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Night of Arts at Carroll Community College to feature demonstrations, instruction, 'Guys and Dolls'

Night of Arts at Carroll Community College to feature demonstrations, instruction, 'Guys and Dolls'
Julia Rankin as Miss Adelaide holds Nathan Detroit as Spencer Teal close during a scene in the Carroll Community College production of Guys and Dolls, opening April 26 and running through April 28. (Courtesy Photo)

On Friday, Carroll Community College will host its first Art Open House which includes hands-on demonstrations, artist talks in the gallery and a performance of "Guys and Dolls."

All events will take place on the college campus starting at 4 p.m.

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Hands-on demonstrations

From stained glass to painting, the evening starts off with technique demonstrations by Lifelong Learning instructors.

Instructors will lead demonstrations in the arts classroom area starting at 4 p.m.

Stained glass and fused glass/glass jewelry techniques will be held in A105.

Ceramics and sculpting will be held in A103.

Drawing and painting demonstrations will be held in the open areas of the arts classrooms.

All are free and open to the public.

The painting "In the Light of Dark" by Priya Vadhyar is one of the pieces on display at Carroll Community College as part of "Continuum [The Illusion of Edges]" until May 30.
The painting "In the Light of Dark" by Priya Vadhyar is one of the pieces on display at Carroll Community College as part of "Continuum [The Illusion of Edges]" until May 30. (Courtesy Photo / Priya Vadhyar)
Artist Talks

An opening reception for two gallery shows on campus will run from 5-8 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the two artists, Nilou Kazemzadeh and Priya Vadhyar, will discuss their practice and the concepts behind their work in the Gallery in the Scott Center.

Both shows will be displayed until May 30.

Vadhyar’s work “Continuum” is in two parts — [Degrees of Separation] and [The Illusion of Edges] — in two galleries.

Vadhyar approaches the paintings and works on paper through a series of questions about the self and the outside, the observer and the observed.

“It is the coming together of something and nothing, form and formlessness, dream and reality — creating a vision where the self and the vastness become one,” she writes in her artist statement.

The first part of “Continuum” that appeared in Gallery Beyond can be seen on her website, www.priyavadhyar.com, under “New Work.”

Kazemzadeh’s work, “The Space Between” is a brand-new body of work that “explores the social and environmental influences that shape identity, drawing heavily on imagery found in Persian and Middle Eastern art traditions.”

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Calligraphy and printmaking, with their requirements of precision and ritual from the maker, are her main mediums.

“Her art asks viewers to consider their own experiences as humans in a dynamic, often-polarizing world,” according to a release.

More information about her work is available at www.niloukazemzadeh.com.

Nilou Kazemzadeh’s exhibit “The Space Between" will be displayed until May 30 at Carroll Community College's Scott Center.
Nilou Kazemzadeh’s exhibit “The Space Between" will be displayed until May 30 at Carroll Community College's Scott Center. (Courtesy photo)
Guys and Dolls

The college’s production of the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” opens Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the in the Theater in the Scott Center.

There will also be a performance Friday at 7:30 p.m. just after the other events of the Art Open House.

The show runs through April 28, with a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday and a 2 p.m. performance Sunday. Tickets are $15, or $10 for those over 65 and Carroll students, faculty and staff.

With gangsters, missionaries and nightclub performers as main characters, the show can’t help but be larger than life “as they gamble with luck and love under the bright lights of Ole Broadway,” according to a news release from the college.

Listener’s may recognize classics like “If I Were a Bell,” and “Take Back Your Mink,” from Frank Loesser’s score.

Sky Masterson played by Jacob Miller and Sarah Brown played by Sky Betz share a moment of looking forward in the Carroll Community College production of "Guys and Dolls" opening Thursday, April 25.
Sky Masterson played by Jacob Miller and Sarah Brown played by Sky Betz share a moment of looking forward in the Carroll Community College production of "Guys and Dolls" opening Thursday, April 25. (Courtesy Photo)

Jane R. Frazier, Carroll’s Director of Theatre and Entertainment Technology directed the show and Stephanie Schmidt, Voice Department Coordinator, Carroll Community College served as musical director.

A cast of 20 and crew of 10 bring the 1940’s setting to life on stage. Frazier emphasized that auditions are open to community members and students who are not in the theatre program. She said this show had more community members than many, and its been a valuable experience for both.

Auditions for the children’s show tour for “Where’s Pluto,” an original composition by a Carroll student, and the summer show, “The Shakespeare Project,” will be held May 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. and 8:15-9:45 p.m. respectively.

For questions, contact Frazier at jfrazier@carrollcc.edu.

The show gave some opportunities to play with the style and time period, which is set int he 1940’s, but is not strict realism.

“I wanted to go very traditional with it, not just with the design choices, but also the overall experience,” she said. “We have live musicians, which is pretty normal for us, but they are actually placed right in front of the stage where a normal orchestra pit would be,” she said.

Box Office opens one hour before each performance or tickets can be purchased online by typing Guys and Dolls at www.instantseats.com.

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