Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2015

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is pleased to present its “Annual Community Art Show:  The Best Local Art of 2015.”  The juried community art exhibit will run from December 4, 2015 through December 30, 2015 with an opening reception on Friday, December 4 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Join WCAC president, Jim Pierné and Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts at the Opening Reception on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm as they present the 2015 awards. Visitors to the exhibit through December 30, 2015 can vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

This year’s Jurors were R. Benjamin Jones and Benita Keller.

Maryland artist R. Benjamin Jones is an accomplished painter portraying scenes from his native Maryland, the state’s Eastern Shore, the Amish of Lancaster County (PA), New England, and a trip to Florence and Tuscany, Italy. He seeks to portray the gentle beauty of the world in his paintings of delicate flowers, New England streets and harbors, Amish faces, rough Chesapeake Bay watermen and rose-covered cottages along island roads. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Jones studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts in Baltimore, the University of Maryland and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Mr. Jones’ works have been shown in many galleries and museums, including the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Hurlbutt Gallery in Greenwich, Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Workshop in Southport, McBride Gallery in Annapolis, The Greenbrier, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore Museum of Arts and The Smithsonian.

Benita Keller grew up on a farm in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and presently lives in her high school town, Shepherdstown, WV. Ms. Keller teaches private workshop photography classes, is the director of The Jefferson County Photography Project and will soon be extending this to include The Washington County Photography Projects. She is presently working to get 30 years of her archives in order, working on producing photography books of her many years of photographing,  and establishing an “out of the house” artist studio because, as she says, “My art work has outgrown my house.” Benita Keller is represented by The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WV and was the featured artist in April 2015 at the Washington County Arts Council. A 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland, Ms. Keller has taught photography as an adjunct for over 25 years—at Shepherd University, The Art Institute of Washington DC and The Montgomery College School of Art and Design. Today, Ms. Keller is an adjunct professor at Hagerstown Community College, where she teaches digital photography and photography for public discourse, which she describes as a photojournalism class, as well as an advanced photography class.

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. gallery is located at 34 South Potomac Street, just off Artist Alley in Hagerstown’s Art and Entertainment District.

For questions please contact Gallery Manager, Chris Brewer at 301-791-3132 or