August 21, 2019
Volume 19-21
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... .
August 2019 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council features two exhibits for the month of August 2019L Lori Niland Rounds’ “Simply Santa Fe” and Kathleen Hansen-Wiebel’s “L’Art Du Bois.” The exhibitions continue through August 27, 2019.
September 2019 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council is pleased to present a juried exhibit “Purple Haze: Selective Perception” for the month of September 2019. The juried community art exhibit will run from August 29, 2019 through October 1, 2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. The exhibit, “Purple Haze: Selective Perceptions,” strives to build awareness in our communities to “stand against substance abuse.”
Jurors for this exhibit were: Emily Keller: Vicki Sterling, LCSW-C; Chief Paul “Joey” Kifer; and Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.

Congratulations to the following artists whose artwork was selected for inclusion in this year's exhibition:
Full Name
Eliane Ambrose
Linda Barnhart
Linda Barnhart
Linda Barnhart
Janette Cantrell
Carolyn Chase
Staci Decker
Staci Decker
Cindy Downs
Christina Grove
Dolores Henry
Dolores Henry
Dolores Henry
Kristina Hoffman
Kristina Hoffman
Kristina Hoffman
Lea Ann Hudson
Lea Ann Hudson
Lea Ann Hudson
John Krowka
John Krowka
John Krowka
Donna Mason
Donna Mason
Morgan Maze
TerrieAnn McKoy
TerrieAnn McKoy
Susan McNally
Susan McNally
Beck Metzbower
Beck Metzbower
Beck Metzbower
Rebecca Perkins
Joe Scheerer
Jackie Shaw
Rebecca Thompson
Morgan Tucker
Jessica Anne Washburn
Monica Wilkins
Monica Wilkins
Monica Wilkins
Angel of Death
Front Line Heroes - Police
The Battle is Real
EMT Heroes
Elegy for Jean Michel
Mystical Swirl
From Darkness to Light
Serenity Lake
STOP. Reflect on Your Choices.
Pain Creator
Room at the End of the Hall
London Busker
Stop... Before it's too Late
No Shame or Embarrassment to Ask for Help
Do Not Let Addiction Win
Drowning in Addiction Bowl
Broken Dreams
Child's Burden
Winding Road
A Doll's Dream
Breaking Free
Too Often the Victims are Children
Under the Shelter of His Wings (Psalm 91)
By His Hand
Serenade for an Old Friend
Blooming in Adversity
It's Time To Talk About It
Remember Me
Fighting Addictions - Stand Tall. Stand Together. Stand Strong. Support Each Other.
Entangled Cognizance
The Unforgiving Ruler of Life
Just A Dream
Fading Garden #2
Moon Rise

Awards sponsored by The Nora Roberts Foundation will be presented at the opening reception for Best of Show - $500.00; 1st. Place 2D - $250.00; 2nd. Place 2D - $150.00; 1st. Place 3D - $250.00; and 2nd. Place 3D - $150.00

Award winners are:
Best in Show
Joe Scheerer
Morgan Maze
Donna Mason
Cindy Downs
Jackie Shaw
Remember Me
Too Often The Victims Are Children
STOP. Reflect on Your Choices
Fighting Addictions--Stand Tall. Stand Together. Stand Strong. Support Each Other
A sixth prize will be awarded to the People’s Choice.
The piece receiving the most votes during the month-long exhibit will win $200!
This prize is also sponsored by The Nora Roberts Foundation
The Washington County Arts Council is honored to host former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez at the Gallery on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5 pm until 7 pm. Ms. Mendez will discuss and sign her newest book THE MOSCOW RULES that she co-authored with her late husband Tony Mendez.

