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Artist Alley
September 1, 2016
Volume 16-22

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!
September 2016 Exhibits

"Rebecca Grace Jones: New Paintings" and
"Stephen Sheredy: Artwork Selection"
exhibits continue through September 27, 2016.
National Arts in Education Week -- September 11-17, 2016

The Board of the Washington County Arts Council is pleased to announce
the Guest Celebrity Chefs for The Art of Cooking 2017!
Community Book Drive
Now through
September 25, 2016
Drop off books at the
Washington County
Arts Council
34 S Potomac Street across from the Maryland Theatre in the
Hagerstown A & E District!

BISFA and MICA graduate Stephen Sheredy 
who is currently exhibiting at the Washington County Arts Council 
met with BISFA visual art students and teachers, Dr. Teresa Roberts and Todd Geiman. 
Calling All Artists (Reminder)
       For our Art for the Animals fundraiser we need as many artists as possible.  Our artist participants can be beginners all the way to professionals.  All artwork must be 5"x7" and can be created in any medium. 
     Stop in to the store and give a dollar donation (cash or check preferred) per art board as your entry fee.  You can pick up as many boards as you want. Bring them back to us by Sept. 17 and we will frame them for free and hang them in our silent auction.  People will bid on them from Oct. 1 - Oct.22.  There will be an opening reception on Oct. 1 and a Tail-end reception on Oct. 22. All proceeds (including the dollar donation for the boards) will go to Guiding Eyes for the Blind!
     There is also an opportunity for all artists who participate to win prizes for popular choice and best in show.  This is a fun event for everyone and this is our 11th year doing it.  In previous years we were able to raise upwards of $4800 for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  All participation will help us reach this goal and hopefully surpass it.


GYPSY, one of the most popular musicals in American theater history, opens at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater on September 10th. The show continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 pm through November 5. There is one Bargain Sunday Matinee at 1:00pm on September 18.

Gypsy stars Karen Heyser-Paone as Mama Rose, with Shannen Banzhoff and Steve Steele. Director Shawn R. Martin leads a cast of nearly 30 actors. Music Direction is by Erin Adams. Choreography is by Alyssa Little.
Tickets to the show, which is preceded by a buffet dinner and cash bar, are available at For additional information call 301-739-7469.

The Playhouse is located at 44 N. Potomac St. REAR, in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.

That's the Ticket!
     In a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum, compare modern and historical presidential scandals, see why colonial voting was more like a college frat party, and learn more about Washington County's political history. Displays include photographs, letters, artifacts and political memorabilia. The exhibit runs until December 31st.
     The new exhibit opens officially on September 10th. Take a self-guided tour of the museum, explore the new exhibit, and participate in political-themed games, crafts and activities! Free for WCHS members, $8 for adults and $5 for children under 16 and seniors over 60. Family discounts available.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Summer and Fall Art Classes
for Adults and Children
Sept. 10
9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
3D and Multi-Media Art Workshop
Ages 13 through Adult
Sept. -Oct.
5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 28 - Nov. 2
Various times
10:00 a.m. -NOON
Oct. 1
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Masques of the Red Death
Ages 10 through Adult
Oct. 4-Nov. 8
10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Oct. 5-Nov. 9
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 pm
Sept. 24
1:00 p.m. - 3:00pm
Tissue-Dyed Scarves 
Grades 1-5 FREE

Women's Center Art Gallery at FMH Crestwood -"Pfister and Friends" art exhibit. An Exhibit of works created by students and colleagues of well known Maryland artist Mary Pfister. Opening-September 12th 2016 to January 6th 2017 with a art reception on September 24th from 5pm-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public.Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 6pm. website- art
FY2018 Grants For Organizations  
Deadlines and Grant Information Sessions

The Maryland State Arts Council's (MSAC) FY2018 Grants for Organizations (GFO) Program provides unrestricted operating support to arts organizations and arts programs through grant awards. Join GFO Program staff for a Grant Information Session or Webinar (new this year!) to learn more about the Program.
GFO GRANT INFORMATION SESSIONS are scheduled across Maryland to provide an overview of the GFO Program and technical assistance in preparing applications. To apply for activities that take place during FY2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) you must submit an FY2018 GFO application. Please take note of the FY2018 GFO Program deadlines below.
  • Intent to Apply Deadline: September 21, 2016. Mandatory for those new to MSAC and those who did not receive funding for FY2017. Go to to submit your Intent to Apply electronically. The Intent to Apply opens September 1, 2016.
  • FULL Application Deadline:
    October 27, 2016. eGrant application opens September 15, 2016. 
  • Request For Funding for current grantees on a multi-year cycle deadline: December 8, 2016. eGrant application opens October 28, 2016.

INFORMATION SESSION - Tuesday, September 6, 2016,  1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m. 
Howard County Arts Council , 8510 High Ridge Road - Ellicott City, MD 21043
Register here: and email your questions to so we are sure to address your needs.
INFORMATION SESSION - Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Academy Art Museum ,106 South Street - Easton, MD 21601
Register here: and email your questions to so we are sure to address your needs.
INFORMATION SESSION - Thursday, September 8, 2016, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts , 401 Museum Drive - Hagerstown, MD 21741
Register here: and email your questions to so we are sure to address your needs.
*New this year - a grant writing workshop will be held after each GFO Information Session.

