Diabetes support group to meet April 17
The program will be about diabetes superfoods,” and will be presented by Lisa McCoy from the Washington County Health Department.
The Diabetes Support Group is open to individuals who live at Potomac Towers and anyone in the community. The group provides a forum for educating individuals with diabetes to help manage their disease and to gain support from others.
The group is sponsored by the Washington County Health Department, Hagerstown Housing Authority and the Washington County Commission on Aging. For more information, contact McCoy, Nutrition and Wellness Services, at 240-313-3360; TTY 240-313-3391.
Discovery Station program for Saturday
The Discovery Station is partnering with the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown and opening its doors from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Theatrical characters from the Barbara Ingram School for the Performing Arts will visit the museum in costume and talk with the children. Also, fans can meet the Hagerstown Suns mascot Woolie B. Additionally, several Hagerstown Suns players will greet guests.
Admission is free; donations are accepted.
Bob Savittt, author of “Blue Ridge League,” a historic early local baseball book, will sign copies of the book at 2 p.m.
Discovery Station is at 101 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. For more information, go to www.discoverystation.org or call 301-790-0076.
Museum director attends Va. preview
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Director Rebecca Massie Lane traveled to Colonial Williamsburg, Va., on Friday, March 22, to attend the festive preview of the exhibition “Painters and Paintings of the Early American South.”
Accompanied by a book of the same title published by Yale University Press, this new exhibit focuses on the interrelatedness of Southern artists and subjects, and will be at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for 1 1/2 years.
The first comprehensive study of this subject, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South, draws upon materials including diaries, correspondence and newspapers to explore the stylistic trends of the period and the lives of the sitters, as gentility spread from the wealthiest southerners to the middle class.
Featuring works by John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale and Benjamin West, among others, this book examines the training and status of painters, the distinction between fine art and the mechanical arts, the popularity of portraiture, and the nature of clientele between 1540 and 1790, providing a new understanding of the history of art.
The exhibition and book are a career capstone project of curator of American Art, Carolyn J. Weekley, who is the Juli Grainger curator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She is co-author of “Treasures of American Folk Art: From the Abby Aldrich.”
Entries accepted for annual artists exhibition
Entries are being accepted for the 81st Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
The official call for entries outlining the guidelines for entering the juried exhibition are available at www.wcmfa.org, by calling the museum at 301-471-7382, or email Jennifer Chapman Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year’s exhibition is sponsored by Bob and Mary Helen Strauch and Hugh and Marty Talton.
The deadline for entries is 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, and the exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Groh Gallery from Saturday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 3.
The exhibition is open to professional and amateur artists, and all media is considered, except for photography. The museum holds an annual juried photography exhibition earlier in the year.
Artists may submit up to four works of art for consideration and all entries must be submitted on digital CDs. Numerous cash awards will be awarded this year, including $1,000 for the Best of Show.
Elementary art exhibit opens April 20
The Washington County Public School Art Exhibition-Elementary Schools exhibit runs Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, May 5, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
An opening reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Works of art by kindergarten through fifth-grade students will be on view in the museum’s Bowman and Kerstein Galleries. This year’s exhibition is sponsored in part by Volvo Powertrain North America Inc., United Bank, Rotary Club of Long Meadows and the Washington County Arts Council Inc.
An awards ceremony and reception will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Students receiving awards will be notified by letter prior to the date and receive more information about the ceremony. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate the student artists.
The annual Public School Art Exhibition continues a long tradition of artistic cooperation between the WCMFA and Washington County Public Schools by providing a distinct opportunity to students from kindergarten through the 12th grade of displaying works of art in a nationally recognized museum.
Works of art by middle and high school students will be on view from Saturday, May 11, through Sunday, May 26. The opening reception for that exhibit is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12.
South High class of 1961 to meet
The South Hagerstown High School class of 1961 will have a lunch meeting at noon Saturday, April 20, at Western Sizzler instead of Mountain Gate. All classmates and spouses are invited.
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