May 2, 2019
Volume 19-10
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... .
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
  • Brittany Bantugan, Graduate
  • Miranda Barkdoll, Graduate
  • Shelby Baugher, Graduate
  • Helen Domsky, Graduate
  • Laine Foxworthy, Graduate
  • Sarah Gillelan, Graduate
  • Corey Householder, Graduate
  • Liana James, Graduate
  • Sauren Kade, 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
  • Felicity Shafer, Graduate
  • Stephen Sheredy, Graduate
  • Petra'Rahim Solomon, Graduate
  • Patrick "Necatuss" Soper, Graduate
  • Iris Wechsler, Graduate
  • Amanda Zabala, Graduate
Washington County Gives is a 24-hour, online giving promotion hosted by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Washington County, Maryland. Celebrating its seventh year, this event gives local nonprofits the opportunity to raise unrestricted dollars and receive pro-rated matching funds and prize money.

Please support the Washington County Arts Council at
Continuing through May 3, 2019
Washington County Gives Supports the Arts
Support the Arts during Washington County Gives on May 7th and save off your meal at Bulls and Bears Pub and Eatery Hagerstown !

Come to Potomac Walk (40 S Potomac) and stop by the computer kiosk. Make a donation to Barbara Ingram School for the Arts , Maryland Theatre or Washington County Arts Council, Exhibit and Shop Galleries and receive a coupon good for 10% OFF your meal that day at Bulls & Bears.

Plus, sign our banner to say you SUPPORT THE ARTS! The banner will be on display inside the Maryland Theatre!
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 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
“Across the Pond” is the May show
in the North Gallery of the Mansion House

The exhibit is comprised of a selection of paintings from England, Ireland and beyond from our globe-trotting Valley Art members - Anita Shively, Laura Schindle, Janie Moltrup, Leona Kronstadt, and Virginia Hair.

Mansion House in City Park
501 Highland Way
Hagerstown, Maryland
(301) 797-2867

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 .
Joyful Arts’ summer classes.
Save the dates for upcoming events:
o September 20-22, 2019, Pet Portraiture
o December 7-8, 2019, Christmas Extravaganza, A weekend of painting Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards, and much more.
For information contact Susan Schaeffer at Joyful Arts Studio, Inc., 21 East Baltimore Street, Greencastle, PA 17225,
The Western Maryland Watercolor Society (WMWS) will present its 31 st annual Members Exhibit titled ‘The Color of Water’ at the Allegany Arts Council Schwab Gallery, 9 N. Centre St. in downtown Cumberland, MD from May 4 to 25, 2019. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 6-8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
The Western Maryland Watercolor Society is a non-profit organization providing a group forum that allows water-based enthusiasts to share common interests and explore new directions in painting. Emphasis is placed on fluidity, transparency, and the spontaneous ‘painterly’ quality of water-based media pigments and substrates. The organization provides educational programs through workshops with award winning artists such as Frank Webb, Nita Engle, Bonnie Lundy and recently Mick McAndrews. Ongoing projects include ‘Make and Take’ day workshops taught by various members of the group and local artists with topics such as creative doodling and applying glazes on various painting substrates.
The group’s 31 st annual spring show will highlight various techniques using wet-on-wet styles, color drippings, and the layering of watercolor pigments. The subject matter will include landscapes, floral, still life, and portraits that express the use of colors, shadows, and light in the art. The title of the exhibition ‘’The Color of Water” represents the group’s expression of their love to explore all the myriad possibilities inherent within the watercolor medium.
This year’s award juror is Ron Skidmore, a versatile artist and art educator from Garrett County.
For more information, please visit the group’s social media page at ; call the Allegany Arts Council at 301-777-ARTS(2787), or send an email to
Life's a Stage Documentary Screening
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Life's A Stage: the Gwen Lehman story is a documentary that explores the importance of performing arts education through the extraordinary work of educator, Gwen Lehman. As public high schools across America suffer from lack of support for the arts, one school on the eastern shore of Maryland, Stephen Decatur High School, defiantly thrives because of the dedication and vision of one exceptional educator. For almost 50 years, Gwen Lehman gave her all to the theatre program that she built from scratch and to the students who have become her legacy. Produced and directed by Annie Danzi and Frostburg State University. For more information, visit: .