Purple Haze: Selective Perceptions
Artist Talk

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 34 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.
The Washington County Arts Council is accepting proposals for the 2020 gallery exhibits.
Procedures  ,  Hanging Specifications  and the  WCAC Galleries Floor Plan  are now available at  or by calling Gallery Manager Chris Brewer at 301-791-3132.
Call for Artists!
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater presents  Disney's The Little Mermaid  on its Mainstage beginning June 21st and running through August 24th. Shows are held on Friday and Saturday evenings and select Sundays. The Broadway show, preceded by a buffet meal, is appropriate for ages five and up.
Tickets, which include dinner and show, cost $49.50 for adults and $39.50 for children ages 5 - 12 (service fees also apply). Children under age 5 will not be admitted to Mainstage productions. To purchase, visit   or call 301-739-7469 Tuesday Through Friday during telephone box office hours.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is in Downtown Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District at 44 North Potomac Street (Rear).
August sees the return of the popular  Le Salon Show   at TAG. Artists from around the region have submitted work for an eclectic, exuberant and fun exhibition of personal work displayed on the gallery way. The annual show was open to all artists submitting original artworks including (but not limited to) drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking. 
The exhibition runs from August 2 to August 31, 2019. The opening reception is August 3 from 5 - 9pm. TAG is the premier art gallery at 216 N. Market in the heart of Frederick's downtown district.  For more information and to register visit  .
Valley Art Association member,  Lily Ramos  will exhibit her art work at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from Friday August 2  nd  to September 1  st  . Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free Admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or

Valley Art Association
Mansion House
City Park, Hagerstown
Destination ARTS! Performances and Events
for August 28–Sept. 4, 2019
Wed. Aug. 28 and Sat., August 31: Demonstration–Painting: (12–3 Wed., 12–1 Sat.), 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Professional artist Donna Bingaman demonstrates how to mix accurate colors for painting landscapes, for beginner through advanced.

Friday, August 30: Live Music Friday—G@g: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Garrett and Gillian Austin play music in genres including jazz, funk, folk, and jam. Their influences range from Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Beatles, to their favorite, Papadosio. Free admission, refreshments served.

Friday, August 30: Wind Down Friday: 5:30 to 8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Patric Schlee and friends play flute, hand drums, didgeridoo, and more in a relaxed atmosphere with drinks and refreshments every Friday.

Sunday, Sept. 1: Jammin’ in the Park, Music & Arts Festival: 1–7 p.m. Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. A full day of entertainment features nine bands performing on two stages. Exhibits and demonstrations by area artists and artisans, art and crafts for sale, face painting and art-related activities for kids. Fundraiser for the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, admission $10, kids 10 and under free. Food trucks.

Sun., Sept. 1: Demonstration–Wood Burning Techniques for Making Feathers & Eagles: 1–4 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Educator and artist Ed Beard works with wood species native to Pennsylvania to create functional art showing the natural grain and finish of the wood. Beard is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Lincoln Highway Heritage group.

Mon. Sept. 2: Demonstration–Oil Painting: 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m. Gallery 35 East, 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Fine artist Marjorie Tressler conducts painting demonstrations, geared toward the art student’s perspective.

Wed. Sept. 4: Writers Forum: 5–7 p.m., Alexander Hamilton Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Area writers in all genres are invited to discuss their writing. The suggested topic this month is “Parenting—being a parent, having parents, or caring for someone.” Participants may also speak of any subject they’re writing about. Call Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or email to: for more information.

New Exhibit:

“The Passionate Artists” 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. September and October. Features art works by the students of Donna Bingaman. Wine, Chocolate, & Cake opening reception on Friday, Sept. 6, 5:30–8 p.m. Music by Patric Schlee, Earth Song Ensemble and Friends.
Artists include: Patric Schlee, Susan McGinley, Terry Benson, Glenda McCulloch, Sandy Smith, Sharon Williams, Linda Pedersen, Sheila Dick, Marian Mongrain, Rebecca Scott, Juda A. Coleman, Adrienne Miller, Boyd Shomefer, Rich Martin, Ana Strausbaugh, Ari Lopez, and Ellie Lamnatos.

Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, call 717-655-2500, visit, or email to:

CUTLINE: Gillian and Garrett Austin perform as G@g during Live Music Friday at Music Makers, 46 W. Main St. in Waynesboro, on Friday, Aug. 30. Free.
HollyFest Applications Now Available

Deadline: October 7, 2019
Potomac Playmakers Announce Auditions For The Porch!
The Potomac Playmakers announce auditions for the second show of the 2019-2020 Season, Jack Neary’s comic drama “The Porch!”
Auditions for “The Porch” will be held August 26 & 27, 2019 at The Women’s Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Auditions will start at 7:00 p.m., and will consist of cold readings from the script. The script calls for 3 women who can play in their 50’s and older, and two men who can play in their 50’s or older.

 “The Porch” takes place over Labor Day weekend in 2004. Three friends, all women in their late fifties or early sixties, sit on a front porch in an eastern Massachusetts neighborhood and comment—sometimes graphically—on anything and everything in their purview. Over the course of the play, their husbands are introduced into the action. Many topics are addressed, but under the camaraderie is a secret that won’t be revealed until the penultimate scene, which cements the bond established among these lifetime friends.
“The Porch” will be directed by Cathy James, and will run November 15-17 and November 22-24, 2019.

The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926, is one of the nation's longest running active community theatre groups. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers’ website at , email or call (240) 382-7269. Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company in business since 1926.

On Thursday August 29  th  the Valley Art Association will host a one-day six-hour portrait workshop with Michael Davis. There will be a live model. Cost is $70 for VAA & MFA members and $80 for non-members. Lunch is included. For more information and to register call Elaine Wolfe at 304 754-5116 or .

Valley Art Association
Mansion House
City Park, Hagerstown
Mike DelGuidice Celebrating the Music of
Billy Joel and More at Big Cork Vineyard
Saturday, August 31, 2019 • 7:00pm

The Maryland Theatre and Big Cork Vineyard present a Summer Concert Series 
Mike DelGuidice Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and More
Mike DelGuidice, one of Long Island's most celebrated performers. In 2013, Billy Joel heard Mike sing, and personally hired Mike to join his band. Mike's encyclopedic knowledge of the Billy Joel catalog made him a perfect fit as background vocalist and guitarist for BILLY JOEL. 
The concert will take place at   Big Cork Vineyards   located at 4236 Main Street Rohrersville, MD 21779 and will run from 7-9 pm. This event is rain or shine!
Ticket holders are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs & blankets! Children 5 and up must have a ticket.
Ticket information
Or call
The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosts
“The Blues and The Abstract Truth” exhibit
from June 8, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Shippensburg Arts Programming & Education – SHAPE, a non-profit, all volunteer organization, is celebrating 20 years of enriching the Shippensburg Community through cultural and artistic activities, classes, and events in September 2019.

In honor of this 20th Anniversary Celebration, SHAPE will present Stories of SHAPE, Where we’ve been, Where we are, Where we are headed, an exhibit featuring artists and memorabilia from SHAPE’s Childhood, taking place at 19 East King Street Shippensburg from September 6-21, 2019.   This exhibit will be a collection of art and history from the last 20 years. The multi medium artwork on display has been hand selected from artists and moments that have had a fundamental impact on the gallery over the years. SHAPE’s Board of Directors have been working hard with several volunteers for months combing through old photos, newspaper articles, and other memorabilia around the gallery itself to share a glimpse of the past two decades with the people of Shippensburg.

SHAPE will host a 20th Anniversary Reception of this exhibit on September 6, 2019 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm with Hors d’oeuvres, libations, and musical guest, Nick Andrew Staver.  Come see and hear where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we are headed into the future from stories by our special guest speakers. SHAPE’s openings and exhibits are always free and open to the public. SHAPE’s hours are Wednesday through Friday 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Howard's Art Classes
1256 Dual Hwy. Hagerstown, MD 21740   301-733-2722
(Limited Space Left)
Creating Dynamic Watercolors
with Mick Williams
Starting Thursday, Sept. 12

For watercolor artists of all levels!

