Loop briefs

November 15, 2007

Photography contest winners announced

The Washington County Rural Heritage museum hosted an amateur photography contest and show earlier this month.

The contest was open to all amateur photographers who submitted images with the themes of fall and farming, autumn and agriculture or images at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The contest drew 110 entries.

The winners in each category were:

Best in show - Brian Poffenberger

Rural Heritage Choice - Barbara Motter

Adult division

First - Barbara Motter

Second - Meredith Poffenberger

Third - Meredith Poffenberger

Honorable mention - Karen Lowry


Senior division

First - Mary Poffenberger

Second - Mary Poffenberger

Third - Gloria Houser

Honorable mention - Mary Poffenberger

High school division

First - Brian Poffenberger

Second - Brian Poffenberger

Elementary division

First - Tristen Lewis, Clear Spring Elementary School

First - Amy Smith, Bester Elementary School

Second - Kyle Hose, Bester

Second - Cody Scott, Bester

Third - Chris Horchner, Bester

Third - Bryce Shirley, Bester

Honorable mention - Karissa Butts, Bester

Honorable mention - Kailyn Hostler, Bester

For information, contact Rural Heritage Museum at 240-313-2839 or go to

Gallery accepting new exhibits

Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery is accepting artists who are interested in exhibiting in 2008. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For information, call 301-791-6191, e-mail, or go to

Artists sought for holiday show

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County invites regional artists working in all media to participate in its annual One of a Kind Holiday Show, which will provide artists with opportunities to market and sell their art to holiday shoppers.

The show will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Jan. 6 at The Fire Hall Gallery at Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George St. Special sale dates are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

Artwork should be delivered to the gallery between 3 and 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Entries in all media are invited, including visual art, paintings, sculpture, tapestries, photos, prints, framed poetry and short stories, and crafts including wearable art, jewelry, pottery, leather, etc. All entries must be labeled with the artist's name and priced for sale. All entries to be hung must be framed and ready to hang. Sculpture that stands on the floor must be stabilized.

All other entries must be delivered boxed. Small items will be placed on tables, and sold by the artist on the special sale days only. There is a $20 show fee, which gives the artist the benefits of an annual 2008 membership to the alliance.

The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For information, call Betty Allen at 304-876-6188 or go to; or call Charles Town Visitors Center at 304-728-3939.

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