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Artist Alley
May 15, 2015
Volume 15-11

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...

Continues through May 26, 2015.
"Donna Whitford Housel: Nature-Variable, Visual, Variety" in the Main Gallery and
Carol Wilks: "Carol's Impressions"
in the Hall Gallery.

   Two exhibits open at the
Washington County Arts Council on
Thursday, May 28, 2015 and
will run
through June 23, 2015.
Blues Fest 2015 Artist: Corey Householder will show
in the Main Gallery and
Blues Fest 2015 Children's T-Shirt Contest will show
in the Hall Gallery.

The Washington County Arts Council will host an opening reception at the Gallery at 34 South Potomac Street, in downtown Hagerstown on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from
5 pm until 8 pm.

Thank you to all who supported
local artists through your donations to the Washington County Arts Council through Washington County Gives!

Congratulations to Discovery Station celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

Pictured Left to Right:

Back Row: Sandy Shepherd, David Cushwa,

Joe Gerstner, Steve Hummel, Al Martin,

Rob Galioto

Front Row: Lieba Cohen, Pat Kelley,
B. Marie Byers, Lisa Eyer, Tom Riford,
Kim Lowe Lee

King and I

Final Performances of THE KING AND I! May 15 and 16 ONLY! Call 301-739-7469 for tickets - at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.

Box Office --
Museum Ramble---Throughout the month of May 2015!

Howard's Art & Frames

May 16, 2015 10-Noon

Coloring books are not just for kids anymore! They make a huge number of adult coloring books with beautiful, fun, and educational themes. Coloring for adults is a way to relax and unwind the mind. This workshop will teach you about several different mediums you can use. It will also teach you various techniques for each medium. With this workshop you can take your coloring to the next level!

Sign Up for FREE!

*All necessary supplies will be provided.

*Please feel free to bring your own materials to play with, as well.

*Ages 8 and up.

Call in or stop by to sign up!

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 gift for your whole family to enjoy!
The Washington County Public Schools will present the first annual Faculty Arts Showcase on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Williamsport High School. The faculty art show will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium lobby and a concert featuring a faculty string ensemble and a faculty concert band will follow at 4:00 in the auditorium.

The art show, organized by Lily Clay, Art Curriculum Specialist for WCPS, will feature over 20 works by county art teachers. The string ensemble will be led by Kathy Shrader, orchestra director at North Hagerstown High School. The 45 member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Stephen Miles, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts. Both musical ensembles include current, former and prospective music educators from the area as well as talented community musicians and members of the WCPS educational community.  

A $5 donation will be collected at the door and will go toward
the establishment of a scholarship fund to support graduating WCPS students pursuing higher education in the arts.

The Downtown Movement -- May 29-31, 2015

The Downtown Movement will be holding its third Pop-Up Event on May 29-31, 2015. In conjunction with the Western Maryland Blues Fest, The Downtown Movement hopes to see an incredible turnout of community and business.  For information contact check out The Downtown Movement at

Potomac Playmakers

present Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party!" Here is a decidedly French dinner party served up in a chaotic mode that only a master of comedy could create. Five people are invited to dine at a first rate restaurant in Paris. They do not know who the other guests will be or why they have been invited. Tossed together in a private dining room, they have a sneaking suspicion that this unorthodox dinner party will forever change their lives. The result is a unique farce-turned-drama, featuring chaotic comedy as only Neil Simon could write it!

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, directed by Brian Heinrich with Angie Mason, and starring Cliff Belt, Karen Holmes, Jessie Jones, Jeffrey Marcum, Jane Rittenhouse and Nic Randolph Sigman, "The Dinner Party" will run June 12-14, 2015 at The Women's Club in Hagerstown. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8:00 p.m., while the Sunday matinee curtain rises at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance at or by calling 240-382-7269. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12.

