Surely there is no more reliable harbinger of fall than the notification from Starbucks that pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu. Since I received that notification earlier this week, I know that it must be time for kids to go back to school, football season to get underway, and the schedule to start filling up with multiple events at the Carroll Arts Center!
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.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. Back for a second year, Bailes de mi Tierra (Dances of My Land) is a talented Mexican folk dance group who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Mexican traditions through music and dance. This was a crowd favorite last year, so get your tickets early! Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Thanks to Joe and Becki Maurio for sponsoring this event.
If you love the Barn Quilts of Carroll County, join us for “Pieced Together,” the first documentary about the American quilt square trail movement Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Keep the barn quilt momentum going on Saturday, Oct. 6, when we will offer 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, entertainment, and a deluxe three-course dinner.
A view from the gallery
OnThursday, Sept. 13, the public is invited to the opening reception for the three new exhibits in our galleries.
Already on view in the Tevis Gallery is “Synergy,” featuring local artists Tara Will, Michelle Tangieres and Charlie Maioriana, whose work creates a 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 popular exhibit by the Camera Club includes prints and cards for sale.
Opening next week in the Director’s Hall, we are “Showcasing Carroll County Public School Art Teachers,” where the public can admire the talent of the artists who teach our kids. Attend the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy the artwork in a more personal setting.
Behind the scenes
We may just be entering the “pumpkin spice” season, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about Christmas! We are accepting registrations for the 21st annual Festival of Wreaths. I am so excited to participate in this Carroll County holiday tradition! If you are inspired to create a unique holiday wreath, please donate it for our silent auction. Registration to enter a wreath is open Oct. 1 through Nov. 3. You can register online at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
We are offering a wide variety of classes for both kids and adults. In September and October, we are offering “Make It and Take It” art classes for ages 5-8 and 9-12. For six consecutive Tuesdays students can experience their own creativity through projects they complete in class. For adults, on Sept. 27, instructor Susan Williamson will teach how to enhance outdoor spaces by making mosaic stepping stones. 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.
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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!