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Artist Alley
April 1, 2015
Volume 15-8

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...

Benita Keller:

"In a Fragment of a Second:

30 Years of Photography


Landscapes of Washington County"

now at the Washington County Arts Council.


Exhibit runs through April 28, 2015.


Support the Washington County Arts Council on May 5, 2015 with the
Washington County Gives online "give-a-thon!"


The public is invited to a free special event at the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch of the Washington County Free Library. On Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4:00pm, the Board of Trustees will unveil a sculpture commissioned to A. Tobias 'Toby" Mendez to celebrate the community's response to the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch library.

A world-renown sculptor and Washington County native, Mr. Mendez was inspired to create a bronze bas relief to reflect one of the themes found in the design of the Fletcher branch.  This theme represents the history of transportation in Washington County.  "Our Journey Transports Us Through Time" depicts four predominate transportation related modes including a C&O Canal boat with mule team, a Fairchild C-119 Flying Box Car, a nickel plate locomotive #759,

and a circa 1970 Mack RL700 truck. 

This bas relief, made possible through the generous support of approximately twenty-five donors,
will be on permanent display in the rear plaza entrance of the
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch library at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD, 21740.

The Maryland Theatre's 100th Anniversary Keepsake Publications have arrived!
Stop at the Theatre at
27 South Potomac Street to get your FREE copy TODAY!

The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown 2015

MDIFF Executive Director, Tracie Hovey (left), and MDIFF Board President Tom Riford (right) presented The Mendez Award, named in honor of American Hero Tony Mendez, to Nora Roberts. Accepting for Ms. Roberts is Bruce Wilder (center).


Past Award Winners have included:  

Antonio "Tony" Mendez, CIA Master of Disguise, Founder of the Spy Museum, and Award-Winning Author and Painter.

Joe Carnahan, Film Director and Producer, known as one of the most prolific film-makers in Hollywood, Creative Director of MIFF-H.

The 2015 Maryland International Film Festival announced the award winners at the conclusion of the weekend event held in the Hagerstown A & E District.


The winning films by category are:

* Best Short: "Open 24 Hours"

* Best Student: "Alien Communication"

* Best Feature: "Bereave"

* Best Animation: "Hands of Flame"

* Best Documentary: "Where was God?"

* Best High School Film: "Adolescent Schizophrenia" from Corey Householder

For more information about MDIFF-H, 
please access the website:
An earthenware crock made by Boonsboro potter John Eavey Bowman
between 1868 and 1906.

Exhibit of farm products created by the Boonsboro High School
Future Farmers of America for the 1937 Antietam National Commemoration.

Boonsboro Exhibit Coming to the Miller House


Washington County Historical Society will open its season on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with a guest exhibit from the Boonsboro Historical Society. Denny Warrenfeltz, long-time member of both organizations, will present a lecture on the home and industrial crafts of the Boonsboro area midway through the opening reception at the Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, from 1 to 3 p.m.


The guest exhibit at the Miller House will continue through May 29, 2015.


The exhibit will be open during regular hours of the Miller House Museum, Wednesday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday hours are by appointment and Friday walk-ins are welcome. It is recommended that visitors call 301-797-8782 before coming to make sure that staff or volunteers are available to conduct tours. Saturday group tours can be arranged by appointment. Admission prices are: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students. Visit .

Welcome Spring @ The Library


Kids Discover Science Workshop:

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Saturday, April 11th @ 11:00am or 2:00pm


Come read about plants, explore seeds, and learn about what plants need to grow!

Kids Discover Science Workshops are for children ages 3-7.
Registration with the Children's Department is required: Call 301-739-3250, ext. 250 or
email to reserve your spot!

Friends of Tolson's Chapel

P.O. Box 162
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Dorsey Hall at St. Mark's Church

18313 Lappans Road
Boonsboro, MD 21795         

Valley Art Association Opening Artist Reception for Pauline Adams
Art show in the North Gallery of the Mansion House.
Mansion House Art Center, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD.
Event Date: 04/12/2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Contact Name: Janie Moltrup at: 301-797 2867 or

"Floetry" Cafe for Teens sponsored by the Washington County Free Library

Monday, April 13th @ 6:30pm

Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library

100 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Teens Department! We are hosting a Blackout Poetry Workshop. This program is for teens in grades 9-12. Hot beverages are provided.

Please register online or call 301-739-3250 ext. 270

Auditions for The Potomac Playmaker's production of
Monday, April 6th from 7-9pm.  
The Women's Club, 31 Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
For more information call (240) 382-7269 or email

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts presents

Shrek The Musical

at The Maryland Theatre
April 17, 18, 19 & 24, 25, 26, 2015


Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film,Shrek The Musical being produced by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, is a TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrekbrings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there's more to the story than meets the Ears.

This is a tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, many other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.  Join more than seventy - five Barbara Ingram students as they bring to life this fun loving story!

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) will celebrate the outstanding

art education in Washington County Public Schools in its  

Annual Washington County Public School Art Exhibitions.

Works of art by kindergarten through fifth grade students will be on view from April 18 - May 3, 2015 in the museum's Groh Gallery.  Students and their families and friends are invited to a reception on

Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.  

Works of art by Middle and High School students will be on view from May 9 - May 24, 2015.

A reception for the Middle and High School students will be held Sunday, May 10, 2015, from

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

An Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

This year's exhibition is sponsored in part by Volvo Group Trucks Operations, United Bank, Inc., Washington County Arts Council, Inc., Antietam Cable Television, and
the Rotary Club of Long Meadows.

Trivia on Tap sponsored by the Washington County Free Library

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:30pm 

Bulls and Bears Restaurant 

38 S. Potomac Street
Bull Pit Special Event Room 


Doors open at 6:00 PM. Competition begins at 6:30 PM.

Test your knowledge of the general and the obscure in a one-night, winner-take-all Trivia Contest!

 $10 registration per team (up to 5 players)

 Come challenge your brain, enjoy delicious food and drink, and have the chance to score awesome prizes and regional bragging rights!

For more information or to register your team, email:  .

Friends of the Washington County Free Library Sponsor

2nd Annual Quarter Auction 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher Branch

100 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Doors open 11:30am, Auction begins at noon. 


Tickets are only $5.00 and include two paddles. Additional paddles can be purchased for $1 each or 6 for $5. 


A light lunch and sweet treats can be purchased. There will be popular vendors, raffles, and door prizes. Bring your quarters and plan on having a fun-filled afternoon @ your library!  


Proceeds benefit the Summer Foreign Language and Culture Classes and the Summer Reading Club.


Call 301-797-4054 for tickets today

Swan Lake at The Maryland Theatre

Sunday, May 17, 2015 * 3:00pm

The City Ballet School and the Western Maryland City Ballet Company bring you the spellbinding tale of a young girl held captive as a swan. Is Siegfried's love strong enough to save her from Von Rothbart's dark magic?

Swan Lake is a gripping romance of enchantment, deceit, and love's triumph over evil. Set to Tchaikovsky's brilliant score, Artistic Director Danielle Horochowski and Ballet Mistress Amy Wrobleski bring fresh scenes to classic choreography. Complete with stunning costume design, theatrical magic and a cast of 70 dancers, this ballet makes the perfect mother's day gift for your whole family to enjoy!

City Ballet Spring Recital at

The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD

Sat, Jun 13, 2015 02:00 PM


Tickets now on sale...
or call us at 301-790-2000 to purchase via phone!

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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