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Artist Alley    November 9, 2017
  Volume 17-25
     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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November 2017  Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents "Dual Personalities: The Collective Works of Renner and Shoaf" continues through November 28, 2017.
Washington County Arts Council, 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District. 
Lou Scally and Heather Guessford
Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132 or

Open Mic Nites
for high school and college students
November 14, 2017
Sponsored by The Washington County Arts Council and 28 South
6pm and 8pm at 28 South at 28 S. Potomac St.
Join students in the Washington County school system and Hagerstown Community College at Open Mic Nites. The second Tuesday of each month will be reserved for original music and spoken word.
Please contact the Gallery Manager, Chris Brewer, at 301-791-3132 or to register!
Through November 27, 2017 at TAG

In November TAG/The Artists Gallery of Frederick Maryland will feature solo exhibitions of photographs by Marc Weinberg and paintings by Sarah Higgins.

The shows all run from November 3, 2017 through November 26, 2017 with an opening reception from 5 to 9pm during First Saturday on Nov. 4, 2017.  Weinberg and Higgins will give a TAG Talk about their work on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 2pm.

TAG, at 216 North Market Street, Frederick, is open Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm, or by appointment.  Learn more at or 301-696-8187
at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce the latest show of the 2017-2018 Season, Arthur Miller's classic drama, All My Sons! During World War II, Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop that made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the plant turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of twenty-one pilots. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the Kellers' youngest son was reported missing in action dominate the action of the play. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to a guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity! Produced under special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and directed by Cathy James, All My Sons stars Richard Dobson, April Fox, Christine Miller-Grable, Barry Harbaugh, Jeff Marcum, Mandy Matvia, Danielle Popp, Nic Sigman, and Jim Zuna .
All My Sons will run from November 10, 11, 17, 18, and 19, 2017 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Showtime is at 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances, while the Sunday matinee performance of All My Sons will be at 3:00 pm. Discounted advance tickets of $11 are available ONLINE ONLY at, while $13 tickets will be available at the door.
Contact Potomac Playmakers at 240-382-7269 or email
featuring the music of Mozart, Haydn, and Mendelssohn under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze.
Saturday November 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre.
Tickets range from $19 - $69 for adults and children under 18 attend free.To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office at 30 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.   
The Potomac Playmakers
Auditions - "Death By Design"
November 12, 2017 at 6:00 and
November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm!
at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce Auditions for the third show of the 2017-2018 Season, Rob Urbanati's comedy, Death By Design! What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noël Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious "mash-up" of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife, Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly - a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue, a zany modern dancer - each with a long-held secret. When one of the gue...sts is murdered, it's left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. Death by Design is more than homage - it's a new classic!

The cast calls for four men and four women, ranging in age from 20's to 50's. Auditions for Death By Design will be held on November 12, 2017 at 6:00 and November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. There will be cold readings from the script. Show dates for Death BY Design will be February 9, 10, 11, 16, & 17, 2018, with possible additional performances TBA..
Contact The Potomac Playmakers at 240-382-7269 or email
November 11 - December 23, 2017 
The family holiday classic comes to life on The Playhouse stage. Frosty The Snowman makes a triumphant return and gets everyone in the holiday spirit! The hour long musical is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog.
Fee: $20

Rider Jet Center
11/18/2017 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Families are invited to join Santa Claus and children's book sensation Turbo the Flying Dog at Paws and Planes: Holiday at the Airport. This 3rd annual event will be at a NEW LOCATION this year and will feature photos with Santa and Turbo, educational activities, story times, and a book signing 

For information call: 443-243-1118 or email:
The Friends of Music will present a
Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert
in Shepherdstown, WV on
Saturday, November 18, 2017

