A trip to Hagerstown this month can make us feel that we continued west another 1,800 miles.

Frederick artist Lori Niland Rounds’ “Simply Santa Fe” runs through Aug. 27 at the Washington County Arts Council. The artist will present a talk and demo from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10.

“I’m inspired by the geography and climate of New Mexico,” said Rounds. “I completed 30 encaustic monotypes during my recent mentorship under Santa Fe artist Paula Roland. The process is a unique combination of painting and printmaking with pigmented wax.”

I recognized the work of several other Frederick artists during a recent trip to the WCAC, including a good selection of small paintings by Ed Ramsburg. There’s also a well-stocked shop with a variety of local work.

If you’d like some food and drink to go along with your art, The Flying Camel Literary Cafe and Piano Bar is just a few steps away. On the same block you’ll find the Art Gastropub and Cafe that boasts an excellent adjacent gallery.

The nearby Engine Room Art Space and Just Lookin’ Gallery are also worth checking out.

An art pilgrimage to Hagerstown wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. This 1931 gem overlooks the City Park Lake and is always free.

“The Blues and the Abstract Truth” runs through Jan. 12 and features work by African American artists including Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence and Martin Puryear. I was also happy to find mixed-media pieces by two of my Maryland favorites, Curtis Woody and Schroeder Cherry. Viewing Cherry’s “I Remember Remembering,” brought me back to Artomatic 2017 when I donated a bunch of defunct keys for his future assemblages. I like to think that an old house key or three made their way into his art.

The best way to travel between the downtown Arts and Entertainment District and the Museum of Fine Arts is to walk the Hagerstown Cultural Trail. It’s only about half-a-mile and there are gardens, seating areas, and 11 pieces of public art along the way. You won’t be bored.

Other Shows in August

District Arts. 15 N Market Street, Frederick (301-695-4050, districtarts.com)

Prior to its opening, District Arts invited artists to submit work for a themed event, “Five and Dime,” in honor of its location in the old McCrory building.

“Rosa Leff submitted an incredibly intricate hand-cut paper piece,” said owner Staci McLauchlan. “While the event was ultimately canceled because the gallery space wasn’t ready, we fell in love with her work.”

Sometimes it pays to enter contests. Leff will be featured through Sept. 1 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The FMH Crestwood Art Gallery. 7211 Bank Court, Frederick (240-215-1460)

The Frederick County Art Association’s members exhibit continues through Sept. 6. The FCAA’s summer social and potluck will take place in Urbana from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit fcaamd.org.

Eastside Artists Gallery. 313 E Patrick Street, Frederick (eastsidearts313@gmail.com)

Frederick’s newest co-op presents “All Together Now.” The group show features painting, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and mixed media. You can meet the artists from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Griffin Gallery. 4 W 5th Street. Frederick

Sarah Jane Stoll’s “Ephemeral” continues this month with a reception on August 3. While you’re there, stop by Art and Pen Studio to see Sheryl Massaro’s abstract paintings. For more of Massaro’s work, take another field trip to “Big, Bold and Beautiful” at Bohrer Park in the city of Gaithersburg. The Griffin Art Center’s Tony Mel and Craig Cavin are also among the 17 artists who were juried into the show. The exhibit runs through Sept. 2.

NOMA Gallery. 437 N Market Street, Frederick. (nomagalleryfrederick.com)

NOMA’s newest partners, Judith Kornett, Jim Roberts, Brian Slagle and Virginia Sperry, are showcased in this month’s group exhibit. You can meet the artists from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday during the opening reception and at their gallery talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

The Potters Guild. 14 S Market Street, Frederick (pottersguildoffrederick.com)

You can eat well and do good this month at Brain Freeze, the gallery’s annual fundraiser. From 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday patrons will receive a hand-made bowl and ice cream from South Mountain Creamery. The $20 fee benefits the Frederick Rescue Mission.

TAG/The Artists Gallery. 216 N Market Street, Frederick. (301-696-8187, theartistsgalleryfrederick.com)

If you like variety, you’ll love this month’s show at TAG. “Le Salon” features more than 100 works by guest and member artists. Stop by from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday for an opening reception of this art-filled extravaganza.

Learn Something

Art Collective Frederick. 141 A N Market Street, Frederick (fun@chelseasparks.com.)

“Alcohol Inks 101.” You can learn about this exciting medium from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14. The workshop’s cost is $45 and all materials will be provided.

The Delaplaine Arts Center. 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick (delaplaine.org)

On Friday, Aug. 9, Rick Gibson will present “Smokey Bear: 75 Years of Positive Propaganda Art.” Spin the Bottle Wine Company will offer a tasting of dessert wines to accompany slices of Smokey’s birthday cake. Admission is free to adults 21 and over.

FrederickFrederick Book Arts Center. 217 W Patrick Street, Frederick (frederickbookarts.org)

For those of us who are still interested in old-fashioned journalism, FBAC has some special classes this month in 19th century newspaper production.

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