With the official first day of fall just two days away, why not savor the eventful season ahead by spending time with the arts?
Here at the Carroll Arts Center, we are presenting a number of autumn programs and getting ready to celebrate the holidays with amazing presentations and exhibits. Because we have so much going on, I invite you to visit our website for a complete calendar of events at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Returning to the Carroll Arts Center, we welcome Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon for “A Tribute to John Denver,” Saturday, Sept. 29.
The two shows are at 3 and 8 p.m. Enjoy memorable hits such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Take Me Home Country Roads.” The band has toured nationwide and is always a crowd favorite.
Tickets are just $25 for adults, $23 for students and seniors, and members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount.
October is right around the corner, which brings an amazing performance by the Beijing Guitar Duo. Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m., guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang will grace the Carroll Arts Center with their breathtaking guitar virtuosity and elegance.
These graduates of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore are widely known for their outstanding technique and artistic musicality, and have performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Thanks to the Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Touring Grant for making it possible for these young ladies to share their talents with us here in Carroll County.
A view from the gallery
Our galleries look amazing! When you come into the Arts Center, you will immediately notice the vibrant energy of the Tevis Gallery. We are currently showing the exhibit “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.
The artistry continues upstairs in the Director’s Hall, where we are “Showcasing Carroll County Public School Art Teachers.” Come admire the talent of the artists who teach our kids. 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.
Behind the scenes
Even though we are just entering fall, It’s not too early to start thinking about registering for the Festival of Wreaths. Registration opens Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 3. I hope you share my childlike enthusiasm for this Carroll County holiday tradition! If you are inspired to create a unique holiday wreath, please donate it for our silent auction. It can be Christmas themed, but doesn’t need to be. I understand that some of the most popular wreaths are year-round designs. You can register online beginning Oct. 1 at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Next Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., instructor Susan Williamson offers a class on making mosaic stepping stones. As cooler (and hopefully dryer) weather makes it more pleasant to be outside, this class will teach how to enhance outdoor spaces with marbles, ceramics, glass pieces, and other creative objects. The class is $25.
If you are a fan of the Barn Quilt Trail in Carroll County, or if you just want to explore a new creative outlet, we are offering a Barn Quilt Painting workshop on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will create their own 16x16 painted quilt block from one of our designs or their own quilt pattern. Participants will be led step by step through priming, drafting, taping and painting. The goal is to have everyone take home a finished 16x16 square panel suitable for mounting on smaller buildings or a wall.
Join us for our popular Fall Art History series for adults. The next lecture takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m., where Susan Williamson will talk about “Portraits of the First Ladies.” Prices and locations are listed online, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org, where you can also find a complete listing of our classes and information on becoming a member. Remember, Arts Council members get 10 percent off all our programming!
Don’t forget to check out our gift shop in the lobby of the Carroll Arts Center. We have a great selection of artistic products, jewelry, candles, and crafts, all by Maryland artists. If you’re looking a special and unique gift, come by and see what we have to offer — and support the arts!