It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of August already! As our thoughts turn to back-to-school, football and pumpkin spice, let’s also consider the many events hosted every fall here at the Carroll Arts Center! Our updated fall programming is available on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
If you’re in town over Labor Day weekend, come support September Song Musical Theater’s production of “Anything Goes,” held at the Carroll Arts Center.
September Song is a nonprofit community theater company that has performed in Carroll County and neighboring areas for over 44 years. This year’s selection, “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter, follows the madcap antics of a stowaway onboard an ocean liner from New York to London.
The performances run Thursday, Aug. 30, through Saturday Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, and Monday, Sept. 3. You can purchase tickets and find more information at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
On Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. we welcome back North Sea Gas, one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands. They return to our stage with a new show featuring songs from their latest album, along with their usual wit and good humor that audiences have come to love. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount.
If you love the Barn Quilts of Carroll County (and who doesn’t), join us for a special screening of “Pieced Together,” the first documentary about the American quilt square trail movement Thursday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. (with captions) and 7:30 p.m.
If you are inspired by the movie to explore your own creativity, mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 6, when we will be offering a class on Barn Quilt Painting, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get tickets for the documentary and register for the class at our website, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
You’re invited to “Sinister Speakeasy,” a 1920s-themed murder mystery dinner party presented by Whodunnit for Hire and the Best Western Westminster, benefiting the Carroll County Arts Council.
As a guest, you will participate with local actors to search for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the case. Three dates are available, beginning Friday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $75 and include a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council, murder mystery entertainment, and a deluxe three-course dinner.
A view from the gallery
Beginning Aug. 30 we have two new exhibits opening in our galleries, followed by a third on Sept. 13.
In the Tevis Gallery, the show “Synergy” features three local artists, Tara Will, Michelle Tangieres, and Charlie Maioriana, whose work is combined to create a complementary synergy between sculpture, abstract pastels, photography and painting using color as language.
In the Community Gallery, the Carroll Camera Club presents “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.
On Sept. 13 in the Director’s Hall, we will feature “Showcasing Carroll County Public School Art Teachers.” Join us for the opening reception for these exhibits Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 pm. Meet the artists and enjoy the artwork in a more personal setting.
Behind the scenes
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. Enjoy an evening of creating with broken china, colored glass, marbles and mementos. The class is $25 and goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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. The series is also $25 and takes place once a month on a Tuesday afternoon, September through December from 1 to 2 p.m.
You can find a complete listing of our classes and information on becoming a member at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. Remember, Arts Council members get 10 percent off all our programming!