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Artist Alley December 15, 2017
Volume 17-28
     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...
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December 2017 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. hosts the "Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2017." The juried community art exhibit will run through January 2, 2018.
The jurors were:
Bruce Wilder, photographer and owner ofhis own photographic studio and Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland
Philip Lindsey, Professor of Fine Arts at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA whose own art consists of figure and representational painting and drawing.

2018 The Art of Cooking
Lou Scally and Heather Guessford
For reservations call Chris Brewer, 301-791-3132
Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132 or 

January 2018 Exhibits

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. host
John Neal Mullican: Portraits and More in the Main Gallery and Elayne Rogge: Expressive Landscapes in the Hall Gallery for the month of January 2018. The exhibits open with a reception to meet the artists on
Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5pm-7pm and will continue through January 30, 2018.
Live entertainment will be performed by Steve Shoaf, on the Native American Flute.
Santa Claus is coming...
with gifts from
The Washington County Arts Council
Washington County Arts Council, Inc.
34 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
  Gift Cards Available
Call for Artists 
The 8th Annual Washington County Art Educators

     The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) invites all art educators in Washington County's public and private schools to enter work for the February exhibit. This is an invitational exhibition and all work will be accepted. Each educator is allowed to submit three works that have been completed within the last two years and all work must be for sale.
     Artwork may be dropped off Friday, January 26, 2018 from 11am to 5pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 11am to 5pm, or Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 11am to 5pm.
     The Exhibit will run from February 1, 2018 through February 27, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm.

December 14, 15, 16, 22 at 8 PM
December 17, 23 at 2 PM
$15 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors
Back by popular demand! Join the Abbott Family for their annual Christmas Party as they sing, dance, tell stories, and celebrate the season. Meet some new additions to the family when Margaret's sister comes for a surprise visit stirring up childhood rivalries but ultimately softening hearts. Featuring stories by O. Henry, Clement C. Moore, and Charles Dickens.
Zion Reformed United Church of Christ , 201 N Potomac Street , Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call: 301-432-5124
Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season in the quad-state region with its annual Home for the Holidays concerts on Saturday December 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $20 - $50 and are available at or by calling 301-797-4000. For nearly two decades, the MSO's Home for the Holidays concerts have become the area's favorite holiday tradition with families and friends gathering to listen to the magical sounds of Christmas that are sure to fill hearts and souls with goodwill throughout the rest of the Season. This year's special guests will be Broadway vocalist Darius de Haas, the Hagerstown Choral Arts, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Choir, and Santa Claus who will lead audience members in the popular yuletide sing-along! Musical highlights include "Do You Hear What I Hear," "I'll be Home for Christmas," "First Noel," selections from the Nutcracker Suite, "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Sleigh Ride."
Herald-Mail Wish List

When pondering your gift giving, please consider the Washington County Arts Council by donating an item on the 2017 Holiday Nonprofit Wish List. Thank you, Herald Mail for publishing our communities' requests.
December 16, 2017
Children can build and decorate their own Christmas tree in this fun-filled workshop. Afterwards, they will use science to mix up sticky snow (Oobleck) to put on their trees! This #STEAM activity is recommended for ages five and up, and is free with the price of admission into Discovery Station.

This program is supported in part by the Washington County Arts Council, Inc
Sunday, December 17, 2017
2:30 PM in the Bowman Gallery
How many Christmas songs and carols can you recognize and name? How many Chanukah songs? Allow the Consort to expand your holiday music repertoire this season.  
401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21741
Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Maryland Theatre
Join the Barbara Ingram Students as they present their Seventh-annual Holiday Spectacular on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Theatre.

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 hearts and inspire everyone to remember what the holiday season is truly about.

This is an event that the whole family will enjoy and share.

