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Wondering & Wandering is Genre-Blending Exhibit

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.

City Wins Award From Police Training Group

Carrollton hosted more than 150 officers from around the state when the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors’ 30th annual training conference was held here the week of September 23. The event is nicknamed “Train the Trainer” because instructors are taught current techniques, then carry that knowledge back to their agencies to train their officers. Carrollton has hosted the event for several years and has again been named host city for next year’s conference.

Each year GALEFI’s Board of Directors presents the Dale Moorefield Award for outstanding support of the organization, which is typically given to a firearms instructor who has shown dedication and leadership in promoting the group. The award was named after one of the founding fathers of GALEFI, in honor of his hard work to ensure Georgia law enforcement firearms instructors receive advanced, top-notch training. This year’s recipient of this prestigious award was the City of Carrollton.

GALEFI recognized Carrollton for the city’s outstanding support throughout the years the event has been hosted here. This year in particular, support was given by City Manager Tim Grizzard, Police Chief Joel Richards, Arts Center Director Tim Chapman, Street Department Director Mike Green, Recreation Department Director Peter Maierhofer and numerous other employees of the city assisted in preparation for the event. Plaques were presented to Grizzard, Chapman and Richards (accepted by Steven Davenport).

“GALEFI is blessed to have a partnership with Carrollton,” said the organization’s president, James Perry.  “You have no idea how many folks brag on how law enforcement friendly this community is. These folks love to come to this town because of that. We’re already looking forward to next year.”

GALEFI is the only organization in Georgia with the sole purpose of advancing law enforcement training in the area of firearms outside the basic police academy. 

Main Street Grant Helps Restore 118 Rome Street

With help from a Carrollton Main Street Downtown Beautification grant, Norton Properties founder and CEO, Jason Norton, recently completed a total renovation of the building at 118 Rome Street. 

“This building is absolutely beautiful,” said Main Street’s board president, Faith Mallory Wright. “Jason and his team have done a wonderful job preserving the building’s historic value while integrating modern accents to give it a fresh look. I am so happy to see these grant funds used in a way that enhances the look of our downtown.”

The $2,500 beautification grant offset some of the cost of renovating the building’s facade. Norton described the redesign of the building as “industrial minimalist.”

“I wanted to take what had become a neglected, tired space and bring it back to life,” said Norton, who graduated from UWG as an economics major in 2004. “This space is my most ambitious project to date, but it made sense because the location is right and the numbers work. My hope is that this space will attract a quality commercial tenant to further enhance our wonderful downtown community.” 

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. Applicants may receive up to $2,500 per project and must match the grant funding, dollar for dollar. The grant money can be used for awnings, signage and exterior painting and staining on the building, trim and door.

For questions about 118 Rome Street, call (678) 941-3493. For more information about the Downtown Beautification Grant, please call Carrollton Main Street at (770) 832-6901 or go to https://carrolltondowntown.com/merchant-support.

Hobbs Farm Fit Court Opens

The new Hobbs Farm Fit Court was opened for public use on September 11, 2019, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A $35,000 grant from the Atlanta-based Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Foundation provided most of the funding for the court. The fitness facility features five equipment pieces that offer 120 exercise combinations and routines for beginners and advanced users. The court is ADA compliant and located close to a water fountain and restrooms.

The need for outdoor space catering to teenagers and the active adult population was mentioned during community surveys and town hall meetings when the city was updating its Comprehensive Plan in 2018. The fit court is also expected to attract groups affiliated with Parks and Recreation’s Senior Activities Center and Tanner Health System’s healthy living classes, that meet on and around the GreenBelt.

Hobbs Farm Park is a trailhead for the Carrollton GreenBelt a few blocks from Adamson Square and has become a go-to spot for exercise and healthy activity. The fit court joins the park’s long list of amenities, which includes a one-mile Hobbs Loop, Carrollton Bike Share station, Georgia top-rated public disc golf course, a public kayak launch pad, and a gazebo overlooking the Little Tallapoosa River spillway. Hobbs Farm Park is home to many native plants and wildlife.

While the Hobbs Farm Fit Court is open and fully functional, a bonded, rubber mulch will soon replace the wood-chip surfacing. The installation process was delayed by a few weeks due to the recent hurricane evacuations in Florida that affected the construction crew. Please be mindful and do not enter the court area if safety fencing is present.

Debates for City Elections

The League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County announces the schedule for Carrollton Municipal Election Candidate Forums. There are 4 races with 12 candidates.

September 23rd – Monday, 6:30 pm – Wards 2 & 4 Race
September 24th – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Ward 3 Race
September 25th – Wednesday, 6:30 pm – Mayoral Race

The location of the forums will be at the Carrollton Public Safety Complex, Court/Council Chambers, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, Georgia. That is where the City Council meets in the back of City Hall.

Here is how the forum will be conducted. Full Protocols can be found here. Candidates are required to read the Protocols before the Forum and will be asked to sign a statement that they have been read.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 pm. Candidates should be in their seats at 6:20 pm. A representative of the League of Women Voters of Carrollton – Carroll County will welcome all participants, give brief statements about the League, and introduce the Moderator. The Moderator will welcome the participants. The Moderator will introduce the Assistant Moderator, the Operational Chairperson, the Timekeeper, the League Monitors, the Media, and the Candidates, stating the office they are seeking. The Moderator will give a quick overview of the Protocols. The Moderator will encourage members of the Audience and Media to submit questions for use in the Forum. Notecards for that purpose will be given out by the League Monitors. Candidates will give prepared opening remarks of equal length in time as prescribed by the Moderator. The Moderator will ask for questions from the Audience and Media to be written and given to the designated League Monitors. The Moderator will begin with questions generated by the LWVCCC Voter Services Committee and proceed through written submitted questions from the Audience and Media. The Assistant Moderator will vet the questions, arrange the questions by related topics, combine duplicates, shorten them when appropriate, and give them to the Moderator. The Moderator will direct the questions to the Candidates and tell them the time constraints. Please note that all questions submitted cannot be answered in the time allotted. After the Q&A period, each Candidate will make closing remarks and or rebuttals of equal time as prescribed by the Moderator. The Moderator will thank the participants and bring the Forum to a close. Candidates are encouraged to speak informally with Voters after the Forum.

