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Artist Alley  September 23, 2017
Volume 17-21
     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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not to be missed!
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October 2017  Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents Beth Carey, Sukey Rankin & Students exhibiting "Silver Bonds Burnished in Artistry" at its October 2017 exhibit.
The exhibit opens at the gallery located at 34 S Potomac Street on Friday September 29, 2017 with a reception from 5pm to 7pm and continues through October 31, 2017.
The Board of Directors of the
Washington County Arts Council is thrilled to announce the Guest Celebrity Chefs for The Art of Cooking 2018. Dazzling all with their culinary favorites will be
BJ and Sherri Goetz
Rebecca Massie Lane and colleauge, Kellie Mele
Al and Claudia Martin
Jason and Melinda Malott
Peter and Cynthia Perini
Wine Expert
Michael Johnston 
Lou Scally and Heather Guessford
Call for Artists 
Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2017

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC's "Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2017." The juried community art exhibit will run from December 1, 2017 through January 2, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, December 1st from 5pm to 7pm.

The jurors are:
  • Bruce Wilder, photographer and owner of his own photographic studio and Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland.
  • Philip Lindsey, Professor of Fine Arts at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA whose own art consists of figure and representational painting and drawing.
at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce the first show of the 2017-2018 Season, Dan Goggin's classic musical, Nunsense! In the show, a group of nuns from Little Sisters of Hoboken stage a variety show to raise money to pay for funeral expenses for sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent's cook! Hi-jinks and hilarity ensue in the musical that was the winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical!

Produced under special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., Nunsense stars Allison Banzhoff, Amaya Dull, Kimberly Jones, Terri Magers, and Lexi Oliver, and is directed by Tod Williams and Nic Sigman, with musical direction by Ruth Stenger Japzon.

Nunsense will run from September 22-24, 2017 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Showtime is at 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances, while the Sunday matinee performance of Nunsense will be at 3:00 pm. Discounted advance tickets of $11 are available ONLINE ONLY at, while $13 tickets will be available at the door.
For information, visit The Potomac Playmakers' website at, email, or call (240) 382-7269.
Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company, in business since 1926.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Diana, princess of the Amazons, was trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, she meets an American pilot who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Diana leaves her home for the first time to fight alongside men in a war to end all wars, finally discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Free movie starts at 7:00 p.m. with free popcorn and drinks available in the lobby of the historic theater.
Bring a friend!

Bridge of Life--14 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown

Open Mic Nites
for high school and college students
October 10, 2017
Sponsored by The Washington County Arts Council and 28 South
6pm and 8pm at 28 South at 28 S. Potomac St.
Join students in the Washington County school system and Hagerstown Community College at Open Mic Nites. The second Tuesday of each month will be reserved for original music and spoken word.
Please contact the Gallery Manager, Chris Brewer, at 301-791-3132 or to register!
Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 pm
Free Concert---100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories.
This fingerpicking guitarist has studied and performed all over the world, and now he's joining us in Hagerstown for a free concert.
Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163 .
at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce Auditions for the next show of the 2017-2018 Season, Arthur Miller's drama All My Sons! In the show, Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop during World War, II, which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity. All My Sons is a past winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
Produced under special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., All My Sons will be directed by Cathy James. The cast calls for six men and four women. Auditions for All My Sons will be held on September 25 & 26, 2017 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Start time for auditions will be 7:00 pm on both nights. There will be cold readings from the script. Show dates for All My Sons will be November 10, 11, 17, 18 & 19, 2017, with possible additional performances TBA.
The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926 is of one the nation's longest running active community theatre groups. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers' website at, email or call (240) 382-7269.
Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company, in business since 1926.
at The Mansion House Gallery
501 Highland Way in the City Park of Hagerstown, MD 
09/27/2017 -- 7:00pm to 8:30pm  
The Valley Art Association (VAA) will be conducting their regular "All Members" monthly meeting on September 27, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at The Mansion House Gallery, located at 501 Highland Way in the City Park of Hagerstown, MD. You do not have to be a member of the VAA to attend the meeting because "All Members" meetings are open to the public. Monthly meetings generally include a presentation and/or demonstration relating to art. September's meeting will include a process comparison of traditional and digital art by Phillip B. Grove. 
Free .
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts.   
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Se ptember 23, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Friends of Music will launch their new concert season on September 23 with a performance by the Two Rivers String Quartet and a featured clarinet. The concert will be held in Shepherdstown's Trinity Episcopal Church, on German Street, at 7:30 p.m. The program will include two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his Quartet No. 21 in D Major and his Clarinet Quintet in A Major; and "Bagatelles for Clarinet and Strings"(Op. 23), by 20th Century British composer Gerald Finzi. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members.
The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before September 10). Memberships and tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, P.O. Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance.
Visa and Master Card will be accepted.
Contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or
September 16 - November 4, 2017
This signed, spoken, and sung production is created for audiences of all hearing abilities! The classic fairy tale comes to life on The Playhouse stage. An hour long musical, preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Fee: $20
"World Between Worlds" closing reception with refreshments and the artist will be September 29, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm at Engine Room Art Space 36 N Potomac St Hagerstown, MD and the exhibit is on display during our open hours until October 1, 2017.
Adult Classes and Workshops
Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces its fall 2017 art classes and workshops. Participants can register online and find further information at or call the museum at 301-739-5727. Students must register prior to the start of class.
Adult Classes and Workshops
Metalsmithing/Jewelry Basics
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Sukey Rankin
October 5 
Fall Herbal and Everlasting Wreaths
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Sukey Rankin
October 10 
Etching/Jewelry Workshop
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Sukey Rankin
November 8 
Indigo-Dye Silk Scarf
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Kelsi Dean
November 19 
Youth Classes
Short Stories with Art
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Melissa Gibson
September 26 
Mommy/Daddy & Me Preschool Art
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Kellie Mele
September 28 
Collaborative HENSE-inspired Mural
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Kim Brown
October 14, 21 
Illuminated Manuscript Foil Letters
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Kellie Mele
November 4 