For information contact Sarah Hull at 301-739-3250 ext. 168 or
American Girl Children's Tea
at the Miller House 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a delightful American Girl-themed tea experience in the Miller House Museum Gardens! Attendees and their "plus ones" (plus ones must be a doll!) are invited to enjoy a traditional tea experience and participate in crafts, games, and activities hosted by the Washington County Historical Society. Take your doll friend on a tour of the beautifully decorated Miller House Museum and see some examples of historical dolls used by girls from long ago. The tea experience is designed for children 6 years and older. Accompanying adults are welcome and encouraged, but must reserve their own seat. Reservations are required, so order your tickets now!


The Miller House
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
Noteworthy Sundays: William Feasley
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join your friends for a rescheduled concert with William Feasley-- the perfect way to spend Mother's Day! Acclaimed classical guitarist William Feasley presents one of his most popular programs to date, "Echoes of Goya," music set to the works of Romantic painter Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). He was the first guitarist to be awarded the Peabody Conservatory’s Artist Diploma. William Feasley is world-recognized as the featured guitarist in the CBS Special, "Eulogy of Segovia". He has maintained an active international touring schedule since his debut performing with the San Francisco Ballet in 1980 and has been the featured artist for numerous prestigious guitar and music festivals around the world. For more information about the artist, visit:

This concert is free to attend. Registration is not required but is appreciated. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.

For more information contact Sarah Hull at 301-739-3250 ext. 168 or
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

From 5 PM to 7 PM on May 29th, Steve O'Farrell, author of "Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball," will be attending the WCPS LitFest Book Signing/Panel at the Literacy Council of Washington County (15 Randolph Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740). The event is free and open to the public.

Book description:
Simone leads a double life.
  As a covert agent, she walks in the footprints of her spy mother, darting between the shadows. If she’s not sleuthing, she’s icing eclairs and dusting pastries in her father’s patisserie.
  When a notorious thief returns to Paris, the patisserie is threatened, and Simone questions everything. She and her father must participate in the exclusive Chocolatiers’ Ball to redeem themselves and catch the thief. Simone’s concealed life is crumbling, the shop hangs in the balance . . . and now she needs a ball gown!
  Life in a French patisserie may not be as sweet as she thought.
For more information, email or call (804) 644-3090.
“Rebirth, Rejuvenate, Reinvention”
at Gallery 50 in Waynesboro, PA
A two month, five-artist show including Valley Art Member, Marti Yeager, opened on April 26 and will be on display until mid-July. Gallery 50 is located at 50 W. Main St.; its hours are Friday, 3-8 PM, Saturday, 12-4 PM, and Sunday, 1-4 PM.
Wright Hand Studio Spring Open House and Pottery Sale at the studio located at 571 Jefferson St. in Hagerstown. The dates are Friday evening May 3rd from 5:00-8:00 and Saturday May 4th from 10:00-5:00. We will be featuring the work of the Clay Artists of Wright Hand Studio. Wright Hand Studio will feature a great selection of pottery and clay sculpture. Gift certificates will be available for the next 7-week session of pottery classes starting the week of June 3rd. Contact Steve at 800-990-HAND or .
Culture & Cocktails: Collecting Oriental Rugs - Where Do I Start?
Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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. For the beginning collector, finding Oriental rugs can be a daunting task! Learn more about collecting do's and don’ts from two long-time collectors.

The specialty cocktail will be: The Fish House Punch! This classic New England punch recipe comes straight from the desk of Dr. Miller. Enjoy for yourself a drink served at the Miller House! 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.

$10/WCHS member

The Miller House
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
The Washington County Playhouse
Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
presents Snow White
April 27th through May 25th

SNOW WHITE will play April 27 through May 25th on Saturday mornings at 11:30 am as The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater continues this unique program offering for children and families.