Please note in particular, the Protocols sate, “If a Candidate has an unexpected conflict and is unable to attend, he or she should notify the LWVCCC Candidate Forum Chairperson as soon as possible by phone. In the event that there are two Candidates running for the same office and one of those Candidates is not present, for whatever reason, that portion of the Forum will be canceled.  If the Forum has just that one office in contention, the entire Forum will be canceled. In the event that there are three or more Candidates running for the same office and one of those Candidates is not present, for whatever reason, the Forum will proceed with the remaining Candidates.” 

If anyone has any questions, please email the League at lwvccc@gmail.com. Robin Collins,  LWVCCC Candidate Forum Operational Chairperson

Sylvia

Who is really a man’s best friend, his wife or a dog? Carroll County Community Theatre’s presentation of Sylvia, September 20-22, at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, might have the answer.

“If you have ever owned a dog, maybe one from the pound or a stray from your neighborhood, you will relate to this play,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton arts superintendent. “Also, we are thrilled to have Shelly Elman, University of West Georgia theatre chair, as our director for this production.”

A.R. Gurney’s Broadway hit comedy tells the story of Greg and Kate, who move to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as a public school teacher offers more opportunities. Their marriage is put in serious jeopardy by a dog named Sylvia Greg found in a park. For Greg, the dog is an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. For Kate, the dog becomes a rival for her husband’s affection. Mary Dixon heads up the cast in the play’s title role. This show contains adult language, viewer discretion is advised.

Tickets for Sylvia are $10. Season ticket holders should attend on opening night.

The show is sponsored by Lakeview Animal Hospital.

For questions concerning this event or the Carrollton Center for the Arts, please contact Tim Chapman at tchapman@carrollton-ga,gov or (770) 838-1083.       

Notice of Special Called Meeting

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Courtroom, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA. The public is invited to attend. The purpose of the Special Called Meeting is to discuss and consider the following item: City of Carrollton Millage Rate.  

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov prior to the meeting

Center for the Arts Welcomes New Staff Members

The Carrollton Center for the Arts invites the community to welcome their two newest employees, Lauren Kuykendall and Rebecca Weger, at a meet and greet event, September 7. The event at the center will start at 6:30 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m., just in time for the start of the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performance.

Lauren Kuykendall is the center’s new theatre coordinator. Kuykendall directed the Teen Theatre for the past two seasons and was a Teen Theatre alum herself. She holds degrees in theatre and music theatre from Brenau University and the University of North Georgia, where she trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theatre Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. When she isn’t working administratively, Lauren enjoys performing and directing. Lauren most recently was theatre director at Villa Rica High School. Before that, she taught voice and theatre at the North Georgia School of Music and Dance, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Passion Music Institute and her own private voice studio. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Dakota, and their two fur-babies, Belle and Ingrid.

Rebecca Weger is the center’s new ballet coordinator. She began dancing at a very young age and trained all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a B.A. in Dance.  During her career, Rebecca has studied many dance styles and techniques and worked with esteemed teachers and choreographers such as Mary Marshall, Robert Cook, Alan Hineline, Mark Diamond, Gabriel Otevril and Elie Lazar.  Rebecca has taught at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and for Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion program in Virginia. She was the ballet mistress for the Southwest Virginia Ballet and has taught for Appomattox Regional’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. For six years, she was manager of the School of Richmond Ballet. She has taught pilates for many years in private dance studios and for Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Rebecca holds her Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Meet and Greet for Lauren Kuykendall and Rebecca Weger:
Sept. 7, 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm (before the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performance)
Carrollton Center for the Arts

For more information, call the Center for the Arts at 770-838-1083 or visit carrolltonarts.com.

Terminus Modern Ballet

Atlanta’s new contemporary ballet company, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, will open its first touring season at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, September 7.

“It’s time for Terminus to bring its programs to areas outside of Atlanta to highlight the fact that world-class programming is both being performed and created here in Georgia,” said John Welker, TMBT director and co-founder.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre was founded in 2017 by five principal dance artists, formerly tenured at Atlanta Ballet, who struck out on their own. The dancers have a collective 85 years of experience in classical and modern dance.

“The caliber of these dancers is among the best in the United States,” said Tim Chapman, arts superintendent.

Terminus’ resident choreographer and co-founder, Tara Lee’s show, Everything is Waiting, premiered in February, 2019, for the international contemporary dance festival “Off the Edge.”

“We are often waiting… waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for a better future situation,” said Lee. “A more fulfilling life can always seem to be over there or coming soon. In this work, I questioned how we might find the profound joy of what’s waiting for us here and now and bring it into the commotion of our world.”

Lee is a dancer with more than 20 years experience and a choreographer who has created for Atlanta Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Emory Dance Company and Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami. Performing Lee’s new work are fellow Terminus members Heath Gill, Christian Clark, Rachel Van Buskirk, Alexandre Gonzaga and Laura Morton. The Carrollton performance will also feature local dancers who participated in a workshop with members of the Terminus team.

Terminus is supported by the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, a non-profit that supports the artistic, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre presents Everything is Waiting
September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Carrollton Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Youth, carrolltonarts.com, (770) 838-1083
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