Easels in Frederick - Grand Exhibition

June 19 * 6:30-9:30 PM * June 20 * 1:00-4:00 PM

Wm. Talley Rec Center, 121 N. Bentz Street, Frederick, MD

More than 100 original plein-air (open air) paintings of Frederick County scenes by 30 national award-winning juried artists will be exhibited, judged and sold to the public. Artists will compete for $13,000 in prizes. Friday evening Private Collectors Preview, $50 in advance, $55 at door; Saturday free.


Easels in Frederick - Quick Draw Contest / Art Market

June 20, 9:30-11:30 AM * 11:45 AM-1:00 PM (Youth Quick Draw begins at 8:30)

Downtown Frederick, MD * Memorial Park, 121 N. Bentz Street, Frederick, MD

Artists ages 18+ ranging from professionals to novices will paint against the clock in downtown Frederick competing for $1,500 in cash prizes. A Youth Quick Draw for artists ages 8-17 will also be held with cash prizes of $300. Artists in both competitions will be able to sell their work at a pop-up Arts Market in Memorial Park at Bentz and Second streets, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $15 artist registration fee for adults, $10 for those age 8-17. Must register online in advance at


Washington County Public School Art Exhibition

at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts


Middle and High Schools continues through May 24, 2015

The Washington County Museum
of Fine Arts


the winner of the

Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship


The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts recently awarded the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship, a $1000 award established to assist High School seniors who intend to major in Visual Art/Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture and/or Design.  Corey Householder, will graduate later this spring from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland.

            The son of Craig Householder and Gina Householder, Mr. Householder will graduate second in his class of 56 seniors, having achieved numerous recognitions including being chosen as the 2015 Blues Fest Poster Contest Winner. Throughout his student years, Corey Householder has been selected to participate in the annual Washington County Public Schools' art exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. His honors include membership in the National Honors Society (2014-15), 3rd Place winner in Film/Video in the Savannah College of Art and Design Challenge (2015), "Best Short Film, High School Division, Maryland International Film Festival (2015), Finalist in the Washington County Annual Trilogy Art Contest, and Gold Key Award for Film/Animation in the national Scholastic Art and Writing Competition He has participated in the Student Government Association, and contributed more than 75 hours in community service during his school years through the Student Service Learning program, volunteering for Salvation Army, Quincy Ox-Roast, St. Joseph's Parish Youth Group, and at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts during City Park Fall Fest. Corey Householder plans to study Animation/Film at Savannah College of Art and Design.


Cory Householder will be the featured artist at
the Washington County Arts Council during the month of June with an
opening reception at the Gallery on 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 5pm until 8pm.

Deadline Extended to May 29, 2015!

Art Market - Call for Artists

at Wind Down - Downtown Hagerstown June 5, 2015

Call and Forms available online:

Deadline Extended to May 31, 2015!

Call for a Sculpture
for the New Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc.
Offices and NEW Senior Center

In the winter of 2015, The Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc will relocate to the newly renovated Army Reserve building on Willard Street in Hagerstown Maryland. The Commission on Aging desires to commission a sculpture of only the tree from their logo (above). The sculpture will hang inside the main entrance.

 Click Here for More Information

HWC's 35th Anniversary Celebration:
Call for Art

Hospice of Washington County, Inc. (HWC), in partnership with and support from The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) and The Valley Art Association, is pleased to invite visual artists, including local artists of Western Maryland and the surrounding area, to answer a "Call to Artists" for the opportunity to create a poster to be used in celebrating Hospice of Washington County's 35 years of service to the community. All submissions are subject to the guidelines set forth herein, and the "Call to Artists" is open to submission by any and all interested artists.
The theme for this contest is, "Transformation," (a change in form, appearance, nature or character). Interested artists are encouraged to visit Hospice of Washington County's website at HWC's 35th Anniversary Celebration will include many events throughout 2015. One selected original work of art will be commissioned by HWC, and will be used to create posters and promotional materials.  

 Click Here for Call/Entry Form 

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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