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Artists show is an eclectic display

June 10, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

The eclectic collection of artwork displayed Sunday at the 70th Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition was rivaled only by the diversity of the visitors who came to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown to view it.

"I love this museum ... they always make you feel so welcome," said Christine Mills of Greencastle, Pa. "It's really a family place."

Accompanied by her son, Candin, 11, Christine Mills came as a Hagerstown Business College student who was on an art assignment for school. But she stressed that it was the most pleasant "homework" she's had in a while.

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"I really like the sculptures ... they're so colorful," said Candin, who was referring to the Irene Gennaro collection on display at the museum. "It's my first trip here and I enjoyed it."

Candin Mills wasn't the only first-timer at the museum Sunday.

Andrew Ehmer and his 8-month-old son, Jason, of Hagerstown, were introduced to the museum Sunday as well as to the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition.

"I used to take classes here when I was younger," said Michelle Ehmer. "This place is great."

It was Michelle who brought her young family to the museum to show them all the possibilities available at the unique facility located in the middle of Hagerstown's City Park.

As the Ehmers left the museum, they were encouraged by a museum volunteer to sign the guest book so they will be advised of future events at the museum.

"I come to the museum occasionally but I really wanted to see this show," said Frederick, Md., resident Pat O'Neill. "I think it's great that this museum is one of three of this quality in Maryland and it's in Hagerstown."

The winners of the annual exhibition were announced recently and included Caroline Jasper's "Fall Still," which took Best of Show for the Bel Air, Md., artist.

Other winners were "Crab Boat," a watercolor by Clyde Roberts of Hagerstown; "Autumn Woods," a pastel by Joyce Lister of Baltimore; "Flights of Fancy," a watercolor by Dottie Winner of Cumberland, Md.; "Lost City of the Incas," a paper collage by George Sakkal of Ellicott City, Md.; "Iron Man," a sculpture by Charles Mortensen of Martinsburg, W.Va.; "Sunlight and Shadow," a watercolor by Ray Snouffer of Hagerstown; "The Harvest," an oil by Freya Qually of Fairfield, Pa.; "Maryland Sunflowers at St. Eugene," an acrylic/pencil/collage by Lois Shale of Boonsboro; "Waiting," a watercolor by F. Dennis Clarke of Martinsburg; "Alignment," a sculpture by Caroline Mackay Mertz of Fort Valley, Va.; and "The Hey Hay Club," an oil by Keith Rocco of Edinburg, Va.

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