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Artist Alley
October 1, 2015
Volume 15-20

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...

"Two Brothers: Converging Vision-Diverging Views"
an Ira and Ben Lourie exhibit opens at
Washington County Arts Council
October 2, 2015 with a reception on
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm.
The exhibit will run from October 2, 2015 through October 27, 2015

"Donna Ward Lehman: Re-Imagined Items" and
"Carl Wright: From Ephemeral to Solid".

October 30, 2015 to December 1, 2015.

Opening Reception--Friday, October 30, 2015 from 5pm-7pm.

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more information!

Steve Wright Pottery-Right Hand Studio
571 Jefferson Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Two fall sessions starting the week of September 14 and will run until the week of October 26, 2015. The second seven week session will start the week of November 2, 2015 and run through the week of December 14, 2015. For information and to register

Make plans to join us to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher branch and all of the exciting things happening at Washington County Free Library!
Buy tickets online today and save! Admission to the event is only $45 per person, with a $10 discount when you buy 2!
Visit the Bottles & Blues event page  to purchase your ticket and read more details about the event!
HCC to offer family and youth programming
(Hagerstown, Md.)- The Continuing Education Division at Hagerstown Community College is offering several personal enrichment programs this fall for youth/teens and families.
                A series of Harry Potter classes will be offered on Saturdays in October, for students in grades four through six. Children ages 10 and up can enjoy "Paper Bead Jewelry" on October 3 and "Exploring Fantasy Fiction" on October 31.
                Several programs are offered for a variety of grades on weekdays when WCPS is closed. Minecraft classes will be held on November 2 and 3, "Kids for Peace" on October 16, "Musical Theater" on November 2, and "Create a Fictional World" on October 16.
                Family courses and trips include "Music and Movement," offered in September, October, and November; mother/daughter self-defense on September 19; and trips to Hershey Gardens on September 2, the Rockettes/New York Christmas trip on November 21, and a scenic Western Maryland train ride on October 16.
                Toddler and preschool courses include "Music and Movement" and "Jump, Play, and Learn," both offered in September, October, and December.
            To learn more and register for any of these programs, visit

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The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater announces auditions for
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
directed by Laura J. Martin,
produced by Mack's Theatricals, LLC.
Auditions will be held at The Playhouse (44 N. Potomac St., REAR, Hagerstown, MD) Sunday, Oct. 4 6-8:30 pm and Monday, Oct. 5 6-8:30 pm.
Please prepare to sing a portion of your favorite Christmas Carol or song A cappella (without music). No monologue is necessary. Those being considered for speaking roles will be asked to read from the script (provided at audition). The best preparation for this audition is to read the book, as the script is almost identical.
Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, Oct. 14. Rehearsals will be evenings and weekends. Every effort will be made to have children out of rehearsal by 8 pm on school nights (other than tech week). TECH WEEK (Mandatory Rehearsals) Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1-3
Performance dates: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:00 PM,
Sunday matinee December 13 at 1 PM.
Most adult roles are paid non-union. Wait staff opportunities available. Children will be compensated with two complimentary tickets for family members.
Children's roles may be double cast.
For information contact Laura Martin 301.739.7469 (theater) or

Opening Reception for Silent Auction on about 200 original pieces of artwork by local artists.
All proceeds from the event go to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
The Silent Auction runs from Oct. 3 - Oct. 24 at 7:30pm Exactly.
Live On Stage, Inc. and the Hagerstown Community Concert Association bring Stringfever to Perform in Hagerstown, Maryland on October 7, 2015.
Stringfever are four world class musicians playing five and six-stringed electric violins, viola and cello in a truly original show at the Maryland Theatre, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Single tickets for this performance will be sold at the door; $25 for adults, $3 for students. For more information, visit the association web site at

Hagerstown Community Concert Association will also be sponsoring a student outreach performance by Stringfeveras part of their ongoing commitment to support arts education in the community.
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Edge of Appalachia
A link to our event on Facebook

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For more information, go to ;
email ; or call 240-382-7269.
MSO Masterworks -- Francisco Fullana
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will open its 2015-2016 Masterworks Series with an emerging classical superstar, violinist Francisco Fullana, as guest artist. Mr. Fullana will perform Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. The orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius.
The concerts will take place on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. Prelude with MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the guest artist will take place one hour (7:00 p.m.) before the Saturday Masterworks Concert.
Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the United States, Spanish violinist Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances, as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 301-797-4000, or in person at the MSO Office at 30 W. Washington Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For the sixth consecutive season the MSO will be providing FREE Masterworks concert tickets to students in grades one through 12. This free student ticket initiative is generously underwritten by contributions from Susquehanna Bank and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze.
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SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, October 24, 12-2pm.
Local Author,  Mark P. Brugh, to hold book signing event at Visit Hagerstown's downtown Visitor Welcome Center on Saturday, October 24, 12-2pm.
The Visitor Center is located at 6 North Potomac Street, in Hagerstown, MD.
Saturday, October 24th at 7:30 PM
Featuring Faculty, Students, Alumni and Community Musicians 
Thomson Alumnae Chapel-Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Ave.
Chambersburg , PA 
(717) 261-1220

