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Artist Alley
May 27, 2016
Volume 16-14

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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May 2016 Exhibits 

"Ricky Havens: Spiritual Warfare" and "All Fired Up-Clay Artists of Wright Hand Studio."
The exhibits continue through May 31, 2016.

Larry Poncho
Brown, a native of Baltimore, MD,
is the 2016 Blues Fest Poster Artist.
Meet the artist at the
Opening Reception of Brown's exhibit on
Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5pm until 8pm.
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

Thank you to Howard's Art Supplies and Frames for framing the original
2016 Blues Fest Poster Art, The Blues Dimension by Larry Poncho Brown.

Emma Kanfield of Boonsboro Middle School, the winner of the Blues Fest
2016 Children's T-Shirt contest,
is presented a framed poster of her art by Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts at
a recent City Council meeting.
Blues Fest 2016 Children's T-Shirt art will be on exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council
from June 2, 2016 through June 28, 2016.

The Western Maryland Blues Festivalis in need of some additional volunteers.The Western Maryland Blues Festival is June 2-5, 2016.More help is needed for shifts on Saturday and Sunday.   Use the following link to sign up:

The Maryland Theatre, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation and the Washington County Arts Council extend sincere appreciation for the support of the City of Hagerstown, downtown restaurants, local caterers, BISFA students and the committee for producing such a successful May 12, 2016 "Taste of the Arts 2016."

Hub Opera closes out its season with what can only be called an opera RomCom! Nemorino is poor but loves Adina. Adina is rich and insists that there's no way she'll ever settle down (but maybe she secretly loves Nemorino after all?). Of course Sergeant Belcore and Dr. Dulcamara (and his "potions") are there to needlessly and hilariously complicate the whole affair! Will Nemorino win Adina's heart with the help of Dr. Dulcamara's apothecary skills? Join us to find out as we bring you just another night at the opera!"
Your Guide to local Summer Camps


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.

Tickets available at the Washington County Arts Council
Art Market and Book signing--Wind Down Hagerstown
Fort Frederick State Park to Host
"Get into Nature" Weekend May 28 & 29

Big Pool, Md. - Bring your family and friends to explore the natural side of Fort Frederick State Park on May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event features staff-led outdoor nature and recreation activities for all interest levels and ages. Bring your bike, binoculars, kayak/canoe and camera for daytime fun, and join us Saturday night for a special stargazing astronomy program.
"It is important that families spend time together in the outdoors to discover the natural world around them," said Park Naturalist Charlie Sullivan. "The 'Get into Nature' programs will give visitors a chance to experience a number of different habitats in the park, as well as discuss some of the issues impacting our environment."
Highlights of the event include:
  • Birding for Beginners Hike: Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wildflowers and Pollinators: Saturday from 1-2 p.m.
  • Owl Pellet Dissection: Saturday from 2-3 p.m.
  • Medicinal Plants Hike: Saturday from 3-4 p.m.
  • Stargazing Program: Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Nature Hike to the Potomac River: Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt: Sunday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Food Webs and Chains: Sunday from 1-2 p.m.
  • Nature Craft: Sunday from 2-3 p.m.
  • Wildflowers and Pollinators: Sunday from 3-4 p.m.
All activities start at the Nature Center, located next to Captain Wort's Sutler Shop near the fort. Additional parking is available at the Visitor Center. Food, gift and souvenir items are available for sale at the shop. There is a service charge of $3 per car for Maryland residents and $5 per car for non-Maryland residents. Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Fort Frederick is located off of Rt 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool, MD.
For more information, please call the park at 301-842-2155.