For more information visit the Barbara Ingram School website at
Performances and Events for
Dec. 14 - Dec. 23, 2017
All events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please visit the website at or contact Andrea or Roy Struble at 717-655-2500 or at Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD
Thursday 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun - Wednesday CLOSED
It's time to book your company's or family's Christmas party at The Playhouse! Join us for A CHRISTMAS CAROL. For groups of 20 or more a Broadway Style Show, Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea and gratuity are all included. Full Bar available. Call 301-739-7469 now! Some nights already have limited availability. November 17 - December 23.
through January 14, 2018
in the Groh Gallery
401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21741
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is set to open their 34th Season with Dan Goggin's hilarious, heavenly hit NUNSENSE A-MEN! Nunsense A-Men! is basically the original "Nunsense" show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as "Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent." Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, "no drag." To quote the New York Times: "A change of habit, boy oh, boy!"
Nunsense A-Men! stars Jeff Clise, Shawn Nakia Law, Shawn R. Martin, Scott Ruble, and Jeremy Trammelle.
The musical runs January 12 through February 17 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:00 PM, and select Sundays at 1:00 PM. The performance is preceded by a buffet dinner.
For tickets go to or call 301-739-7469. Cost is $48 for Adults and $38 for Children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 are not admitted.
The Washington County Playhouse is located at
44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
through January 28, 2018 
i n the Bowman Gallery
This exhibition features more than 35 works including medieval bibles, prayer books, books of hours, and choir books, all of which are drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. Materials used by artists are also on display, such as parchment, vellum, gold leaf, and minerals.
401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21741
Saturday February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa The Addams Family, known from those Charles Addams cartoons, the 60s TV show, and the movies, is back in this new musical comedy. But now Wednesday has grown into a teenager and fallen in love. And she is in love with a normal guy from Ohio, of all places. Wednesday is not sure if Lucas and his family will feel comfortable with the Addams Family brood Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma and Lurch. She arranges a dinner for the prospective in laws to meet, hoping against hope for one normal night. But when things go horribly wrong, can Fester and a host of Addams Family ancestors put two very different families back together again?
7 p.m. Feb. 18, 2018 
Tickets cost $48 to $78
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
7:30 p.m. March 9, 2018 
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm
In collaboration The Maryland Theatre, the Friends Meeting School and the Maryland School for the Deaf present "Into the Woods" on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm.

The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
March 14, 2018 at 7pm
IMAGINE an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments.
With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction - Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun!
The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience!
The signature of the Artrageous Troup is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show! 
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
March 23, 2018 at 7pm
Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVEā„¢ is an experiential theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of life-sized dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these amazingly life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This new production will feature nineteen dinosaurs on stage, including the awesome Triceratops which Erth created uniquely for the North American tour. Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.
VIP Meet and Greet
VIP ticket holders should arrive to the Theatre at 5:30 pm. The meet & greet experience allows the ticket holder to go up on stage and "meet" some dinosaurs and the handlers prior to the start of the show. There is also an opportunity to take photos next to the dinosaurs on stage. Don't worry, the dinosaurs aren't real!
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts announces their 9th Annual All School Musical for 2018, Hairspray the Musical. The Show will run April 13,14 & 20, 21 @ 7:30 and April 15 & 22 @ 2:30. Six Performances Only!
Mark your calendars now. Don't miss this stage full of BIG HAIR and 1960's FUN.
March 24, 2018 * 7:30pm
March 25, 2018 * 3:00pm
With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin has been successfully produced on stages ranging from High School to Broadway. Sweeping the New York Awards circuit (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013, Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 AM - 5 PM
Annual Arts and Craft festival spotlighting our incredible local talent. Come visit our family friendly event being held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Peter Burr House in Kearneysville, WV. Nestled amongst the trees in a lovely clearing, the property is convenient to route 9 and has tons of parking adjacent to it. We have plans in the works for an onsite photographer, live music in the most charming historic barn you can imagine, kids activities, historic reenactors, and a meandering path of talented artisans offering truly unique, handcrafted goods including: jewelry, pottery, bath and beauty products, canned and fresh farm goods, glass art, needle felted sculptures and clay items, beaded serving sets, chain mail items, adult coloring items, furniture, quilts, candles, and a blacksmith! Plus many more, including live demonstrations of our artists throughout the day. We'll have goodie bags and giveaways, and lots of opportunities to find the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, or anyone that loves handmade items. Entry is free as always-we hope to see you there!.
Peter Burr House, 176 E Burr Blvd, Kearneysville, WV 25430 
Contact: Lleona Chew
Photo provided by the office of the Governor of the State of Maryland: 
(Left to right) Mrs. Yumi Hogan, Becky Conrad, Vern Danielson, Martha Sullivan, Betty Metz, Rhonda O'Malley. 

December 26, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm

Holiday Hours
WCAC Gallery will be closed the following days:
Monday, December 25, 2017 and Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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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