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Artist Alley
November 19, 2015
Volume 15-25

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.


For artist information, arts events, calls for art and more visit WCAC's web page...

The Washington County Arts Council presents two exhibits in November 2015:

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

The exhibits run through December 1, 2015

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. hosts its
"Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2015."
The juried community art exhibit will run from December 4, 2015 through December 30, 2015 with an opening reception on Friday, December 4 from 5pm to 7pm.

Jurors were R. Benjamin Jones and Benita Keller.
Awards sponsored by the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District and supported by The City of Hagerstown.

Maryland artist R. Benjamin Jones is an accomplished painter portraying scenes from his native Maryland, the state's Eastern Shore, the Amish of Lancaster County (PA), New England, and a trip to Florence and Tuscany, Italy. He seeks to portray the gentle beauty of the world in his paintings of delicate flowers, New England streets and harbors, Amish faces, rough Chesapeake Bay watermen and rose-covered cottages along island roads. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Jones studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts in Baltimore,
the University of Maryland and
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Mr. Jones' works have been shown in many galleries and museums including the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Hurlbutt Gallery in Greenwich, Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Workshop in Southport, McBride Gallery in Annapolis, The Greenbrier, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County Arts Council, Baltimore Museum of Arts and The Smithsonian.

For sponsorship information contact Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132 or
Click on the picture for more information!

The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC), along with the committee members of the Western Maryland Blues Fest (WMBF), are pleased to invite visual artists, including local artists of Western Maryland and the surrounding area, to answer a "Call to Artists" for the opportunity of becoming the 2016 Blues Fest Poster Artist.
Extended Deadline: November 30, 2015 @ Noon.
2016 Community Arts Development Grant Recipients
Front Row (left to right):
Sam Little, (Maryland Entertainment Group); Alyssa Little (Maryland Entertainment Group),
Pat Wishard, (Washington County Free Library) and Mimi Dickinson (Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation)
Rear Row (left to right): Michael Jonnes, (Maryland Symphony Orchestra); Pieter Bickford (Maryland Symphony Orchestra); Barry Harbaugh, (Potomac Playmakers); Chaz Rittenhouse, (Potomac Playmakers); Charles Sekula, (Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation); Jim Zuna, (Potomac Playmakers); Kathy Herr, (Ballet and All That Jazz and Hagerstown Housing Authority): Charlotte Trout, (Hagerstown Choral Arts, Inc. ); Rebecca Massie Lane, (Washington County Museum of Fine Arts); Mary Newby, (WCAC-CAD Chair); and Jessica Green, (The Maryland Theatre).
Not pictured: Vicki Willman, (Maryland Symphony Orchestra); Gaela Shoop, City of Hagerstown-Blues Fest;
and Dave Peters, (Hagerstown Community Concert Association).

The Community Arts Development program of the Maryland State Arts Council "provides funds and technical assistance to the local arts councils of the 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. The purposes of the program are to better serve artists, arts organizations and audiences throughout the State and to encourage local decision-making, arts activity and funding for the arts at the local level."

WCAC awarded grants to the following organizations:
Project FY2016
Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation
The Augustoberfest event
Ballet & All that Jazz
The BTJ Dancers--Hagerstown Housing Authority
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation
Summer Arts Academy--Summer 2016
City of Hagerstown-Blues Fest
Blues Fest
Hagerstown Choral Arts, Inc.
Concert support
Hagerstown Comm. Concert Association
Operating Grant
Maryland Entertainment Group
2015-2016 Season
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
The Kinder Konzerts Series
The Maryland Theatre
Wind Down in Downtown Hagerstown
The Potomac Playmakers
Production of "The Laramie Project"
Washington County Free Library
Noteworthy Sundays @ your library Concert Series
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County Public School Art Exhibition
The Board of Directors of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has announced the renewal of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze's contract through the 2019-2020 Season.
"The accomplishments that Elizabeth has already achieved have resulted in an extraordinary improvement in the artistic quality of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra," stated Brendan Fitzsimmons, president of the MSO's Board of Directors in making the announcement. "However, the Board feels that her work is not yet done here and is thrilled that she has agreed to continue that work with us over the next four seasons. On a personal note, I am very excited to be able to continue to work with Elizabeth as the organization continues to grow and find new ways to serve our community."  
Schulze began her tenure with the MSO during the 1999-2000 Season after a nationwide search was conducted for a music director to replace Barry Tuckwell.

