An opening reception for three new gallery exhibits will be held at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Thursday, Sept. 13.
An opening reception for three new gallery exhibits will be held at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Thursday, Sept. 13. (Courtesy photo)

As I celebrate the completion of my fourth month as executive director at the Carroll County Arts Council, I understand why everyone told me to enjoy the “slow” summer months.

We have so many events, concerts, classes and performances happening at the Carroll Arts Center that I can’t do them justice in this column. Please visit our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org for a full calendar of events.


Here are a few highlights happening in the next few weeks.

Now playing

On Friday, Sept. 14, Film Lovers In Carroll County presents the Academy Award-nominated movie “Baby Driver,” at 1 and 7:30 p.m.

This exquisitely choreographed story of a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack is sponsored by Westminster Speed and Sound, who will have some cars on display outside the theater. Tickets are just $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Bailes de mi Tierra (Dances of My Land). Back for a second year, this talented Mexican folk dance group is dedicated to preserving and promoting Mexican traditions through music and dance. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Thanks to Joe and Becki Maurio for sponsoring this event.

Attention barn quilt fans! 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. Once you are inspired by this amazing story, join us Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a class on Barn Quilt Painting. Get tickets for the documentary and register for the class at our website, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

Next Friday, Sept. 21, you’re invited to the “Sinister Speakeasy,” a 1920s-themed murder mystery dinner party presented by Whodunnit for Hire and the Best Western Westminster, benefitting the Carroll County Arts Council. Participate with local actors to search for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the case. If you can’t make it in September, mark Oct. 5 or Nov. 3 on your calendar. 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

Stop by the Arts Center the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 13, for the opening reception for three new exhibits in our galleries.

It is 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!

In the Tevis Gallery is “Synergy,” featuring three local artists, Tara Will, Michelle Tangieres and Charlie Maiorana, 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.

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 this evening at 5:30 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy the artwork in a more personal setting.

Behind the scenes

It may only be mid-September, 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. I’m already trolling Pinterest for ideas! 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. Beginning Sept. 18, “Make It and Take It” art classes for ages 5-8 and 9-12 will run for six consecutive Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Students can experience their own creativity through projects they complete in class.

For adults, register for our fall art history series, covering topics as varied as presidential portraits, photography and the influence of art deco in Carroll County. The first lecture is Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. The series is $25 and takes place one Tuesday a month through December.


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.

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!