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Artist Alley
January 17, 2015
Volume 15-1

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...
Corey Householder, a senior at the Barbara Ingram School of the Arts in Hagerstown, has been chosen as the 2015 Blues Fest Poster Artist.
Blues Fest officials unveiled the art poster for this year's Western Maryland Blues Fest during a Hagerstown City Council work session on Tuesday afternoon.

Katrina Hoopes:

Canines & Coppertone


Bill Fox:

Local Beauty


Exhibit runs Friday, January 2, 2015 through Tuesday, January 27, 2015.


Opening Reception Friday, January 2, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm. 


Exhibition hours are:
Tuesdays through Fridays, 11am to 5pm and on Saturdays 10am to 4pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Washington County Arts Council invites all art educators in Washington County's public and private schools to enter work for our February exhibit. This is an invitational exhibition and all work will be accepted. Each educator is allowed to submit two works that have been completed within the last two years. Artwork may be dropped off January 27, 2015 from 11am to 5pm or January 28, 2015 from 11am to 5pm.

The Exhibit will run January 30, 2015 through February 24, 2015 with an opening reception to be held on Friday, January 30 from 5 to 7 pm.

For additional comments or questions please contact Chris Brewer at 301.791.3132 or email:


Comedy GREATER TUNA to open season at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.

The 31st Season of The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater, now owned by Producing Artistic Director Shawn R. Martin and his wife and Managing Director Laura J. Martin, will open with the uproarious comedy GREATER TUNA.

GREATER TUNA debuted in New York City in 1982 at Circle in the Square Downtown and has gone on to become the most widely produced comedy in American history. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, GREATER TUNA is a hilarious visit to the third smallest town in Texas where two actors portray 20 of the town's upstanding and less than upstanding citizens in a show that made The New York post state that "the audience all but exploded with laughter."

The Playhouse's production stars regional theater veterans Steve Steele and Shawn Nakia, with Shawn R. Martin directing.

The play is preceded by dinner which features a full salad bar, hot buffet, dessert and a cash bar.

GREATER TUNA opens on Friday January 16th and continues on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm with select Sunday matinees at 1:00pm.

The Washington County Playhouse is located at 44 N. Potomac St., Rear in the heart of Hagerstown, Maryland's Arts and Entertainment District. Free parking is available in the central lot.

The adult ticket price is $39.00 for dinner and show (beverages and gratuity are not included). Children aged 5 to 12 years are admitted for $19.00.

Tickets for this and all of the 2015 season of shows at The Playhouse are available by calling 301-739-7469. For more information, visit the website

140 W. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740



Call for Art for the New Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc. Offices and NEW Senior Center


In the fall of 2015, The Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc will relocate to the newly renovated Army Reserve building on Willard Street in Hagerstown Maryland. The Commission desires to showcase its new location with local art while at the same time providing local artists with a venue to show and sell their work.

The art will be hung and available for purchase by the public. All transactions will be made through the Washington County Arts Council. (Note: Their guideline/agreement is available upon request.)


Your interest and submission for consideration is due January 31, 2015.


Please include three photos with titles as a sampling of the art including the size of each piece in the submission of interest. Images submitted should substantially represent the scope of the work to be exhibited.


Submit your interest to:


Description of Art Requested: Any non-human art will be accepted. We are looking for a variety art for the multiple areas in the building. We are estimating 20 locations for art to be hung.

Sizes Requested: Any size is being accepted. There are several areas in the New Senior Center that will accommodate clusters up to and including queen sized quilts.

Mediums Accepted: All mediums are accepted as long as they can be hung on the wall.

Framing Information: Artist choice but must be able to hang on drywall.

Hanging Information: Artist will be responsible for hanging their own art in the designated area.

Time Frame Art to be Hung: We are estimating that the art will need to be hung in the fall of 2015, prior to the grand opening of the new facility.   The art selected will remain on the wall for approximately 6 months. After that, if the art is not sold, we ask that it be refreshed. If your art is selected, more information on this will be forthcoming. It is our intent to offer community events to share your talent with others.

Other Information: The Washington County Arts Council will handle all transactions for purchases.

The WCAC is a non-profit organization and the Council takes a 30% commission on all work that is sold. The Gallery's commission is put directly into program funding beginning with the operating costs of the Gallery.

Insurance: The Commission on Aging will carry insurance to cover natural disaster or destruction of the art in the amount of the price of the art.

Price: Currently accepting art priced at $1,000 or less.
The 2015 Line-Up

All's Fair
Texting: A Love Story
Open 24 Hours
Big Bag
Fly By Light
EXPOSED : The Global Epidemic
Masonic Secrecy
Oil and Water
Into the Dark
Patriots and Tyrants
FSKey and the Song that Built America
Hands of Flame
Wizard of OZcar
Kiss of Death
Magic Bracelet
In Search of America Inshallah
Man On The Edge
One Day of Christmas

How to Catch a Tiger
Reaching Home
Dark Souvenir
Doo Doo's Revenge
Bridge and Tunnel
Widow's Mark
Evaporating Borders
Artificio Conceal
�Qui_n es Libertad Lionetti?
Electric Indigo
Hollis: The Story of Narcissism
ROOM 731
Alien Communications (V2)
Tumble Dry Low
Bus To Paradise
The End of War
Mourning Glory
Lost Compassion
Writer's Cramp
Bonobo Connection
Life on the V: The Story of V66
June, Adrift
Where Was God?
Life and Times of a Recent Graduate
The Emotional Demensions
Road to Nowhere
Art Block
A Day in the Life
The List
The Blind Horse That Can Paint
The Conundrum
McLanie's Murder
A Journey to the Future
The Fall
In God We Trust

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Masterworks

Maryland Theatre

February 14, 2015 * 8:00pm
February 15, 2015 * 3:00pm
Myths, Legends & Tales

MOZART Overture, The Magic Flute
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite
CORIGLIANO Pied Piper Fantasy
The Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced that Audrey Vargason has been named Director of Sales. A 2012 graduate of Hood College with a BA in History, Vargason previously served as Sales Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-Frederick, MD and worked with social and corporate clients. Prior to that she held the position of Reservations & Membership Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. During her tenure there she worked with the corporate, association and group tour markets.  Additionally, she has experience in fundraising and business development. Vargason is a life-long resident of Washington County.
at the Maryland Theatre


Friday, February 20, 2015 *7:30pm
"Critics" Pick! Exuberant and very entertaining!
"50 Shades! delivers the goods!" - The New York Times
Don't restrain yourself! Submit to 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY today.

This sexy and hilarious send up to Fifty Shades of Grey, the greatest novel EVER, has audiences rolling on the floor and dancing in the aisles! Now it's your turn to experience the show that has sold-out audiences across the country begging for more!

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY will rock your world! Take your friends, take your co-workers, and, as Time Out Los Angeles says, "TAKE YOUR INNER GODDESS TO THIS SMASH HIT!"

Comedian Jay Leno
at the Maryland Theatre


Thursday, March 12, 2015 * 7:30pm
Tickets on Sale online:
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announced that it has received a Preservation Assistance Grant in the amount of $ 6,000.00 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a Collections Storage Feasibility Study to be completed in 2015.  The study will allow museum staff and consultants to assess storage needs, plan for upgrades in collections storage, and improve access to collections.  The project will meet NEH goals by helping the museum to better preserve and protect its collection of more than 6,500 objects, and to fulfill its public service mission.

Third annual love poetry contest under way

Herald-Mail Media invites readers to compose and enter love poetry in

the newspaper's third annual love poetry contest.

For details and complete information, call Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle at 301-791-7136.


The 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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