Christmas at Antietam Recreation-
"The Christmas Experience"
November 13, 2015 through December 29, 2015
Prices range from $16.50 to $38,75 depending on age and date selected.
Tickets are required. Purchase by calling 301-797-7999 or

Maryland Theatre -- Holly Fest
Friday, November 20, 2015 * 8:00pm   
Local musical groups and dance groups will perform following the annual tree lighting in City Square. This is a free event provided by the City of Hagerstown. No tickets required. 

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (Theatre for Young Audiences) opens Saturday, November 21, 2015!
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.  or 301-739-7469 for tickets.
Broadway Style Show, Salad Bar, Hot Buffet, Dessert and Cash Bar.

Order your ten dollar advance tickets at, get your twelve dollar tickets at the door, or buy your five dollar CASH ONLY student discount ticket at the door with a valid student ID.
For information contact 240-382-7269

Disney "Inside Out" showing November 21, 2015 at Bridge of Life
The free movie starts at 7 PM with free drinks and popcorn available in the lobby.
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!
For information contact:  
Phone: 301-791-1674

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to play Limited Engagement at The Playhouse!
For information contact Laura Martin 301.739.7469 (theater) or

Choral Arts perform
Hallelujah Chorus of Handel's glorious Messiah
at Trinity Lutheran Church
15 Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Come and sing the Christmas choruses and the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel's glorious Messiah with Hagerstown Choral Arts. Start the holiday's right! Please bring a canned good for the Trinity Lutheran Church Food Bank. Download the score at Some copies will be available for use at the concert. For information call 301-733-2878
Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Location: Antietam National Battlefield. 
Driving tour begins at entrance to the park off Route 34 east of Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Volunteers place and light over 23,000 candles on the Battlefield, each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Tour begins at 6pm. In case of inclement weather call 301-791-3246. 
Buses go to the FRONT of the line, so no wait, and it's the green way to go!
RoadRunner Services, LLC at (301) 573-1930.

The City Ballet School presents
The Nutcracker
at the Maryland Theatre
Saturday, December 5, 2015 * 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015 * 3:00p
Historical Society Reception

Kick off your holiday season at the Miller House! Our theme this year is "The Nutcracker Suite," and we're celebrating the classic holiday tradition in decorations, food and music! Enjoy beautiful displays throughout the entire house, created by members of local garden clubs. There will be refreshments and live musical entertainment. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.
December 6, 2015   1:00 PM - 3:00PM
Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Tickets to the after-party are $10 and include 1 drink ticket, Christmas cookie dessert bar, photo-both, tree contest and door prizes! After-party space is limited, pre-register here to guarantee your spot-
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
at the Maryland
Home for the Holidays 
December 12, 2015 * 7:00pm
December 13, 2015 * 3:00pm

"Home for the Holidays" is the most anticipated concert of the year in the MSO season. This longtime holiday crowd-pleaser has become a tradition for many families throughout the four-state region. Guest artists and local choirs join the MSO in offering a delightful mix of carols, seasonal favorites, and the popular sing-a-long, led by Santa Claus! The concert is the perfect way for the young and young-at-heart to usher in the most magical time of the year.

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").

Barbara Ingram School
for the Arts
BISFA Holiday Spectacular
At The 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!
An Irish Christmas
at the Maryland Theatre

Saturday, December 19, 2015 * 7:00pm

An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table - joy, hope, laughter, friendship, and celebration of life.
Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, singing of Christmas carols and great storytelling, all led by an award-winning cast of Irish dancers.
Joe Bonamassa All-acoustic Performance
Maryland Theatre
January 8, 2016 * 8:00pm

As Joe Bonamassa enters his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.  Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 17 solo albums in the last 15 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.  He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first GRAMMY ® nomination for Best Blues Album and in 2015 his fourteenth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist) with the release of Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks. 2014's new studio album Different Shades Of Bluedebuted at #8 on Billboard's Top 200 and was his highest charting album, first top 10, and biggest sales week ever. Bonamassa will fulfill a childhood dream when he headlines two shows at the iconic Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The Beach Boys
at the Maryland Theatre
Thursday, February 18th at 7pm 
An Evening with The Beach Boys.
On sale Friday, December 4th at 11am
More info to come!


The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater,
44 N. Potomac St., REAR, Hagerstown, MD.
Deathtrap is directed by Shawn R. Martin and runs January 15 - Feb 20 2016.
Most roles are non-union paid. Service staff opportunities are also available.
For Character Descriptions: Contact Laura Martin at 301-739-7469.

Carmen-with MSO
SAVE THE DATE!  Hub Opera Ensemble is excited to be partnering with the
Maryland Symphony Orchestra to present a semi-staged production of
George Bizet's Carmen at the Historic Maryland Theater!
Two performances only - Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm and
Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm.

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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