May is here, along with warmer weather, flowering trees and sunlight at 8 p.m. Here at the Carroll Arts Center, we have plenty of events, exhibits and activities, including an exihibit entitled “Rock, Paper, Scissors” that opens today in the Tevis Gallery and the Carroll County Playwrights Festival on Saturday night.
Check out all our programming at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. Members get a 10% discount on most programs.
This Saturday, May 4, join us for the Carroll County Playwright’s Festival. Five local playwrights will perform readings from their original material at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
This group was started over a year ago by Tabetha White, former CCAC Theatre Coordinator, and the members have been meeting ever since. The group is now led by Jean Burgess. Each play has been cast with local talent and are no longer than 15 minutes. The titles and playwrights are as follows:
- “Dr. Frankenstein’s Dracula,” by Ira Domser.
- “Goggles,” by Jean Burgess.
- “Old Dudes,” by Bill Kennedy, John Witiak, Rick Galloway.
- “Marriage Counseling,” by Tina Hoff.
- “Socractic Frustration,” by Jeff Dunne.
Following the staged readings, there will be a reception and Q&A session with all the playwrights. “This is a rare opportunity to be able to ask the playwrights questions about the plays themselves and about writing in general and should not be missed,” CCAC Theatre Coordinator Lindsay Sier said.
On Saturday, May 11, join us as the Carroll County Cloggers present “Clogging Soul to Sole.” This performance features the first percussive dance form in the USA known as Appalachian Clogging and live Old Timey Music by Thomas Jolin, mixing vocals with hammered dulcimer, banjo, button accordion and harmonica. Experience the evolution of clogging expressed through the soles of this talented dance club. There will be an opportunity for audience participation in a beginner Folk Dance. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
Friday, May 17 Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC) celebrate the girls of summer with the classic “A League of Their Own.” Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna star in this major-league comedy about a washed-up ballplayer who is hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943, while the male pros are at war. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, on the fields and off, for generations of athletes. Show times are 1 p.m. (captioned) and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Thanks to Evermore Farms for sponsoring this film.
A View from the Gallery
Opening today, Thursday, May 2, in the Tevis Gallery, we have a fabulous exhibit entitled “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”
Featuring just two artists, this intimate exhibit will allow visitors time to contemplate each work. 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 Rupert sculpts soft, curvilinear lines in wood and stone.
Join us for the opening reception one week from today, Thursday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., where you can meet the artists and enjoy a deeper appreciation of the work. The exhibit is on display until June 14.
Also opening today in the Community Gallery is a display of artwork by the Carroll County Artists Guild. Come admire our local talent and be inspired. This exhibit will also be on display until June 14.
Mark your calendars for our annual Art in the Park, Saturday, June 1 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 art, music, kids crafts and food vendors. Come enjoy a day of beauty at Art in the Park!
Behind the Scenes
It’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp! For the artist in your family, we have several options depending on their ages. For ages 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, can be immersed for two weeks in Musical Theatre Camp, July 8-19. They will 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.
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.