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Artist Alley
November 4, 2014

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...

Marjorie Tressler:

Be Big, Bold & Beautiful 


Janie Moltrup:

Textures in Nature            


Exhibit continues through Tuesday, December 2, 2014.


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

Jackie Shaw at M & M Accounting  
Main Street Maryland 
On October 30, 2014, the City of Hagerstown announced its designation as a Main Street Maryland community, making it the first Main Street in Washington County. The Main Street program will promote and support downtown revitalization efforts through a committee-structured approach with broad community involvement and participation. Acting Secretary of Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development, Clarence J. Snuggs, joined Mayor Dave Gysberts in Public Square to announce the designation.
MSO November Concerts

Pianist-Composer Michael Brown Joins Maryland Symphony Orchestra for World Premiere of MSO-Commissioned Piano Concerto on November 8 & 9 Pianist and Composer Michael Brown will be doing triple duty when he joins forces with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for its November Masterworks concerts on Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.


There will be an "After Party" on Saturday evening beginning immediately after the concert at 28 South Restaurant, 28 South Potomac St., Hagerstown. Brown will be in attendance for a "meet and greet." Tickets are $15 which includes one free drink and appetizers. The restaurant's late night dining menu will also be available for self-pay.


The MSO will also be conducting a Food Drive to benefit the Maryland Food Bank/Western Branch from Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7 at the MSO Office and in the lobby of the Maryland Theatre during the Saturday and Sunday concerts. 

The Mirror of Nature: The Art of Philip Koch 
November 8, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Preview Reception
Friday, November 7, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Members $15.00 / Non-members $20.00/ Be among the first to see this vibrant exhibition, meet the artist, and enjoy a beautiful Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Singer Society. RSVP by Tuesday, November 4, (301) 739-5727.


Painter Philip Koch is a member of the faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), has exhibited his paintings widely, and is represented in many private and public collections. He is an avid student of American landscape painting, most notably of Edward Harper.


Illustrated & Lecture Gallery Talk
Presented by Philip Koch
Sunday, November 16, 2014
2:30 p.m.

On October 1, 2014, Volunteer Washington County transferred its role as the community's volunteer connector to United Way of Washington County. "United Way believes that volunteerism is a powerful engagement tool; creating positive benefits for the community and individual," stated Melissa Reabold, United Way's executive director. "United Way embraces the philosophy of volunteerism in its Give Advocate Volunteer activities. Taking the role that was generously provided to us from Volunteer Washington County is a gift that we will foster for more volunteer growth and support of local agencies." The current site will soon be redirected to United Way's website; however, users of the current website will not be affected.


For information contact:

Melissa Reabold, Executive Director, United Way of Washington County, (301) 739-8200 x11 / (910) 470-1071 (cell),,

Mark your calendar!

Support the Holiday Pop-Up Shop Event and downtown Hagerstown retail and restaurants!

Opening Reception for "Diverse by Design" the USMH art show in partnership with WCPS will be held on Friday November 7, 2014
from 6 - 8 p.m.

Visual Arts Exhibition at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is EXTENDED through Tuesday November 11, in the BISFA lobby.

WHERE: Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, rear of 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown


WHEN: Fridays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21, dinner at 6 p.m. followed by show; Saturdays, Nov. 8, 15 and 22, dinner at 6 p.m. followed by show; Sunday, Nov. 23, luncheon at 1 p.m. followed by show.


COST: Adults, $42; seniors and students, $38; ages 5 to 11, $31; not recommended for those younger than 5. Prices include dinner and show, but not beverages and gratuity.


CONTACT: (301) 739-7469 or


Saturday, November 15

6pm - 9 pm, at the Women's Club


A new event, featuring three of your favorite things!

For yourself or for gifts, the Women's Club offers the opportunity to shop for unique artisan-created artwork, including pottery, etchings, jewelry, knitted/felted handbags and scarves,wreaths and quilting - twenty in all. The author of a new local history book, George Alfred Townsend & Gathland, will be also be present, signing her book for guests. Wine and decadent chocolate desserts in our lovely historic building will make the evening delightfully memorable. What a nice way to ease into the holiday season!


Tickets are $20.  To purchase, please contact Linda Ogilvie, Women's Club Manager, at (301) 739-0870; or Suzie Gozora, at (301) 842-2006 or

History of Alcohol Production in the County

The Miller House will feature an exhibit and reception at 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD on November 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm.  For more information, contact The Washington County Historical Society at 301-797-8782 or

The Maryland Theatre presents

An Evening With Bill Engvall

Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:00pm   

Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination.

Live On Stage, Inc. and the Hagerstown Community Concert Association present Paul McDermand

Celebrated steel drum and marimba soloist Paul McDermand at The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, Md. on November 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Single tickets for the performance will be sold at the door; $25 for adults, $2 for students. 

Season tickets to the Hagerstown Community Concert Association 2014-2015 series are now available. Subscriptions to for the four-concert lineup are $40. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (240) 520-0174 or visit the association web site at


The Maryland Theatre presents 
Comedian Ron White

Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:00pm & 9:30pm

Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" phenomenon returns to The Maryland Theatre with his new stand-up show, NUTCRACKER. White has achieved three Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. For mature audience only.
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