HAGERSTOWN, MD. >> The artistic movements at the dawn of the 20th century reflected the effects of modernization and told the story of changes in America, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' collection includes dazzling examples of 20th century works of art.

An exhibition opening this weekend in the refurbished Kerstein Gallery, "Ashcan to Abstraction," is the first reflective, retrospective view of the museum's collecting efforts during this important century of art as interpreted by guest curator, Hollis Koons McCullough.

An opening night preview gala and program will be held on Saturday Oct. 3, followed on Sunday, Oct. 4, by a free gallery talk and reception hosted by the museum's volunteer association, the Singer Society.

McCullough's selections for the refurbished Kerstein Gallery's opening exhibition incudes works by Edward Steichen, Robert Henri, Gene Davis and Joseph Deweese Holston.

The Kerstein Gallery is part of the museum's original 1930 building, designed by architects Hyde and Shepherd and protected by an easement of the Maryland Historic Trust. The gallery refurbishment was approved by the MHT.

For information call 301-739-5727.

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