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Centennial Paws for a Cause Statue Tour

As we prepare to celebrate 100 years of serving the community, we're excited to announce the Centennial Paws for a Cause Statue Tour sponsored by Howard’s Art and Frames! In honor of this important milestone in our history, we are introducing 12 fiberglass cat and dog statues that have been hand-painted by local artists. Completed statues will be displayed at local businesses from October 1st to November 9th.


Available statues can be purchased through a “Buy It Now” option on our website from November 1st at 7pm to November 11th at 7pm. Statues not purchased through “Buy It Now” will be auctioned off at our 100th Anniversary Gala on November 13th.


Meet The Artists!

Meet the 12 local artists who hand-painted our Centennial Paws for a Cause statues! These artists were chosen from many applicants and spent two months during summer 2021 perfecting their statues. Thank you to these incredible artists for contributing their talents to support the animals at HSWC!

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Lauren Bankert

Lauren grew up in Smithsburg, MD, where she developed her love for art at a young age. She decided to pursue art in college and in 2012 she started learning about different forms of art at Bridgewater College in VA.  Throughout her years of study, Lauren became fond of abstract art. She loves working with bold colors and shapes and creating different, never-ending patterns. Some of her favorite materials to work with are watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic paints. She tries to stylize her abstract artwork around different forms of nature, animals, and sea life.

Once Lauren graduated from college with a BA in Art in 2016, she started exploring 

more with abstract art. She had greatly successful art shows in 2016 and 2018, and plans to continue creating. Lauren’s goal with creating art is to bring joy to others. 

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Morgan Flick

Morgan is a 21-year-old hobby artist from Waynesboro, PA. She is currently a junior at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Linguistics. When Morgan is not working on art projects, you can find her watching anime and spending time with her puppy Mira, two cockatiels, and two parakeets. Morgan enjoys creating art that is “cartoonish” in style, focusing mainly on themes like nature and wildlife. Creating artwork is something that Morgan does to destress and have fun. While she may only be an at-home artist for now, she hopes to one day open her own Etsy store and share her hobby with the world. Morgan hopes you enjoy her artwork and that it adds a little creativity to your day.

Ashley Holden Hammond

Ashley Holden Hammond is an artist, designer, brand consultant, strategist, sketchnoter, caricaturist and children's book illustrator from Hagerstown, MD. Ashley has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her fine art has been exhibited across the country and in numerous juried exhibits, as well as private collections and commissions. As a senior graphic designer and digital artist, Ashley has worked with national organizations such as the NFL, NBA, National Institute of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Census Bureau,


St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and many more. When she’s not painting or designing, she loves spending her time reading, learning and enjoying her family, pets and classic car collection. Connect with her on Instagram: @ashley.illustration or

Jaclyn Kent

Jaclyn Kent hails from Johnstown, PA, though she has called many places home - from Monterey, CA, to her current location in Fairplay, MD, where she lives with her husband, 3 kids, and all her animals.

Jaclyn has been an animal and landscape painter for over 20 years, and specializes in equine art. Though her preferred medium is acrylic paint, she has done everything from sculpting, large scale murals, charcoal drawings, and antique carousel horse restoration.

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When she's not painting, she is usually gallivanting around Lexington, KY, and working the thoroughbred horse sales there.

If you need to contact her, wait by the nearest horse, and she is bound to appear.

Matt Long

Matt Long is a multimedia artist, graphic designer and outdoor enthusiast who lives in Frederick, MD. He holds a BFA degree in graphic design from Shepherd University with over 10 years of professional experience in the creative world. As of late, Matt has been focused on fostering creative business partnerships to produce works of art that are utilized as vibrant forms of branding, advertising, community outreach projects and philanthropic platforms across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Matt’s signature style is produced through the use of acrylic paints, Sharpie markers and digital techniques. His less traditional pieces are organic and busy, yet refined and engaging. Many of

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Long’s works are a manifestation of his love for

nature, surf, sun and music. From initial creative discussion to final artwork output and launch – Matt enjoys every step of the creative process.