WEBINAR - Monday, September 12, 2016 at 2:00p.m.
Register here:
Upon registering, further information will be e-mailed to you.
About the Maryland State Arts Council
The Maryland State Arts Council is an agency of the State of Maryland, under the authority of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts..

Drawings, Photos and Mural, a
story of life, people, and places from
Lima, Peru to West Virginia
by Renzo Velez will be displayed from
September 1st through the 30th with a closing reception
Thursday September 29th from 5 pm - 8 pm.
Meet the artist at the closing reception and see the final product of
a mural he will be working on throughout the month.
Foon Sham: Sea of Hope II  
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces the opening of renowned artist and University of Maryland Professor, Foon Sham's exhibition,
Foon Sham: Sea of Hope II. The exhibition will be on view September 10, 2016 through January 8, 2017.
Foon Sham will give a free workshop at the museum during City Park Fall Fest on September 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. For more information contact Kourtney Lowery at 
Foon Sham describes the Sea of Hope project as follows: "I made a long, wooden vessel for my mother, who died of cancer in 2002, as a metaphor for her to travel to somewhere peaceful. The tea leaves, which contain anti-oxidants, were used as symbols of cures-hopes."
Viewers can participate by writing their messages to their loved ones who also died of cancer, on the paper boats that I provided during the exhibition.
Created in memory of his mother, Catherine Siuhing Yiu Sham, who died from breast cancer in 2002, Foon Sham's groundbreaking Sea of Hope installation featured a large, elongated object made from laminated blocks of wood, mounted on a pedestal. This central boat-like object was surrounded by small boats, folded from handmade paper by gallery visitors and inscribed with their personal prayers or messages for departed friends and relatives. Each paper boat contained a cone of tea leaves, evoking the Eastern tradition of burning incense in memory of deceased ancestors.
Noteworthy Sunday Concert: 
Charlie Zahm
Washington County Free Library-Fletcher Branch presents Noteworthy Sunday Concert: Charlie Zahm

September 11, 2016---3:00pm
Community Room #308/309
Sit back and enjoy the Jacobite experience, and hear the spirited songs which help to illustrate the period of the exiled Stuarts.  It is a story that has to be told, and Charlie Zahm will tell it like no other
U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note 
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6:15 p.m., in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.
The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note is an 18-member jazz ensemble that first began performing in 1950. One of the last touring big bands, the Airmen of Note have performed throughout the United States and abroad and have performed alongside world-renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, and others. The band currently performs under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant William Marr.
Sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Forty & Eight Voiture 651, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, Amvets Riders Chapter 10, and Mr. Edmund Ruos, 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. Air Force Airmen of Note, visit

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.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
Time for Three

The Maryland Theatre 
21 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD 21740
Saturday, September 17, 2016 * 5:00pm
Sunday, September 18, 2016
* 3:00pm 
Featuring Guest Artists: Time for Three

Program Highlights:
Brubeck, Travels in Time for Three
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
Box Office (301) 790-2000 |
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 |
Celebrating the Constitution   
Antietam and Conococheague D.A.R. Chapters 
at the Fletcher Library
Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 - 2:00pm
Never before has the respect and recognition of our constitution been more important than in the 2016 Presidential election.
New York Times bestselling author Tim Rowland will be presenting "The War that Started it All."
Participants will receive individual/family printed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

The Jungle Book
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.
The Washington County Free Library presents Civil War Medicine Hollywood Style:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Thursday, September 29, 2016--- 7pm ---Sharpsburg Branch
Presented by Licensed Antietam National Battlefield Guide and Founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Gordon Dammann. Scenes from seven movies will be shown and discussion will sort out medical truth and fiction presented by Hollywood.
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 | 

Thunder in The Square-
Wind Down Hagerstown
Hagerstown A & E District
Friday, September 30, 2016
The streets will be lined with hotrods, plus classic and antique cars.
Staff Infection is performing live in the Maryland Theatre courtyard.
The band will play 6-10

(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   .

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
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: 

Early Bird Deadline: September 30, 2016
Click the graphic for more information!
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 | 
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.    
Boo! Images of the Macabre   
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces Boo! Images of the Macabre. The exhibition will open Sunday, August 21 and continue through October 30, as a prelude to the area's annual Halloween festivities. This exhibition is organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The exhibition includes 30 works (prints, drawings, and photographs), by 28 artists from the 19th - 21st centuries in the Bowman Gallery.
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 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
B-The Underwater Bubble Show
Friday, December 2, 2016 * 7:00pm
SPECIAL: Family 4 pack at 40% off, must purchase 4 tickets
Passcode: TMNME3
Expires 9/9/16

B-The Underwater Bubble Show is a visual, musical, emotional and lavish show that transports people in an imaginary underwater world with a real feeling of being submersed in the ocean deep. The Underwater Bubble Show is Cirque du Soleil meets giant bubbles.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
the Oak Ridge Boys/Christmas Celebration Tour   
Thursday, December 15, 2016 * 7:30pm
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

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

Guidelines/Entry Form
Deadline is November 4, 2016. 
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.
Supported in part by:

The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland,
Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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