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Artist Alley
September 27, 2016
Volume 16-24

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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 Special Events
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 that are not to be missed!
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October 2016 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is pleased to present
"Paintstravaganza: Works by Goodloe Byron" as its October 2016 exhibit.
The art exhibited in both the Main and Hall Galleries at 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of Hagerstown's A & E District will run from September 30, 2016 through October 25, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

On the web
November 2016 Exhibits

"Ben McAfee & Amy Phelps: Presence" 
"Erica Kempler: Rythms, Changes, & Transformations"
will run from October 28, 2016 through November 29, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

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. 
Please email all completed forms to:
Include full name, address, telephone and email address.

Full Call | Application Packet
Deadline is October 12, 2016
Application for Artists-in-Education Funding Matching Grant
School Year 2016-2017
Annual "Kids Alive Fest"
Set for October 15th
The annual open house at Children's Village of Washington County, known as "Kids Alive Fest" has been scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1546 Mt. Aetna Road, Hagerstown, Maryland. This event presents a great opportunity for families to get a first-hand look at the facility where second graders learn life-safety education throughout the school year.
New this year will be Hagerstown BMX Racing bringing emphasis to bicycle safety, with free-style riding demonstrations. Included in the popular returning features of the event are: the Funkstown Fire Department vehicle extrication demonstration, the Maryland DOC K-9 unit demonstration, Air Methods Medevac helicopter landing and the Child ID program.
Many health and safety related organizations will be on hand with informational booths and materials to share. Food and drink will also be available for purchase on the grounds.
Children's Village of Washington County is a unique safety education program for the community's youth, operated through a partnership with Washington County Public Schools. The miniature world of CVWC is designed to avert needless tragedies and was envisioned to provide an essential program to assist youth to meet the challenges of modern society.
Museum of Fine Arts 
In anticipation of the
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts'
85th anniversary, the museum releases its new logo

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

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.
Engine Room Art Space will hold a closing reception September 29th from 5- 8 pm for its current exhibit - Recorrido which features photos, drawings and murals by Shepherdstown artist Renzo Velez.
Renzo, originally from Lima, Peru, uses portraits and landscapes to illustrate his experiences as an immigrant embracing the landscape and people of an entirely new world. For the duration of the month, he has been periodically visiting the Engine Room gallery to add to two murals. The finished murals will be revealed at the reception!
Questions regarding the event can be sent to

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.
Click the graphic above for more details.
Call for art organized by Washington County Free Library.
Accepted pieces will be displayed in
Engine Room October 6-30, 2016.

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 | 
Play Ball!
Celebrating Sixty Years
of Norman Rockwell's
"The Oculist"
  in the Baer Gallery at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
through October 23, 2016
Since its debut on the cover of Saturday Evening Post on May 19, 1956, Norman Rockwell's painting of The Oculist has been a perennial favorite of baseball fans, young and old.  This very special 60th anniversary "focus show" tells the story of how the painting was originally conceived and created, and how it became a treasured highlight of the WCMFA collection.  Organized in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition includes original documents related to the creation and acquisition of the painting, as well as rarely seen photographs of studio models and compositional stage sets taken\
by Norman Rockwell himself
Foon Sham: Sea of Hope II at
the Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts
through January 8, 2017 
Created in memory of his mother, Catherine Siuhing Yiu Sham, who died from 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.
Foon Sham described 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.
As guest artist at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Foon Sham will create Sea of Hope II in the museum's Groh Gallery. The commissioned sculpture will, once again, be accompanied by a fleet of handmade paper boats created, inscribed, and dedicated by museum visitors throughout the period of the exhibition. Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the artist.

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 |
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: 

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 Poe performance is free for children in K-12th grade.
General Admission is $10.00. Must register or purchase tickets at or call 301-739-5727. Seating is limited.
Click the graphic above for more information.
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 |
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.    

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

Featuring Guest Artists: 
Rachel Potter (The X Factor) and Patrick Thomas (The Voice)
More than 75 years of country music will be showcased during the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's "Country Legends" concert Saturday, October 15 at the historic Maryland Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Nashville recording artists Rachel Potter (The X Factor) and Patrick Thomas (The Voice) will take the stage alongside Music Director and Conductor Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the greatest names in country music, such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, and many more.

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 |
Halloween Art
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
FREE for students in Grades 1-5 
Instructor: Kim Brown 
Register by calling the museum at 301-739-5727 or
Click the graphic above for more information.


Coming to the Kepler Black Box - a wonderful comedy farce about theater students! "Stardust" by Walter Kerr - opened at Catholic University in 1946, directed by theater legend Father Gilbert Hartke. This show and HCC both celebrating 70 years together!

On the web
Trails and Trees Studio Tour   
Berkeley County, West Virginia 
11/05/2016, 11/06/2016
10:00am- 5:00pm
Welcome to our studios.
Travel through beautiful Berkeley County, West Virginia and visit the studios of our 15 talented artists who call the area, "Home". We invite you to this special weekend where we share our creativity, skills, stories, and distinctive artwork with the public. Take your time and enjoy the arts in neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia. Take a peek at "Creativity Where it Lives", purchase artwork, view demonstrations, or win a door prize - and it's all free!
(304) 271-8872 | 
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
It's A Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre    
Sunday, December 4, 2016 * 3:00pm
This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra's film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard's doom. A heartwarming, uplifting gift for audiences during the holiday season.

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 |
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the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the
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