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Artist Alley
February 27, 2016
Volume 16-03

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, Inc. is featuring its
6th Annual "Washington County Art Educators".

The Exhibit continues through March 1, 2016. 

Exhibit sponsored in part by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund.

The Washington County Arts Council is featuring
The Potomac River Artists Guild in March 2016:

"Visions of a Group".

The "Guild" will have a month long show at the Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) gallery at 34 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown, MD. March 4-29, 2016. Entitled "Visions of a Group", the exhibit will feature the art of the Guild's nearly 20 regional artists in various subject matters, mediums and styles. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 5-7 pm on Friday, March 4, 2016.

For information contact 301-791-3132.

Advocates from around the state meet in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 for Maryland Arts Day to take the opportunity to meet with local lawmakers to thank them for their past support and to encourage them provide stable funding for the arts in the coming year.  Advocates from Washington County included:

Mary Anne Burke
Washington County Arts Council
Judy Ditto
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Greg Evans
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Nicole Houghton
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Michael Jonnes
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Rebecca Massie Lane
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Wallace Lee
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
John L. Schnebly
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

The Yellow Boat opens February 26, 2016. This show is great for families with children ages 8 and over. $10 admission! Hope to see you there! Show runs February 26- March 6, 2016 

Teen Idol 2016 The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, April 2, 2016 * 7:00 pm

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater presents:

KISS ME, KATE, Winner of 10 tony Awards
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter;
Kiss Me, Kate is directed by Laura J. Martin and Scott Ruble with music direction by Jonas Dawson and choreography by Ray C. Shaw.

Book by Sam and Bella Spewack

March 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19,
April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23.

Combine Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" with Porter's music and lyrics to get KISS ME, KATE! This is a play-within-a-play where each cast member's on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage. Musical numbers include Why Can't You Behave?, So In Love Am I, Wunderbar, Tom, Dick or Harry, Were Thine That Special Face, Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, I Hate Men, Always True to You (In My Fashion) and Another Op'nin, Another Show. KISS ME, KATE is fun, melodious and sophisticated.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theatre and Children's Theater,
44 North Potomac Street, Rear, Hagerstown MD 21740

Cabin Fever Blues Bash presents Hamilton Loomis
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday, March 4, 2016 * 7pm

Hagerstown Community College's music department will host the annual
Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) Worldwide Play-In Weekend on
Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Kepler Center on campus.
The event is free and open to people of all ages and abilities who wish to share and play chamber music. Featured chamber music will include duet, trio, quartet, quintet, piano trio, guitar, and winds and strings. HCC's Kepler Center offers several grand pianos, large and small practice rooms, and a full stage.
A list of available music will be sent upon registration and participants are welcome to bring their own music. To register, call 301-491-6551 or email
To learn more about the ACMP, visit

Shepherd University Honors Recital-
Sunday, March 6th 2:00 p.m./FREE

Comedy & Magic Show
Benefitting Safe Place Washington County Advocacy Center

at The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, March 6, 2016 * 3:00pm
Each and every year, our loyal family audiences ask us, "How do you do it?  A great show for all ages every year.  We LOVE it!" Our show producer, Russell "RG" Smith spends hours upon hours of time reviewing acts and has another excellent show planned for 2016. We have a blend of new and returning acts, so, get ready for another great year.  Oh, and please bring a few new families to the show this year so they, too, can experience the best-family-night-out they can imagine. 

Washington County Playhouse dinner Theatre and Children's Theatre announce auditions for PERFECT WEDDING to be held on
Sunday, March 6th at 6 p.m. 
Directed by Shawn R. Martin
PERFECT WEDDING is produced by
Mack's Theatricals, LLC.

For information contact the theater at
(301) 739-7469.

The Irish Comedy Tour 
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday, March 11, 2016 * 7:00pm
Recognized as one of the world's top ten ventriloquists Kevin is mostly known for his appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent. Kevin started at San Diego's Legoland California where he has performed over 9,000 shows in 10 years. He has twice been honored as the "Best Male Performer" at ANY amusement park in the world. Kevin has always been known for his "clean comedy" and is loved and hilariously appreciated by audiences of all ages! Bring the kids and the young at heart!

HCC announces seminars for annual Flower & Garden Show
     The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will hold its 22nd Annual Flower & Garden Show on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the ARCC. 
     Admission is $5 and the Show will include wonderful floral vendors and the following educational Seminars and Demonstrations presented throughout the event, so mark your calendars and plan now to be part of the fun.
    A variety of vendors will take part in the show, named as one of the area's premier events. Show participants include experts in nurseries, lawn and garden equipment, pottery and statuary, landscaping, tree services, stone products, pools, spas, outdoor furniture, flowers, wild bird products, and natural gourmet gifts from the garden.
    Seminars and demonstrations on a variety of gardening topics will be held continuously throughout both days of the event.
For information about the Flower and Garden Show, contact Lisa Stewart at 240-500-2346, or email
Hagerstown Community Concert presents
Kevin Johnson--Award-Winning Ventriloquist at
The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, March 12, 2016 * 7:30pm
Live On Stage, Inc. and the
Hagerstown Community Concert Association announce
Award-Winning Ventriloquist Kevin Johnson
to Perform at the Maryland Theatre In Hagerstown, MD
on March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased at the Maryland Theatre Box Office or on their website , $25 for adults and $8 for Students under age 18.  Lobby doors open one hour prior to the show.  Open Seating starts 45 minutes prior to the show.  For additional ticket information, visit the association web site at

The Potomac Playmakers' production of Neil Simon's "Rumors"
  runs March 11-13, 2016 at The Women's Club in Hagerstown!
Ten dollar advance tickets are available ONLINE ONLY at,
and twelve dollar tickets will be available at the door! Don't miss out on this hysterical show!
Local collectors and authors Dr. George and Connie Manger will be giving a lecture on their book, "Pottery from the Shenandoah and Cumberland Valleys" at the Washington County, MD Historical Society, 135 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2PM
Dr. and Mrs. Manger will be signing copies of the book following the lecture, and signed and unsigned copies will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free to members, but $5 for non-members.
Please call (301)-797-8782 or email for more information.