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

Deadline approaching to enter
the Appalachian Nature Art
Competition & Exhibition

The Allegany Arts Council is looking for subject matter that expresses the rich diversity of nature including wildlife, flora, landscapes, and sporting art, including decoys. The Allegany Arts Council will also accept artwork that is constructed of natural materials that celebrates nature in a more conceptual or abstract way. The subjects do not have to be Appalachian. This competition is national and open to all artists using traditional media (no photography or digital arts please). There will be over $2000 in prizes. The deadline for entries is May 31.
The juror for the competition is Paul Rhymer, a nationally known wildlife artist whose work is installed at the National Zoo, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Denver Zoo, among other locations. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Animal Artists and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, MD. For more information about the juror, visit 
The exhibition will be held at the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre St. in Cumberland, MD, just two hours from Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 6 pm. For more information about the competition, see .
The competition can be entered through the CaFE online entry system at
The City Ballet Spring Recital
at The
Maryland Theatr
Saturday, June 11, 2016 * 2:00pm 

June 11, 2016
10th Women's Club
House and Garden Tour
Saturday, June 11, 2016
10am to 4pm
"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.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced that the
2nd Annual MSO Tennis Tournament will be held
on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12
at St. James School, Hagerstown.

The tournament will be open to high school students, adults, and
senior tennis players (55 and above).
MSO Executive Director Michael Jonnes will serve as tournament director with Matt Taylor as advisor and Marvin Hill, tournament referee. The entry deadline is Tuesday, May 31 and entry is limited to two events per person. Events are singles open, doubles open, and mixed open. Fees are $40 for singles, adults; $20 for high school students, singles; $60 for adults, doubles; and $30 for team, high school doubles. Prizes will be awarded to Champions and Finalists, provided at least 4 players/teams are registered in that event.
Proceeds from this year's tournament will be used for repairs to the
MSO's acoustical shell in the Maryland Theatre.
There will also be a Ball Fall Raffle on Sunday. Raffle tickets are $10 per ball or 3 balls for $20. First place raffle winner will receive $250; 2nd place, $150; and, 3rd place, $100. Raffle participants do not need to be present to win. 
For more information, to pay and register online, or to purchase raffle tickets, go to: or contact MSO Office Manager Judy Ditto at 301-797-4000, ext. 107.
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.

A rt on the Wall at the Washington County Commission on Aging

Local artists selected by the WCCOA Art Committee are now displaying their art throughout the new Washington County Commission on Aging Senior Center building
located at 535 E. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740.
"The WCCOA offers a multi-service center that is dynamic and accessible. It offers a wide variety of classes, programs and activities for independent, active, and vibrant seniors age 55 and over."
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!
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Announces
William Clutz "Crossings"
June 5 - August 28, 2016
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!

Artists wishing to compete in the Best of the West: Three Dimensional Art of Western Maryland may now enter their pieces through the CaFÉ online entry system at There is a $20 entry fee for the first entry and a $10 fee for each additional entry. The deadline for entries is July 30, 2016. The exhibition will open in Cumberland on October 14, 2016.
Bob Saget
The Maryland Theatre
Thursday, August 18, 2016 * 7pm
Classics & Crabs
Satuday, September 17th, 2016 * 3:30pm 
Save the date for a celebration of all things "Maryland" - from Maryland crabs to Maryland micro-brews to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra! The MSO is partnering with Flying Dog Brewery for Classics & Crabs on September 17th. Click to see how an orchestra concert, crab feed and craft brews are combining for ONE AMAZING EVENT: . 
The Russian Grand Ballet presents
Swan Lake at the Maryland Theatre

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7pm -
On sale Friday 5/27/16 at 11am

Only one opportunity to see the full-length classic production of the world's most famous ballet - Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, featuring Russia's brightest ballet stars! Russian Grand Ballet was founded by and incorporated graduates from the Great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies.  
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

Apply now! 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award guidelines and application are now available.
The Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to practicing Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.

Categories offered for the 2017 Awards are:
  • Classical Music: Composition
  • Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Dance: Choreography
  • Dance: Solo Performance
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts: Sculpture
  • World Music: Composition
  • World Music: Solo Performance
All applications must be submitted online. The Maryland State Arts Council and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation have scheduled several webinars to assist artists with the application process.

Applicants can access the guidelines, application, webinar registration links, and other application assistance resources by clicking the "Maryland" tab
 HERE on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website.

The deadline for 2017 applications is 4:30 PM on Friday, July 22, 2016.

Questions about Fellowships? Please review the program guidelines and contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at .

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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