This 6-week course is designed to encourage personal expression with watercolors. Elements of this course will be rendering specifics like trees, water, and skies. You will also learn to capture light, create florals and you will explore an impressionist Masterwork with watercolor.

Class Dates: Thursdays, Sep. 12 - Oct. 17
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm OR 12:45pm-2:45pm
Ages: 14-Adult
Registration Fee: $25* (will be applied to cost of class on first day)
Cost: $125 +$99-$155 supply kit (supplies may also be purchased separately)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: Mick Williams
Realist Landscapes in Acrylic
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 17

How to start, develop, and complete a landscape painting.

Working from your own observation, sketches, and photos, you will create an acrylic painting on canvas using a layered glazing method. Covered areas include concept sketches, underpainting development, and building spatial illusion through layered glazes of acrylic paint. Composition will remain an important focus throughout all steps. This class will encourage review and discussion both during development and after completion.
The goal is to have two completed paintings after the six-week class duration. You are encouraged to work outside of class time to enhance your experience and learning.

Class Dates: Tuesdays, Sep. 17 - Oct. 22
Times: 1pm-3pm
Ages: 14-Adult
Cost: $125 + $135 supply kit (supplies may also be purchased separately)
Registration Fee: $25* (will be applied to cost of class on first day)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: David Bottini
Creative Acrylic Painting Class
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 18
Explore the beauty of acrylic paint in a relaxed, fun and informative atmosphere. The class is open to all levels, from aspiring beginners to advanced artists. We will warm up our brushes with small projects designed to spark our creativity and learn/review techniques. Expect to work on at least one major painting. Bring your questions and ideas to share. 
Acrylic paint spatter is permanent! Please wear old clothes or an apron.
Class Dates: Wednesdays, Sep. 18 - Oct. 23
Times: 10am-1pm
Ages: 14-Adult
Cost: $125 +$120 supply kit (supplies may also be purchased separately)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: Jennie Avila
Call or stop in with payment to reserve your spot. (Limited space available.)
Prismacolor Pencil Class
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 25

Students will enhance their skills and learn to make beautiful colored pencil pieces that they are proud of. Open to all skill levels, students will receive personal guided direction based on their unique art styles and preferences. Each student will learn the techniques best suited to build their individual skill level.

Class Dates: Wednesdays, Sep. 25 - Oct. 30
Times: 3:30pm - 5:30pm OR 6pm - 8pm
Ages: 13-Adult
Cost: $85 +$65 supply kit (supplies may also be purchased separately)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: Kaileigh Dillon (See more of her work here.)
Airbrush Illustration Class
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 25

Airbrush classes are back at Howard's! David starts by teaching the fundamentals of airbrushing by going over basics of cleaning and maintaining the airbrush, as well as, teaching lessons that will provide you the necessary techniques to airbrush skillfully. Students will be offered assistance based on individual interests such as model building, illustration, cake decorating, etc.

Class Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 30
Times: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Ages: 14-Adult
Cost: $70 +Supplies
Registration Fee: $25 (will be applied to cost of class on first day)
Duration: 6 weeks
Teacher: David Monet
If you're ready for an evening of laughs, hijinks, and nostalgia, join us at The Playhouse for  Bewitched: De-witched - An Interactive Playhouse Murder Mystery  . 

All “people of magic” have lost their powers, and Samantha Stephens has called a special Witches’ Council. Aunt Clara still has a few spells left, and she summons a detective to help. Unfortunately, the detective she summons is the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, of Pink Panther fame. Understandably, the inspector has difficulty coping with witchcraft and murder, but perhaps he can solve the mystery—with the guests’ help.

