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Artist Alley
July 22, 2016
Volume 16-19

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
Add your local events to the
WCAC Community Calendar
and learn about upcoming
events in your area.

 Artist Registry
 Join the artist registry and 
 showcase your work for 
 everyone to see! 
  Learn more .
 Special Events
 Features special local events
 that are not to be missed!
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Helpful tip: In most cases you can click on a graphic to activate a link!
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. 
August 2016 Exhibits 

The Washington County Arts Council presents "Luis Vega: Expressing Culture" and "Linda Barnhart: Encountering Creation"
as the August 2016 featured exhibits which continue from July 29, 2016 through August 23, 2016.
An opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Friday, July 29, 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.

The 7th Annual
Washington County
Art Educators Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) invites all art educators in Washington County's public and private schools to enter work for the February exhibit. This is an invitational exhibition and all work will be accepted. Each educator is allowed to submit three works that have been completed within the last two years and all work must be for sale.

Artwork may be dropped off Friday, January 27, 2017 through Wednesday, February 1, 2017 during WCAC business hours. The Exhibit will run from February 3, 2017 through February 28, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm.
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

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, 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of the A & E District, across from the Maryland Theatre.
Annual dues of $20 will be collected at the meeting, which 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! This 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!
Become a member, get involved, either on or off stage. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers' website at, email, or call (240) 382-7269.

Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB Announces
2nd Annual #HappyinHagerstown photo contest

The Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced its second annual #HappyInHagerstown photo contest. Visitors and local residents are invited to submit any number of photos, as long as they are taken in Washington County, Maryland.
"If you're happy in Hagerstown, or any other part of Washington County, we want you to show us," said Dan Spedden, President of the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. "Pull out those cameras and cellphones and capture the best things about our county! You could see your very own photo in future promotional materials for Visit Hagerstown and even win a cash prize!"
The 2016 #HappyInHagerstown photo contest begins Friday, July 15 and runs through Sunday, August 7. Photographs can be submitted on the Visit Hagerstown website at or by going to the Visit Hagerstown website at and following the link to the contest. Finalists will be chosen and an official winner will be announced August 10. The top winner will receive a cash prize of $500, the second place winner will receive $250 and the third place winner will receive $100.
There is no limit to the number of photos anyone can enter in the contest. By submitting an image, you agree you are the actual photographer. The CVB reserves the right to use any photos entered in the contest for promotional purposes such as print materials, on the Visit Hagerstown website, and on social platforms.
A Visit Hagerstown selection committee will select and then announce the top three contest winners on August 10, 2016. The quality of the photo, content, and other factors will be taken into consideration by the selection committee. Be sure to like us on Facebook to see if your photo has been chosen as a winner!

The Dixie Swim Club is The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater's fourth Mainstage show of its 32nd Season.

From the writers of TV's THE GOLDEN GIRLS comes the story of five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other's lives. If you like STEEL MAGNOLIAS, you'll LOVE The Dixie Swim Club!

Starring Diana Abrecht, Alllison Banzhoff, Joan Crooks, Cookie Driscoll and Denise O'Brien, the heartfelt and hilarious comedy is directed by Scott Ruble.

Performances begin on July 22 and continue on Friday and Saturday evenings through August 20. There is one Sunday Matinee on July 24.

Buffet Dinner and show tickets cost $42.00 for adults. There is a cash bar available.

Tickets are available online at To book groups of 20 or more call 301-739-7469.

The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.

Calendar of Events
Add your own events to the Washington County Arts Council's Calendar and search for local events. .
The Great Hagerstown Fair 

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.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offering free art workshops for children.
These classes are incredibly popular and will fill up quickly.
Each day features a different
instructor offering two workshops in diverse art media.
Classes are open to children in 
Grades 1-5.
Registration--Students can sign up for 2 sessions. If sessions do not fill up, on July 19, students may register for more. Class Limit is 20 students
. Email Kourtney at or 301-739-5727 ext. 124.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
Instructor: Kathy Lant 
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Clay "Storytellers" 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Clay Pots or Your Ideas!
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Instructor: Monika Wertman 
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Nature Photography 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Portrait/Composition Photography
Thursday, Aug. 4
Instructor: Melissa Gibson 
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Steampunk Paper Machier Hats 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5
Instructor: Kim Brown
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Instructor: Priscilla Howard
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Creepy Crawlies
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Pop Art Vacation


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.
Middletown Valley Landscape 
Cora Lee Walker Despeaux.
Gallery Talk with John Gladhill
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
July 31, 2016 | 2:30pm

Mr. John Gladhill is an art collector and retired Middletown High School Art Teacher. Mr. Gladhill will share his personal insights and anecdotes about the artists, locations depicted, and general history of Middletown, Maryland. Summer Social to follow in the Atrium!

Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, "Macbeth," Thursday, August 4, through Sunday, August 7, in the Kepler Theater on HCC's main campus.
Show times are 8 p.m. on August 4, 5, and 6. A special matinee performance will be held on August 7 at 2:30 p.m. This show is rated PG-13 due to some violence.
Ticket costs range from $10 to $20, and can be reserved by visiting HCC students, staff, and faculty can attend for free.
Summer Lovin'--Wind Down Hagerstown
We're headed back to the days of Danny and Sandy with this Wind Down!  Grab your favorite poodle skirt and saddle shoes for a Grease costume contest!  Grab some fresh-made lemonade and Antietam Dairy ice cream for the hot summer night.  Live music features Made in the 80's.
Friday, August 12, 2016 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm (301) 790-3500 |
Saturday, August 27, 2016 * 11am - 10pm
Sunday, August 28, 2016 * 11am - 5pm
(301) 739-8577, Ext. 116 | 

Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute
at Hagerstown Community College

Are you an aspiring novelist eager to write your first novel? Or a writer looking to forge lasting connections with other writers and publishing professionals? Join us for the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute at Hagerstown Community College on August 12-13, 2016. We know that it takes more than words on a page to craft a story and build a successful writing career. The annual MAFWI summer conference offers workshops and breakout sessions by bestselling authors, college faculty, and experienced industry professionals. From story fundamentals like plot and point of view to seasoned advice on how to market your work, there is something for writers of every genre at MAFWI. This year's keynote speaker is Brad Parks. Brad is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction's most prestigious prizes. His next novel, Say Nothing, releases from Dutton in March 2017. A Dartmouth College graduate, Brad is a former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. Now a full-time novelist, he lives in Tidewater, Virginia with his wife and two school-aged children. See the conference schedule, learn more about the speakers, and register for the conference on the MAFWI website. Questions? Email
Contact: Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
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:
  August 28, 2016
2:30 p.m.
In association with the Music Department at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present the annual Shepherd Faculty Recital on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. 
Members performing are Kurtis Adams, saxophone, Kevin Pace, bass and Anthony Pirog, guitar.    
$19.00 non-members----Members and Children under 12 FREE Seating is Limited to 100!
2016 Maryland Tourism Awards Call for Nominations
The Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD) and the Maryland Tourism Development Board (MTDB) are proud to present the 2016 Maryland Tourism Awards recognizing excellence and major contributions in economic impact, cultural heritage tourism, tourism partnerships and elevating Maryland's image as a tourism destination. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses, organizations and governmental agencies that have major impacts regionally or statewide.

Award categories are: Economic Engine; Tourism Partnership; 
Cultural Heritage, Sports & Culinary Tourism; and Visit Maryland.

2016 Maryland Tourism Awards

c/o Ms. Sandy Stilling
Maryland Office of Tourism Development
401 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-6296
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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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