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Artist Alley
August 18, 2016
Volume 16-21

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.

 Artist Registry
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 showcase your work for 
 everyone to see! 
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 Special Events
 Features special local events
 that are not to be missed!
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August 2016 Exhibits 

The exhibits "Luis Vega: Expressing Culture" and "Linda Barnhart: Encountering Creation"
continue from July 29, 2016 through August 23, 2016.
September 2016 Exhibits

"Rebecca Grace Jones: New Paintings" and "Stephen Sheredy: Artwork Selection" exhibits on display from August 26, 2016 through September 27, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 5-7pm.
 The Engine Room hosts Art for Art's Sake on Saturday, August 20, with an opening reception form 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM. The exhibit features work form from artists,
Lee Kempton and Sam Little.
The Slim Jimmies performing a live set from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
Free art show. Free live music. No drugs. No alcohol.

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.
New Sidewalk Signs!

The Washington County Arts Council thanks the
Rotary Club of Hagerstown Charitable Foundation, Inc. 
for the 2016 grant to purchase new sidewalk signs. 

The Board of the Washington County Arts Council is pleased to announce
the Guest Celebrity Chefs for The Art of Cooking 2017!
"Country Legends" Vocal Competition

     The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is looking for talented, local country singers to provide backup vocals during our upcoming performance of "Country Legends" at the Maryland Theatre.

     Rising Nashville stars Rachel Potter (The X Factor) and Patrick Thomas (The Voice) guest star in a tribute to the greatest performers in country music.

     With selections from famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and Tennessee Ford, this show will leave your boots knocking, your heart pumping, and your country soul content. Classics such as "Crazy," "Jolene," "On the Road Again," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," & "Ring of Fire" will be performed.
      Three winners will be selected, 2 female (soprano and alto) and 1 male (low tenor/high baritone). Winners will be notified by August 29th. BEFORE entering, please visit the official contest website by CLICKING HERE for complete rules and information.
City Park Fall Fest Call for Artist Vendors
Hagerstown City Park and
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday, September 17, 2016 
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts invites artists and art vendors to apply as exhibitors for the City Park Fall Fest on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The event will be held rain or shine from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Guidelines and an application form can be found at  . The deadline to register is August 23, 2016!
The City Park 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; Mansion House Art Center; the Jonathan Hager House and Museum; and the Hagerstown Railroad Museum and Engine 202, all located in City Park. In past years, City Park Fall Fest has had attendance of 3,000 - 5,000 people.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
(4th Saturday)
Kung Fu Panda 3
Saturday, September 24, 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 Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District & the St. Mary's County Arts Council are accepting proposals for a Public Art Project  to be installed in Leonardtown, MD.

The winning proposal/artist will create a piece that is appropriately durable for an outdoor installation, interactive, engaging and fun for all ages and it can be abstract or representational. 
The deadline for Proposals is 
Monday, September 26, 2016
Click here for guidelines and proposal documents.

Tuscany Uncorked
     On Sunday, August 28, 2016, the Washington County Historical Society will hold a fundraiser -- "Tuscany Uncorked" -- an Italian-themed event at The Big Cork Vineyards, 4236 Main Street, Rohrersville, MD 21779. The evening will feature strolling "Italian" violinists from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
     Tickets are $85 per person and include a wine tasting, a Tuscan buffet and a glass of wine.  Big Cork wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
     Proceeds will benefit the activities of the Society and its principal resources - the Miller House Museum and kinship, the Society's new Family Heritage Center. "This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the communities we serve to demonstrate support for the Washington County Historical Society and also enjoy a lovely summer's evening at Big Cork Vineyards," said Evvie Williams, President of the Society's Board of Directors.
     Reservations can be made by calling 301-797-8782 Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and must be received by no later than August 14, 2016.
For more information, please contact the Washington County Historical Society at 301-797-8782 or visit
Vicki Lawrence & Mama:
A Two Woman Show
The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
* 7:00pm

Comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. This very funny show is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music & observations about real life.  With that crazy old gal, Mama, expect the unexpected! 
(301) 790-3500 |

September 25, 2016 - 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Vendor spots are still available --- Call 410-228-7782 or email
Showcase is an art walk and street festival featuring juried fine art and artisan works, music, maritime heritage and Eastern Shore cuisine. Showcase takes place along historic High Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.
A rain or shine event.

Thunder in The Square-
Wind Down Hagerstown
Friday, September 30, 2016
6:00pm to 10:00pm
(301) 790-2000 |
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) 790-2000 | 
Sky Stage