Written by Marjorie Sokoloff and directed by Jeremy Trammelle, SNOW WHITE is a tale where the Witch was the fairest one of all first, and she will not be silenced any longer! This updated version of the classic story unveils the villain’s perspective, from her tragic childhood to her quest for revenge. So how did the story really go? Join all seven quirky dwarves, a tongue-tied prince, a sassy mirror, a dancing chicken, and of course Snow White, in a tale about beauty, friendship, and happily-ever-afters with a twist.

Tickets cost $19.50 per person. A kid friendly lunch is served prior to the performance. Your choice of an all-beef hotdog and chips or a slice of oven baked cheese pizza and chips. Beverages and gratuity are not included. For tickets visit  or call 301-739-7469 during box office hours

The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street (REAR) in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
Mark your Calendars!
Washington County Historical Society
Spring Bus Tour
Food Tour of Baltimore's Little Italy
May 16, 2019---8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT


For information call 301- 797-8782
Ballet & All That Jazz Spring Recital
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm

Ballet and All That Jazz proudly presents its' 31st Spring recital with 3 shows. Exciting choreography, paired with the right music, equal parts of exquisite costumes, and sprinkled with talented dancers is a recipe for an entertaining event. Purchase tickets now at .

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

Featured programming by and for the Maryland arts sector!

Maryland Arts Summit
Artist Opportunities

Maryland Citizens for the Arts is offering independent artist special pricing and artist scholarships to attend the Arts Summit! The scholarship application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 8.
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 right was done by Elaine Wolfe.
Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA)
presented by Authentic Community Theatre
June 24-28, 2019
Showcase on Saturday, June 29, 2019 ∙ 2:00pm
To register for SIFTA visit:
The Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) is a truly unique experience for artistic exploration and expression. It began in 2005 as a partnership between Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. and the Washington County Board of Education. Each year, students bring a new and exciting theme to life on The Maryland Theatre stage. Students will explore many styles of dance, drama and music while celebrating the performing arts industry with pieces centered around this summer?s theme. Students will have fun preparing scenes, songs, and dances all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography under ACT?s talented instructors. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work to their family, friends, and community at the end of the week (at the fabulous Maryland Theatre) on Saturday. 
This year travel back in time with Authentic Community Theatre during our Summer Institute for the Arts summer camp! Students will enter in a time warp and take the audience on an adventure traveling all the way back to the era of the Dinosaur! Join us as we make our way back and "Walk Like an Egyptian", dance the "Charleston" and "Rock Around the Clock." Come find out how we make our way back to 2019! SIFTA will take place June 24th-28th and will conclude with our show on June 29th. For more information and to register please visit

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre presents
One Woman Sex and the City:
A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes
Show Date - Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm
Join actress and comedian Kerry Ipema as she portrays all 4 of our favorite women Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in this 90 minute love-letter and hilarious tribute through six seasons of this mad-cap series. Kerry portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they eat brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos.

Ipema and co-creator and director T.J Dawe (One Man Star Wars/One Man Lord of the Rings) bring all of our favorite moments to life. The naked dress, the "post-it note" and the "tantric sex demonstration" all weave their way into this fantastic send-up. Who can forget how the Cosmopolitan drink swept into our lives? Mr. Big may even make an appearance.

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes reminds us all of the power of friendship and why this show so firmly remains in our hearts and minds. We "can't help but wonder" what waits in store for YOU at this perfect girls-night out.

Unleash your inner Carrie Bradshaw and treat yourself to a VIP brunch in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom before the off-Broadway performance of Sex and the City!
Doors open at 12 pm
Tickets to the brunch are $39.00 and includes:
·        Complimentary Mimosa or Cosmo
·        Buffet Brunch
·        Photo Opportunities
·        Entertainment by DJ Sidekick
·        Giveaways & Prizes
Additional drinks are available for purchase. And for the ladies - a specialty shopping area!
PS - Don't be afraid to bring your own Mr. Big - men are allowed.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County
Tim Hawkins
Show Date - Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

Tim Hawkins presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

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.

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