The Carrollton Center for the Arts and the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum are joining forces this week to showcase the art of quilting, beginning February 21. The quilt museum’s Imagine 2020: A Quilting Expo, February 21 and 22, will feature exhibits, vendors, workshops, speakers and demonstrations for quilters at the Center for the Arts and at the museum.
In conjunction with the expo, the center will host a public reception starting at 5:00 p.m. to mark the opening of JAM Session, an invitational exhibit in the Roush Gallery of works by the members of the Georgia/South Carolina region of Studio Art Quilt Associates.
“These quilts show the potential of the medium to express complex ideas and realistic imagery, which can be difficult to do with sewn fabric,” said Carrollton Visual Arts Coordinator Marcella Kuykendall. “The four artists approach their pieces in a unique fashion, allowing visitors to see several techniques and viewpoints within one exhibit.“
In conjunction with Studio Art Quilt Associates, the quilt museum will host a show in their gallery called A Thread Runs Through It through the end of April.
“I would say that these exhibits are not your grandmother’s quilts,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton’s arts superintendent. “The quilts do not include repetition in design and therefore might lead the viewer to think they are paintings.”
As an expo extra, the Carrollton Presbyterian Church will host A Congregation of Quilts, a free exhibition by the West Georgia Quilt Guild, from 9am-4pm, also on February 21.
As students take a break from school this month and again in April, Carrollton Center for the Arts’ camps offer several opportunities for them to stay creative and have fun outside of the traditional classroom environment. While most of the center’s regular classes and programs will not meet during the weeks of February 17 and April 6, young people can learn about pastry, robotics and the technical side of the arts, working with clay and theatre production — from a murder mystery to the Land of Oz.
Pastry Chef Camp This kids-only cooking camp, taught by LaToya Gamble, will teach pastry, baking skills and confectionery techniques. Each day of camp will focus on a specific dessert finale. Winter Camp: Feb. 17 – 19, 9am –12pm, Ages: 6 – 7 Spring Camp: April 6 – 10, 9am –12pm, Ages: 8 – 12 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
ARTS + TECH Bootcamp The Center for the Arts and the Neva Lomason Public Library team up to explore how technology like robots, video production tools and even Legos can open up new ways for students to express themselves. Feb 17 – 19, 9:30am – 12pm Ages: 8 – 12 Free
Creative Clay Camp Instructor Melanie Drew will teach hand-building skills, from preparing the clay to slab building, coiling and the wheel, before the works are glazed and fired. April 6– 10, 12pm – 3pm Ages: 6 – 12 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
Wizard of Oz Camp Campers will learn dances, songs, lines and blocking, create simple costumes and sets and take part in theatre exercises to build confidence and improve overall performance. The class will present a 30-minute production of scenes from The Wizard of Oz. Tammy Barton is the camp’s instructor. April 6– 10, 1am – 4pm Ages: 5 – 7 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
Murder Mystery Theatre Camp Instructor Jenny Lyle’s camp will explore the murder-mystery genre while students hone their acting and performance skills. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner, followed by a theatre performance with guests investigating the crime. The evening event starts at 6pm. April 6– 10, 9am – 12pm Ages: 8 – 12 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
Register for these camps now online here, by phone at (770) 838-1083 or at the Center for the Arts’ box office at 251 Alabama Street.
Dads and moms, enjoy a fun night with your special girl or boy at the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Daddy/Daughter/Mother/Son dances, February 10, 11 and 13. The dances at the Depot on Bradley Street will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child.
Daddy/Daughter Dances February 10 and 11, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm February 10: Pre-K through 3rd Grade. February 11: Grades 4-8.
Mother/Son Dance February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pre-K through 8th Grade
Mountainfilm on Tour is coming to the Carrollton Center for the Arts, January 4, bringing a selection of adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films selected from Telluride, Colorado’s annual Mountainfilm festival.
“We are excited to welcome this high-caliber event to Carrollton again this year,” said Carrollton Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman. “Our altogether original community is the perfect audience for Mountainfilm’s unique and inspiring films.”
Founded in 1979, the event is one of America’s longest-running film festivals, held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride. Mountainfilm is also a nonprofit organization that celebrates stories of indomitable spirit and aims to inspire audiences through film, art and ideas.
The Carrollton event will feature a collection of documentary short films that align with Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to encourage audiences to create a better world. A presenter will guide the audience through the program, providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects.
Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. and the show will kick off at 7:00 p.m. See the complete playlist at www.mountainfilm.org/tour/schedule. Purchase tickets for $5 at carrolltonarts.com, by calling (770) 838-1083 or at the center’s box office at 251 Alabama Street in Carrollton.
