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Artist Alley
June 3, 2015
Volume 15-12

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...

Continues through June 23, 2015 -
Blues Fest 2015 Artist: Corey Householder
in the Main Gallery and
Blues Fest 2015 Children's T-Shirt Contest
in the Hall Gallery. 

Jennifer Nagel---
Children's T-Shirt Art Contest Winner

with Mayor Dave Gysberts

Corey Householder---
2015 Blues Fest Poster Artist
with Mayor Dave Gysberts

Two exhibits open at the 
Washington County Arts Council on
June 26, 2015 and run through July 28, 2015.
"Perspective: Photographic Images by John Kuhn" and "Watercolors by Shari Kuhn".

The Washington County Arts Council will host an opening reception at the Gallery at 34 South Potomac Street, in downtown Hagerstown on Friday, June 26, 2015 from
5 pm until 7 pm.
The Valley Art Association will present an
All Member and Miniature Show:
June 1 - July 26, 2015.

Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


The Mansion House Art Gallery 

501 Highland Way

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: (301) 797 ? 2867

Just Lookin' Gallery 
located at 40 Summit Avenue Hagerstown, Maryland
specializing in original African American Art

Announcing New Saturday Hours

We are pleased to announce that the Miller House Museum will be offering Saturday hours during the summer months of 2015. Starting on May 23rd with the International Geocaching Convention, the Miller House Museum will be open for tours Saturdays from 9 am - 4 pm. Upon completion of the Jamieson Genealogical Library renovations, the research library will be offering the same extended hours. Please join us one weekend for a tour and see what is new at the Miller House!

Call for Volunteers

Washington County Historical Society is looking for new volunteers. Current projects include working in the library to fulfill patron requests and assist the Registrar with everyday maintenance, assisting the curator with exhibit preparation and collections cataloging, and giving tours as a docent for the Miller House Museum. Any time that can be given would be greatly appreciated, and there is no minimum weekly time requirement. This is an excellent opportunity for students to fulfill service learning hours and gain valuable internship experience, or for adults to give back to the community. Any interested parties can call 301-797-8782 or email for more information.

WCMFA a Blue Star Museum

The WCMFA is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer FREE admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of defense. The program starts on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th) and runs through Labor Day (Monday, September 7th.)

Even though the WCMFA is FREE and open to the public year-round, events such as concerts and lectures may at times have an admission fee....these events will also be FREE for our military families.  Welcome and THANK YOU for your service.

It's not just for kids...

Adult Summer Reading Club


Just by signing up, you are automatically entered in weekly prize drawings! Return book reviews to any circulation desk by August 1st to enter the grand prize drawing!


Join your library throughout the summer for brown-bag book chats! 


Bring your lunch and talk about books! Share which titles you have read and hear about other exciting titles fellow book lovers have enjoyed.


Mondays @ Noon: June 22, July 13, & Aug 10 

Fletcher Library - Room #334

Call 301-739-3250 x 163 to register to attend.

Summer Reading Club for Teens 


Are you entering 6th-12th grade? Ask for your library's Young Adult game board and UNMASK your imagination!


For every two books you read you will get a chance to enter your name in a drawing for one of our awesome prizes. You also will receive a midpoint reward when you finish four books. When you finish eight titles, your name will be entered in a drawing for a Nintendo DS, movie tickets, and other amazing grand prizes!


Summer Reading Club activities for young adults include: stop-motion animation creation, scavenger hunts, movies nights, themed craft activities and more! 

Summer Reading Club for Kids

(Typically for children age 4 and up)


For every 15 minutes you read or someone reads to you, put a sticker on one of the dots on your game board. Attend a library program? Put a sticker on the game board. Bring your board in to any branch after you fill 20, 40, and all of the spaces to collect your prizes! 

Programs for children this summer include: special themed craft and story times, Super Hero Training Camp, movie dates, astronomy nights, and more!

For Our Littlest Readers...


Summer Reading Club

Early Literacy Activities


Children getting ready to read can complete the
Early Literacy Game Board with the help of an adult!

Washington County Free Library branches will be hosting special story times for children under age 5 all summer long! Checkout our calendar to see when and where.

Register in-person for Summer Reading Club,
grab your bag of goodies, and enjoy the fun!


Clear Spring: Wednesday, June 3 - 3:30 pm

Boonsboro: Wednesday, June 3 - 3:30 pm 

Smithsburg: Friday, June 5 - 6:00 pm

Sharpsburg: Thursday, June 11 - 3:30 pm

Hancock: Saturday, June 13 - 12:00 pm
Hagerstown: Friday, June 19 - 10:00 am
Keedysville: Tuesday, June 23 - 5:00 pm
Williamsport: Wednesday, June 24 - 11:30 am


Note: Clear Spring and Smithsburg Branch Libraries will have the Fire Safety House and other community heroes at their events!

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater 

LEND ME A TENOR by Ken Ludwig opens this Friday, June 5, 2015! It stars Ryan Perry, Johnna Leary, Nate LaDow, Allison Banzhoff, Shannen Banzhoff, Scott Ruble, Joan Crooks and Shawn R. Martin. Get your tickets now for this hilarious show! 301-739-7469

Potomac Playmakers present Neil Simon's The Dinner Party at the Women's Club.
Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance at or by calling 240-382-7269. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12.

Maryland Theatre

City Ballet Company Spring Recital

Saturday, June 13, 2015 * 2:00pm   

This performance is a demonstration of technical and artistic skills developed throughout the course of the year for every level in our school in ballet, modern, jazz and tap. Join City Ballet to celebrate benchmarks and progressions.

Contact (301) 790-3500 or on-line at 

Romeo and Juliet presented by
Maryland Entertainment Group Opening June 19th at the University Plaza in Downtown Hagerstown! Come enjoy Shakespeare under the stars!

The Maryland Theatre celebrates 100 Years!

Saturday, June 20, 2015 * 6:00pm

Rider Jet Center Hangar
18539 Henson Blvd, Hagerstown, MD


The official celebration of The Maryland Theatre's 100th Anniversary. Black tie formal gala with celebrity guest speaker Mr. Bob Eubanks, live auction, dinner and dancing. Individual tickets available or purchase a table of ten. Mr. Eubanks is sponsored in part through a Washington County Arts Council Community Arts Development Grant. Contact (301) 790-3500 or on-line at

The Maryland Theatre

Miss Maryland and Maryland's Outstanding Teen Pageant

Wednesday, June 24- Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:30pm Preliminary Nights

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7pm Final Night
Miss Maryland and Maryland's Outstanding Teen Pageant


Come watch Maryland's best as they vie for the title of Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen. The Miss Maryland/Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Pageants are official preliminaries to Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen competitions, the world's largest scholarship organization for woman.

For more Information please visit 

4 Event Package - Buy Tickets (Package only available through 5/31/15, single tickets available after this date)

Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm - Buy Tickets

Thursday, June 25th at 7:30pm - Buy Tickets

Friday, June 26th at 7:30pm - Buy Tickets

Saturday, June 27th at 7:00pm - Buy Tickets

Single Tickets and New Subscriptions are now officially on sale!

Visit the MSO website at  to place your order. Don't forget --

NEW SUBSCRIBERS receive a 50% discount on Masterworks tickets!

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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