Art Notes

ARTS NOTES

December 10, 2004

Westminster gallery to feature works by two area potters

The gallery at ArtWorks in Westminster will present two new artists' works for the holidays and a pottery showing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Phyllis Traynor of Westminster creates functional hand-thrown pottery. Her pieces includes bowls, plates, vases and serving pieces. A free artist showing tomorrow will feature Traynor discussing her technique, work and uses for her pottery.

Susan Gladstone of Stevenson creates raku pottery, which is fired to 1,600 degrees and then placed in a basket of combustibles while still hot, alighting the combustibles to create designs in the liquified glaze. Her pieces includes bowls, vases, vessels and mirrors.

ArtWorks is at 105 E. Main St.

Information: 410-871-9590.

Handbell ensemble to offer holiday concert

The Westminster Ringers handbell ensemble will present its holiday concert, "By the Fireside," at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Carroll Arts Center.

The program will feature storytelling and music, presented with English handbells.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for ages 5 to 12 and for 60 and older.

Tickets are available from Coffey Music at 31 E. Main St., or the Carroll Arts Center at 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-5482.

`Country Christmas' variety show planned in Pa.

Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, Pa., will present "Tim Gillis' Branson Country Christmas" at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 19.

This musical variety show features contemporary and classic music combined with oldies, gospel music and comedy, all set to a holiday theme.

Tickets are $29 and $34.

Eichelberger is at 195 Stock St.

Information: 717-637-7086.

All-day choral workshop is scheduled next month

The Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County will hold a "Carroll County Sings!" all-day choral workshop next month.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster. Snow date is Jan. 29.

Held in conjunction with the Children's Chorus of Carroll County and the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, the workshop is designed to teach participants the points of choral singing by local chorus directors.

Community choral leaders will share their specialties. They include Margaret Boudreaux, McDaniel College and the Community Chorus; Jeff Liebknecht, Old Line Statesmen; Eric Byrd, McDaniel College Gospel Choir; Diane Jones, Children's Chorus; Patricia Kelley, jazz/show choir; and Ed Pond, liturgical.

The workshop will include a catered lunch with keynote speakers Audrey and Joe Cimino.

A free public concert will be held afterward at 5:30 p.m. at the school.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children and senior citizens. The cost is $50 for a family of two adults and one child ($10 for each additional child).

Only registered singers will be guaranteed materials. Registration is $2 less per person if completed by Dec. 31.

Information: 410-871-3371.

Festival of Wreaths raises record $16,850

The Carroll County Arts Council's seventh annual Festival of Wreaths raised a record $16,850 last week, a $4,000 increase over last year's total.

A record number of decorators participated, providing 199 wreaths that were displayed throughout the Carroll Arts Center, said Sandy Oxx, the Arts Council's director.

Patrons voted for their favorite wreaths, and awards were presented as follows:

Grand Prize: Nathan's Forge, "Dogwood Blossoms."

Kids' Favorite: Julie Goge and Jill Rosner, "Family Movie Night."

Most Unique: Debbie Noffsinger, "Out of this World."

Ho Ho Ho Award: Barnes Bollinger Insurance, "Disco!"

Spirit of Peace: Carrie Ann Knauer, "Peace."

Favorite Traditional: McDaniel College.

How Did They Do That Award: Cranberry Liquor and Emily Murray, "Put a Cork in It."

Spirit of Giving: Westminster Union Bank, "Ka-Ching!"

Year Round Favorite: Roslyn Garden Club.

Director's Choice: Susan Williamson, "Holiday Wrap."

BB&T Sponsor's Choice: Cadoux Development.

Carroll County Times Sponsor's Choice: "Crafty Owl Carved Oak Barrel."

Staff Favorite: Chris Page, "I'm Getting Knitten' for Christmas."

Raised the Most Money ($625): Nathan's Forge, "Dogwood Blossoms."

Artistic Excellence Awards: Frank Baylor, "Copper Ivy"; Carroll County Artists Guild, "Woodland Fairies"; Pour House Cafe, "Stained Glass Christmas Tree"; and Pam Zappardino, "After the Storm."

A special Holiday Magic Award was presented to Fran Mickel for her tree of 1,000-plus handmade jeweled ornaments that graced the gallery throughout the festival.

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