Mountainfilm on Tour is hosted by the Carrollton Center for the Arts in partnership with the Alice Huffard Richards Foundation.
A pair of exhibits using unconventional media and methods to depict life in the mountains and rural South will kick off the Carrollton Center for the Arts’ new year, January 3. Ted Whisenhunt’s whimsical interactive exhibit, Cultivated, celebrates the ingenuity, folklore and music of rural Appalachia and runs through Feb. 13. Fiber Stories, an exhibit featuring artist Annie Greene’s creations using mixed-media and yarn, closes Feb. 1. Both exhibits will be launched with a reception at the center at 5:00 p.m. on their shared opening night.
“Both of these artists are masters of their media and they complement each other so well,” said Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman. “Each artist shows work representative of the South and has a narrative component to their work.”
Rural Appalachia and life in the early 20th Century are the sources of inspiration for Whisenhunt’s work, which features movement and encourages viewer interaction by incorporating hand-cranked mechanical systems. The Alabama native currently lives in North Georgia and is a professor of art at Young Harris College.
“One of the most interesting aspects of Whisenhunt’s work is his playful mix of materials and moving pieces,” said Carrollton Visual Art Coordinator, Marcella Kuykendall. “Metal insects dance above animals with the turn of a crank, a bird takes flight with a soft tug of a pulley and a mixed media whirlygig hovers above a patchwork cow, ready to grab the wind. Viewers will get a rare chance to carefully touch the works as they help the sculptures to come alive.”
Georgia native and LaGrange resident, Annie Greene is best known for her yarn paintings featuring colorful knitting yarns outlined in black embroidery thread. Her paintings reflect culturally and socially relevant images of her life as an African-American in the rural South.
“Viewers will be intrigued by the details Greene creates with rows and swirls of colorful yarn,” said Carrollton Visual Arts Coordinator, Marcella Kuykendall. “It can take observers who are new to the works several minutes to figure out that the they are made of fibers. It has been fun installing the exhibit and seeing the surprise on each passerby’s face as they realize the material and time it took to produce each piece.“
The Carrollton Center for the Arts’ Gallery Play workshop, Upcycled Gift Bags & Boxes, on November 23, will show participants how to make and decorate colorful gift containers using an assortment of art materials, recyclables and their own creativity.
“It is amazing to me what you can do with bits of paper, scraps from craft projects and other leftover items,” said the center’s visual arts coordinator, Marcella Kuykendall. “This workshop will be a creative exploration of upcycling craftiness, with Alan Kuykendall participating as one of the instructors. If you have a particular small present in mind or want to purchase a piece from our Small Packages exhibit, we can help come up with ideas to beautifully conceal that special gift.”
The workshop runs from 6 – 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome, but young children will need assistance from their parents. Those wanting an evening of the arts can stick around for the Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, which starts at 7:30 p.m. The registration fee for the workshop is $10. Amahl tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for youth. Call 770-838-1083 or visit https://carrolltonarts.com/ to register, buy tickets or for more information.
Whether it’s an altogether magical performance of a classic ballet, parading through downtown with Santa, finding a unique gift or just sharing a cup of good cheer, ’tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Carrollton!
Small Packages Through December 14 Carrollton Center for the Arts Great things come in small packages. These small-but-mighty works, created by members of the Carrollton Artist Guild, fit within a 12 x 12 x 12-inch space, come in a variety of media and styles and make great gifts for friends, family — or yourself. The Carrollton Writer’s Guild will present a selection of their members’ books, poems and other writings, which will also be available for purchase.
Christmas in Carrollton Choral Concert December 13, 7:30pm December 14, 4:00pm & 7:30pm Carrollton Center for the Arts Since the Carroll County Community Chorus was founded in 1979, it has become a Carrollton tradition to celebrate the holidays with the group’s Christmas concert. This year, the chorus will present both traditional Christmas music and some new holiday choral arrangements. Directed by Jack Gantt. Tickets: $10.
Carroll Community Wind Ensemble Winter Concert December 16, 7:30pm Carrollton Center for the Arts The Carroll Community Wind Ensemble was founded in 2011 and is open to anyone living in West Georgia/East Alabama who played a symphonic band instrument in high school or college. The group has become a vital part of the musical life of Carroll County, Don’t miss their popular winter show at the Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Youth
Christmas with the CSO December 19 – 20, 7:30pm Carrollton Center for the Arts The Carroll Symphony Orchestra is a West Georgia treasure. Christmas with the CSO is a Carrollton tradition. This year, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack of Polar Express and feature a local community choir. Patrons will again have the opportunity to submit musical requests for CSO Conductor Terry Lowry to perform on the piano. Tickets: $18 Adults / $10 Youth.
