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Artist Alley
July 10, 2015
Volume 15-14

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...

Exhibits continue through July 28, 2015:
"Perspective: Photographic Images by John Kuhn" and "Watercolors by Shari Kuhn". 

Two exhibits open at the 
Washington County Arts Council on
July 31, 2015 and run through August 25, 2015.
"Kate Keely: Natural Apparitions" and
"Tom Harple: Creations in Wood".

The Washington County Arts Council will host an opening reception at the Gallery at 34 South Potomac Street, in downtown Hagerstown on Friday, July 31, 2015 from
5 pm until 7 pm.

The Washington County Arts Council announces its 2015-2016 Officers.


James G. Piern?, Assistant Professor, Business Management

Hagerstown Community College

Vice President

Mary Newby, Lead Teacher

Rockland Woods Elementary School (WCPS)


Daniel Webber, Assistant Professor, Art, Music, Humanities

Hagerstown Community College


Jessica Scott, Program Director

Habitat for Humanity

Past President

Mary Newby, Lead Teacher,

Rockland Woods Elementary School (WCPS)


Kathy Harple, Account Development Representative,

Tri State Printing, Inc.


R. Benjamin Jones, Artist


Stephen Miles, Ph.D., Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts

Washington County Public Schools


Stuart L. Mullendore, Vice President, Marketing & General Services

HBP, Inc.


Daniel P. Spedden, President

Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau


Kathy Steven, Vice President Client Relationship Manager

Middletown Valley Bank

Ex-Officio Member

Robert Hovermale, Principal

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

Engine Room Art Space

Engine Room Art Space, supported by The Studios on NoPo resident artists and a program of Main Street Hagerstown presented by the City of Hagerstown Department of Community and Economic Development, is an art gallery that opened in the heart of downtown Hagerstown June 2015.


Engine Room Art Space hopes to be recognized in the community as a positive space for people to make connections, get inspired, learn and gain experience. We welcome local emerging artists to showcase art that presents challenging ideas or processes; to serve as a starting point for artists of outstanding talent and quality.


The gallery is currently accepting proposals for solo or group exhibitions or curatorial projects with no fee for submission. Find out more about upcoming events and opportunities by liking Engine Room Art Space on Facebook at . Or contact Emily Jones at (304) 940-0456 or 

SUMMERfest Art Walk

SUMMERfest Art Walk is a great way to meet local artists and craft vendors, and buy and appreciate their fine arts and crafts. Located at Hagerstown Premium Outlets, the SUMMERfest Art Walk is a great way to spend a summer day!

Benita Keller Opening Reception 

July 11, 2015 from 2-5 at Lost Dog Coffee in Shepherdstown, WV 
The Washington County Arts Council distributes Maryland State Arts Council Community Arts Development local grants
each year and supports those recipient organizations. 

WCAC CAD 2015 End of Year Report is available...CLICK HERE 

Due date: July 31, 2015

WCAC CAD 2016 Grant Application and Guidelines are available...CLICK HERE


For information contact Mary Anne Burke, Executive Director

301-791-3132 or  

Washington County Free Library

Brown Bag Book Talk

Monday, July 13th

12:00 - 1:00pm

Room #334



Adults (age 18+) are invited to bring a packed lunch and join us for a casual book chat. Come share what titles you have loved and hear other readers speak about their recent reads! Share recommendations and get advice on what to read next!

Saturdays, July 11th - August 1st

11:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for this 4-week program led by FutureMakers and Coding in the Schools to teach kids about computer programming. This program is for children ages 6-10 and their families. Lunch will be provided.


Registration with the Children's Department is required:

Call 301-739-3250, ext. 250 to reserve your spot!




"Masters of American Photography"  

The North American Reciprocal Museum Association and the
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
"Masters of American Photography," on view July 11 to October 25, 2015
Washington County Museum of Fine Art 
401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
For information call




Wind Down July 17, 2015   

  -- celebrate all things in motorcycles, bikes, skateboards, even roller skates! Enjoy live music by River Knot as well as kid's activities, corn hole games and plenty of entertainment!

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater   

On July 23, 2015 for ONE NIGHT ONLY, The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater will welcome Hollywood actor Michael-Anthony Nozzi to

The Playhouse stage in Jay Presson Allen's TRU. 

Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career.

Tickets on sale now at $39.00 each (includes salad bar, hot buffet and dessert. Cash bar available). TRU contains adult language.

TRU will be performed at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater on Thursday, July 23rd. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The theater is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear Entrance, Hagerstown, MD 21740. For tickets call 301-739-7469.

