August 15, 2018
Volume 18-17
W elcome!
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... .
August 2018 Exhibit

“Jonathan & Jan Heath: Joyful Reflections on Life---Paintings & Prints” exhibit runs from August 2-28, 2018 .

September 2018 Exhibits

The Washington County Arts Council presents
"Rebecca Perkins: Breathing in Color" and
"Katie Toothman: Darlin' & Jed's Woodland Friends" at the
Arts Council Gallery at 34 S Potomac Street, in
downtown Hagerstown August 30, 2018 through
October 2, 2018 with an opening reception on
Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5-7pm.

Celebrate Washington County’s German Heritage. Aug. 18-19, 2018 — two days of music, food and beer and family activities in Downtown Hagerstown.
DEADLINE: October 27, 2018

Call for Artists--Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2018
Awards sponsored by Hagerstown A & E District with support from the City of Hagerstown.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 17, 2018
The Maryland Theatre Expansion Project - Hagerstown, Maryland
Decorative Light Fixture

The Maryland Theatre seeks an artist to create a permanent indoor light fixture to be installed on the top floor event space within the expansion of the historic theatre. Work should be completed or well underway by Winter 2019. The total budget for the work is to be determined with artist input. The call is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of The Maryland Theatre. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

The full call, submission form and Information can be found at

Registration is now opened for the
Saturday Morning Youth Programs and
Polished and Primed Portfolios fall sessions.
*First come, first served basis*

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741

Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro &
Destination Arts!
New Exhibit Opens at the Miller House Museum
“A Servant’s Life”
August 4 - September 29, 2018 • Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Roll up your sleeves to experience the new exhibit at the Miller House Museum! In “A Servant’s Life”, household artifacts, photographs, and more plunge visitors into the life of a servant at the Miller House. Follow the daily routine of a 19th century servant as you move throughout the museum in this multi-story, interactive exhibit. Learn more about the lives and stories of Miller House servants, as well as those who served in other households throughout local history, with a tour of this new exhibit.
Highlights include an original 1805 copy of a servant’s manual and authentic clothing worn by 19th century kitchen staff.
“A Servant’s Life” will run from Saturday, August 4th to Saturday, September 29th. The exhibit will kick off with a free butter making demonstration on Saturday, August 4th. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular museum hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entrance to the exhibit is included with regular museum admission.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, the Washington County Historical Society will be hosting lectures, workshops, and other activities associated with the event. Please contact us or consult our website for more information about these additional upcoming events.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
Phone: 301-797-8782

Abstraction Series I
w/Catered Supper

What is it? Looking at abstract and non-objective art - what am I supposed to see?
Abstraction Series I with Rhonda Smith
August 15, 6:00 PM
Rhonda J. Smith, practicing artist and retired professor of art, will discuss abstract art as the first installation of a new abstraction talk series.
6:00 PM Supper, 7:15 PM Lecture
$25 for general admission, $20 for Museum members
Lecture only: $5 for general admission, free for Museum members

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
U.S. Navy Country Current to perform Aug. 18 at HCC

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Navy Country Current as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at 6:15 p.m., in HCC’s Alumni Amphitheater. The Country Current is an eight-member country-bluegrass ensemble originally formed in 1973
under the leadership of banjo player Bill Emerson. Currently, the group is under the direction of Christina Catalanotto and Daniel Stewart. In support of Navy recruiting, the Country Current tours the United States each year and has performed alongside a host of country artists including Brooks and Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Boots Randolph, the Statler Brothers, and others.

Sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, and Forty & Eight Voiture 651, and the AMVETS Post 10 Riders, 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, visit or call 240-500-2346. To learn more about the U.S. Navy Country Current, go to
Migration Series Lecture
August 18, 2018 1:00 PM | Free
Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane will present an illustrated talk about artist Jacob Lawrence in partnership with the African American Historical Association.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Washington County Historical Society to Host Civil War Encampment
Celebrate the Battle of Hagerstown’s 155th Anniversary
Saturday, August 25, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Step into the past with the Washington County Historical Society as we celebrate the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Hagerstown with an all-day encampment at the Miller House Museum and Gardens. The conflict, fought on the 6th of July in 1863, raged through the main streets of Hagerstown for 7 hours.
On Saturday, August 25th, the Washington County Historical Society will be hosting an all-day interpretive encampment featuring soldiers, a sutler and a member of the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Informal lectures will be held throughout the day, ending with a rifle demonstration in the late afternoon. Lecture topics include: the life of a Civil War sutler, an explanation of the duties of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and information on the weapons most commonly used during the conflict, including pistols and artillery.
The Washington County Historical Society will also be hosting a free family craft session in the morning, where participants can design their own fantasy passports, and the museum will be open for tours, including the new exhibit, “A Servant’s Life.” Come out for a day full of family fun at the Miller House Museum!
The Civil War encampment will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 25th. The morning craft session will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities are included with regular museum admission, and free for children 12 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
Phone: 301-797-8782

Valley Art Association presents
"Native American"

Opening August 3, 2018
Mansion House Gallery
501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown

Valley Art Association members exhibit on the theme of “Native American”
Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm; Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Free admission
For more information call 301 797-2867 or
Hours of Operation

Thursday:  11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
(some gallery openings will affect these hours and
the Engine Room will then extend its Friday hours for that opening)
Saturday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
and Children's Theater

Meet Kip & Dale Young! They’re the team bringing CELEBRATING PATSY CLINE to our stage in September! Kip sings all of Patsy’s top hits and fan favorites and Dale shares Patsy’s history! See Patsy’s story unfold live on our stage for yourself. Visit for tickets and information.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District and City Center.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 301-739-7469.
hosted by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

October 2, 5:30-6:30 PM, $30--Opening night reception

October 3-5, 10 AM-7 PM, $10--Open to the public

October 6, 10 AM-2 PM, $10--Open to public

October 6, 6-9PM, $150--Gala, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive | Hagerstown, MD 21741
Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents
Maureen McGovern - Film, Theater & Recording Star
at The Maryland Theatre
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 • 7:30pm

A multi-GRAMMY nominee, Broadway and recording artist, Maureen’s star-studded career includes 45 years of concerts, theater, film and television. Her international hit, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure, garnered her a #1 Oscar-winning GOLD record. Maureen will engage the audience with sentimental stories and iconic songs. The Stradivarius Voice

Tickets: $25.00

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

Artists who live in Maryland are invited to apply to the Artist in Residence or Visiting Performer Rosters. The artists on this roster specialize in harnessing the arts as tools for learning and are available to lead hands-on, intensive arts workshops in Maryland schools (Artists in Residence) or assemblies with two workshops (Visiting Performers).

Artists in Residence may apply in performing arts, play-writing, poetry, and visual arts. Visiting Performers may apply in music, dance, puppetry, and theater.

MSAC accepts applications for the rosters every two years.


Individual Artists who apply to the AiE program must be Maryland residents, eighteenyears of age or older, must have established residence in maryland at least six months prior to the September 14, 2018 deadline, and must continue to be residents while they serve in the AiE program. Undergraduate/graduate students are not eligible.

Performing Companies that apply to the AiE program must be located in the State of Maryland and must continue to be located in Maryland while they serve in the State of Maryland while they serve in the AiE Program. Members of the company who are undergraduate/graduate students may not be part of the application.

All AiE artists are subject to ongoing review and evaluation.

Review Criteria

Artistic quality
Educational value
Relevance to curriculum

Application Deadline

September 14, 2018, 5:00 pm via email to AiE Program Director Chris Stewart:

Please direct any questions about the application and/or process to Chris Stewart.
Authentic Community Theatre presents “Grease”
at The Maryland Theatre
October 19 & 20, 2018 • 7:30pm

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals and now it’s coming to you at the Maryland Theatre. Get your tickets now, they won’t last!

Tickets: $20.00

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Washington County Historical Society presents
the film screening of The Education of Johnny Schnell
at The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, October 21, 2018 • 2pm

At the height of the Cold War, local Washington County boy John Schnell was chosen by the United States government to star in a film that was never intended to be shown in the United States. "The Education of Johnny Schnell" followed the daily life of an all-American boy, and became a widely circulated propaganda film in Asia during the 1960s and 70s. General John Schnell will also share his photographs, film related memorabilia, and personal experiences.