Engine Room Art Space Pocket Market of Art
Engine Room Art Space is calling for vendor applications for their Pocket Market of Art held the weekend of HollyFest. It is free to apply. The deadline is October 31st. The Pocket Market intends to sell small affordable artworks from $1 - $100. Ten 6' x 3' tables are available for a fee of 25 dollars to be paid after acceptance of the application. Find out more and print the application by clicking the link:!pocketmarket/c1gcd 
Engine Room Art Space, 36 N. Potomac St. Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
(240) 520-1407, ---

Wind Down Hagerstown
Freaky Friday
October 16, 2015
Wind Down is celebrating all things fun and fall!  Show up in your best and scariest for the costume contest...for both kids and adults!  Plus, we'll have a little entertainment with some jack-o-lanterns!  There's plenty for kids to do, too.  Don't miss The Tone Hounds, performing live in the courtyard!

Wind Down - Downtown Hagerstown is calling for vendor applications for their Art Market being held Friday, October 16, 2015. It is free to apply. The deadline is October 8th. A refundable fee of 25 dollars is to be paid after acceptance of the application. Find out more by clicking the application link: APPLICATION 
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts -- 16th Annual Treasure Sale
Preview -  Friday, Oct. 30 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. $25.00 per person
Refreshments and Silent Auction 
Sale Date - Saturday, Oct. 31 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cash & Carry - Sunday, Nov. 1 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Purchase what you can place in a small shopping bag (bag provided) for $20.00. Great chance to pick up item(s) you missed!

Advance tickets @ the museum
or online 

WCMFA Call for Art---2016 Cumberland Valley Artist Exhibition

WCMFA Call for Art---2016 Cumberland Valley Artist Exhibition
Exhibition on view: January 23 - April 10, 2016.
Please give link and deadline with photo
WCMFA Call for Art---2016 Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon 

WCMFA Call for Art---Photographic Salon
Exhibition on view: January 23 - April 10, 2016.
Please give link and deadline with photo

BISFA Foundation presents
A Fresh of Breath Air

Save the Dates for a one-woman performance by BISFA adjunct professor Dale Stein "A Fresh of Breath Air" on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 per person. To reserve your seat Contact Mimi Dickinson at 
or call 240-347-4934.
At its premier in Washington, DC, "A Fresh of Breath Air" received two Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Lead Actress. Dale Stein portrays five characters at Fifi's Cafe in this unique solo show the Washington Post called "An authentic vision of humanity...Stein is captivating". Dale has performed her original work with Garrison Keillor's radio show and at New York Theatre Workshop. "A Fresh of Breath Air" is a 70 minute comedy 'with olives'; a theatre experience The City Paper said is "Such exhilarating won't want to leave." (Wellfleet Preservation Hall --Saturday, November 22, 2014)

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert  
Trinity Episcopal Church, W. German Street, Shepherdstown, WV
11/07/2015--Start Time: 7:30pm--End Time: 9:00pm

Shepherdstown WV's Friends of Music organization will launch its 2015-2016 performance season with a concert by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, November 7. The concert will be held at Shepherdstown's Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. The Orchestra's Music Director, Jed Gaylin, will conduct. This will be the first time the Orchestra has performed at the Church. Dr. Gaylin says a main reason for choosing the Church was its superb acoustics. In keeping with this move to a new venue, the concert will be entitled "Brilliant Beginnings." Three works will be featured: * "Last Round," a piece for double string quartet and bass by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, one of the most sought after modern composers; * Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, with violinist Jorge Àvila; * Beethoven's Symphony No.1 in C Major, Op. 21. Admission will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person. Tickets and Friends' memberships can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted. In addition to on-street parking in the vicinity of the church, free parking will be available at the Bavarian Inn parking lot, with free shuttle bus service to and from the concert.
Fee: $25 | Url: | Contact: Neal Barkus | Phone: 304-876-5765 | Email:

CVSM Community String Orchestra Concert
November 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm---Free
Thomson Alumnae Chapel-Wilson College -
1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA
(717) 261-1220

Kenny Rogers: Once Again It's Christmas
Maryland Theatre
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 * 7:30pm

Grammy® Award-winner Kenny Rogers has delivered hit after hit for more than five decades, covering everything from country and soul to rock and pop. His hits include "Lady," "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town," "The Gambler," "She Believes in Me," "Islands in the Stream," "We've Got Tonight," and "Buy Me A Rose." See Kenny live as he performs an evening of classic Christmas songs and his most famous hits. Joining Kenny for this holiday performance is special guest, Grammy® Award-winning Country singer Linda Davis ("Does He Love You"). To purchase tickets, click the picture of Kenny Rogers! 
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
BISFA Holiday Spectacular
Maryland Theatre
Friday, December 18, 2015 * 7:30pm

This special, one-night only production will feature the diverse talents of the entire student body. Colorful costumes and seasonal sets complement a montage of songs, dances, stories, and visual images that warm the heart and inspire everyone to remember what the holiday season is truly about. This is an event the whole family will enjoy!
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Led by Mayor David Gysberts, the City of Hagerstown and the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted an all-day tour for a delegation of six officials from China - visiting the
Washington County Arts Council -- Wednesday September 23, 2015.

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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.

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Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. 
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