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Artist Alley
June 25, 2016
Volume 16-17  

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.

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 Special Events
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 that are not to be missed!
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July 2016 Exhibits 

"T. Jeff Driscoll: Scenes of Snow, Soldiers and Assorted Subjects" and "Ceramic Art by Cookie Redding."
The exhibits run June 30, 2016 through July 26, 2016.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm. 
Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2016  

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC's "Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2016." The juried community art exhibit will run from December 2, 2016 through January 3, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 5pm to 7pm.

Artists are encouraged to submit up to three entries. No works previously shown at WCAC will be considered. Images must be submitted in a .jpg format and files should be labeled: "Last Name_First Name_Title of Work."

Please email images of the works to be considered with the completed entry form to:
Include full name, address, telephone and email address.


Every year Howard's Art and Frames raises money for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Howard's ask artists to donate their time to create 5"x7" artwork. Starting July 11, 2016 Howard's will begin handing out 5"x7" art-boards for a $1 donation per board to artists that are wanting to participate. The boards are due back in Sept. 17th. They will then be framed by Howard's and hung in a silent auction. All Proceeds go towards Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
CAD Grant Forms FY 2017
Available now on the WCAC website!

It's Time to renew your WCAC membership.
Watch for your invitation in the mail!
Kate Miller: Life Sittings
Until June 30
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.

Edmunds Music Trust Recital
at The
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Sunday, June 26, 2016 * 2:00pm
     American Pianist Thomas Pandolfi is back by popular demand for the annual Edmunds Music Trust recital in the Bowman Concert Gallery of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Kaylor Atrium. This is the seventh year of Pandolfi's piano performance at the Museum. The concert is co-sponsored by the Etchison Family.
     The seating for the recital and reception is limited to the first 100 people, so reserve your seats early for this most popular entertainer.  Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members.  Reserve your seat online at or by calling the museum at 301-739-5727. 
     Pandolfi has performed with orchestras in New York City, Asheville, North Carolina, Princeton, and the Maryland Symphony, The National 
Philharmonic, and the Amadeus Orchestra.
Bike Night: Speed it Up--Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, July 15, 2016 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |

Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Present 31st Salute to Independence Concert
at Antietam National Battlefield
The 31st Annual "Salute to Independence" concert, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, July 2 at the Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
HCC dates for annual
Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series

Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Association recently announced its concert schedule for the 12th annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free and are open to the public. The schedule of events is as follows:
  • Sunday, June 19: The Maryland Defense Force Band
  • Thursday, June 23: The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast 
  • Sunday, June 26: The 229th United States Army Band
  • Friday, July 8: The United States Navy Commodores
  • Friday, Aug. 12: The United States Navy Sea Chanters
  • Saturday, Sept. 10: The United States Air Force Airmen of Note
  • Saturday, Sept. 17: The United States Navy Country Current
All concerts will be held at 6:15 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. Concerts are subject to change by the U.S. Military. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds.               
This year's concert series is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, Amvets Riders Chapter 10, and Mr. Edmund Ruos. For more information, email or call 240-500-2346. 
The Maryland Theatre hosts the Temptations 
Saturday, July 16, 2016 * 8:00pm
(301) 790-3500 | 

The Great Hagerstown Fair
Two Lectures

Saturday, July 9, 2016 -- 2:00PM
The Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Local collector and historian Dick Helfrich will be sharing highlights of his collection and stories from the days of the Hagerstown Fair. Learn more about a local tradition that lasted for 125 years and became one of the largest agricultural shows in the country!

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00PM
The Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Washington County Historical Society Curator Anna Cueto will be comparing the Hagerstown Fair with other great exhibitions of the 18t...h and 19th centuries. Come explore why the World's Fairs were so popular around the turn of the century.
Tickets are $5, but free for members of the Washington County Historical Society. Special ticket price includes museum admission on the day of the lecture. Space is limited, so please call 301-797-8782 or email to reserve your seats.

