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June 22, 2011
Three exhibits are currently going on at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, according to the museum's website. • The longest-running exhibit is "Lion and Dragons and Snakes! Oh My!" This exhibit features carvings out of wood, paint, and penknives by Hagerstown resident Frank Mish, Jr.  It began Sept. 11, 2010, and will continue through Aug. 21. • The "Making Pictures: A Retrospective" Exhibition has been going on since May 14. This exhibit features paintings by R. Benjamin Jones of Hagerstown.
April 11, 2012
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts held its annual raffle drawing on March 15 during the museum's annual membership meeting. Twelve winners were selected from the 2,389 ticket entries. The raffle, which supports the museum's annual operating program, netted $18,685. Dale Stein was chairwoman this year and was assisted by Alaina Alter. This year's top-selling raffle ticket seller was Teresa Barr.  Diane Sanford of Hagerstown won a $5,000 shopping spree from R. Bruce Carson Jewelers.
December 30, 2012
The Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, recently presented the 2012 Good Design = Good Business Award to Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects for its design of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts courtyard enclosure and atrium. The award was presented at the annual Design Excellence Event at the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University. Murphy & Dittenhafer's design repurposed the museum's exterior courtyard as a 3,200-square-foot atrium space to better serve the historic institution.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | October 19, 2012
Special to The Herald-Mail The Washington County Museum of Fine Art's important oil painting by Thomas Birch (1779 to 1851), titled "The Shipwreck," 1837, plays a pivotal role in an important exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show opened Saturday, Sept. 22, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 16. The exhibition, "Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and 'The Life Line,'" focuses on Homer's painting, "The Life Line," and explores the making and meaning of images of rescue.
June 20, 2011
Washington County Free Library will welcome author Christopher Webber to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. as part of a fundraising event benefiting the library’s Western Maryland Room and the museum’s children’s educational programs. Webber is the author of the newly released book “American to the Backbone: The Life of James W.C. Pennington. The Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Black Abolitionists.” Tickets cost $25. Tickets can be purchased through the link on the library website at or by calling 301-739-3250, ext. 128. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
By DAVE McMILLION | | May 13, 2012
Springfield Middle School student Nick Andreaccio showed off his piece of artwork Sunday - a piece of thin metal with his image carved in it. The creation, one of about 1,500 that are being exhibited at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts as part of an annual public schools art display, showed a boy with blue hair, a green face and a purple shirt. Andreaccio said he made the image by pressing a pencil into the soft metal. Then, he made the different colors in the piece by melting different colored crayons and pouring the waxy material in the mold.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | April 19, 2013
Special to The Herald-Mail " Once I drew like Raphael, but it has taken me a whole lifetime to learn to draw like children. " - Pablo Picasso For more than 60 years, in April and May, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has hosted an exhibition featuring works by students in grades kindergarten through 12.  Receptions sponsored by the museum's volunteers in collaboration with art teachers, are held for the students and...
By JULIE E. GREENE | | September 9, 2013
The red Dodge Dart is still in Roy Steele's acrylic painting, but the spectators - in the painting and at the art exhibit - know it's got some speed because of the pillows of white smoke coming out of the muscle car's exhaust pipe as it races down a dragway strip. Steele, 51, of Hagerstown, said he named the large canvas work “The Sleeper” because the Dodge's speed is a surprise. For the painting, Steele picked up the Washington County Arts Council's award Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.
September 3, 2013
1. Boonesborough Days The event will feature crafters and their handmade items typical of Colonial homesteads such as sandcasting, shown at right, soaps, dolls, clothing, candles, metal items, leather goods and pottery. Plus, a plant clinic, Civil War relic displays, Trolley Station Museum, raptors, a car show and Tri-State Astronomers will offer viewing of sunspots. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8. Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro. For more information, go to . 2. Heritage Day Live period music, traditional arts and crafts, 19th-century farm life demonstrations, live animals, pottery, handmade brooms, fresh bread baked in the museum house, fly fishing, tinsmithing, quilt demonstration and more.
Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | September 2, 2013
Yard sale is Sept. 21 South Hagerstown High's Alumni Association will hold a yard sale Saturday, Sept. 21, on the school grounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Setup begins at 7 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine. The cost to rent a space is $10. Registration is required. To reserve a space, call Tobey Anderson at 301-582-1923 or send an email to Sharon Cooper at All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.   Diabetes support group The diabetes support group at Walnut Towers will meet Wednesday, Sept.
August 11, 2013
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will offer its Saturday Morning Youth Program during the coming school year. Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10  to 11:30 a.m. and will meet Oct. 5, 12, 19, 16, Nov. 9, 16 and 23. There will be no class on Saturday, Nov. 2 during the museum's annual Treasure Sale. The second semester will begin Feb. 8 and end March 29. For more than two decades, the program has been funded by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund. This year,  the museum has worked with a team of art teachers and an arts curriculum specialist from Washington County Public Schools to create a 16-week curriculum.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | August 8, 2013
By Rebecca Massie Lane Special to The Herald-Mail   Painter Brad Clever of Chambersburg, Pa., won Best of Show at the 81st annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition for his oil on wood panel painting, “Milk Glass and Peppers.” His painting will be on on view Saturday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Clever recently retired after 35 years as art director for a company that manufactures seasonal decorations.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | July 11, 2013
By Rebecca Massie Lane Special to The Herald-Mail    On June 16, 2012, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened “Valley of the Shadow,” a landmark exhibition of authentic art and artifacts of regional, national, and international importance to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  Focused on objects telling stories of the Maryland Campaign, particularly Antietam and concluding with the...
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 7, 2013
Whether they were standing with their open hands by their sides or pointing toward the ceiling as they sang, a Sweet Adelines chorus filled the Bowman Concert Hall at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday with some well-known patriotic tunes, Broadway songs and pop hits. The 24 women in the Heart of Maryland Chorus were really good, said Hagerstown resident Donna Souders, who added that she considers herself a “good critic” because she sang barbershop harmony with a Sweet Adelines group for 20 years.
Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | June 23, 2013
Dr. Thomas G. Clemens will be featured as the final speaker in the yearlong Civil War Lecture Series presented by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11.The lectures are offered in conjunction with the museum's headline exhibition, “Valley of the Shadow,” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. Speakers for the Thursday Evening Series are drawn from a wealth of regional experts, historians, authors and preservationists.
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | June 13, 2013
A community vacation Bible school will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, at 17630 Virginia Ave., beginning Sunday, July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., and continuing Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The theme is “SonQuest Rainforest” and will include crafts, Bible study, snacks, games as well as opportunities for children to learn the Bible verse  - “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that...
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