Fine arts museum lists exhibits

September 14, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Exhibits during the upcoming year at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will include war posters from 1914 to 1945, a display of small mechanical organs and an exhibit featuring artwork about horses.

The museum, in Hagerstown's City Park, displays items from a collection of more than 7,000 works that include Old Masters and contemporary works. The museum's primary focus is on 19th-century and early 20th-century American art.

Founded by Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer and her husband, artist William Henry Singer Jr., the museum was incorporated in 1929, and opened Sept. 16, 1931.

Anna Singer expanded the museum in 1949, adding two wings in memory of her late husband. A 1994 addition nearly doubled the museum's size.


More than 65,000 visitors per year view exhibitions or attend concerts, lectures or children's art events and classes.

About 20 exhibits each year focus on works from the museum's permanent collection, traveling shows, and regional and national artists.

Upcoming exhibits

· Americana Roads: Photographs by Robert M. Kurtz Jr., through Nov. 4.

· Visions of the Susquehanna: 250 Years of Paintings by American Masters, through Dec. 2.

· Tramp Art: The Art of Folk Wood Carving, through Nov. 18.

· Designing for Victory, 1914-1945: Posters from the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Nov. 15 to Feb. 3, 2008.

· Making Music: Mechanical Organs from the Snyder Collection, Nov. 23 to Feb. 10, 2008.

· 75th annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, Dec. 8 to Jan. 27, 2008.

· 75th annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon, Feb. 9 to April 6, 2008.

· New Designs in the Fiber Arts, Feb. 16 to April 6, 2008.

· The Horses are Coming!, April 12 to June 22, 2008.

· Public School Art Exhibition, April 26 to May 25, 2008.

· "Ellen Lanyon: A Wonder Production." A national traveling show of images related to magic, mythology and fantasy that usually involve animals. May 31 to Aug. 10, 2008.

· Contemporary artist James Stewart. Some of his work is inspired by classical history and mythology, June 28 to Aug. 17, 2008.

· Art Nouveau Glass from the Merson Collection, June 28 to Sept. 7, 2008.

· 76th annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, Aug. 16 to Sept. 28, 2008.

· Robert Ecker: Mezzotints and Quirauk Mountain Paintings, Aug. 23 to Nov. 2, 2008.

Lectures, etc.

The museum hosts lectures and concerts. The schedule of free events includes:

· Sunday, Sept. 23: Pianist Tianshu Wang will perform works by Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert and more.

· Sunday, Sept. 30: "Visions of the Susquehanna," a presentation about the history of Susquehanna landscape painting and a discussion with contemporary landscape artists about their paintings of the river and its wildlife.

· Sunday, Oct. 28: Poets Richard Garcia and Katherine Williams, and musician Don Oesher kick off the second season of poetry and music at the museum.

· Sunday, Nov. 4: Classical guitarist Chris Anderson performs works by Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel and Domenico Scarlatti during the Bowman Memorial Recital.

· Sunday, Nov. 25: The museum's Gallery Quartet celebrates 30 years as the string quartet-in-residence with a performance.

· Sunday, Dec. 2: The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Recital Series presents "A Chautauqua Program of Romantic Music for Flute and Horn."

· Sunday, Dec. 16: The Frederick Flute Choir's performance will include "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," by Clement Moore, arranged for flute choir and narrated by Sonny Burnette.

Youth program

The Saturday Morning Youth Program provides an opportunity for children to learn basic art skills and create art projects. The program, which is held most Saturday mornings through June 7, is free and open to those ages 6 to 12. Preregistration is required.

On Nov. 10, the Singer Society, the museum's volunteer organization, will host the annual Treasure Sale. A preview party will be Nov. 9. Donated collectible items are welcome for this fundraiser.

The Children's Holiday Reception will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Magician Frank Culler will present a show, and Santa Claus and two elves are expected to visit. Tickets are $2 per person and must be purchased in advance, starting Nov. 1.

The museum's hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

· For information, call 301-739-5727 or go to

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