85th Anniversary Gala Held at Museum
85th Anniversary Gala… Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams Fullfilled!
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland held its 85th Anniversary Gala on October 8, 2016. The Honorary Co-Chairs were First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan and Museum Trustee, Howard S. Kaylor. The reception and gala sold out. In her remarks, Yumi Hogan thanked the museum trustees, staff, and volunteers for their work in creating an artistic resource for the region, state, and nation.
Howard S. Kaylor announced, “it is my pleasure to give the good news that the Stine-Schreiber Foundation of Washington County has given a gift to endow the position of Curator at the Museum. With this restricted fund, the museum will be able to sustain the curator position long-term.given by the Agnita M. Stine-Schreiber Foundation to endow the position of Curator at the Museum.”
Yumi Hogan presented a Governor’s Citation in which the museum was “recognized for its leadership and development ‘into one of the finest small museums in the United States.’”
186 guests enjoyed a VIP reception and dinner catered by VOLT. The gala featured music by the Bill Sykes Quartet, and artist demonstrations. Marilyn Syme, a white-line print artist, demonstrated her technique to guests. Using a 3D printer, Henry House, of Free State 3D, created 3D tokens for each guest. Photographer, Bruce Wilder also displayed 12 of his photographic prints.
Museum founders, Mr. William H. Singer, Jr. and Anna Brugh Singer, were portrayed via actors from the Maryland Entertainment Group as “living art” and greeted guests. Artist, Godfried Schalcken, who appeared on the Gala invites and whose self-portrait is in the museum’s Schreiber Gallery, was also depicted by an actor from the group.
Artist, Sukey Rankin assisted guests in making origami cranes. Simply put, according to tradition, the making of 1,000 cranes will result in the granting of a wish The installation of over 1,085 origami cranes (1,000 colorful cranes for a wish granted–and 85 gold cranes, one for each year of the museum) was completed prior to the gala thanks to community volunteers. The cranes were made in a community art project by the hands of many volunteers, and they represent over 350 hours in the making and more than 70 hours to install. The Ellsworth Electric company generously provided assistance with the installation of the cranes in the Kaylor Atrium. The cranes will remain on view through the 85th anniversary year.
As First Lady, Mrs. Hogan has made it a priority to instill a love of art in Marylanders of all ages through arts education. She has also devoted much of her time advocating for cancer awareness and visiting patients battling cancer, especially children, and their families. Through teaching art classes to them, she has demonstrated how art therapy can have a positive impact on health and well-being. Mrs. Hogan plans to continue to support the arts community and advocate for arts programs in schools across the state.
Serving as the Museum’s Co-Chair of the 85th Anniversary Gala is Mr. Howard S. Kaylor, First Vice President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Kaylor was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, in the same red brick house where he lives today. He graduated from Hagerstown High School, then entered the Navy and served in World War II as a mechanic and an aerial gunner. After the war, he entered Washington and Lee College in Lexington, Virginia where he graduated with a degree in business. He returned to Hagerstown following college and was employed by Fairchild Industries before becoming a successful stock broker and a community leader.
Future events to commemorate the 85th Anniversary include such exhibitions as: Distant Journeys: Willem Dooijewaard’s Drawings of Mongolia & Bali, opening November 12, 2016; the Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibition, on view January 29, 2017 – April 9, 2017; and the Washington County Public School Annual Art Exhibition, Elementary On View: April 22, 2017 – May 7, 2017, Middle/High School On View: May 13, 2017 – May 28, 2017.
There will also be a photographic documentary exhibition “Washington County Museum of Fine Arts: The First Fifty Years,” on view October 29, 2016 – January 28, 2017.
As the museum commemorates its 85th anniversary this year, notable works of art in the collection will be featured through special interpretive exhibitions and programs. Among the museum’s most beloved works of art is Anna Hyatt Huntington’s “Diana of the Chase” life sized bronze, on view in the East Portico of the museum’s 1930 building. There are five known castings of this captivating image of the Roman goddess Diana (Greek-Artemis) and her hound, one of which is at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
On Wednesday evening, October 26, the museum will host an illustrated talk on Diana of the Chase by Dr. Robin R. Salmon, PhD, Vice President of Art and Historical Collections/Curator of Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina. Opening in 1932, and founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Brookgreen Gardens is an American Alliance of Museums’ accredited museum, featuring gardens, American sculpture, and zoological collections.
Information on Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibitions, collections, art classes, and events can be found on the museum’s website wcmfa.org and facebook.