April 7, 2013
Allegany Dental Care announced the winners of its sixth annual poster contest. Second-graders in Washington County public and private schools were invited to create a picture using the theme “There's Magic in Your Smile.” The poster contest is run in conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month, which is in February. The goal is to promote good oral health in children and adults. Nine schools participated this year and at each school Allegany selected a first-, second-, and third-place winner.
January 17, 2013
Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors is seeking entries for a poster contest from children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Illustrations will be judged and those selected will be forwarded to Maryland Association of Realtors as potential entries in its annual 2014 Fair Housing Poster Contest. Winners will be featured in the association's 2014 calendar. This year's theme is “Diversity Makes Great Neighborhoods.” Artwork can be delivered to the Pen-Mar office at 300 Cameo Drive in Hagerstown.
November 15, 2012
Maugansville Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week the week of Oct. 22 to 26 with the theme, “I'm Voting for My Future - I'm Drug Free.” The week's events and motivational items were sponsored by the PTA. On Monday, Oct. 22, all grades participated by receiving backpack tags with the stay drug free week theme. Tuesday, Oct. 23, was Red, White and Blue Day. All students were encouraged to be patriotic and keep the country drug free. ...
October 19, 2012
The City of Hagerstown has put out a call for artists who want to be their 2013 Western Maryland Blues Fest poster creator. City spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in a news release that the city's Blues Fest committee and the Washington County Arts Council are looking for visual artists to submit their work by Nov. 16. The 18th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest is scheduled for May 30 through June 2, 2013. “Each year we get so excited reviewing the submitted art. Our 'Call to Artists' for Blues Fest 2012 was our most successful ever, with over 45 very cool and creative ideas,” said Carl Disque, founder and event chair for the Blues Fest.
July 18, 2012
Thunder mixed with the up-tempo sounds of circus music Wednesday as 156 playing members of Windjammers Unlimited rehearsed. The organization's members from across the United States and Canada have descended on Liberty Mountain Resort this week. The instrumentalists are recording music for preservation and preparing for a pair of free concerts this weekend. “We're rehearsing 59 pieces. We will be playing 19 at the concerts,” said Waynesboro, Pa., resident William Link, event organizer.
May 30, 2012
Blues music might not be listed in Kate Fortin's top favorite musical genres, but that doesn't mean the 25-year-old artist can't appreciate how the music makes people feel. It's being able to express that feeling on canvas might be one reason Fortin was named as the Western Maryland Blues Artist for 2012. Her "Bluesman on Stage" acrylic painting was chosen as the motif of this year's exhibit and can be seen everywhere associated with this year's festival. According to Mary Anne Burke, executive director of Washington County Arts Council, this year's Blues Fest committee received 45 submissions from 28 artists.
April 20, 2012
Shepherd University junior graphic design major Adam Ritchey, of Greencastle, Pa., won the Poster Clash event at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Md., on Friday, March 30. The nationwide contest is hosted by the Blue Ridge American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Poster Clash. Melissa Scotton, assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, said she assigned the poster clash project to her Professional Practices I students as a fun project while they work on preparing their portfolios for sophomore portfolio review.
April 15, 2012
Potomac Heights Elementary School last month held a poster contest focusing on the theme “Friendly Dragons Don't Bully.” All students created posters during their art classes. The posters were judged by parents, family members and community members. First- and second-place ribbons were awarded to two girls and two boys in each grade. Posters were given to a number of local restaurants to showcase the student art and reinforce the anti-bullying theme in the community.
February 23, 2012
Hancock High School Athletic Director Bill Sterner has announced that the All-American Sports Posters Co. is preparing the fall issue of the school's sports poster and schedule. Local businesses, clubs, churches and other organizations are invited to help by sponsoring an ad for the poster. All contributions help the Hancock Athletic Boosters with equipment and funding for the sports programs at the high school. For more information, call Sterner at 301-766-8191. Bandana to perform Mark your calendars now for a concert by Bandana on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall, 126 W. High St. Admission costs $2 to hear this local group of talented young musicians.
October 18, 2011
The city of Hagerstown's Western Maryland Blues Fest committee, in collaboration with the Washington County Arts Council, has extended the deadline for the 2012 Western Maryland Blues Fest poster artist submissions to Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m.. Each year, the committee and the arts council find an artist who creates an original work that is used to advertise for the festival, which is held annually in Hagerstown. The winning original artwork is commissioned by the arts council and the city, and is seen on posters, T-shirts, programs and other promotional material.