Exhibit carries theme of peace and hope

December 14, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

"One Hundred Doves" will gather in Hagerstown on Saturday for an exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery.

The third annual "One Hundred Doves" exhibit features roughly 100 pieces created by local artists under a theme of peace and hope, symbolized by the dove.

The opening reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

The exhibit is comprised of oil and watercolor paintings, photography and mixed media.

For the first time since the exhibit began, the arts council has extended an open invitation to members of the Valley Artists Association, said Kevin Moriarty, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council.


In past shows, the council invited 10 artists to submit 10 pieces each. Last year, students from Paramount and Hickory Elementary Schools submitted paintings and crayon drawings.

Moriarty said this year's open invitation was an attempt to form an alliance with the group of local artists.

"I'm not even sure what's going to come in the door," said Moriarty, in a phone interview a week before the opening. A few pieces had arrived last week.

"That's the difference between being a commercial gallery. We're a community service gallery," Moriarty said. "Sometimes it's breathtaking to see what comes in the door."

Invited artists include Tamara Yamour, Penny Knobel Besa, Hilmar Gottesthal, Pamela Sarah Woods, Jeff Bohlander, Sharon Goodman, Eliane Ambrose, Anne Finucane and Laura Lewis Shindle.

If you go ...

WHAT: "One Hundred Doves" exhibit

WHEN: Opening receptions 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The exhibit closes Saturday, Feb. 3.

WHERE: Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown

COST: Free

MORE: Call 301-791-3132 for more information.

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