September 11, 2019
Volume 19-22
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... .
September 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents a juried exhibit “Purple Haze: Selective Perception” for the month of September 2019. The juried community art exhibit will run through October 1, 2019. 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

The Washington County Arts Council and Washington Goes Purple appreciate the generous support of The Nora Roberts Foundation for the awards for “Purple Haze: Selective Perception.” It was a pleasure to have Jason Aufdem-Brinke director of the Foundation join the artists and the community for the opening reception and the awards presentation.
Danny Webber, WCAC board president (left) and Jason Aufdem-Brinkewith, The Nora Roberts Foundation awarded the exhibit prizes.
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
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
Purple Haze: Selective Perceptions
Artist Talk

Join Emily Keller for the “Purple Haze: Selective Perceptions” Artist Talk at the Washington County Arts Council on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 2 – 4 pm to continue the discussion of “The Power of Art.”
Call for Artists!
October 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents “Family Tree” an exhibit featuring Elizabeth Beachley, Bruce Field, Clinton Jones, Richie Jones, John Komorowski, Pat Mc Cleary, Jene Meier and Laura Rittenhouse. The exhibit opens with a Reception on Thursday, October 3, 219 from 5 pm – 7 pm and continues through October 29, 2019.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater's 35th Season continues with Stephen Sondheim's thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing 10 performances only, beginning September 13 and continuing through October 27th.

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight TONYs, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

The musical is preceded by a buffet meal beginning at 6:00pm. There is one matinee on Sunday, October 27th at 1:00pm (meal). 

Tickets cost $49.50 and include salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit  or call 301-739-7469.

The historic Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, which has been newly remodeled, is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
HollyFest Applications Now Available

Deadline: October 7, 2019
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
The work of Eric Rohmann (Caldecott winning author/illustrator) is currently on view at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.  On Saturday, September 14th, he will give a master linoleum cut printmaking workshop from 9:30 AM to 12 PM, followed by a reception with him giving an artist talk and demonstration from 2 - 4 PM. 

The relief printmaking workshop is $40 for the general public and $35 for Museum and Valley Art Association members, for teens and adults. Supplies are provided.
Limited space. Please contact Kellie Melie by phone or online as listed below to register.

The artist talk and demonstration is free and open to the public of all ages.

Kellie Mele
Educational Engagement Coordinator
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
501 Museum Drive
Hagerstown , MD 21740

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.
You're Lookin' at Country - The Music of Loretta Lynn is set to play Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1:00pm at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater.
Kip Young (as Lynn) performs her hit songs and fan favorites like "Blue Kentucky Girl," "You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man," her signature song “Coal Miner's Daughter,” and MORE! Dale Young will be sharing Lynn’s history and some little known stories about this legendary lady of country music. Dale also joins Kip to recreate her duets with Ernest Tubb and Conway Twitty. Don’t miss this epic tribute to one of Nashville’s most talented and eternally popular singer/songwriters… Ms. Loretta Lynn!

All seats cost $49.50 and include dinner rolls, soup, salad bar, hot buffet, dessert and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar bill and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit  or call 301-739-7469 Tuesday through Friday.

The historic and newly remodeled playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear. In the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Performing Arts Center at the Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Open House - 11am to 2pm
Ribbon Cutting - 4:30pm

The Maryland Theatre board, staff, and supporters are excited to share the much-anticipated opening of the crown jewel of downtown Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District! The public is invited to the unveiling of this amazing facility. Tour the new event spaces including the Grand Lobby, Cocktail Lounge, VIP Suite, The View Studio and the Ballroom. The official ribbon cutting and a champagne toast will follow at 4:30pm.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
At seven different locations across Maryland, MSAC will be hosting its second annual Regional Arts Institutes as part of our professional development series this fall for all arts constituents (independent artists, arts organizations/programs, County Arts Councils, A&E Districts, etc.). 
1. One-on-one networking and resource opportunities
2. New MSAC Strategic Plan
3. Launching of the Independent Artist Network
4. Review of the Grants for Organizations on-year full application
5. Presentations by MSAC Partners, MD State Department of Education, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance & more
Maryland State Arts Council
- MD State Department of Education
- Maryland Citizens for the Arts
- Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
- Maryland Nonprofits
- Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Dates & locations with Eventbrites
All links can be found on the MSAC website .
If you would like to promote the RAI in your area, see below for specific links:
September 20 - Washington College, Chestertown

September 24 - Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown

September 26 - Carver Center, Baltimore

September 27 - The Writer’s Center, Bethesda

October 1 - Ocean City Art League, Ocean City

October 4 - Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons
October 8 - Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park

For information contact:
Amelia Rambissoon
Marketing & Communications Manager
Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)
O 410-767-6542 | E
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