Sweet treat at Carroll Arts Centers' annual Peep Show

This week the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster is pretty in pink … and yellow ... and green ... for the fifth annual Peep Show, a combination of candy and art taking over the Main Street gallery through next Sunday, April 15.

The show, which opened April 5, challenges local residents to create original works of art made with Peeps, the marshmallow confection created by the Just Born company of Bethlehem, Pa.

This year's show includes 196 different entries, according to Sandy Oxx, director of the arts center, using Peeps chicks, rabbits and other treats.

Oxx said this year's collections include some 20,000 individual Peeps, from an entry with just one to one that boasts 1,600 of the marshmallow treats.

In addition to the display of sculpture, dioramas, mosaics and graphic arts, there are stop-action "Peep" films shown in the Arts Center's art deco movie theater.

Admission to the event is free. However, the public can vote for favorites by purchasing vote chips that are $1 each, 10 for $5, 25 for $10, 75 for $25 or 200 for $50. Proceeds benefit programs at the arts center.

The public will vote by putting their chips in the container next to each work of art. Last year more than 13,000 votes were cast. Awards to those receiving the top six highest votes will be announced on Sunday, April 15. There are also Peep souvenirs and treats for sale as well.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except for the closing day, April 15, when the voting will end at 5 p.m.

This year's Peep show at the Carroll Arts Center is sponsored by local orthodontist Dr. Edward M. Goldman and New Windsor State Bank, with support from Just Born.

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 W. Main Street in downtown Westminster. For more information call 410-848-7272 or visit http://www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org.

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