Coming Attractions: Foreign Film Festival to debut at Carroll Arts Center on Feb. 1

The Foreign Film Festival, which will feature Friday foreign films in February, begins with “A Fantastic Woman” on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.
The Foreign Film Festival, which will feature Friday foreign films in February, begins with “A Fantastic Woman” on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. (Courtesy photo)

Most people associate January with a time to rest after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but nothing could be further from the truth at the Carroll Arts Center! We have a wide array of films, live shows, tours, exhibits and classes taking place over the next two months. You can find out more information about all our activities at

Now Playing

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., we are presenting an amazing one-woman show entitled “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One.” Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Carroll Community College and Susan Williamson, we are hosting actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand for her portrayal of Tubman’s life and legacy. Born in Maryland, she became a legend symbolizing freedom. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and free for those who have volunteered in the community this year.


You have two more chances to catch our documentary film series, presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC). This Friday, feel good by watching rare footage of the Godfather of Soul in “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” sponsored by BaylorCAD Drafting Service, and then finish out the series with everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Jan. 25, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Company. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each week, with captioning at the 1 p.m. show. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

We keep the movie momentum rolling with the Foreign Film Festival in February, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Co. We have a fabulous offering each of the four Fridays of the month, beginning with “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, or purchase tickets for all 4 films for $22. Find out more and purchase tickets at

Join us for a depARTures bus trip to Ford’s Theater on Sunday, Jan. 27 for the classic drama “Twelve Angry Men.” Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder in this provocatively resonant drama about how prejudice can shape the quest for justice. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $95, and members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount. If you’re interested, get your tickets today! They’re selling quickly!

If you saw them over the holidays for A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas, you won’t want to miss the Eric Byrd Trio on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for “A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” Cole’s artistry as a singer is honored by this talented group of musicians who play all of his classics with authentic style, including “Unforgettable,” “Straighten Up & Fly Right,” “Love” and more. Guitarist Dan Vogel joins the trio for this engagement, which is sponsored by a Touring Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

A View from the Gallery

Join us tonight for the opening reception of our two new exhibits! In the Tevis gallery, experience “Elements,” as local artists explore the role of earth, air, fire and water in their creative lives. Artists include representatives from The Art of Fire, working in glass; Maggie Ball, using found objects from nature; Nicole Diem and Alex Simms working in ceramics; Charlotte Laslo, metalsmithing; Virginia Vincent Sperry, rust photography and sculpture; and Thomas Sterner, wood.

In the Community Gallery, we have “Inspired by Pearls,” where 24 quilters from Carroll and surrounding counties were challenged with the theme of a pearl. This exhibit features their interpretations in quilted fiber embellished with mixed media and pearls. Meet the artists and enjoy their work at the reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

Behind the Scenes

We have two more series of Make It and Take It art classes beginning in February. This is more than just “refrigerator art.” The students will create properly-mounted artwork that can be hung on a wall or used as décor. Ages 5–8 will meet for 6 Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and ages 9–12 will meet 6 Thursdays starting Feb. 7. Registration is $120, and members of the Carroll Arts Center get a 10 percent discount.

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at