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Artist Alley
July 8, 2016
Volume 16-18

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.

It's Time to renew your WCAC membership.
Watch for your invitation in the mail!
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.


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!

U.S. Navy Commodores to perform July 8 at HCC
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Navy Commodores as part of its annual  Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, on Friday, July 8, at 6:15 p.m., in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.
The U.S. Navy Commodores feature 18 of the Navy's premier jazz and big band musicians playing under the direction of Chief Musician Robert Holmes.
this concert is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds and concerts are subject to change by the U.S. Military.
For more information about the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, call 240-500-2346, or visit
To learn more about the
U.S. Navy Commodores, go to
Bike Night: Speed it Up--Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, July 15, 2016 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |
Hagerstown Pride 2016 Presented by Hagerstown Hopes

A Festival In Support Of Western Maryland's LGBTQ Community
Saturday, July 16, 2016 11AM to 6PM - Rain or Shine
First Block South Potomac Street
Visit  for more information about becoming an artist vendor.
Employment Opportunity at the Museum! 
The Museum is hiring a
Part-Time Security Guard.
Qualified individual will inspect galleries, greet visitors, and monitor security cameras. Will move about galleries to give visitors a sense of your presence. Must be available to work a part-time rotating shifts and weekends. Must have previous Security Guard experience.
Will be scheduled to work 15-20 hours per week. 
More information at: 
Apply At:

The Potomac Playmakers are THRILLED to have been asked by area playwright Harriet Lawrence to present a staged reading of her new play, "The INDOMITABLE!" "The Indomitable" tells the story of Dr. Raymond Damadian, inventor of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. The MRI is a revolutionary medical tool in detecting and treating any number of physical ailments, including cancer, and the story of its invention is a compelling tale of creation, loss, and salvation.  This event is FREE and open to the public (although donations are gratefully accepted!)  Performers will read from the script, which remains a work in progress.  Following the staged reading, the audience will be encouraged to provide feedback to the playwright in order to help her craft the final script.  This is a unique opportunity to participate in the playwright's creative process, and have a direct impact on the creation of a new play!
The staged reading of "The Indomitable" will be The staged reading of "The Indomitable" will be on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Showtime is at 2:00 p.m. Don't miss out on this unique theatrical experience!held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00, and will be performed at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740.
Showtime is at 2:00 p.m.  Do not miss this unique theatrical experience!
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

Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome back the Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus. The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus will perform a free concert at the museum on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Kaylor Atrium.   For information call (301) 739-5727 or visit .

Kung Fu Panda 3
Saturday, July 16, 2016 (3rd Saturday)
Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.  (1 hr. 35 min.) 

All free movies start at 7:00 p.m. Free drinks and free popcorn available in the lobby. 
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
Call for Art

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall Airport) is currently constructing the D/E Connector and Security Checkpoint. This project creates a secure side connection between Concourse D and Concourse E, allows international arrivals at gates D1-D3, and creates a new Security Screening Checkpoint for all Concourses D and E passengers. With the large passenger traffic that will utilize the new facility, BWI Marshall Airport recognizes the opportunity to showcase the region's talented art community with a gallery space along the connector. BWI Marshall Airport invites all artists (ages 18 and older) residing in the State of Maryland or the District of Columbia to submit up to three digital images of artwork that can be reproduced and printed on large-scale fabric panels to be displayed within the D/E Connector for one of four six-month exhibits.

Annual Hagerstown City Park Fall Fest

September 17, 2016
Call for Artist Vendors
The Fall Fest is an annual event located in Hagerstown City Park.  The event is a collaboration between the City of Hagerstown, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Valley Arts Association at the Mansion House Gallery and the Jonathan Hager House and Museum all located within the Park grounds.
The event is from 10
:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To reserve a space, please read the
guidelines: and submit an application by August 26, 2016!
The Maryland Theatre hosts the Temptations 
Saturday, July 16, 2016 * 8:00pm
(301) 790-3500 | 

are performing at this year's Washington County Ag Expo & Fair! Tickets are just $5.00. Date: Friday, July 22 @ 7:00pm.

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 Potomac River Artists' Guild is again sharing their art with the public at an exhibit in the Morgan County Arts Council "Ice House" Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV.  The display will be original wall paintings using many subject matters and techniques encompassing wildlife, still life, landscapes, impressionism, abstracts, and so on.  The art will be in several mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and mixed.
The Show will run from July 29 to September 9, 2016.  Art lovers are invited to meet the artists at a public reception on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm in the Ice House gallery.
The Potomac River Artists' Guild is a diverse group consisting of nearly 20 members from the Eastern Panhandle region. The artists range from degreed to self-taught and the Guild includes award-winners and members of regional, state and national art organizations. 
For more information, please contact Carol Wilks at 240-818-3851.  You may also visit the PRAG website:  In addition, please visit Morgan County Arts Council website at  for more information about "Ice House". 

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!

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016 * 2:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |
William Clutz: Crossings 
On View August 1, 2016 through August 28, 2016

A partnership between the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Gettysburg College, and Mercersburg Academy, this retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and prolific career of regional, and visitor favorite, artist William Clutz (b. 1933).  The exhibition, which includes works drawn from the collections of all three institutions, traces Clutz's artistic interests and stylistic development from his youth in Mercersburg, PA through his academic training at the University of Iowa, to his mature years as a professional artist in New York City.  

at the Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College

Thursday, August 4th @ 8pm
Friday, August 5th @ 8pm
Saturday, August 6th @ 8pm
Sunday, August 7th @ 2:30pm

This show has reserved seating. Tickets are now available online and at the door the nights of the performances. To purchase tickets online visit:
This show is rated PG-13 for some violence.
Summer Lovin'--Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, August 12, 2016 * 6:00pm to 9:00pm (301) 790-3500 |

On Saturday August the 13, 2016 Hagerstown's South Locust Street neighborhood group would like help from the Hagerstown Artist group to brighten up their crosswalks. There will be resident volunteers in addition to assistance from the City. For information, email Lesley Whalley at
The Maryland Theatre hosts Bob Saget

Thursday, August 18, 2016 
* 7:00pm
(301) 790-3500 |  
Coming Fall 2016!
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 | 
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 |

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 .

Happy 90th Birthday to Mel Brooks!

The creator of The Producers which opens on
January 21, 2017 at The Playhouse!
Season Tickets Now On Sale 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.
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