September 27, 2019
Volume 19-24
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.
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Your last chance!

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.”
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.

Artist Talks will be held on Saturday, October 5 & 26, 2019 at The Gallery, 34 S Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.
Call for Artists!
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced that Jonathan Parrish has been selected as the new Executive Director of the organization. Parrish has served as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra since 2013.

“I am delighted that Jonathan Parrish will be joining the MSO as our new Executive Director,” said Elizabeth Schulze, Music Director and Conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. “His deep knowledge of the repertoire and his extensive and intensive experience with the Hawai‘i Symphony as both a principal musician and chief administrator make him an ideal colleague. I look forward to working with him to meaningfully strengthen and deepen our ties to the community and to ensure that the MSO continues as an important cultural leader in our region.”

Parrish moved to Hawaii in 1998 to be Assistant Principal/Utility Horn with the Honolulu Symphony. In 2013, he was named the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director, after eleven years as General Manager of Chamber Music Hawaii. During his tenure, Parrish guided both organizations through periods of dramatic growth in audience and expansion of programming. At Chamber Music Hawaii, he oversaw the expansion of statewide educational programming on all Hawaiian Islands.

He was previously Assistant Principal Horn for four seasons at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC and was Principal Horn in the Maryland Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, and National Chamber Orchestra for five years. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and James Madison University and has performed with the Baltimore, National, New Haven, Roanoke, Fairfax, and Richmond symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM in Mexico City.

“It’s a special privilege and honor to have this opportunity to return to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as Executive Director,” Parrish said in a statement. “I’m very excited about working with Music Director Elizabeth Schulze, the MSO board, staff and musicians to continue to sustain and grow this remarkable orchestra. My family and I are very excited about returning to the area and making Hagerstown our new home.”
For Otis Sake

14th Annual
ART FOR THE ANIMALS Opening Reception
Saturday, Sept. 28th

The Opening Reception is this SATURDAY for our annual fundraiser! Approximately 120 pieces of framed artwork will be in the auction. Please join us at 6:30pm to see all the fabulous work! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For Otis Sake will be there to provide information about their cause! This also kicks off the Popular choice voting, which will run through October 12th. Bidding will begin as well and continue through October 19th at 7:30pm, so stop in frequently to make sure you get the artwork you want!

Also, follow the event on facebook:

Wait Until You See!

Well-known artists to local children... we have about 120 paintings for you to bid on.

All proceeds raised goes to For Otis Sake. For more info, go to

Popular Choice winner receives VIP treatment for the rest of the year! The winner will receive 30% off everything in the store (some exclusions do apply).
For more info about the event please click the following link:

Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library — Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Join the Robert Sykes Jazz Quartet as they kick of the 2019/2020 season of Noteworthy Sundays with an afternoon of jazz! This local quartet features Robert Sykes on keyboard, Gary Montanaro on drums, Chris Battistone on trumpet, and Eric Shramek on bass. This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.

100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
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
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 Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents
Theatre for Young Audiences stage: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW!

This take on the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, is presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling schoolteacher Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also six characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman.

Tickets are now on sale at  or call 301-739-7469.
Get yours today!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear…. In the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
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.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents
Carl Orff's Epic 'Carmina Burana'
at New Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Complex
Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

Opening of the MSO’s 2019/20 season with one of the grandest statements in all of choral literature, Orff’s Carmina Burana is pure spectacle. Deceptively simple harmonies combined with contagious rhythms and dramatic vocal solos create a hypnotically primeval experience. Featuring the combined voices of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Frederick Children's Chorus, this audience favorite explores the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of indulging in life’s excess. Arguably the most iconic choral work of the twentieth century, its unforgettable opening, “O Fortuna,” has become a pop culture phenomenon.

Ticket Price: $19 - $79

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 301-797-4000.

For Information:
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Box Office
28 W Washington St, Ste 2
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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