The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.
Entitled "Joyful Noise," it will feature three works: "Träumerei," by Robert Schumann; Prokofiev's 2nd Violin Concerto; and Beethoven's 7th Symphony.
The featured soloist will be violinist Ruotao Mao.
Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before November 5). Tickets 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.
Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at
1 to 4 PM each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from
November 24 through December 17  
The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present their annual 'Art for Giving' exhibit at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St. from November 24 through December 17. The event is free and open to the public. The Board of Directors will host an opening reception on November 24 from 4-6 PM preceding the Christmas tree lighting on the downtown mall. Light refreshments including cookies and punch will be served. Many of the participating artists will be in attendance.
'Art for Giving' will be the final event of the Gilchrist 2017 schedule. Its goal is to encourage members of the community to share the gift of art as a way of expressing their sentiments during the festive holiday season. More than 30 regional artists will be represented in various 2D and 3D mediums, from newcomers to well-known professionals. Their works span a wide range of prices from very affordable to extra special. 'Art for Giving' offers unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list.
Every piece will be available for immediate purchase. There is no need to wait until the conclusion of the exhibit to take your new treasure home.
Christina Collins-Smith, President of the Cumberland Cultural Foundation, describes the event as "an eclectic and joyful exhibit that celebrates the spirit of the season. It is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the Gilchrist to choose original pieces of art as thoughtful gifts for themselves and others."
The Gilchrist Gallery is open from 1 to 4 PM each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 24 through December 17.
For more information visit our social media page at, call 301-724-5800, or
email the gallery at

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Presents
a free Chamber Music Concert featuring the Gallery Quartet 
Sunday, November 26   2:30 p.m.

The Gallery Quartet is performing Schubert's Opus 29 "Rosamunde" quartet and Beethoven's Opus 18, no. 4 quartet. Franz Schubert's evocative "Rosamunde" quartet was written in 1824, four years before Schubert's death at age 31.  Its "Rosamunde" nickname derives from the second movement theme, composed originally as incidental music for a ballet.  While the ballet passed into obscurity, Schubert's glorious music lives on.  His "Rosamunde" quartet starts with plaintive yearning and resolves in a playful, happy close.
Beethoven's Opus 18, no. 4 quartet is in c minor, the dramatic key of his famous Fifth Symphony.  Composed in 1801, it is perhaps the most popular of Beethoven's early quartets.  Heralding the composer's "romantic" middle period, it combines both stormy, emotional drama and sublimely delicate classicism.
Members of the Gallery Quartet performing are Bruce Myers and Mark Dulac, violins; Carolyn Kessler, viola; and Fay Rosinsky, cello.
The group has played at the museum for over 40 years. The concert is free and open to the public. You may RSVP at 301-739-5727 or

Main Street Hagerstown is hosting a Christkindle Markt in downtown Hagerstown
on December 2nd from 12 to 6 p.m. They need volunteers to help with set-up, staffing the Main Street table throughout the event, and staffing the kids' area. If you have 2 or more hours to volunteer that day, please sign up at the link below.
Help is needed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
11/18/2017 & 11/19/2017
16 professional artisans at 13 studio stops showcase pottery, paintings, wearable art, jewelry, mosaic art, yarn, turned bowls, furniture, iron work, artisan goat cheese, hard ciders, and more... Get an inside glimpse of the creative process and shop handmade in Maryland for the holidays. 
Saturday, November 11
10:30 AM - 12 PM
This workshop will be based on brightly colored leaves related to fall. The project will be created with glue and soft pastels and is a bit messy, so wear suitable clothing! The instructor will be Donna Housel.

All Arts Saturdays programs are held 10:30am-12pm. Ages 7-12. The fee is $5 for Arts Council members and $10 for non-members.

