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June 21, 2007

Magazine features county museum

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is featured in the Summer 2007 edition of Antiques & Fine Arts magazines. The article titled "The Gem in the Park: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts" highlights the museum's 75-year history and world-class collection.

The article, written by Curatorial Coordinator Meg Dameron, is complimented by color photos of the museum's building and collection.

Antiques & Fine Art is one of the most widely circulated magazines in the art world, and it is a privilege for the museum to be featured in it. In the past year the museum and its collection have been the subject of several articles in national fine art magazines, including American Art Review, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Antiques & Fine Art magazine.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on Sept. 16, 1931, and specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American art, with more than 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection.


Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information on the museum or its anniversary, call 301-739-5727 or go to

Third Frederick Artist Market scheduled

FREDERICK, Md. - The third Frederick Artist Market is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County. This indoor art and craft event is free and open to the public. More than 15 artists are expected to participate Sunday this month.

Individual artists produce items at the Frederick Artist Market. Items include paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, wood-carved birds, glass, hand-woven scarves, decorative furniture, and other art pieces.

The Cultural Arts Center is at 15 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick. For information, call 301-662-4190 or go to

Wilkes to reign over W.Va. forest festival

ELKINS, W.Va. - Catherine Ann Wilkes, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va., has been appointed to reign as Queen Silvia LXXI of the Mountain State Forest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 7, in Elkins.

The daughter of Judge Christopher and Patricia Wilkes, the new Maid Silvia will be crowned by Gov. Joe Manchin III during the annual fall celebration.

The future queen is a student Shepherd University where she is a dean's list scholar. Her plans are to attain a law degree and practice law near her hometown.

She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Sorority and serves as a peer educator for the first-year experience program. A 2005 graduate of Martinsburg High School, Wilkes was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the PROMISE scholarship. She was named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

She previously worked on Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's campaign and has served as a volunteer for Hospice of the Panhandle.

Wilkes was Queen Pomona XXVI of the 2005 Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival in Martinsburg.

The ceremony will take place 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the outdoor amphitheater on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

The 2007 schedule of events for the 71st Mountain State Forest Festival is on the Web, at

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