Art Notes


December 26, 2003

Arts Council to offer movie screenings at Carroll center

The Carroll County Arts Council will offer a holiday special with the showing of The NeverEnding Story on its big screen at the Carroll Arts Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today.

The film tells the odyssey of a 10-year-old boy drawn by a book into a fantasy wonderland populated by enchanted creatures.

The Arts Council's monthly movie, Home for the Holidays, will be shown at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter stars in the tale of Claudia, a 30-something single parent who returns home to where her traditional family values took root.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, pending availability.

Tickets for The NeverEnding Story are $3 for all ages, $2 for Arts Council members. Children younger than age 12 must be with an adult.

Tickets for Home for the Holidays are $5 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12 and seniors older than 60. Arts Council members receive a $1 discount.

The Carroll Arts Center is at 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Information: 410-848-7272.

Folk music performances held at Baldwin Station

Uptown Concerts is sponsoring weekday performances by folk musicians at Baldwin Station in Sykesville.

Songwriter and singer Louise Taylor will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 from her new CD, Velvet Town. Her songs tell stories and create sonic landscapes. Also performing with Taylor will be Tom Kimmel. Tickets are $15.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Advance tickets are recommended.

Baldwin Station is at 7618 Main St. Information: 410-795-1041.

Children's art contest celebrates King's legacy

The Carroll County Arts Council invites children to help celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by creating a work of art that reflects his vision for understanding and peace.

The contest is open to Carroll County artists ages 11 to 18. Only two-dimensional works created with pencil, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, collage or mixed-media are allowed. No sculpture, crafts or photography will be accepted.

Works must be framed and ready to hang and be between 12-by-18 inches and 18-by-24 inches. Only one entry per student is allowed and no copyrighted materials can be used (i.e., Disney characters, etc.).

Artwork must be labeled on the back with the artist's name, age and phone number.

Art will be judged by Janet Waters Bailey of Baltimore Clay Works and curator of Celebrating the Spirit.

A $50 U.S. Savings Bond, courtesy of Westminster Union Bank, will be awarded in two age groups based on artistic composition, interpretation of King's dream, emotional impact and originality. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

Artists must register in advance to receive complete guidelines. Only the first 25 registered applicants will be displayed from Jan. 19 to Feb. 27 in the Carroll Arts Center as part of the exhibition, Celebrating the Spirit: A Showcase of African-American Art.

Information: 410-848-7272.

English professor publishes book on police novels

LeRoy Panek, an English professor at McDaniel College who has tracked detectives through more than a century of British spy novels, has written a book about police officers.

His recently published book, The American Police Novel, A History, charts the evolution of police officers as heroes in fiction. He explores the works of dozens of writers, connecting fiction with historical reality and the public perception of officers.

Panek follows the police novel through the 1960s and 1970s, when books such as Joseph Wambaugh's The Choirboys were written by police officers, into the last two decades.

Panek is the author of four books about detective fiction and one about British spy novels.

The American Police Novel, A History is available at the college bookstore.

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