By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The new Washington County Arts Council Gallery at 41 S. Potomac St. could be the start of "a new vision" for downtown Hagerstown, officials said Friday at the gallery's grand opening.
About 100 art lovers turned out for a night of free food, free drinks and fantastic local art.
Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the new gallery was "just a piece" of a new future for downtown Hagerstown, which included building a new courthouse in 18 to 24 months and creating more accessible parking.
State Sen. Don Munson said that some "junk buildings" would be torn down as the new courthouse is built.
"Lots of good things are going to happen here," he said.
County Commissioner James R. Wade joked with Munson as they stood at a microphone with a painting of a topless woman behind them.