Coming Attractions: Donate to, and shop at, the yART sale

Coming Attractions: Donate to, and shop at, the yART sale
Sharon Utermahlen, of Westminster, left, and her daughter Hannah Utermahlen look through pieces on display during the yART Sale at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Aug. 20, 2016. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times file)

If you haven’t done your spring cleaning yet, it’s not too late! Clean out those garages, basements and attics in time for fall, and consider donating any used pieces of artwork, frames, art supplies and books to the Carroll County Arts Council for our sixth annual yART Sale.

We begin taking donations this Saturday, Aug. 9, and will continue to accept goods through Wednesday, Aug. 15. If you’re like me, you probably have art supplies that were purchased with the best of intentions, but never quite became the masterpiece you envisioned. We will happily help you get those into the hands of someone who will put them to good use.


The following weekend, Aug. 18 and 19, the “previously enjoyed” artwork, frames, art supplies, and art books will be sold at yard sale — or y’ART Sale — prices. The sale runs Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the selection is best, so if you are looking to furnish a specific place, join us on Saturday. On Sunday, Aug. 19, any remaining merchandise will be “pay-what-you-want” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can make us an offer and get a great deal! Change your home or office décor for a fraction of the cost of new artwork, while feeling good about by recycling and supporting the Arts Council.

You don’t have to wait for yART Sale to enjoy all the offerings at the Carroll Arts Center! Whether it’s a movie, performance or a piece of artwork, we offer something for almost every art enthusiast in our community. Find all of our programs at

Now playing

On Friday, Aug. 17, the Film Lovers In Carroll County group is presenting “Casablanca” at the Carroll Arts Center.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of this classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Berman. See it on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen! We will feature two screenings that day, the first at 1 p.m. (with captions for the hearing impaired) and the second at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are just $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. As always, members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount on tickets. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks and adult beverages can be purchased at our concession stand. A special thanks to JeannieBird Baking Company for sponsoring this event.

A view from the gallery

The galleries at the Carroll Arts Center are buzzing with activity as we prepare for the openings of our next shows. Beginning Aug. 30 in the Tevis Gallery, the show “Synergy” features three local artists whose work is combined to create a complementary synergy between sculpture, abstract pastels, and photography and painting using color as language.

In the upstairs Community Gallery, we are presenting the Carroll Camera Club’s “The World Through Our Eyes.” This visual travelogue promises to be another popular exhibit by the Camera Club, who will have prints and cards of their work for sale.

Remember, the Carroll Arts Center features a variety of local artists and artisan in our gift shop year-round. If you’re looking for something creative and unique, stop by and shop the wonderful jewelry, stained glass, pottery, candles, and textiles we have for sale and support our local artists.

Behind the scenes

If you have a budding middle-school actor in your family, get him or her involved with our production of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr.”

Auditions will be held for middle-school aged performers on Sunday, Aug. 12. Preregistration is required, so be sure to go online and get all the information at

In September and October, we are offering “Make It and Take It” art classes for ages 5-8 and 9-12. These classes are six consecutive Tuesdays, and allow students to experience their own creativity through projects they complete in class. These are popular classes, so if you’re interested, be sure to register online.

You don’t have to be a kid to take classes at the Carroll Arts Center! We have several new offerings this fall for adults. On Sept. 27, find out how to enhance your garden and outdoor spaces by making mosaic stepping stones with instructor Susan Williamson. We are also offering a Fall Art History series, covering topics as varied as presidential portraits, photography, and the influence of Art Deco in Carroll County.

Whatever your interests, you can find a complete listing of our classes and information on becoming a member at