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Artist Alley
August 20, 2015
Volume 15-17

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...

continue through August 25, 2015.
"Kate Keely: Natural Apparitions"
and "Tom Harple: Creations in Wood
A Jackie Shaw and Heidi Lippman exhibit opens at the Washington County Arts Council on
August 28, 2015 and will run through September 29, 2015.
"Opposites Attract:
Clay, Glass & Painting Pyromania!

The Washington County Arts Council will host an opening reception at the Gallery at 34 South Potomac Street, in downtown Hagerstown on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 5pm until 7pm.

Wind Down Friday, August 21, 2015 with
"Profits of the Abstract Truth"

Hagerstown A & E District

Wind Down on August 21st is themed

"The Dog Days of Summer."

Wear your best Hawaiian shirt and take home a prize.'s not "The Dog Days of Summer" without dogs! Bring your pooch for the pet parade! 

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A ugustoberfest pays tribute to the area's rich German heritage and supports scholarships for exchange students to Hagerstown's Sister City-Wesel, Germany.

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Maryland Theatre-Better Hearing Night
Thursday, August 20, 2015 * 7:00pm    
The Maryland Theatre is proud to announce it now has a new state-of-the-art wireless assistive listening system to allow those with hearing loss to enjoy a rich, crystal clear performance. The new Hearing loop is a system that requires NO additional equipment and directly connects with most hearing aids. The sound from the stage transmits directly to the T coil of any hearing aid to provide crystal clear sound. This will allow those who live with hearing loss to truly enjoy our theatre.
Please join the Maryland Theatre and Hagerstown Hearing for an introduction and demonstration of the new Hearing Loop.

Just Lookin' Gallery of African American Art 
Contours/Contrasts Art Exhibit
August 15, 2015 through September 20, 2015
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Downtown Summer Slide Festival
  Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
The Downtown Summer Slide Festival will feature an 825-foot-long water slide down West Washington Street in Hagerstown, live Bluegrass & Americana music inside the beer garden in University Plaza as well as FREE kid's activities, food trucks and vendors.
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     The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in association with the Art Faculty and the Music Department at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV will host a Gallery Talk on the Art Faculty Exhibition currently on view at the Museum and the annual Music Faculty Recital on Sunday, August 30, 2015. The Gallery Talk will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the recital at 2:30 p.m. and a reception, hosted by the Museum's volunteer organization, The Singer Society will be held at 3:30 p.m.
     The Art Faculty Exhibition includes works by Rhonda Smith, Christian Benefiel, Sonya Evanisko, Shannon McCarthy, Stephanie Thulin, Rick Bruner, David Modler, Michael Mendez, Evan Bogges, Ben Schonberger and Robert Farmer.  The Recital will present faculty members Joseph Regan and accompanist Dr. Joseph Satava in concert.  The concert is open to the public with a $10.00 admission fee for non-members of the Museum and Free for Museum members and children 12 and under.

The Looking Glass is an exhibit of photographic prints by Taneisha Harrison, from volume one of her series of photo books. The book features artful portraits and brief interviews with young women from Hagerstown and the surrounding area that Taneisha finds to be inspiring. This exhibit will highlight pieces of the interviews along with large portraits and smaller photos of each woman interviewed. Refreshments will be served and the artist will be present during the reception.

Master Photography Workshop
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ages 16 & Up
Museum members $75.00
Non-Members $82.50
Instructor - Audra Haddock-Martenot
This workshop is offered in association with the Masters of American Photography exhibition on view until October 25, 2015. Organized by the Reading Public Museum
For information call

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Talent Education Center are partnering to provide group violin lessons to beginning students in grades 1 through 3. The classes will begin on Saturday, September 12 and continue each Saturday through December 12. The classes, being held at John Wesley United Methodist Church (129 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown), will be offered at 9, 10, or 11 a.m. Enrollment will be limited to 8 students per class. Parents are required to attend classes and participate with their children. Violin rentals will be provided by Potter Violin Company, Bethesda.
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Valley Art Association announces up-coming Exhibits:
2015 Shows
Planned August/September 1915 North Gallery Show: "The Art, Culture, and History of Hagerstown"
VAA has a show in the North Gallery that illuminates the art, culture and history of Hagerstown to show art, historical artifacts, and items that depict interesting aspects of Hagerstown over the years. Each painting, artifact, or other item has an associated narrative.
September/October - Hospice Show. Hospice Call to Artists
In commemoration of its 35th anniversary, Hospice of Washington County, Inc. is issuing a call to visual artists for a work that it will use in publicity and promotional materials in the coming year. Interested artists are encouraged to submit up to two (2) entries. The theme for the artwork is "Transformation." Submissions for this call are limited to two dimensional works, including painting, collage, works on paper and mixed media images. No photography, unless such images are included in a mixed media piece. The maximum dimension on any side is 36 inches. The deadline has been extended to noon, September 15, 2015. Up to 30 submissions will be exhibited at the
Valley Art Association's Mansion House Gallery between September 25th and October 18th. Ten finalists will be chosen and exhibited at the Anniversary event. From these, one work will be selected for purchase for $350, announced at Hospice's 35th Anniversary Reception at Fountain Head Country Club on October 18, 2015, and be used in Hospice publicity in the coming year. For details on the exhibit and the "Call to Artists," please visit the Washington County Arts Council web site. (The Arts Council is managing the Call to Artists.)
  • October/November - Carol Miller "A Mixed Bag"
  • December, 2015 to January 2016 -- The Winter All Member show "My Favorite Things.

