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Artist Alley  April 3, 2018
                                          Volume 18-08
     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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April 2018 Exhibits

The Washington County Arts Council will feature three artists during the month of April 2018.
Featured in the Main Gallery will be Linda Slattery Sherman's paintings and prints and Annamarie Poole's pottery. Photographer Jimmie Brown will display his work in the Hall Gallery.
The exhibit opens with a reception to meet the artists on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 5pm-7pm and will 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

Coffee & Connections

Start your day with a little morning networking at the Chamber of Commerce office! Our popular morning mixers are returning for 2018 with an opportunity to also meet the artist showcasing their work in our training room. Every other month, the Washington County Arts Council connects us with a different artist who's able to display some pieces of work (also available for sale) and we've combined their showcase with an AM event.

Plus, enjoy complimentary coffee (decaf available upon request) and breakfast confections from Leiters' Fine Catering, Inc.!

Joining us for this month's Coffee & Connections is Mark Youngblood, whose
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts  students have several unique pieces hanging in our room.

Some of these pieces are also available for sale through the 
Washington County Arts Council, Inc. !
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 AM - 9 AM
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
1 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Sherry Kemp - Solo Exhibit
Fridays & Saturdays, 11am to 4 pm and
Sundays 1 pm to 5 p

Valley Art Association member exhibiting her work.

Mansion House Art Gallery  
501 Highland Way | City Park, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Stone Soup Rock Painting
Miller House Museum
Saturday, April 7, 2018 from
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Paint along with a childhood classic! Stone Soup is the timeless classic children's book which teaches the importance of sharing, and we will be creating our own shareable stones to go along with the book. We will provide everything you need to paint and take home your own stone soup stone. Share it with a friend or leave it somewhere to bring a little piece of happiness to a stranger! This free event is appropriate for all ages! Free event.

Washington County Historical Society  
135 W. Washington Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
Taste of Knowledge:
Trivia Night at the Library
Saturday, April 7
Doors open at 6:30pm

This evening features a trivia challenge with teams competing for the coveted title of 'Washington County Free Library Trivia Champions 2018.' For inquisitive thinkers not participating in the trivia contest, we invite you to enjoy some of the other activities available this evening - a giant Jenga game, escape the room challenge, selfie photo center (complete with a green screen) and our fabulous silent auction while continuing to cheer on our trivia players.
Enjoy great food by Antietam Brewery/Benny's Pub and a variety of local wines. Cash bar.
Music by the Danny Webber Jazz Trio

Funds raised support the library's educational classes, lectures and cultural programming.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite online or by visiting and following the classes/events link to annual fundraisers link. Call 301-739-3250 x 163 for additional help.

Maryland Entertainment Group (MEG) presents Pulitzer Prize Winner,
How I Learned To Drive

April 12 - 15, 2018

T his live stage play will take place at Hagerstown Community College's Black Box Theater, 11400 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown, where Maryland Entertainment group serves as Artists in Residence. Performance dates are April 12, 13, 14 at 8 PM and April 15 at 2 PM
Tickets are $15 General Admission or $10 for Students and Seniors 55+. Appropriate for ages 15+.
Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at or over the phone by calling 301-302-9784.
The New York Times describes How I Learned To Drive as, "a wildly funny, surprising, and devastating tale of survival seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man." A 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winner, How I Learned To Drive, is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.

More information at
Culture & Cocktails
Historical Hoaxes
with Dr. Emilie Amt
Friday, April 13th  
6:00PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a lecture program at the Miller House Museum, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude.

In April, we're celebrating the historical elements of April Fool's Day! Dr. Emilie Amt of Hood College will be discussing some faked and forged documents she has encountered over the course of her career. Learn more about the stories behind these historical hoaxes and how they were debunked - from medieval English manuscripts to slave narratives right here in the Cumberland Valley!

The specialty drink will be: The Not Manhattan! We've sneakily swapped out some of the Manhattan's classic ingredients. Sip for yourself and see if you can tell how we've "forged" our classic!

Your ticket price will include your first drink, and refills will be available for a small fee. This event is for adults ages 21 and older, please! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
$10/WCHS member

Miller House Museum
Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782

Bulls & Bears Online

28 South Online

Pretzel & Pizza Creations Online
Seeks Patron and Donor Engagement Manager

2018 Western Maryland Bluesfest Visual Artist Exhibit

The Blues Fest Poster Artist Exhibit will open on Friday, June 1, 2018 with a reception to meet Susan Carney from 4pm to 7pm. The exhibition will remain on display through 3pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Valley Art Association
General Meeting

April 25th 7 pm

Guest speaker will be Sarah Popper from Howard's Art & Frames.

Mansion House in City Park Hagerstown   
501 Highland Way | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-2867
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

Farce of Natur
May 11, 12, 18 & 20, 2018 

T he Potomac Playmakers announce the final show of the 2017-2018 Season, the hysterical Farce of Nature, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and James Wooten! The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas.

Farce of Nature will run May 11, 12, 18 & 20, 2018 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. The curtain will rise at 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances, while, the Sunday matinee will be at 3:00 pm. Discounted $11 tickets are available in advance at while $13 general admission seats will be available at the door.

The Women's Club  
31 S. Prospect Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Call: (240) 382-7269

City Park Fall Fest
Call for Artist
September 15, 2018

The City of Hagerstown's annual City Park Fall Fest, held in conjunction with Porchfest on South Prospect Street, is scheduled rain or shine for September 15, 2018 from 10am-4pm. 
We are seeking a variety of artists and craftspeople who are interested in having a vendor booth along Key Street (located between the circle on Virginia Avenue and the Museum of Fine Arts.) 
All arts and crafts in these booths must have been created by the booth holder, and representative examples will be juried by the event committee before the space is confirmed. 
Past fall festivals have documented 1,000-1,500 people attending, so there will be a ready market for your work.  If you are interested in securing space at this event, please submit the accompanying application, payment of $25.00 and several typical examples of your work (.jpeg format) to by August 6th, 2018. Space is limited!
More detailed information about set up and take down will be furnished to registrants at a later date.
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. Applications are due to the Museum by May 1, 2018.

Cushwa College Internship

The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study.  The intern will conduct curatorial work to support art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. 
This is a paid summer internship.   The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000.
Applications are due to the Museum by Friday, April 13, 2018.

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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County Arts Agencies of Maryland,
Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts.

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