Tickets: $10 in advance

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents
Ilya Yakushev - Award Winning Russian Pianist
at The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 3:00pm

Soloist with International Symphony Orchestras Ilya Yakushev is an award-winning Russian pianist whose program will feature compositions by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin as well as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Featuring a multi-media presentation, Ilya’s performance is a visual and technical spectacular.

Fee: $25.00

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre presents
“Friday Night Fever:
Tribute to The Bee Gees" starring The New York Bee Gees
11/02/2018 at 7:00pm

THE NEW YORK BEE GEES STORY The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York’s most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman’s Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and more. Based in New York the show has played to sell out shows at The Paramount Theater and BB King NYC. Performances are regularly at The NYCB Theater at Westbury, Resorts World Casino, Empire Casino, The Suffolk Theater. B.B. King NYC wrote, "The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show presents the most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. The band offers all of the classic 70’s disco hits from Stayin’ Alive to Night Fever while embracing their early works such as To Love Somebody, I’ve Got To Get A Message To You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees delivers songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino."

Tickets: $54.50-$34.50

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The 2018 MSO Symphony Ball - one of the region's most fabulous fundraising galas - is set for Saturday, November 3, 2018, 6 pm onward at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, Maryland.

You don't want to miss this incredible night of live musical performances from MSO musicians, live and silent auctions, a sumptuous dinner, special appearances from MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and Executive Director Stephen Marc Beaudoin, and much more.
The Maryland Theatre presents
November 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Zoso -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 band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso’s 2400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market. Zoso’s live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. It’s in the way they play: Each band member’s mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. The impact is so powerful that band members constantly hear from young rockers that they were the catalyst behind turning them into new, die¬hard Zeppelin fans.

Tickets: $35.00

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre presents
Amy Grant
November 8, 2018 at 7:30pm

Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map, becoming the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts, and the first to perform at the GRAMMY Awards. Since then, Grant has been strumming her way through a 30 plus year adventure as a singer, song writer, author, television host and speaker.

Tickets: $109-$54

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Call for Vendors
2018 Christkindle Markt at Public Square

Main Street Hagerstown is excited to present the Christkindle Markt, celebrating Hagerstown’s cultural heritage as well as offering our citizens a fun event that will showcase your products and services.

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the December 1, 2018 event held downtown on each of the four quadrants of the city square. The selection of vendors will be at the sole discretion of the Christkindle Markt committee of the Main Street Organization. This year the Christkindl Markt will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will be held on the same day as the annual Holly Fest Celebration at Maryland Theatre. Setup will begin at 9am.

Vendors who wish to be considered for the 2018 event must submit all forms and information requested in the Application Packet.
Art Market - Wind Down

“Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND” is a downtown monthly event in conjunction with The Maryland Theatre, The Washington County Arts Council and the City of Hagerstown…..that is fun for all ages. The October 2018 event, on Friday, October 5, 2018, offers artists the 2018 FREAKY FRIDAY ART MARKET, a venue to demonstrate and sell their art while enjoying local food, beverages and entertainment.

The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC), along with the committee members of the Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND, are pleased to invite visual artists to answer a “Call to Artists” for the opportunity of be a part of the juried event 2018 FREAKY FRIDAY ART MARKET on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm to be held in conjunction with Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND.


  •  Artists are encouraged to submit up to three renderings of their work for review.
  •  Images must be submitted in a jpeg format and files should be labeled:
  •  “Last Name___ First Name___ Title of Work, ___Medium”
  •  Please email images of the works to be considered along with the attached application and hold harmless agreement to:
  •  Include full name, address, telephone and email address.
  •  Alternatively, artists may submit digital images by sending a CD, marked with the artist’s name, and a completed entry form to: Washington County Arts Council, Inc., 34 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Artists who would like to have the CD returned should include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.
  • All entries must be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2018. Artists will be notified of selection by Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

In the event of inclement weather, the 2018 FREAKY FRIDAY ART MARKET/“Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND” will be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, all space reservation fees will be returned to artists. The cancellation will be decided by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018. Please provide a cell phone number on the application; a text message will be sent in case of cancellation.

Please download, read, and return all completed documents.
The 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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County Arts Agencies of Maryland,
Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts
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