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Artist Alley
November 4, 2015
Volume 15-24

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

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. Deadline: November 13, 2015 @ Noon.
Visit Hagerstown-Washington County
Convention & Visitors Bureau wins
"Best Digital Marketing Campaign" at
Maryland Tourism Coalition's annual Travel & Tourism Summit

Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently brought home the award for Best Digital Marketing Campaign at the annual Maryland Tourism Coalition's Tourism and Travel Summit. Visit Hagerstown accepted the award, during the conference's Annual Awards Banquet held Thursday, October 29, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD.

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

The Maryland Theatre
Matt Maher in Concert
Thursday, November 5, 2015 * 7:00pm
Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A five time-GRAMMY® nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like "Lord, I Need You," "Hold Us Together," "Christ Is Risen," "All The People Said Amen," and "Your Grace Is Enough." Maher has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Passion and Meredith Andrews, among others.
"I Am They" Opening Act: Hailing from Carson City, Nevada, I AM THEY has roots as a worship team based out of a community of various area churches. The band's 6-piece sound is propelled by versatile musicianship and anchored by three-part vocal harmonies.

WCPS and USMH will hosts its annual juried student art show reception at USMH in downtown Hagerstown,
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 from 6-8pm.
See great creative works of area students!

FINAL PERFORMANCES OF CABARET! November 6, 7, 13, and 14.  or 301-739-7469 for tickets.
Broadway Style Show, Salad Bar, Hot Buffet, Dessert and Cash Bar.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Come share in the laughs as Maryland Entertainment Group (MEG) presents Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. This Downton Abbey reminiscent social satire reminds us that while manners and etiquette are ideal in any society there are times when we take can them to an absurd and very humorous a level.
$10 General Admission.
Show dates include: November 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8PM
November 8, and 15 at 2:00PM
Pianist Sara Buechner
to Perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestr
Sara Davis Buechner, a major prizewinner of many of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions, will be the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's guest artist for two performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The MSO will also perform The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, The Unquestioned Answer by Cindy McTee, and Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss.

Auditions for Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP

Auditions for Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday November 8th at 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.
At Home PLACES presents Home for the Holidays
Maryland Theatre
Monday, November 9, 2015 from 5-9pm!

At Home Places magazine, Antietam Cable and Spicher's Appliances present a unique first time ever collaboration of local chefs, restaurants, and decorators to bring a little magic and sparkle to your home this holiday season.
Come enjoy a fabulous evening of cooking and holiday decorating demonstrations, with Nick's Airport Inn, Highline Restaurant, Rik's Café, The Main Cup, Dan's Tap House, Aqua 103 and Miller's Farmstead. Plus, shop various food & home related vendors, receive a wonderful goodie bag and be entered to win many door prizes!
Brought to you by Lauren Kolberg State Farm, Bella Salon and Spa, Hagerstown Honda and McCutcheon's.

Just Lookin' Gallery-
"Textural Interpretations"
the art of
Grace Kisa and Tamara Natalie Madden
October 10 through November 15, 2015
40 Summit Avenue,
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-714-2278 or
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience!
Maryland Theatre
Saturday, November 14, 2015 * 7:30pm

The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightlywound talent and authenticity. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market. Zoso's live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created.
Hagerstown Community Concert--Cotton Wine Americana Vocal Band
Maryland Theatre
Sunday, November 15, 2015 * 3:00pm
Classically trained accordionist (Femke) meets LA rocking country guy (Brandon). Multi-intstrumentalist vocal duo with bass and percussion delivers haunting harmonies and compelling storytelling in cover and original songs. A tasty treat for all music palettes.
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 .

Pen and Ink Master Workshop
with Ray Snouffer!
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Wed Nov.18 10:00 a.m - 1: p.m.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn this medium!
The workshop will provide the students with an introduction to traditional quill pen & ink drawing using classic fine steel dip quills and waterproof black ink.
More information and to register: 

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.

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. 

Coming Saturday,
November 21, 2015
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN is next Theatre for Young Audiences Production at The Playhouse.

The timeless holiday tale of FROSTY THE SNOWMAN will come to life, live on stage at
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater on Saturdays
November 21, 28, and December 5, 12, & 19 at 11:30 am.
The hour-long, musical show, preceded by a light lunch, features a script adapted by Susan Thornton with music by Cathie Porter-Borden and lyrics by Leon Borden. Music Directed by Shannen Banzhoff and Directed by Scott Ruble.
All seats reserved at $15.00
(does not include beverages or gratuity).
The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street,
Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 301-739-7469.

The The City Ballet School presents
The Nutcracker
at the Maryland Theatre
Saturday, December 5, 2015 * 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015 * 3:00p
Internationally acclaimed artist Brooklyn Mack (The Washington Ballet) and Andrea Faria star join The City Ballet School and the Western Maryland City Ballet Company in "The Nutcracker" Saturday, December 5th and Sunday December 6th 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. The Nutcracker is sure to capture your heart and become one of your favorite Christmas traditions. Featuring a full cast, brilliant costume and prop design, and theatrical magic, "The Nutcracker" is a family favorite and a special Christmas tradition.
 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to play Limited Engagement at The Playhouse!
Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will play a Limited Engagement at
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
beginning Friday, December 4 and continuing on
December 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19 ONLY!
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story. head on!
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book,
and has become a holiday staple for audiences across the United States!
Features plenty of great characters , a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!
Tickets are on sale now.
Cost (which includes a buffet dinner) is $39.00 for Adults and $19.00 for Children ages 5-12.
Group rates available for parties of 20 or more.
Children under age 5 are not admitted to Mainstage performances.
Visit  or call 301-739-7469 .
The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street,
Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.

Performance dates: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:00 PM,
Sunday matinee December 13 at 1 PM.

For information contact Laura Martin 301.739.7469 (theater) or

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
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--AS SEEN ON PBS
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, in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of magic!
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.

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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