Please RSVP as space is limited. Call the Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-2787 to register .
Allegany Arts Council, 9 North Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 

A CHRISTMAS A CAROL takes the stage November 17th through December 23rd. Some performances are already SOLD OUT. Book now! 
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater 
44 North Potomac Street, Rear, Hagerstown, MD, 21740
(301) 739-7469 

The Potomac Playmakers Announce
the 2017-2018 One-Act Play-writing Competition!
at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce the 2017-2018 One-Act Play-writing Competition! Over the last two years, the Potomac Playmakers have staged one-act plays written by award-winning Maryland playwrights, and now the Playmakers want to give an opportunity for area playwrights see their plays performed on the stage! Winning play-rights will receive an opportunity to have their plays staged by The Potomac Playmakers in a future production. 
The criteria for submissions are as follows: 1) The play must be an original piece written by a playwright or playwrights from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania. 2) The play must not have been previously performed publicly. 3) The play must be between 15-45 minutes in length. in length.

A hard copy of all plays submitted for the competition must be sent to The Potomac Playmakers at P.O. Box 3659, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2017.
Contact Potomac Playmakers at 240-382-7269 or email
December 2-10, 2017
Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 (3:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Dec. 5 & 7 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm) 
12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD
Walk through the beautiful Christmas wonderland inside this historic Barn filled with a hundred+ decorated trees, visit with Santa Claus, Buster the 8' tall Bear, admire the electric trains, and take a horse drawn wagon ride through the park (small fee).

FREE ADMISSION! Just bring your holiday spirit! Be aware, this big ol' Barn is NOT HEATED, so dress accordingly! *Due to crowd sizes, please leave your pets at home.

*monetary donations accepted
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6 PM - 8 PM  
Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a lecture program at the Miller House Museum, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude.
This December, the Miller House is positively Victorian! Learn more about popular Christmas Eve traditions as you sample traditional mulled beverages. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing - this is an interactive lecture! We'll be demonstrating the most popular parlor games from over the years. So get ready to party like it's 1899! This event will feature TWO specialty drinks: Wassail and Mulled Wine! 
Your ticket price will include your first drink, and refills will be available for a small fee. This event is for adults ages 21 and older, please! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch! 
135 W Washington St
Hagerstown, Maryland
Call 301-797-8782
Call for Films 
Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown

* December 2, 2017 Regular Deadline
* January 20, 2018 Late Deadline
* February 24, 2018 Extended Deadline

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00pm
Join The City Ballet School and the Western Maryland City Ballet Company for The Nutcracker December 9th & 10th at The Maryland Theatre. Experience the magic of ballet this holiday season as you join Clara on her enchanted journey to the land of sweets. Set to Tchaikovsky's stunning score, this magical ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your family. Featuring guests artists from the Carolina Ballet, The Nutcracker is sure to capture your heart and become one of your favorite Christmas traditions. Featuring a full cast of over 100 dancers, brilliant costume and prop design, and theatrical magic, "The Nutcracker" is a family favorite and a special Christmas tradition.    
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000

Call for Photographers  
2017 Historic Houses of Worship Tour Photo Contest

The Historic Houses of Worship Tour in partnership with and support from The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) is pleased to invite the public to enter a photo contest to promote the 2018 Historic Houses of Worship Tour.

Photos should capture an image from the Historic Houses of Worship Tour, scheduled to take place on December 26th from 3pm to 7pm with a snow date of December 27th from 3pm to 7pm. One selected original photograph will be commissioned by the tour organizers and will be used to create posters and promotional materials for the 2018 Tour.

Contestants may enter up to three images to the contest. The winner will be announced in February 2018 and will receive $200.

Please email images of the works to be considered and Entry Form to:
Include full name, mailing address, telephone and email address.
Ring in 2018 at The Playhouse!
Join the Wash. Co Playhouse following
The Donut Drop in the heart of Hagerstown's
Arts and Entertainment District!
Sunday, December 31 at 8:30 PM - January 1, 2018 at 6 AM 
Our New Year's Eve Celebration will feature:
-Dinner Buffet
-Cabaret Performance
-DJ & Dance Floor
-Champagne Toast
-Continental Breakfast
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Book now
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater 
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD, 21740
(301) 739-7469 
January 19 & 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
Its' 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network....all without denting her "do!     
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
USA Cycling selected Hagerstown/Washington County as the location for its 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships.
T he Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the
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