Bewitched: Dewitched plays Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets cost $49.50 and include the show as well as salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, and coffee, tea and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit   or call 301-739-7469 for more information.

The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
Valley Art Association members will exhibit their work on the theme of “Make Me Laugh” at the Mansion House City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland from Friday September 6th to September 29th. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or
National Folk Festival
Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 4 PM until 10:30 PM
Salisbury Maryland

Make your plans now to join us in Salisbury, Maryland, for the National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage.

A FREE, large-scale three-day outdoor event, the National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more.
E ncouraging Maryland writers, poets, playwrights, and authors to write
Notable Maryland Author
Maryland Author:
Jake Marcionette
Genre: Middle Grade

Jake Marcionette, (3/20/2001) released his debut book, Just Jake , when he was just 12. It a middle grade, loosely autobiographical, laugh-out-loud comedy adventure. In doing this, Jake made history by being the youngest author to hit the New York Times Bestseller list and the youngest author in the history of Penguin Books to land a publishing deal. 
Jake started writing as a result of his Mom making he and his sister write every day during summer vacation. At first, he hated writing, but eventually he got into it and wrote about how his day was going and how he was feeling. He soon realized he wanted to write books about a kid, for kids, and weave into the books his experiences being a kid. At the time, his family had just moved from Florida to Maryland and he was adjusting to a new school, so he wrote his first book about a kid named Jake who moved from Florida to Maryland who has to adapt to a new school. 
About how he landed a publisher, Jakes says, “I printed out a list of agents and called them. I would say “My name is Jake. I’m twelve. I have a cool book. Do you want to read it?” I got a lot of hang ups and “Nos.” Then I called Dan Lazar, an agent at Writer’s House in New York City, and he said “Email it to me, sure.” A couple days later, he said he liked it and wanted to represent me. Then a month after that, I was in New York meeting with four major publishers. 
Jake has written three books and has become popular as a speaker at schools. “A lot of young people are scared to write a book because they think they can’t do it, but let’s face it - It’s either “no” or your dreams come true.” I tell kids to be fearless and be passionate and take all the chances you have and do it with an open mind. I tell them to set a goal and work towards it. My goal was to get published. 
Genre: Middle Grade – Books that feature a 10-13-year-old protagonist. Middle grade fiction deals with what kids go through at those ages: friendships made and lost, family relationships changing, physical changes, a wide range of school experiences, and a growing awareness of the wide world outside of oneself and the injustices it often contains.
Jake Marcionette’s Books : Just Jake, Just Jake: Dog Eat Dog, Just Jake: Camp Wild Survival
Writers Prompt - Fun With Words - Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) invites you to have fun writing like Jake. Using just 100 words, write a middle grade story that takes place in the present day and includes a 10-13-year-old boy, a strange neighbor, a snowshoe, a physical change, and a boat show. Submit your Fun With Words response to: . You will see the “submit” button in the center of the page. We will continue to publish all responses on: .

City Park Fall Fest 2019

Celebrate the fusion of arts, entertainment, and history on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4 pm at the annual City Park Fall Fest event in Hagerstown. Partnered with Porchfest along with Bester Community of Hope everyone is encouraged to come out and see what is going on!

Pick-up an event passport to be stamped at each museum location. Enjoy free, fun family activities including hay wagon rides between the museum sites, pony rides, museum tours, art activities and recreation opportunities.

Activities at each location:

Hager House: free tours, petting zoo, craft vendors, native dance and more!

City Park Train Hub: free tours, Tommy 202 rides, Barrel cart rides, music, inflatables and more!

Washington County Fine Arts Museum: face painting, storytelling, kids crafts (slime making, stamping, butterfly sun-catchers) and more!

Mansion House: kid's Art Activities, artist exhibits, artist painting on the porch, delicious cider and cookies and a wonderful bake sale.

Bester/Block Party: food vendors, paddle boats, laser tag, music and more!

Porchfest: food vendors, live music, and art exhibits.
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