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Artist Alley  April 25, 2018
                                        Volume 18-09
     Welcome to Artist Alley, Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
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April 2018 Exhibits

Exhibits by painter, Linda Slattery Sherman; potter, Annamarie Poole and photographer, Jimmie Brown continue through May 1, 2018 .

May 2018 Exhibit
Lee Weaver:
An Art Teacher and
His Students

Lee Weaver, a retired visual art educator with the Washington County Public Schools, has organized this show to recognize his students who have pursued vocations or avocations in visual art.

The exhibit opens with a reception to meet the artists on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5pm-7pm and will continue through May 29, 2018 .
34 S Potomac St | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
(301) 791-3132 or
R. Benjamin Jones
Memorial Lecture
"For the Love of the Arts"

Hosted by
Hagerstown Community College
Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 7pm

Hagerstown Community College will host the R. Benjamin Jones Memorial Lecture, "For the Love of the Arts," on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Kepler Theater. David Jones will be the featured speaker at this inaugural event to honor his late father, R. Benjamin Jones, who passed away in 2017.
                R. Benjamin Jones was a Presbyterian minister, teacher, and artist. An accomplished painter, he enjoyed creating images of everyday life from his native Maryland and the many places he visited. His paintings captured the gentle beauty of the world through delicate flowers, New England streets and harbors, Amish faces, and farm animals. He was an adjunct instructor at HCC for more than 20 years. For 14 years, he held an annual benefit art show and sale at HCC, which raised more than $300,000 for HCC student scholarships.
                Growing up, David Jones had a strong interest in science and art. In his presentation, he will discuss the influence of his father in his pursuit of the arts and his life in general. He will share stories and lessons learned through years of education and exploration, guided by nature and nurture.
While David is a working artist, he is also employed as a research associate in the media research and development department at Lonza in Walkersville, Md. He holds a master's degree in biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ashlyn Rebok, in the English and Humanities Division at HCC, at 240-500-2252.

Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Dr | Hagerstown, MD 21742

Hagerstown Community College will hold its spring student art exhibit from Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, in the Kepler Center on HCC's main campus.
The exhibit will feature a variety of artwork including painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, and photography.
A public reception will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by jazz, wind, and guitar ensemble performances at 7 p.m. in the Kepler Theater. This event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The art exhibit will be open daily from April 23 through April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Joan Bontempo at 240-500-2221, or email

The Maryland International Film Festival is happening THIS WEEKEND!
This annual event is proudly held in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District, and it features some of the leading independent film makers from across the world. Movie Maker Magazine rates it as one of the top 50 film festivals worth the entry fee! The weekend also includes acting classes from Ann Mahoney and Kerry Cahill from The Walking Dead. For more information on the film line-up and all the events of the weekend, check out

T he public is invited to attend the 80th anniversary of the Valley Art Association and the unveiling of the restored oil painting "John the Baptist" by John Henry Heyser on Saturday, April 28, 2018
The restoration completed by Chelsea Butrum, who had training in Florence Italy took 32 hours to do the surface cleaning and re-stretching.  Ms. Butrum is expected to join the celebration along with several members of the Heyser family coming from all parts of the country.  Historic memorabilia of the Valley Art Association and the Mansion Hose will be on display.  The Mansion House at City Park, Hagerstown will open at 11 AM and the unveiling will be held at 1 PM.  A reception will follow the re-dedication ceremony.  Free admission.
2018 Western Maryland Bluesfest Visual Artist Exhibit

T he Washington County Arts Council hosts "Susan Carney: 2018 Blues Fest Visual Artist" during June 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 4-7pm.

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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