The Frederick Arts Council is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of the interactive public artwork and amphitheater Sky Stage at 59 South Carroll Street in historic Downtown Frederick. This building, which predates the Revolutionary War, was damaged by a major fire in 2010 and has been boarded up since. In September 2016, the plywood boards on the doors and windows will be removed to reveal a temporary interactive art space. Sky Stage will offer arts and cultural activities for children and adults including drama, music, children's story time, art classes, folklore, history, naturalists, and film.
For several months, the Sky Stage team has been working diligently with local engineers, contractors, many sponsors, and city staff. We've assessed feasibility, gathered funding, finalized designs, and submitted our permit applications, and we are happy now to report that Sky Stage construction is scheduled to begin the first week of August and should open for our first events in early September!
If you are interested in volunteering for performances and theater operations, contact the Frederick Arts Council at   .
MSAC 2016 Maryland Performing Artist Touring Artist Roster Guidelines and Application Now Available
Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster guidelines and application are now available.  One of the two components of the  Maryland Presenting and Touring Program, the Roster is designed to promote the artistic collaboration between Maryland artists and Maryland presenters therefore further enhancing the cultural landscape of the State.
The  Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster is a juried group of Maryland artists who have a demonstrated history of professional touring engagements on a consistent basis.  Artists on the Roster are selected through a peer review process in which they are rated on artistic merit and recommendations from presenting organizations where they have previously performed, among other criteria.  The application and guidelines can be found on the MSAC website,
New applicants who want to be added to the Roster must submit the  full application by  September 16, 2016 at 5pm.
Current Roster artists whose name begins with the  letters A - G must also submit the  full application by  September 16, 2016 at 5pm.
All other current Roster artists whose name begins with the  letters H - Z must submit the  renewal application by  September 2, 2016 at 5pm.
The second component of the program is the  Maryland Touring Grant, a grant program designed for Maryland presenters who may apply for funding to help subsidize costs associated with engaging Roster artists for performances at their venues. For FY17, over $70,000 was awarded in  Maryland Touring Grants to 31 presenters in 18 counties across Maryland. The application and guidelines for this grant program will be made available in early 2017.
More information about the Program is available on the MSAC website at MSAC accepts applications to the Roster annually.
About Maryland State Arts Council
A part of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Maryland State Arts Council grantees generate $1 billion in economic activity and support more than 12,155 jobs and $49 million in state and local tax revenue. (Source: Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY 2014) For information, call (410) 767-6555 or TTY (410) 333-4519.
Evening at the Fletcher: CaddyStacks

100 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD
09/30/2016 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: An Evening at the Fletcher: CaddyStacks is Washington County Free Library's 2016 benefit event. You are invited to join us for a celebration featuring live music, delicious food, a cash bar, and the opportunity to play mini-golf in the library. Proceeds support the library's cultural and educational programs.
Fee: $40 per ticket
Contact Name: Patricia Wishard
Contact Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163
Contact Email:

University of Maryland, Baltimore,
Health Science III Building
Request for Qualifications

The Maryland State Arts Council and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are now accepting applications for the Health Sciences Facility III public art project. Artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply. The artwork will be a three-dimensional sculpture sited on the exterior public plaza of the Health Sciences Facility III on the downtown UMB campus, located adjacent to the schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Project completion date: September 2017. Up to four semi-finalist artists or artist teams will be selected for proposal development and receive a $2000 honorarium. One artist or artist team will be selected. Total project budget: $400,000.
Request for Qualifications deadline: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, NOON EDT . For project guidelines and application instructions click here . To apply online: CaFÉ, 
For project questions: Liesel Fenner, Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council, Technical questions related to CaFÉ: or
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Holds Photography Contest to Highlight Homelessness
Flash a Light on Homelessness is a subsidiary competition of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Flashlight event. This is a skill-based juried competition.
In a world desensitized by the visual imagery of the plight of homelessness, we challenge you to capture the story, cultivate the emotion, and convey the issue through your lens.
There will be one winner. The prize is valued at $1,500. There is a $500 cash prize, and the opportunity to be hired as the official paid photographer of the event OR photography equipment. 
Please visit our website to learn more about Flashlight, an all-night sleep out event on Saturday, November 5, 2016 on the infield of the Maryland State Fairgrounds that challenges individuals and teams to sleep out and raise awareness and funds to help Baltimore's homeless. Please also read the Official Rules and Terms & Conditions.
Entry Deadline: 10/1/16
Entry Fee: $25
Winner Announced: 10/15/16

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood:
Two Man Group

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Saturday, October 1, 2016
* 8pm 
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. "Interactive" in every sense of the word, Colin & Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Learn more at 
Box Office (301) 790-2000 |

The Maryland Theatre presents 
Gordon Lightfoot In Concert:
"The Legend Lives On..."

Thursday, October 6, 2016 * 8:00

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 790-2000 | 
Masters of Illusion 
The Maryland Theatre 
Friday, October 7, 2016 * 8:00pm

(301) 790-2000 | 

The Maryland Theatre presents
Comedian Brian Regan
Sunday, October 9, 2016 * 7:00
"He is one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians." - Jerry Seinfeld

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740

(301) 790-2000 | 
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Country Legends
Saturday, October 15, 2016 * 8:00pm

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 790-2000 | 
The Maryland Theatre presents
Sunday, October 16, 2016 * 3:00pm
FAME - THE MUSICAL is a full throttle journey traversing the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music and theatre. Conceived from the unforgettable Academy Award-winning film and subsequent Emmy Award-winning television series, this unmistakable title has been brilliantly transformed into riveting musical theatre.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 790-2000 |
SHREK: The Musical

Theater for Young Audiences programming continues at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater when SHREK The Musical opens on Saturday, October 8. TYA is professional adult actors performing for children and families.  
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film,  Shrek The Musical TYA  is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori ( Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change; Fun Home ) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire.  Shrek  brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.
Shrek runs on Saturday mornings October 8 - December 17. The show is preceded by a kid-approved lunch. Evening performances on November 11 and 12 at 6:00 pm feature a pre-show buffet that includes salad bar, dinner buffet, and dessert with a cash bar available for adults.
Tickets for Matinees cost $20.00 per person. Evening performances cost $42.00 for adults and $22.00 for children (ages 5 - 12). Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted. All attendees must hold a ticket.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is producing its 32nd Season and celebrating its 31st year at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
To purchase tickets visit For more information call 301-739-7469.    
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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Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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