturday, June 11, 2016
10am to 4pm
The City Ballet Spring Recital at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, June 11, 2016 * 2:00pm 

Life Sittings Opening Reception
Saturday, June 11, 2016 * 5-8pm
Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Kate Miller has an expressionistic portrait style reminiscent of Alice Neel's. In Miller's own words she explains "I didn't discover Alice Neel until I was in my thirties, which I think is just as well. ­Any earlier and it would have looked like I was imitating her. When I saw her work, I definitely felt like I had found a colleague. Here is someone with a very unique voice who loved to paint people she knew."

Miller has been painting portraits of subjects during live sittings for about four decades. Many of her paintings depict the same people through various stages of life. It is quite interesting to see the voice of the artist evolve simultaneously with the subject over a long period of time. Miller's paintings are consistent in their strong sense of expression, but vary greatly in color scheme and tone, perhaps because of her staunch commitment to painting in the moment.

Shakespeare in the Plaza
Don't miss the 3rd Annual
Shakespeare in the Park!
This year MEG presents
The Merchant of Venice!
FREE event!!!
June 17 and 18, 2016 at 8PM
June 19, 2016 at 6PM

Antietam Vello Race
Friday, June 17, 2016 * 5-10pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts the VIP Viewing Area, sponsored by Structural Elements (SE).
Miss Maryland and Maryland's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant
The Maryland Theatre
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 through Saturday, June 25, 2016 
The Temptations
Saturday, July 16, 2016 * 8:00pm  

The Temptations, with great songs, and a 15-piece band, the live stage show is an experience that continues to "wow" audiences around the world. The Temptations continue to deliver their Motown vocal sound that made them famous.
"Get ready, cause here they come!

Bob Saget
The Maryland Theatre
Thursday, August 18, 2016
* 7pm
Vicki Lawrence & Mama:
A Two woman Show
The Maryland Theatre
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
* 7:00pm
Thunder in The Square-
Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, September 30, 2016 * 6:00Pm - 9:00PM
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood:
Two Man Group

The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, October 1, 2016
* 8pm
Masters of Illusion 
The Maryland Theatre 
Friday, October 7, 2016 * 8:00pm
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.
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Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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