With help from Carrollton Main Street’s Downtown Beautification Grants, two local businesses are sporting new exterior upgrades.
“Over the last eight and a half years, we have worked hard to transform this odd little basement space into a quirky and lovable destination for book lovers from all over the southeastern United States,” said Josh Niesse, owner of Underground Books, whose new awning over the store’s entrance on Alabama Street was partially funded by one of the grants. “We are so grateful to Main Street for enabling us to make the beauty and life inside our shop more visible on the outside of our building.”
The purpose of the Main Street Downtown Beautification Program is to stimulate downtown development, improve the visual image of properties within the Main Street district and generate pride in the community.
“As with a lot of small businesses just starting out it took everything I had to scrape enough together to get the doors open and I have to stay scrappy to keep them open,” said Shane Galloway, owner of 4 AM Coffee Roasters, who used the grant to help pay for their new sign beside Highway 27. “I have tried to start the retail shop for 4 AM in other cities that weren’t as eager to see new businesses flourish. Carrollton makes it seem like they really want independent businesses and Main Street is the face of that commitment. The Main Street Grant helped us put up a real sign that makes us feel more permanent, helps us move toward being the welcoming spot that we want to be and, of course, helps business”
Successful grant applicants may receive up to $2,500 per project and must match the grant funding, dollar for dollar. The money can be used for awnings, signage and exterior painting and staining on the building, trim and door.
“The Main Street Board is thrilled to partner with our downtown merchants,” said Main Street board member, Lauren Yates. “It’s a pleasure to see how they have worked to improve their signage, storefronts and awnings. The beautification of our downtown benefits all property owners, business owners and patrons alike and adds vibrancy to our downtown area, thus attracting more people to enjoy everything our city has to offer.”
Halloween is approaching at a full gallop! As the temperature and leaves begin to drop, head downtown to enjoy these frightfully fun fall festivities.
Amp Movie Night: Hocus Pocus Friday, October 25, 8:30pm, The Amp on Bradley Grab the kiddos and enjoy dinner at one of our many downtown eateries. Then, head to the Amp for movie night featuring the funny Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus. Free
Youth Theatre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow October 25 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Carrollton Center for the Arts The Carrollton Youth Theatre brings Washington Irving’s gothic story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to the Danny Mabry Theatre stage, just in time for Halloween. In the play, a late-1700s school teacher named Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow, New York, and finds himself at odds with a local named Brom Bones over a woman named Katrina. Meanwhile, the ghost of a soldier who lost his head to a cannonball during the American Revolution haunts the area every night in search of his missing head. Carrollton Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman said, “Our production this fall is full of special effects that will put you in the mood for Halloween.” Tickets: $10 Adult $5 Youth
Carrollton Parks and Recreation Dept.: Downtown Fall Festival October 26, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Adamson Square Parks and Rec’s annual Downtown Fall Festival will bring candy, costumes and a carnival atmosphere to Adamson Square. The popular yearly festival features trick-or-treating around the square, free games and inflatables for jumping and sliding. Snacks will be available for one dollar, cash only. Children through the age of 12 are encouraged to come dressed in their best costume and participate in the costume contest, held at 11:00 a.m. at the Amp. PS: Don’t forget to bring a basket for trick-or-treating with the downtown businesses. Sponsored by Scott Evans Nissan & Scott Evans Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep. Free
Renowned surrealist painter, Carrie Ann Baade’s show, Wondering and Wandering, will open doors and windows of imagination at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, October 24 – December 7.
“Baade’s work is a beautiful blend of imagery inspired by paintings of the past and surreal figures that elicit both a sense of mystery and elegance,” said Marcella Kuykendall, Carrollton’s visual arts coordinator. “The artist reflects upon issues such as morality, politics and the individual quest for self-expression. Visitors will enjoy investigating the rich details and symbols in each work for the stories they hold and the fantastical worlds and characters they create.”
Baade uses remnants of Renaissance and Baroque paintings to create surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic figures. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and solo exhibitions at the Delaware Contemporary, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida. Raised in Colorado, Baade now lives and works in Tallahassee as associate professor of painting and drawing at Florida State University.
The exhibit is sponsored by Walt D’Ambrosio and Susan Thomas. There will be a Halloween-themed opening reception featuring live musicians on October 24 at 5:00 p.m.