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Artist Alley
March 11, 2016
Volume 16-04

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...
Community Calendar
Add your local events to the WCAC Community Calendar and learn about upcoming events in your area.
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Artist Registry
Join the artist registry and showcase your work for everyone to see!
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Special Events
Features special local events that are not to be missed!
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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 features the art of the Guild's nearly 20 regional artists in various subject matters, mediums and styles.

For information contact 301-791-3132.

Your Guide to local Summer Camps

Exhibit sponsored in part by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund.
The Washington County Arts Council is featuring two exhibits in April 2016:
Robert & Kitty Nalewaik: "View of Two Hemispheres" and
Beth Carey:

Exhibits run March 31, 2016 through April 26, 2016 at the Gallery, 34 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 31, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm.
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

Come visit the Western Maryland Room's new exhibit celebrating the history of industry in Washington County! See a Beachley salesman's sample chair, a watering trough invented by Foltz to deal with freezing, a beaver fur top hat by Updegraff Hat and Glove, a Hagerstown Bookbinding and Printing book press, and more!
Open to the Public during regular WMR hours.
Through March 31, 2016
Valley Art Association
Wednesday Art Group
The Wednesday Art Group invites you to join us.  We meet every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.  Bring your lunch and paints, any medium.  For more information call Audrey Mentzer at 301-739-8112 or Ruth Peyton at 304-274-3465 .

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!

Activities for Children @ The Library
Washington County Free Library---Fletcher Branch
Kids Discover Science: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Saturday, March 12, 2016 -- 11:00am
Children ages 5-9 are invited to this fun-filled workshop all about weather science!
Registration is required, please contact the Children's Department at 301-739-3250 x250.

Youth Art Month: Bookmark 
Design Contest at the Washington County Free Library
March 1st-31, 2016
The Children's Department is hosting a Design-a-Bookmark contest! Winning bookmarks will be printed and available across the county during National Library Week in April. Visit our webpage for contest rules and the official entry form!
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.

Noteworthy Sunday Concert:
Robert Sykes Jazz Trio
March 13th @ 3:00pm
Washington County Free Library
Community Room #308/309
Join this lively trio for an afternoon of music featuring the tunes of some of America's favorite composers!

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!!
Valley Art Association
North Gallery Shows for 2016
March 2016
All Member, Show "My Heritage" 

Images reflecting our person heritage 

Opening March 4 - Closing March 27. 

(Drop off March 1 and Pick up March 28)

April 2016
All Member Show, "Springtime On My Mind" 
Opening April 1 - Closing May 1 
(Drop Off March 29 and Pick Up May 2)
May 2016
All Member Show, "Abstracts"
Opening May 6 - Closing May 22 (Drop Off May 3 and Pick Up May 23)

"Let's Talk Music" Lecture Series 
     The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Washington County Free Library, will present the fourth lecture in its five-part "Let's Talk Music" lecture series on Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Fletcher Library, 101 S. Potomac Street.  The guest speaker will be Dr. David Gonzol whose presentation is titled "Utterly Lovely: The Pastoral in Music." or by calling 301-797-3250, ext. 163. 
      The lecture precedes the MSO concerts on Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.  The orchestra will perform Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 63" (Pastoral), Rossini's "Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri," and Vaughan Williams' "Oboe Concerto in A minor" featuring the MSO's Principal Oboist Fatma Daglar. 
      David J. Gonzol, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Shepherd University.  Reservations are not required but those interested can register by visiting the events calendar at or by calling 301-797-3250, ext. 163 
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.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra - 2015-2016 Masterworks Series
     The Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues its 2015-2016 Masterworks Series in March with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6" (Pastoral) and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Oboe Concerto in A minor." The concerts will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.
Fatma Daglar will be the soloist for the oboe concerto.
     Tickets may be purchased online at , by phone at 301-797-4000, or in person at the MSO office at 30 W. Washington Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Local Author, Stephen R. Bockmiller, will be holding a Book Signing at the Visitor Welcome Center on March 22, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bockmiller has just written a new Images of America book, entitled "Washington County in the Civil War". The Visitor Welcome Center is located at 6 North Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.
"Washington County in the Civil War" tells stories of events and people in Washington County during the Civil War, and is woven around nearly 200 images of places and people in the County. Rather than recycle the standard images that have been published frequently in the past, the author sought out rare images of people and places, from Sideling Hill to South Mountain, from the Mason/Dixon to the Potomac, many of which are published here for the first time.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Artist, Joseph DeWeese Holston Illustrated Lecture Body Language
Sunday, March 20, 2016     2:30 p.m.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts cordially invites the public to a free illustrated lecture, Body Language, featuring renowned artist Joseph DeWeese Holston. His work, Jazz at Takoma Station, is featured in the Kerstein Gallery Ashcan to Abstraction Exhibit at the museum.
For more information on the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit .

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
Bridge of Life Free Movie  
"The Peanuts Movie:"
Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth).  (1 hr. 33 min.) 
The free movie starts at 7:00 p.m. with free drinks and popcorn available in the lobby.  
Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!

Maryland International film Festival-Hagerstown Celebrity Pre-party April 1, 2016
Ballroom at Schindel-Rohrer, at 28 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown at 5:30 PM
Cost of $25 includes the opening night films AND the pre-event party! Join film festival guests, VIPs, sponsors, filmmakers, and stars! Listen to a great jazz trio, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar. Meet THE WALKING DEAD, actress ANN MAHONEY and TERMINATOR GENISYS actress Kerry Cahill. Following the pre-party, head across the street at 7pm to the Maryland Theatre for the red carpet and films screening.Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, at:

Teen Idol 2016 The Maryland Theatre
April 2, 2016 * 7:00 pm
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.
Paint Nite Fundraiser for the Library!
Monday, April 18th @ 7:00pm 
Hager Hall Event & Conference Center
     Love to express yourself creatively? Come paint with a purpose! Show your support for Washington County Free Library!
     A master artist will give the group step-by-step instructions to create a work of art - while you socialize and sip cocktails from the cash bar. All attendees go home with a masterpiece and great memories. No art experience needed! Visit the event page for more details!
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!

Art Market- Call for Artists

at Wind Down - Downtown Hagerstown May 2016. Deadline April 22, 2016.
Call and forms available online:

Hagerstown Community Concert - 
The Young Irelanders
21st Century Irish Ensemble
The Maryland Theatre 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 * 7:30pm
Discovery Station is pleased to host this free program in collaboration with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Dr. Rathgeb is a semi-retired orthopedic surgeon and will be leading this program in period dress. The program will focus predominately on surgeries and amputations. He'll have the reproduction medical pack and surgical kit with him.
Date: April 30, 2016/Time: 1 PM to 2 PM

This talk is also an overview of what the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine has to offer in its galleries, this lecture details the work and challenges of surgeons and medical personnel during the Civil War.

Learn about diseases and the medicines used to treat them, surgeries and amputations, soldiers' food and nutrition, and more. This talk also examines how Dr. Jonathan Letterman led the introduction of the first system of staged evacuation and treatment for mass casualties.

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!

A new art and food festival will be taking place in May in the town of Grantsville, one of Maryland's newest A&E Districts.
The Artisan & Epicurean Faire will be the culmination of a week-long celebration and Grantsville's participation in the National Road Festival.
Information can be obtaining by contacting 
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.

Supported in part by:


The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, 
Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. 
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