Judy and Tom Reilly browse though pieces displayed for sale during the 2016 yART Sale at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. This year's sale is Aug. 18-19.
Judy and Tom Reilly browse though pieces displayed for sale during the 2016 yART Sale at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. This year's sale is Aug. 18-19. (Times file photo)

As we reach the end of July, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat indoors at the Carroll Arts Center. Our mission is to enrich our community, both culturally and economically, by presenting, promoting and supporting the arts in Carroll County. There’s always plenty going on at the Arts Center, and you can check our schedule online at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

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There are just two more weeks for you to catch our Free Summer Family Movie series, sponsored by Ting. Tuesday nights through Aug. 7 we are offering free movies for the whole family. Bring the whole family this Tuesday, July 31, for the popular “Captain Underpants.” Based on the best-selling books, this is the movie that started it all — the “First Epic Adventure!” You can also see one of our most popular entries from the most recent PeepShow, “Captain UnderPEEPS.” Thanks to Atlas Premier Realty for sponsoring this fun feature.


All movies in the series begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks can be purchased at our concession stand. For the complete schedule, visit our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

This weekend, you can also experience “Spring Awakening,” presented by Small Town Stars Theater Company. Held at the Carroll Arts Center, this musical features the music of Duncan Sheik. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Set in 19th Century Germany, it is a coming-of-age story that explores the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. This feature has mature themes, so leave the kids at home for this one, but definitely come support Small Town Stars in their production and enjoy the show. You can purchase tickets online at www.smalltownstarstheatre.com.

A View from the Gallery

This is your last week to view the amazing creativity of the members of the Carroll County Arts Council. Through Friday, Aug. 3, we are featuring our 16th Annual Members Show, highlighting the talent of our members. Come see a wide variety of media and subjects in our three galleries and enjoy the creativity of our friends and neighbors. All the artwork is for sale, so come and support our local art community.

We are gearing up for one of our favorite fundraisers at the Arts Center — the sixth annual yART Sale. This event happens in two phases — first, we procure some amazing pre-owned artwork, supplies, books, and frames from donors like you. If you have artwork that doesn’t work, or supplies that never made it into that completed project, donate them beginning Aug. 11

The second phase is, of course, the yART Sale itself. On Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will feature “previously enjoyed” artwork, frames, art supplies, and art books sold at bargain basement prices. On Sunday, Aug. 19 any remaining merchandise will be “pay-what-you-want” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thrifty shoppers can change their home or office décor for a fraction of the cost of new artwork, while feeling good about going green by recycling, as well as supporting the Arts Council. Paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs will be sold at “yard sale” prices with most being under $20. Art books and supplies are also sold at deeply discounted prices. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted as payment.

Behind the Scenes

The Carroll Arts Center offers a wide variety of classes for all ages. If you have a creative urge but are afraid your talent may be lacking, consider taking one of our adult classes. Whether its watercolor, mosaic, or sketching, you can find a complete listing of our classes at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

Calling all middle school musical adventurers. The Carroll Arts Center is producing “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr.” Auditions will be held for middle-school aged performers on Sunday, Aug. 12. Preregistration is required, so be sure to go online and get all the information.

In September and October, we are offering “Make It and Take It” art classes for ages 5-8 and 9-12. These classes are 6 p.m. Tuesdays, and allow students to experience their own creativity through projects they can complete in class.

If you’re not one already, consider becoming a member of the Carroll County Arts Council. In addition to receiving a 10 percent discount on all tickets, you will also be the first to hear about our special programs and events. You can see all our offerings, or become a member, at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.