October 23, 2012The Washington County Arts Council is pleased to announce its November 2012 exhibit, “The Darkness of My Night and the Brightness of My Day” by Doug Moulden. Moulden studied art from a very young age with the help of his mother, a primitive painter and exceptional quilter. He studied drawing at the Corcoran and graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in sculpture. As a full time artist, he has exhibited extensively including venues in Maryland, Virginia and Yew York. Exhibits have included on-man shows and group showings. Moulden was a 2007 Maryland State Arts Grant Recipient recognized in the category “Visual Arts: Painting.” In his artist’s statement, Moulden says, “I think the hardest part of being a painter is to stay relevant. Painting isn’t dead, but it certainly is not very important to many people. Television, movies, computers and the internet offer much more engrossing products that move, change and are coupled with sound and other stimuli, while paintings offer a static image with an unchanging perspective. It clearly is not an even competition. Unfortunately for me, my talents and skills are a painter’s. Fortunately for me, much of what’s out there in modern media is vacant, without much value. Moulden says he likes “to make beautiful objects. A lifetime of drawing, painting and making objects has instilled in me an appreciation for elegant design. The many years I spent in industry also helped to develop this appreciation. An “elegant” design is one that not only solves all the problems that need solving, but does so with style and beauty.” The Washington County Arts Council will host an opening reception Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5-7 pm at the gallery located at 14 W Washington Street just off the square in downtown Hagerstown. The exhibits run from 11/2/2012 through 11/27/2012. For information, contact gallery manager, Chris Brewer, at 301-791-3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.