HWC's 35th Anniversary Celebration: Call for Art

DEADLINE EXTENDED: September 15, 2015 @ NOON
Washington County Arts Council
Contact: Chris Brewer

34 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

(301) 791-3132  *
Caravan of Thieves  
Eclectic Jazz Swing Band
Hagerstown Community Concert at the Maryland Theatre
Thursday, September 17, 2015 * 7:30 pm

If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, this would be the band. This gypsy driven duo, backed by fiery fiddle and double-bass, creates lovely melodies and harmonious vocals. 30s jazz style to hits from greats like Duke Ellington, Queen, Gershwin and Bing Crosby.

For more information, go to ;
email ; or call 240-382-7269.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Classical Mystery Tour: Tribute to the Beatles

The Maryland Theatre

Saturday, September 19, 2015 -- 8:00 pm

Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert with the MSO. Relive the magic of the Fab Four with a thrilling retrospective that features a performance of such favorites as "She Loves You," "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby," "All You Need is Love," and "I Saw Her Standing There." From early favorites through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is an authentic Beatles concert experience.
Discovery Station-Hangerfest

Rider Jet Center, September 19, 2015

Live music by

The Reagan Years!

Tip jars, 50-50, Cash Bar and Dancing!

Tickets are $20 and are available at Discovery Station. Call 301-790-0076 for more information.
Wind Down Hagerstown
Thunder in the Square
Friday, September 25, 2015
Car enthusiasts, this is your night. The Maryland Theatre teams with the City of Hagerstown to put on one of the biggest car shows around, including hot rods, antique and classic vehicles. The Cruisers are back with live music in the Maryland Theatre courtyard!

The Maryland Theatre
Home Free: Don't It Feel Good Tour
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 * 7:30pm
When country vocal band Home Free was crowned champion of NBC's The Sing-Off, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota... rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. They have become known for their high-energy performances, peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. Since their Sing-Off win, Home Free has released two albums (Crazy Life and Full Of Cheer), selling more than 150,000 copies; they've embarked on two major national tours, selling more than 100,000 tickets in North America; they've released more than 20 music videos, amassing more than 35-million YouTube views. They continue to build a national audience as they bring their Don't It Feel Good Tour to town in support of their third major release on Columbia Records out in Fall 2015.

VIP package:
  • Pre-show Q&A, photograph, and autograph sessions with the band (begins 2.5 hours prior to show time)
  • Pre-show crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • A signed copy of the new Home Free album
  • Exclusive show laminate
  • Exclusive show poster
  Wind Down Hagerstown
Freaky Friday
October 1, 2015
Wind Down is celebrating all things fun and fall!  Show up in your best and scariest for the costume contest...for both kids and adults!  Plus, we'll have a little entertainment with some jack-o-lanterns!  There's plenty for kids to do, too.  Don't miss The Tone Hounds, performing live in the courtyard!

FY2017 Grants For Organizations 
Deadlines and Informational Sessions

The Maryland State Arts Council's FY2017 Grants for Organizations (GFO) program provides unrestricted operating support to arts organizations and arts programs through grant awards. Join GFO program staff for Info Sessions and a Q&A Session to learn more about the program. Please watch our INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO on YouTube:  

 are scheduled across Maryland and provide a description of the GFO program and assistance in preparing applications. Take note of these deadlines for activities taking place in FY2017 (July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017) and join the GFO Program Staff at an Info Session near you. 
  • Intent to Apply Deadline: September 16, 2015. Mandatory for those new to MSAC and those who did not receive funding for FY2016. Go to to submit your Intent to Apply electronically. 
  • FULL Application Deadline: October 22, 2015.
    eGrant application opens September 6, 2015. 
  • RFF for current grantees on a multi-year cycle deadline: December 3, 2015.
    eGrant application opens October 28, 2015.
INFO SESSION - August 26, 2015, 1-2:30pm
The Writer's Center, 5408 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815 
REGISTER NOW  and email your questions to  so we are sure to address your needs. 
INFO SESSION - August 28, 2015, 10am-11:30pm
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 
REGISTER NOW  and email your questions to  so we are sure to address your needs. 
INFO SESSION - Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 4pm-5:30pm
Frostburg State University, Lyric Building, 20 E Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21532
REGISTER NOW and email your questions to  so we are sure to address your needs. 
INFO SESSION - Friday, September 11, 2015, 11am-12:30pm 
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804 
REGISTER NOW and email your questions to  so we are sure to address your needs.   
TELEPHONE/INTERNET Q&A SESSION - Friday, October 2, 2015, 2pm-3:30pm
After you view the Instruction Video, join GFO Program Directors for a Q&A Session where you can ask questions via telephone or Internet chat. Instructions to follow registration. 
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.

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Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. 
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