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Artist Alley  May 30, 2018
                                          Volume 18-12
     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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June 2018 Exhibit

The 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. .
2018 Western Maryland Bluesfest

Here's your chance to own this year's original Blues Fest cover art! Put a bid in during our month-long auction, taking place at Washington County Arts Council, Inc. Susan Liselle Carney's fantastic "Guitar Girl" is on view now and bid sheets are ready for you! The winning bid will be announced just before Billy Branch's set on Saturday, June 2.

Children's Blues Fest Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council will host the Children's Blues Poster Contest Exhibit during June 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 4-7pm .

Contest winners and their families met Hagerstown Mayor and City Council at the Council Meeting on May 22, 2018

The Winners:
Winner Hand-Drawn category is Jasmine Walker-Keegan a
7th grade student at Western Heights Middle School.
Winner Digital category is Sonora Kershner a
7th grade student at Boonsboro Middle School

Congratulations to all organizations which received a grant from the Mary K. Bowman Fund for Historical and Fine Arts Grant from the Community Foundation of Washington County MD!

Grant awards were distributed on May 22, 2018. 

WCAC board members Jim Pierné and Jessica Scott accepted the Washington County Arts Council's award which will support the Art Educators Exhibit 2019.

Janie Moltrup the May-June 2018 exhibitor at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce spoke with guests at the May 23, 2018 Coffee & Connections.
New A&E Brochure coming soon. 

The benefits offered to designated districts include
Property Tax Credits for new construction or renovation of certain buildings that create live-work space for artists and/or space for arts and entertainment enterprises;
Income Tax Subtraction Modification for income derived from artistic work sold, publicized, or produced within the District by a Maryland artist; and
Exemption from the Admissions and Amusement tax levied by an arts and entertainment enterprise or qualifying residing artist in a district.
For more information on these benefits visit:

Blues Fest Weekend Kick-off
May 31, 2018 * 5-8pm 
Kick off your 2018 Blues Fest weekend on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 5 to 8pm at the Miller House Museum Gardens, 135 West Washington Street in Hagerstown, Maryland. Join the Washington County Historical Society as it celebrates with live music from Pete Lancaster and Stack O' Blues. The evening includes a delicious barbeque supper and two complimentary drinks for each ticket holder. A cash bar also will be open. Proceeds from the event will help support the Washington County Historical Society.

Tickets are available for $35 per person ($30 for WCHS members). Tickets may be reserved by contacting the WCHS offices at 301-797-8782, emailing, or visiting the Events/Programs page of

Advance tickets are required, so don't wait. Get your tickets today! Purchase tickets by Thursday, May 24 to guarantee a spot.

Valley Art Association Member Exhibit
June 1, 2018 through July 29, 2018  

Valley Art Association member exhibit themed "Let's Eat" will be on display at the Mansion House Art Gallery from June 1, 2018 through July 29, 2018. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or  

Mansion House Art Gallery  
501 Highland Way, City Park | Hagerstown, MD 21741
Friday & Saturday 11 am-4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm

Destination ARTS! for May 31 - June 9, 2018

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please visit the website at or contact Kathyrn Gratton at 717-655-2500 or at

You are invited to the table!
Choose Civility Washington County will provide the dinner; you provide the conversation.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Address: 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Share a meal and conversation with someone you don't know*, exchange stories about life in Washington County, and discover both common ground and new ideas. The dialogue starts when you come to the table.

The Longest Table will be held in the 100 block of South Potomac Street in front of the Fletcher branch library. In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside.

This event is also a celebration of our newly re-established Choose Civility Washington County initiative! 

TABLE HOSTS NEEDED. Interested in being a Table Host? We will provide conversation starters and an orientation. The goal is to provide each table with a Table Host who will keep guests actively engaged in conversation throughout the evening. Register as a host at

SPONSORS NEEDED. Interested in being affiliated with this unique event and getting your business or organization's name in front of an audience? Contact Sarah Hull at 301-739-3250 ext. 168 or

$15 for adults
$10 for high school and college students

Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce here:

*To enhance the experience of getting to know different people, guests will not be seated with their companions.

For more information:

Augustoberfest Sponsorships

Augustoberfest is accepting sponsors for their annual festival celebrating Washington County's German Heritage. Aug. 18-19, 2018 - two days of music, food and beer and family activities in Downtown Hagerstown. Consider sponsoring this charitable event that supports local nonprofits, including the Arts. Find more information and the sponsorship packet HERE .
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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