Arts brief

July 29, 2007

Cat show continues today

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Cat Fanciers of Washington 61st annual all-breed cat show will continue today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sportsplex Indoor Sports & Event Center in Winchester.

Hundreds of pedigreed cats are expected to compete in this year's show. Many breeds are on the list of competitors, including Cornish Rex, Turkish Van, Norwegian Forest Cat, Devon Rex, and Burmese. Household pets will also compete.

Athletic kitties will compete in agility. The course will include tunnels, hoops, weave poles, stair steps and low, medium and high hurdles.


The CFA cat show is open to the public. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens. Tickets will be sold at the gate.

Arts Council elects officers, appoints two new members

The board of directors of the Washington County Arts Council has elected new officers for 2008, and also appointed two new directors. The new officers are: Donna Newcomer, president; Kathy Harple, vice president; Carl Disque, second vice president; Joan Bontempo, secretary; and Michael Murray, treasurer. Joining the board as new directors are Toni Rinehart Sullivan and Thomas B. Riford.

The Arts council was founded 40 years ago to enrich the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community through nurturing the arts. Working from its gallery and offices in downtown Hagerstown, the council offers a variety of art and educational programs, community art development grants and technical assistance to artists and art organizations throughout Washington County.

Walking tours offered

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is partnering with Carrie Capuco of Capuco Consulting Services Inc. to offer walking tours of downtown Hagerstown. The 90-minute tours will cover Hagerstown's rich history that is significant to many periods of American history by introducing participants to the colonial, Civil War and industrial aspects of the city. Tours will also cover Hagerstown's architecture.

Walking tours will be available for $5 and begin at the downtown Visitor Welcome Center at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, Saturday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 17. For reservations and tour information, call 301-791-3246, ext. 10. Special dates and times can be arranged for groups of more than 12 people.

For information about Hagerstown and Washington County, go to

Jurors selected for exhibit

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Arts Centre has announced the jurors for the 2007 Nancy Rodig Regional Exhibit. Jurors Catherine Moreland and Stephanie Robbins will be reviewing entries for the exhibit, scheduled to be on display at The Arts Centre from Friday, Sept. 7, to Saturday, Oct. 20.

Entries for the exhibit will be accepted through Tuesday, July 31. All artists living or working within 90 miles of Martinsburg are eligible to apply. Entries are accepted in all fine art media, such as painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. Artists interested in applying may call The Arts Centre at 304-263-0224 for an application, or go to A $15 entry fee is required for each artist and covers up to 10 images.

Civil War book club to meet

Faces of the Civil War book club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Western Maryland Room on the second floor of Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. On Aug. 2, the club will discuss books by or about Jefferson Davis; and on Sept. 6, the group will discuss books by or about Frederick Douglass.

For information, call Carrie Plymire at

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