August 22, 2012The Washington County Arts Council is pleased to announce its September 2012 exhibits, “Upper Potomac in the Civil Way by Garnet Jex” and “Conflict in Blue and Gray” the work of David Wonderling. “Upper Potomac in the Civil Way by Garnet Jex” exhibit is presented by the Sharpsburg Maryland Historical Society; partial funding has been provided by The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. According to the Sharpsburg Maryland Historical Society, “Jex produced the paintings between 1962 and 1965 as part of the centennial anniversary of the Civil War. The paintings depict battles and events along the Upper Potomac as well as along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Antietam Creek between 1859 and 1863. Several images are of events at Williamsport, MD, and Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry, WV. The collection titled The Upper Potomac in the Civil War appeared in black and white photographs in a booklet published in 1965 by the District of Columbia Civil War Centennial Commission. Jex, the president of the Washington, D.C., Civil Round Table in 1962, was the official artist of the Commission.” David Wonderling has been photographing re-enactors at the Gettysburg and Antietam National Battlefields. “Conflict in Blue and Gray” brings the battle experience to life as the nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Wonderling says, “The images I have taken reflect a love of history, a flair for photo direction, and experience as an Army photographer in war. I have shot photos in corporate environments for many years, but would have to say, in the world of fine art I would be an emerging photographer.” Wonderling is a journalism graduate of Ohio University; he has spent much of his career in both corporate and agency public relations and marketing. The Washington County Arts Council will host an opening reception sponsored by the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5-7 pm at the gallery located at 14 W Washington Street just off the square in downtown Hagerstown. The evening will include music by Jennie Avila who will perform original compositions from the special 150th anniversary edition of Civil War Stories in Song and remarks by John Frye, historian, who helped with the 1967 exhibit of 12 of the Jex paintings at the Washington County Free Library. In addition, Clifford Springer, antique and fine arts appraiser will share thoughts about the art and its value. The exhibits run from 9/7/2012 through 10/2/2012. For information, contact gallery manager, Ashley Durboraw at 301-791-3132 or email@example.com.