Classes and workshops are added throughout the year, so those interested are encouraged to follow the museum on Facebook or subscribe to the museum's email at
Art Market Call for Artists

The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC), along with the committee members of the Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND, are pleased to invite visual artists to answer a "Call to Artists" for the opportunity of be a part of the juried event 2017 ART MARKET on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm to be held in conjunction with Wind Down, Downtown Hagerstown, MARYLAND.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017
at 3pm 
Program Highlights:
JS Bach, Brandenburg Concerto 3
Foss, Salomon Rossi Suite
H Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras 9
Beethoven, Symphony No. 1, C Major, Op. 21
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Join the Hagerstown Choral Arts for a retrospective concert which kicks off their 25th season. The concert will feature their favorite pieces of music from the past 25 years of concerts. There is no charge for admission but a free-will offering is received.
Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge #378,
11063 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Patrons can select their favorite bowl from over 25 area potters, fill it with a variety of homemade soups and take it home afterward. There will also be a live auction and raffle. Cost $50 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased from the Community Free Clinic (301-733-9234) .
Sunday, November 5, 2017 * 3:00pm
THE HIT MEN are a collection of hit-makers whose friendships and individual recording successes have been interweaving with each other for most of their lives. The band consists of five legendary performers from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Tommy James and the Shondells, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John & Kiki Dee, Carole King, Chicago, Barry Manilow and many others.   
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
November 11 - December 23, 2017 
The family holiday classic comes to life on The Playhouse stage. Frosty The Snowman makes a triumphant return and gets everyone in the holiday spirit! The hour long musical is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog.
Fee: $20
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5:00pm
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00p
Three middle school students want to live grown up lives as a singer, a manager, and a boxer. They accidentally make three wishes on a time machine app that traps them inside their phones. The app places them inside the 1930s Great Depression world, without food or shelter. After barely surviving, they learn the true definition of, Be careful what you wish for.   
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Call for Photographers  
2017 Historic Houses of Worship Tour Photo Contest

The Historic Houses of Worship Tour in partnership with and support from The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) is pleased to invite the public to enter a photo contest to promote the 2018 Historic Houses of Worship Tour.

Photos should capture an image from the Historic Houses of Worship Tour, scheduled to take place on December 26th from 3pm to 7pm with a snow date of December 27th from 3pm to 7pm. One selected original photograph will be commissioned by the tour organizers and will be used to create posters and promotional materials for the 2018 Tour.

Contestants may enter up to three images to the contest. The winner will be announced in February 2018 and will receive $200.

Please email images of the works to be considered and Entry Form to:
Include full name, mailing address, telephone and email address.
USA Cycling selected Hagerstown/Washington County as the location for its 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships.
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