Congratulations to Denny Clark whose "Menemsha Dock," was awarded Best of Show in the West Virginia Watercolor Society's juried show "Aqueous"

Visit Hagerstown &

Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Launches Social Media Photo Contest: Are You #HappyInHagerstown! The contest encourages visitors and residents to post their photos to the CVB facebook page, using #HappyInHagerstown hashtag. According to the CVB, "If you're happy in Hagerstown, we want you to show us! Beginning on July 13, we want you to pull out your smartphones and starting showing us why you're #HappyInHagerstown. We don't care where you are. As long as the picture you share is a picture taken at some point while you were in Hagerstown, you can share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the contest hashtag #HappyInHagerstown for a chance to win!"


Dates to Remember are:

July 13: Official contest begins

August 7: Final day to submit photos

August 10: Finalists chosen and the official winner announced


For details contact
Dan Spedden, President,, 301-791-3246, ext. 12 or
Betsy Devore, Director of Marketing & Digital Communications,, 301-791-3246, ext. 14.

Potomac Playmakers Auditions  

The Potomac Playmakers set auditions for "Love, Sex, and the I.R.S." by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Director Ralph Mauriello is hoping to cast four males and three females for the show. Needed are two males in their 50s; two males in their mid- to late 20s; one female in her 50s; one female in her mid-20s; and one female in her 20s for a brief, but important role.

Auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, and Tuesday, July 21, at The Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St. in downtown Hagerstown. Love, Sex, and the I.R.S." will open the Potomac Playmakers' 2015-16 season, and will run from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept. 20, with additional potential performances possible. For more information, go to ; email ; or call 240-382-7269.

Seeking Special Events Coordinator

CVSM is seeking a part-time Special Events Coordinator: an energetic, creative, and organized individual to plan, coordinate and execute special events for CVSM. Previous experience in event planning, public relations, journalism and marketing is preferred. Details and the application are on our website.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK -- Theatre for Young Audiences production, runs through July 18, 2015 Performances are July 11 and 18. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 11:30. Call 301.739.7469 for tickets. - at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.

For more information, contact: Laura Martin, 3017397469,



Maryland Theatre

Summer Concert Tour: Smash Mouth & Tonic

Sunday, July 19, 2015 * 7:00pm   

Enjoy music from Smash Mouth, the band that's provided memorable songs as "All-Star," "Walkin' on the Sun," "Then the Morning Comes," and "I'm a Believer."
Maryland Theatre

Authentic Community Theatre's
2015 Performing Arts Academy

Saturday, July 25, 2015 * 2:00 pm

The 2015 theme is celebrate cinema, music, the theatre stage, and more with pieces from Broadway shows, award-winning artists, and famous movie scores! Students will have fun preparing scenes, songs, and dances all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography under ACT's talented instructors. This performance will allow students to showcase their talents and hard work to their family, friends, and community at the end of the week live on stage at the Maryland Theatre.


The Fletcher Library in downtown Hagerstown is hosting a Comic Con this summer!


This event is FREE and open to all age groups!
There will be a costume contest, gaming, crafting, vendors, guest speakers, and more!

Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor at this event: Call 301-739-3250 x270

Maryland State Arts Council

Individual Artist Awards

Application Deadline is 4:30 pm, July 23, 2015


The Maryland State Arts Council's annual Individual Artist Award (IAA) recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. Each year, awards of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 go to Artists from across Maryland who are selected through an anonymous process by an out-of-state jury on the basis of artistic merit alone. The categories are:

  • Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Media/Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Theater:  Solo Performance
  • Visual Arts:  Painting
  • Visual Arts:  Works on Paper

To download the guidelines, go to  Three webinars are offered to assist with the application process (registration is required before gaining access to the webinars):



Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00  - 11:30 am 


For more information, visit, or contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at 410-539-6656, ext. 101, or email

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!


Monday August 10th!
Directed by Shawn R. Martin, Music Direction by Daniel Speis, Choreography by Alyssa Little. Click the link for full details!
- at 
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.
Call 301.739.7469 for more information. 

HWC's 35th Anniversary Celebration: Call for Art

DEADLINE: September 1, 2015 @ NOON

Washington County Arts Council
Contact: Chris Brewer

34 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

(301) 791-3132  *

World War II on the Home Front Exhibit to Open      

Washington County's response to the war effort during World War II reflected much of the national spirit of the day, but may have been more intense than in some communities because of the deep impact of having Fairchild Aircraft in our midst. A new exhibit about the local commitment to the war effort entitled "If We Can't Buy It, We Will Grow It" opens Saturday, July 18th at the

Miller House Museum, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown with many artifacts from the

permanent collection of the Washington County Historical Society.

The opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., and is open to the public.


The exhibit will be open during regular hours of the Miller House Museum, Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. It is recommended that visitors call 301-797-8782 before coming to make sure that staff or volunteers are available to conduct tours.
Group tours can be arranged by appointment.
Admission prices are: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students.
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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