Matt has been fortunate to work with a number of interesting clients over the years. His work has graced the Walt Disney Studios, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 2019-2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival, 2020 Frederick Keys Art in the Park Jersey, 2019 Sheetz Fleet Art Project, 2019 Washington Auto Show, 2014 Western Maryland Blues Festival and so much more.

“I never hesitate to jump on exciting opportunities that let me lend a talented hand. It’s quite an honor and treat to be able to share my work with such a grand audience. If I’m not surfing, mountain biking, or hiking – you can find me in the studio working on my next creative adventure.”

View more of Matt Long’s work @artistmattlong

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Kaylyn Luther

Kaylyn is a Middletown High School graduate. Currently she is residing in Brunswick, MD, where she works full-time as a daycare provider and paints part-time – although she has been drawing and painting mainly portraits since she can remember. She didn’t start painting in acrylic until her junior year of high school. She continued on and took a few art courses in college.

 Kaylyn is a mom of two. After having her kids she found herself only drawing and painting here and there. It wasn’t until 2020 she was able to devote more time to her work. As life began to change, she was able to find her confidence and passion for art again. She started out painting rocks for the “Frederick Rocks” Facebook group. She then began painting pet portraits for friends and family upon

request along with a variety of custom work for her clients.

It is such an honor for Kaylyn to be a featured artist for the HSWC Centennial Paws for a Cause Campaign. Such a fun experience as she continues to learn and grow as an artist.

Terry Pitt

As a chef, Terry’s hands are her tools.  Her passion is combining ingredients that would not ordinarily go together to create something brand new and magical. Thus began her artistic endeavors.

Terry is an eclectic upcycler.  She collects vintage jewelry from estates and auctions to disassemble and bedazzle anything and everything – from canvas to mannequins to musical instruments to … cats???  If only these beloved adornments could talk! Imagine the stories they could tell.  Diamonds, gold, sterling, gemstones… And what about Great Aunt Nelly’s earrings made of plastic fruit and sequins?

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Terry finds that young people today look at some of these vintage items with awe and confusion. Most people could not pull off wearing a century old brooch of pearls and rhinestones, unless, perhaps, you were Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds! Her art tries to uncover new purpose for these unique artifacts bringing new life to a totally different genre of expression.


Enjoy and Bon Apetit!

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Karen Poston

Karen has always been crafty. If it costs way more money to make a thing than to just buy it, she will definitely buy all necessary materials, make enough of the thing to give as Christmas gifts, and then get bored with the whole craft. But she did keep up with cake decorating for a long time, and that was the inspiration for her statue. When not spending too much time & money on crafting, she loves doing jigsaw puzzles while watching murder shows or anything with pretty costumes. She earns her crafting/jigsaw puzzle money as the Data & Technology Manager at HSWC.

Crystal Trovinger

Crystal Trovinger lives here in Hagerstown, MD with her husband, Chad, and their two children, Owen and Vivie. She has been a tattoo artist for over 15 years. She enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible. She loves taking walks with her dogs, Roscoe and Sassy. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and going to the movies.

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Lesley Whalley

Lesley has lived in Hagerstown for over twenty years. Born in northern England, she is self-taught and credits the paint boxes her artist parents made for her as a child as laying the early foundation to being an artist for life, it’s still cherished and used today.

Feeling a deep connection to history and nature, and having narrowed down her art explorations, Lesley chooses metal and paint as her two favorite mediums, creating assemblages, sterling silver jewelry and paintings. Lesley’s work has evolved over the years, from the tradition of English landscapes captured in watercolor, to the last ten years where she feels she has really found her true passion, using the bold beautiful colors of

acrylics to capture our human emotional connection with nature and humanity, our effects on our planet and each other, capturing a glimpse of our strengths, weaknesses, beauty and passions in her own unique style, seeing this as a source for inspiration for many years to come.

In an effort to connect other local artists, grow the local art community and to give back to Hagerstown through community outreach, Lesley founded Hagerstown Artists in 2016, and the art cooperative The Artists at The Factory in her studio space. Through these groups artistic support has been donated to local charities such as Bester Community of Hope, Hospice of Washington County and Beacon House, with one of the most visible projects being the seventy foot long mural on Memorial Boulevard railroad bridge.