A current exhibit, "The Great Fair," takes visitors back in time when the fair was a staple of community life. A display of documents, photographs and artifacts of this great local tradition continues throughout the summer months until August 31 and will be open the day of the lecture.
The exhibit will also be open during regular hours of the Miller House Museum, Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4:00 p.m. It is recommended that visitors call 301-797-8782 to arrange tours. Large group tours can be arranged by appointment. Admission prices are: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students. Visit

Potomac Playmakers 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
Washington County Arts Council
34 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
July 24, 2016 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Attention Playmakers, family, friends, and community supporters! The Potomac Playmakers' Annual Membership meeting will be held on July 24, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Washington County Arts Council, located at 34. S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Annual dues of $20 will be collected at the meeting; payment of dues will entitle members in good standing to vote on the pending business on the agenda, which includes the election of some of the Board members and Officers! The meeting will also be a time to celebrate the continued success of The Potomac Playmakers, and will serve as the launch of the 90th Anniversary Season! The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926, is one of the country's longest active community theatre organizations. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers' website at, email or call (240) 382-7269.

The Maryland Theatre hosts the 
Summer Institute for the Arts
Performing Arts Academy 2016 Showcase

Saturday, July 30, 2016 * 2:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater GOES HOLLYWOOD for its 2017 Season.

All six Mainstage shows are either Broadway plays or musicals that became films or films that became Broadway plays or musicals.

The 2017 offerings are Mel Brooks' The Producers, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, Lerner and Loewe's Gigi - The Broadway Musical, The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy, and A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas.

Each performance is preceded by a buffet dinner and cash bar.
Season Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased by calling  301-739-7469 or online at 

This is The Playhouse's 33rd Season and 32nd year in The Heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District. The Washington County Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street Rear, Hagerstown, Maryland. 
Summer Lovin'--Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, August 12, 2016 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm (301) 790-3500 |
The Maryland Theatre hosts Bob Saget

Thursday, August 18, 2016 
* 7:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |  
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:
Vicki Lawrence & Mama:
A Two Woman Show
The Maryland Theatre
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
* 7:00pm

(301) 790-3500 | 
The Russian Grand Ballet presents
Swan Lake at the Maryland Theatre

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7pm

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.
(301) 790-3500 | 
Thunder in The Square-
Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, September 30, 2016
6:00pm to 9:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood:
Two Man Group

The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, October 1, 2016
* 8pm
(301) 790-3500 | 
85th Anniversary Gala 

The Washington County Museum
of Fine Arts has announced that First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan and Howard S. Kaylor will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 85th Anniversary Gala, "85 Years of Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes." The Museum's 85th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Masters of Illusion 
The Maryland Theatre 
Friday, October 7, 2016 * 8:00pm

(301) 790-3500 | 

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.
Freaky Friday + Art Market
Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, October 21, 2016 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm (301) 790-3500 |
Hagerstown Community Association presents Adam Trent Futuristic Illusionist
The Maryland Theatre 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 * 3:00pm
(301) 790-3500 | 
The Maryland Theatre presents
The Capitol Steps-
What to Expect When You're Electing

Thursday, October 27, 2016 * 7:00pm
(301) 790-3500 | 
The Maryland Theatre presents Ron White
Friday, October 28, 2016 * 7:00pm & 10:00pm

Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. All 4 of his comedy albums charted #1 on the BillboardTM Comedy Charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and over the past 9 years (since 2004) been one of the top three grossing standup comedians on tour in America. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES!
(301) 790-3500 | 
The Maryland Theatre presents 
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Saturday, November 5, 2016 * 7:00pm

The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly wound talent and authenticity. Each bandmember has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. 
(301) 790-3500 |
The Maryland Theatre and
the Hagerstown Community Association present

The Next Generation Leahy - Iconic Leahy Family Legacy

Friday, November 18, 2016 * 7:30pm 
(301) 790-3500 | 
The Maryland Theatre presents
Comedian Tim Hawkins

Saturday, November 19, 2016 * 3:00pm & 7:00pm

A fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
(301) 790-3500 |
"Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years
of Norman Rockwell's "The Oculist"

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

On view May 19, 2016 through October 23, 2016
Organized in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Sponsored in part by: Anne G. & Howard S. Kaylor, Conservit, Inc., and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Franchot.

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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