Washington County Free Library's Annual
Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest has returned!

Entries accepted at all library branches now through March 15th*.
The contest is open to Children in grades 2-12 and Adults!
*Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2016
Call Mr. Jeff @ 301.739.3250 x 255 for details and full contest rules. 
The Potomac Playmakers proudly announce auditions for their upcoming production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None!"
Auditions will be held March 14, 2016 and March 15, 2016 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Auditions will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. 

Produced under special arrangement with Samuel French and directed by Chuck Kopack and Brian Heinrich, "And Then There Were None" will run May 13-15, 2016, with other potential dates TBA. The script calls for eight male and three female performers.

Washington County 
Museum of Fine Arts
Members-- Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting on March 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.!
Breakfast, Year in Review, and Raffle Drawing!!

Maryland Symphony Orchestra
- Beethoven's Pastoral
The Maryland Theatre 
Saturday, March 19, 2016 * 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 20, 2016 * 3:00 pm

5th Annual Children's T-Shirt Contest
Deadline: March 25, 2016 
The Western Maryland Blues Fest Committee is searching for one talented student to design this year's kids t-shirt to be sold at the festival. This student must be in Kindergarten thru 8th grade.
30 finalists will have their artwork matted and displayed at the Washington County Arts Council during the Blues Fest Poster Artist Exhibit opening Thursday, June 2, 2016 with a reception from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The show will remain on display through Tuesday, June 28, 2016.   

To download an application click here.
Washington County Arts Council
34 S. Potomac St., Suite 100
Hagertown, MD 21740
(301) 791-3132

Washington County Historical Society Geneological Library 
Interested in learning more about your family history? Participants will be introduced to the current holdings of the genealogical library located at WCHS at 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, and receive training on the society's new computer databases, Ancestry Library Edition and Newspaper Archives. Current trends in family history research and methodology will also be discussed. WCHS is now taking reservations for both dates, either morning or afternoon sessions. 
  • Saturday, April 2nd: Genealogy Workshops, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
In April, genealogist Carol Miller-Schultz will be joined by staff genealogist Jean Conte in our library to introduce users to the historical society's new genealogical databases. Carol will be sharing tips that both new and experienced researchers are sure to find helpful.

In each session, researchers will learn about the resources held in the genealogical research center, new additions to the library and will receive basic instruction on using the library's new databases. Please call (301)-797-8782 or email for reservations, as space is limited. Tickets are $20/person.
Due to space limitations, each session will be capped at 25 participants. Please specify which session you will be attending when you make your reservations.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Vote for the People's Choice in the
Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition and Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon!
Exhibit continues through April 10, 2016

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts presents Disney's
The Little Mermaid (The Musical)
The Maryland Theatre
Friday, April 15, 2016 * 7:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 * 7:30pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016 * 2:30pm
Friday, April 22, 2016 * 7:30pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 * 7:30pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 * 2:30pm
16 N Main Street, Boonsboro, Maryland
Friday, April 15 , 2016 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Bruce Wilder, a photographer who works in both film and digital, picked up his first camera at the age of twelve. Within a decade, he began processing his own negatives and prints. While black and white photography launched his passion, the digital medium expanded his vision, allowing him to produce art images in color.
Now merging technology and art, Mr. Wilder has explored HDR. High Dynamic Range imagery enables him to create photographs with a greater dynamic range by combining several images of different exposures.
Mr. Wilder believes the artist's choice defines his potential. He embraces the diversity of photographic art, its endless possibilities whether dramatic black and white, dreamy monochrome, brilliant color or visions enhanced with creative digital manipulation.
Internship and Scholarship Opportunities 
at the Washington County Museum of fine Arts!

Jean Cushwa Internship-  
Through her estate, Jean Cushwa an d her heirs have established a program of support for a deserving college student from Washington County, Maryland, majoring in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture, Design, or Museum Studies. 
Deadline April 15!

Jean Cushwa Scholarship- 
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Announces the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award. The $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to one Graduating High School Senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland. The student must plan to pursue a career in Visual Art, Art History, Art Education, Design, Architecture, or Museum Studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.
Deadline May 3rd!

Hagerstown Community Concert - 
The Young Irelanders
21st Century Irish Ensemble
The Maryland Theatre 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 * 7:30pm 

Chris MacDonald's -- Memories of Elvis in Concert
The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, April 30, 2016   7:30PM

Alice In Wonderland
at The
Maryland Theatre
Sunday, May 15, 2016 * 3:00pm

The Western Maryland City Ballet Company and The City Ballet School bring you the story of Alice in Wonderland as you've never seen it before. Join Alice on her curious adventures as she chases the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to meet the Queen of Hearts.

Set to an original score arranged exclusively for City Ballet, Alice in Wonderland is a fantasy ballet that combines classical and contemporary dance paired with theatrical magic to enchant an audience of all ages. Featuring brilliant costume and set design, this ballet is not to be missed!

Your Guide to local Summer Camps

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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34 South Potomac Street, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740