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Artist Alley  June 22, 2018
                                          Volume 18-13
     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.
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June 2018 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council hosts "Susan Carney: 2018 Blues Fest Visual Artist" continuing through June 26, 2018 .

34 S Potomac St | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
(301) 791-3132 or


Congratulations to Leon Seidman the successful 2018 Blues Fest Auction bidder! Mr. Seidman is now the owner of this year's original Blues Fest cover art, "Guitar Girl" by Susan Carney .
Children's Blues Fest Exhibit

The Children's Blues Fest Poster Contest Exhibit continues at the Washington County Arts Council through June 26, 2018 .

July 2018 Exhibit

"Hagerstown Artists is proud to have our first gallery show at Washington County Arts Council titled 'Outside the Box' just as we celebrate our second anniversary. Our members are active in many types of media; the group goal is three-fold, to support and encourage creative people of all abilities, to be involved in artistic activities in Hagerstown, and to be a vibrant part of the Hagerstown art community.  For many of our artists, this is their first gallery show, and we look forward to sharing our art with the community." Hagerstown Artists .
The Opening Reception will be held at the WCAC Gallery on Thursday, June 28, 2008 from 5-7 pm. The Exhibit continues through July 31, 2019.
"Please join us at the opening reception of our very first Hagerstown Artist group show at the Washington County Arts Council.

This is a special occasion as it's the groups 2nd birthday, our first show, and many of our artists first gallery show.

Join us from 5 to 7pm for light refreshments and be the first to see the exhibit.

The show will stay on display through July 31st
. "
34 S Potomac St | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
(301) 791-3132 or

Exhibit continues through June 28, 2019
Brochures available at the Washington County Arts Council
34 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

For more information on these benefits visit:
L to R "Crabby" by Donna Mason and "Let's Eat" by Carol Miller.

Valley Art Association
"Let's Eat"

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 21740
Friday & Saturday 11 am-4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm

Destination ARTS!

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

5th Annual Western Maryland Shakespeare in the Park: HAMLET presented by Maryland Entertainment Group.
Friday and Saturday, June 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 23 at 6 pm
Location: University Plaza 50 West Washington Street Hagerstown, MD 21740. This favorite summer tradition is FREE and open to the public. Appropriate for all ages! Bring a blanket, lawn chair, or picnic and enjoy this Shakespeare classic.
HAMLET is one of Shakespeare's most well-known and well-loved plays and tells the story of a young man's quest to avenge his Father's murder and the madness that consumes him and those around him in the process.  Journey with us as we explore themes of life, love, mortality, morality, and existence.

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 .
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is pleased to announce that Kaitlyn Lamkin joins the Playhouse staff as its new Marketing Director and Assistant to Artistic Director Shawn Martin.
Kaitlyn Lamkin (23 of Hagerstown) is a recent graduate of Shepherd University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication and New Media with a Strategic Communication concentration and a Business Administration minor. In addition to her 8 years of experience in the performing arts, Lamkin has worked as the Marketing Director for the Shepherd University Program Board and has produced digital advertising for local organizations. Lamkin has a strong background in social media advertising, writing, and video production.
Lamkin's appointment as Marketing Director is part of the Washington County Playhouse's investment in growing their business through market expansion and brand development.   Production Artistic Director, Shawn Martin, believes that Lamkin will provide the innovative marketing direction that will fuel this growth: "As the Playhouse continues to add new and varied performances of musical theater, comedies, theater for young audiences, and interactive murder mysteries, it is important that we continue to grow year over year as we have in the last 4 seasons. The addition of a Marketing Director allows us to do that."
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater presents Broadway style musicals and comedies year-round.
Wish You Were Here:
Washington County Sees the World

Go on the road with the Washington County Historical Society in a brand-new exhibit at the Miller House Museum. In the display they'll be postcards, travel documents, and souvenirs that will take you on a trip around the world. Learn more about the history of travel when destination vacations came into fashion.

Washington County Historical Society/Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 * 301-797-8782
Miss Maryland and
Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant
Friday, June 22, 2018
Preliminary Night * 7pm

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Final Crowning * 7pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant 
The Maryland Theatre 
21 S Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Box Office 301-790-2000


The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater presents The Last Cruise of The S.S. Minnow. This Interactive Playhouse Murder Mystery will be showing for one weekend only at The Playhouse which is located at 44 North Potomac Street , Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District and City Center.
Play armchair detective as a cast of crazy castaways serves up dinner with a side of murder, mayhem, and belly laughs! The Last Cruise of The S.S.Minnow is based on "Gilligan's Island", however, according to Director Matthew Crawford, this murder mystery uncovers some of the gang's well kept secrets.
"There may be more to the old crew than you thought you knew. What secrets were kept on that island all those years ago?"
Not familiar with "Gilligan's Island"? No worries! Crawford says that this show is for anyone, and it's sure to keep you at the edge of your seat both in suspense and laughter.
"It's just as fun for those not familiar with the characters because they are a riot and will entertain you with merriment and murder. Maybe you'll even get swept up and become a part of the show alongside us."
Tickets are on sale now, and include salad, plated dinner, and dessert (beverages and gratuity not included). Performances are held at The Playhouse on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. Doors open at 6pm with dinner and the show starting as soon as all guests are seated
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear | Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-7469 (Theater)
The Washington County
Historical Society hosts
"Create Your Own Beaded Jewelry"
Saturday, June 23, 2018 * 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Want to try your hand at making beaded jewelry? Check out some of the great pieces at the Miller House Museum and get inspired to make your own! We'll have a great mini-display of the highlights of our beaded jewelry collection, and all of the supplies needed for you to make your own necklaces and bracelets! Supplies will be available for both big and little hands, but children under 12 must be supervised by an adult

The Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
Red, White, and Blue
Summer Concert Series   
Saturday, June 23, 2018 * 6:15-8pm   

Free outdoor concert at the amphitheater.
Featuring: U.S. Navy Sea Chanters.

Hagerstown Community College Amphitheater  
11400 Robinwood Dr | Hagerstown, MD 21742  


Experience an afternoon of classical music.

$30 General Admission
$20 for Museum Members

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 
P.O. Box 423, 401 Museum Dr | Hagerstown, MD 21741
  Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7:30-9pm

Free outdoor concert at the bandshell featuring the Hagerstown Municipal Band
Hagerstown City Park
501 Virginia Ave | Hagerstown, MD 21740

Open Mic Night

The Arts Alliance is pleased to once again present Open Mic Night at Music Makers. Local musicians are invited to participate in a session facilitated by Jonathan Ingles. All musical styles and spectators are welcome. A sound system, microphone, and electric stage piano will be provided. Contact 717-655-2500 for more information. 
Wind Down Hagerstown
at The Maryland Theatre
featuring The Profits
Friday, June 29, 2018 * 6-9pm 

Wind Down Hagerstown will host a mini beer fest with local craft beer to sample and purchase! Plus, the Alsatia Club is hosting a "Thunder in the Square" style car show with hot rods, classic and antique cars. The Profits is performing live. Grab dinner from Bella's Bites or Pretzel and Pizza Creations Hagerstown o r Black Rock Catering. Our vendor fair has Dad in mind with plenty of shopping options to find that special gift. For the kids there's a bounce house, coloring and corn hole.

The Maryland Theatre 
21 S Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Call: 301-790-2000

Destination ARTS!

June 29, 2018 - Live Music Fridays : 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers - 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Music Makers as we welcome Across the Pond. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-655-2500 or visit .
June 29, 2018 - Wine Down Fridays: 5:30 to 8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op - 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Patric Schlee will entertain visitors with a variety of musical instruments, including the didgeridoo, flute, and drums. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has named Jake Caldwell, Cindy Garland, Kimberly Jones, David McKinney, Tereance Moore, and Brittany Whiteside as new board members with terms beginning July 1, 2018.

Valley Art Association-Mansion House has announced that there will be one small wall space open and available at the Association's annual wall change, June 26, 2018.  This is a wonderful opportunity to show an artist's artwork all year long.    The fee for this space is $75.00 per year.  This wall space comes with 8 mandatory sitting requirements.  The artist will be trained to open, maintain, make sales and conduct the business of the Mansion House for 8 days. The Manson House is open, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  The artist will also have to have a Maryland Sales & Use Tax ID.
Anyone interested in the "Wall" should email Susan McNally at

Valley Art Association hosts a "Picnic on the Porch" with chicken & drinks provided. Side dishes to be brought.
Members free, guest $5
Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
Mansion House Art Gallery
501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown
Friday & Saturday 11 am-4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm
2018 Contemporary American Theater Festival
July 6, 2019 through July 29, 2018

"This summer, CATF is bringing you a collection of six new plays, six fresh powerful stories that offer you a portrait of contemporary America." Ed Herendeen

Box Office: 800-999-CATF or 304.876.3473
Pre-Season Box Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm

Center for Contemporary Arts
Shepherd University
92 West Campus Drive | Shepherdstown, WV 25443
The Maryland Theatre hosts Friday Night Fever:
Tribute to The Bee Gees starring The New York Bee Gees
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale May 18, 2018   

The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York's most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman's Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and more.

Based in New York, the show has played to sell out shows at The Paramount Theater and BB King NYC. Performances are regularly at The NYCB Theater at Westbury, Resorts World Casino, Empire Casino, and The Suffolk Theater. B.B. King NYC wrote, "The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show presents the most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. The band offers all of the classic 70's disco hits from Stayin' Alive to Night Fever while embracing their early works such as To Love Somebody, I've Got To Get A Message To You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees delivers songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalogue with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino."
The Maryland Theatre 
21 S Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Call: 301-790-2000

Save the Date---Join the Washington County Arts council for 
the tenth "The Art of Cooking."

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
GREASE on stage January 11, 2019 through March 2, 2019! 
Tickets now on sale!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear | Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-7469 (Theater)

Mark your calendar---Art in Bloom 2019
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