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Artwork on display at Roundhouse Museum

Railroad artwork by area artists part of weekend exhibit

Railroad artwork by area artists part of weekend exhibit

August 16, 2007|By JANET HEIM

Bill Knode, a volunteer at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, admits he's partial to the museum's artwork that depict snow scenes. While the museum has quite a collection of railroad artwork, this weekend there will be new pieces on display by artists Charlie Amos and Sam Adams.

Amos, of Cumberland, Md., is a retired railroad employee. Knode said he is well known for his paintings, which bear a resemblance to those of Thomas Kinkade because of the lighting.

Adams, of Chambersburg, Pa., is a new artist. He will be on hand at the museum Saturday and Sunday to meet visitors.

The display of a couple hundred pieces, includes photographs, pencil drawing, watercolor and oil paintings. A photo dating back to 1905 is the oldest in the museum, Knode said.

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Works from local photographers, including Knode, are mounted in window frames from the Western Maryland Roundhouse that were salvaged before the Hagerstown roundhouse was torn down.

"They show a historical perspective, buildings and trains that are now gone. We're fortunate to have a good selection and collection," Knode said.

Hagerstown trolleys, trains at Pen Mar Park and the American Freedom Train that visited Hagerstown in 1976 and 1977 are also featured. A book featuring the work of Howard Fogg, a well-known railroad artist who is now deceased, will also be on display.

"We actually have quite a variety of things to offer the public," Knode said, including an HO-gauge train layout and an O-gauge train children can run.

Paintings by Amos and Adams will be available for sale.

The museum, on South Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown, is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.50 for adults, 50 cents for children 4 to 12 and free for those 3 and younger.

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