As the humid and rainy days of summer blend graciously into the crisp afternoons of fall, I find myself being drawn to the arts in irresistible ways. Something about this time of year always inspires me to marvel at the creativity of the human spirit. At the Carroll Arts Center, we provide a variety of ways to experience the arts, whether through an exhibit, a performance, or a class. I invite you to see everything we offer at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
On Friday evening, Oct. 12, the Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC) are showing the Academy Award-winning film, “Get Out.” This movie tells the story of a young African-American man 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 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are just $7.
On Saturday, get ready for “The Return: A Beatles Tribute.” Beatlemania is alive and well, thanks to this tribute band from Atlanta, Georgia. They’ve got the look and sound of the Fab Four. Sing along to your favorite hits from the Ed Sullivan era through the Sgt. Pepper album. Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for students/seniors. Thanks to Penguin Random House for sponsoring this event!
In case you missed it in September, 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. The fun takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $75 and include a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council, entertainment, and a deluxe three course dinner.
Mark your calendars for Nov. 9, 10 and 11! Our young performers will take the state in “Madagascar Jr.,” the musical based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture. A group of outlandish animals escape from the Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Performed by middle-schoolers, come support this cast and crew who have worked diligently to learn stagecraft by producing this show.
A View from the Gallery
“Spectacular.” “Breathtaking.” “Amazing.”
These are the comments we’ve heard consistently in the past month about our exhibit in the Tevis Gallery, entitled “Synergy.” This unique show features 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
Registration is open for our 21st Annual Festival of Wreaths. I am so excited to be part of this Carroll County holiday tradition! If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at making a wreath, this is your year! Check out Pinterest and get inspired to create a unique holiday wreath and donate it to the Carroll County Arts Council for our silent auction. It can be Christmas themed, but doesn’t need to be. Some of the most popular wreaths are year-round designs. We ask you to register your wreath so that we know how much space to allocate, so please fill out the form online at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. You have until Nov. 17 to finish your wreath, so no need to stress! Mark your calendar for the Festival of Wreaths, Nov. 23-Dec. 2.
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% 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!