Coming Attractions: Pick up last-minute gifts and check out Eric Byrd Trio at Carroll Arts Center

Coming Attractions: Pick up last-minute gifts and check out Eric Byrd Trio at Carroll Arts Center
A look at some of the items available for purchase a the Gallery of Gifts, open at the Carroll Arts Center through Dec. 22. (Courtesy photo)

OK, all you procrastinators! It’s time to start your Christmas shopping!

Don’t take the lazy way out and get a gift card. You have two days left to take advantage of the 10th annual Gallery of Gifts, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.


We still have a great selection of baskets, prints, textiles, wood carvings, jewelry and more. This special cash and carry exhibit is a holiday boutique rather than a traditional exhibit, with over 45 artists participating. The Gallery of Gifts is open through Dec. 22.

We are already looking ahead into 2019, so even though we’re in the midst of the festive holiday season, check out our website and find out what’s happening in the new year at

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What do you get when you combine everyone’s favorite holiday cartoon with a live performance of the jazz score? A Carroll Arts Center holiday tradition, that’s what!

Join us for “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas,” this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22, at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday at 3 p.m. After we show the Peanuts classic, we will auction off a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, followed by holiday magic from the Eric Byrd Trio. Thanks to Woodhaven Building and Development for sponsoring this event. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

If you’re already looking to combat the post-holiday doldrums in January, join us every Friday evening for our documentary film series, presented by Film Lovers In Carroll County. There are some amazing movies in this year’s line-up, starting with “RBG,” the biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Friday, Jan. 4, sponsored by Cornelius Ridgely and Hill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC.

The next week’s selection takes a lively look into the history of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in “Rebels on Pointe,” Friday, Jan. 11, sponsored by PFLAG Westminster. Feel good the next week by watching rare footage of the Godfather of Soul in “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” Jan. 18, sponsored by BaylorCAD Drafting Service, and then finish out the series with everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Jan. 25, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Company.

Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each week. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Get tickets for each movie or the series at

Mark your calendars for a special presentation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, entitled “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One.” Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Carroll Community College and Susan Williamson, we are hosting actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand for a one-woman show portraying Tubman’s life and legacy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and free for those who have volunteered in the community.

A View from the Gallery

Opening Jan. 8, we have two fabulous new exhibits. In the Tevis gallery, experience “Elements,” as local artists explore the role of earth, air, fire and water in their creative lives. Artists include representatives from The Art of Fire, working in glass; Maggie Ball, using found objects from nature; Nicole Diem and Alex Simms working in ceramics; Charlotte Laslo, metalsmithing; Virginia Vincent Sperry, rust photography and sculpture; and Thomas Sterner, wood.

Upstairs in the Community Gallery, we will exhibit “Inspired by Pearls,” where 24 quilters from Carroll and surrounding counties have been challenged with the theme of a pearl. This exhibit features their interpretations in quilted fiber embellished with mixed media and pearls. Join us for a reception for both exhibits on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Behind the Scenes

Do you think you can’t sing? If so, we have a class for you! Taught by Kelly Stoneberger, a local vocal coach, “So You Think You Can’t Sing” welcomes adults of all musical ability. Everyone can learn to sing, and this class will prove it! Join us for six Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30. Class registration is $85, and CCAC members get a 10 percent discount.

Please note: The Carroll Arts Center will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 to allow our staff and volunteers an opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. We will reopen with our regular hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at