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Coming attractions: Arts Council offers summer camps for young artists and thespians

Students perform as Space Pirates during a theater camp in 2018. The Carroll County Arts Council offers a number of camps for art and theater each summer.
Students perform as Space Pirates during a theater camp in 2018. The Carroll County Arts Council offers a number of camps for art and theater each summer. (Courtesy photo)

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, come see us at Art in the Park! Rain or shine, the Carroll County Arts Council once again presents this festival of creativity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Westminster City Hall. Sponsored by Max Realty and the City of Westminster, this free event features over 50 booths packed with unique, locally-crafted wares, music, kids crafts and food vendors. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so plan to support Carroll County artists this Saturday at Art in the Park!

For all our summer events, including camps for arts-minded kids, check out all our programming at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council yet, please consider joining. Members get a 10% discount on most programs.

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday nights this summer! Beginning June 18, we are once again offering our free Summer Family Movies. Every Tuesday night through Aug. 6, we will offer a family-friendly movie in our historic theatre. Thanks to Ting for sponsoring the series this year!

Our first movie, June 18, is “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” sponsored by Rhoten’s Printing. We follow that up with a great line-up that includes “A Bug’s Life,” “The Incredibles 2”, “Paddington 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 3.” The doors open each week at 6:30 p.m. and movies begin at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served, and you can buy popcorn and other concessions for the show.

For a more grown-up movie experience, plan to join us for the movie “Leave No Trace,” presented by Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC) on Friday, June 21 at 1 p.m. (captioned) and 7:30 p.m. This powerful tale of self-reliance features a veteran with PTSD and his daughter, who are forced to abandon their peaceful, voluntary isolation in the forests and embark on a harrowing journey back to their home. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and are available for purchase online or at the door.

On Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. we welcome Wherligig to our stage. An ensemble of traditional Celtic and Nordic string and wind instruments paying a repertoire from the British Isles and Northern Europe, Wherligig has performed for audiences all over the Mid-Atlantic. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.

We are also excited to be holding Carroll’s Got Talent this year at the Carroll County 4-H Fair on July 31. If you are interested in participating in this fun, good-natured talent competition, please go to our website and fill out an application by June 19.

A View from the Gallery

Now through June 14, we have two wonderful exhibits in our galleries. In the Tevis Gallery, we have “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Emily White adds her own twists and turns to the German paper cut art called “scherenschnitte” with her clean angular cuts and flowing arabesques and circles. Ann Ruppert sculpts soft, curvilinear lines in wood and stone. In the Community Gallery, we have an exhibit of work by the Carroll County Artists Guild. Come see the amazing talent we have here in Carroll County!

Behind the Scenes

Now is the time to get your kids enrolled in summer camp! We have several options depending on ages. For kids 9 to 12, we are offering Art Expressions, June 24-28. This week will be busy with arts and crafts, experimenting with different art media and enjoying gallery walks. Weather permitting, they will have lunch breaks at King Park. The younger kids, ages 5 to 8, can participate in Kids Need More Art, July 8-12. They will get a fun introduction to the arts through a creative mix of craft projects, drawing and painting, games, and more.

For the budding thespian in your home, we have two different theatre camps. Ages 8-10 can enroll in Theatre Camp, June 24-28, in which campers will produce a full length pay written just for our stage, complete with costumes and scenery. Older campers, ages 10–13, will be immersed for 2 weeks in Musical Theatre Camp, July 8-19. They get to experience the magic and excitement of live musical theatre as they learn dialogue, music, and choreography for a large-scale musical production. You can get all the information and register at our website.

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

A camper works on a piece during art camp in 2018. The Carroll County Arts Council offers a number of camps for art and theater each summer.
A camper works on a piece during art camp in 2018. The Carroll County Arts Council offers a number of camps for art and theater each summer.(Courtesy photo)
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