Coming Attractions: Beijing Guitar Duo, Festival of Wreaths coming in October

The Beijing Guitar Duo will be performing at Carroll Arts Center on Oct. 7.
The Beijing Guitar Duo will be performing at Carroll Arts Center on Oct. 7. (Courtesy photo)

We are headed into October with a full schedule at the Carroll Arts Center! What better way to celebrate the fall holidays than by seeing a show, catching a movie, taking a class, or viewing some of the beautiful artwork on display here? For a full calendar of our events, go to

Now playing

This Saturday, you won’t want to miss Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon for “A Tribute to John Denver.” Returning to the Carroll Arts Center, the group is offering two shows 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.


Thanks to the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Touring Grant, we are able to present 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. Tickets are just $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors.

The Film Lovers In Carroll County is showing “Get Out” on Friday, Oct. 12. This Academy Award-winning movie tells the story of a young African-American who visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him reaches a boiling point. Showings are at 1 and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are just $7.

A view from the gallery

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 it’s not yet Halloween, 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

Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., instructor Susan Williamson is offering a class on making mosaic stepping stones. 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, join us for 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 the process, taking 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,, 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!