Lesley was one of the original committee members of the City of Hagerstown Cultural Trail art committee bringing highly skilled artists to create large installation art in downtown Hagerstown for several years.

Lesley, whose art business is Lesley Whalley Art, achieved her own life goal in 2016 of a very large modern studio for her work in downtown Hagerstown at Mulberry Lofts, where she can create larger works for commercial settings, have events, gallery space, and teach.

Lesley’s jewelry and art is available in her studio gallery, her large murals can be seen in several local businesses, and her works has been in several local exhibitions. She is very appreciative of her client commissions, and having collectors of her work in Washington DC and Milan, Italy, a she continues enjoying growing as a working artist in our community and being a part of the growth of Hagerstown as an art destination.

Instagram @lesleywhalleyart

Website coming soon        

Heather Wincovitch

Heather is a single mother of three amazing children who are the light of her life. She also has her “sidekick” Rottie, Kai, who is a pure delight, and completely full of himself. Kai has been with her for almost six years and he is her protector, her buddy, her confidant, and her goofball! Her house is full, and she also has two lovable but feisty cats, one for each daughter, named Tuna and Hendrix.

She is originally a Pennsylvania girl (Go Steelers) but she moved to the Hagerstown area in 2005. In 2010 she moved back to Pennsylvania but as of 2020 she is back in Maryland and currently resides in the Smithsburg area.

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Art has been a part of Heather’s life ever since she was a little girl. Her father was an artist and she loved to watch him paint and meddled in all of his supplies. She has had her hands in some form of art medium ever since. With a busy work schedule and her kiddos’ sports and extracurricular activities her time was limited, so her artwork was limited as well. Now that her children are older and she only has one to run to sports, she is looking forward to being an active painter again and being able to express herself through her work. “Art is a glimpse of one’s soul.”

Heather is honored to have been selected as one of the artists to paint a statue to support the Humane Society of Washington County and Paws for a Cause. This will be Heather’s first statue of this type that she has painted. She challenged herself with her design and style, venturing away from her norm, but she has learned a lot through this experience and values every minute she puts into her work.

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Raya Weichbrod Yeary

Raya Yeary is a native of Maryland, growing up in Rockville, MD. She has BFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1991) where she primarily studied printmaking and sculpture. Raya has been tattooing professionally since 1996, adding certifications in Permanent Cosmetics to her skill set in 2012.  Raya has worked all over the country and her original shop Talon Studio Tattoo was located in Tucson, AZ (1997-2000). Raya returned to Maryland in 2004 to be near her family. She soon met her now husband, married and starting living in Washington County in 2007. She and her husband have a son.  Raya has been a part of the Boonsboro community where her son has gone to local preschool and day care, and is now at Boonsboro Middle School. In 2015, Raya opened her Tattoo shop in Boonsboro, MD: Talon Studio Tattoo. This shop houses all of Raya’s passions under one roof. It has enabled

her to offer her services in a private, clean and comfortable atmosphere, as well as showcase her art and other artist’s work over the years in a retail gallery space. COVID-19 has changed a few things, making it necessary to close the front of the shop to the public. Currently Raya only works by appointment, enabling her to keep her space safe for her clients. It is her hope to open the front of the shop to the public in the near future and to make her artwork more accessible to the public via online avenues.

Raya is very excited and honored to be a part of this project to raise money for and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Humane Society of Washington County. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to shine a light on adopting animals of all sorts that are in need of a loving forever home. All of Raya’s cats over the years have been adopted or rescued. The current piece on display and that will be auctioned off is reflective of Raya’s love of vibrant colors, bold line work, and decorative designs that have been influenced by nature, textile patterns, and her years as painter and tattooist.

Not only does Raya work on skin, using this same style and others that her clients bring to her, but she is always open to commissions of 2D and 3D. She has experience extends beyond skin and works on paper to include mural work and painted furniture and decorative objects.
Facebook:  Tattoos by Raya   
Instagram: @tattoosbyraya

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