Art Notes


February 11, 2005

Film series continues with `Italian for Beginners'

The Carroll County Arts Council will continue its series of award-winning international films this month.

Italian for Beginners will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 and older, and children 12 and under.

The 2001 film is in Danish and Italian with English subtitles and is rated R.

The film tells the story of a lonely hearts club in a small Denmark suburb where participants enroll in a beginner's course in Italian as a way to jump-start the romance in their lives.

The group, which includes a young pastor, a hotheaded short-order cook, a nerdy hotel clerk, and a clumsy girl from the local bakery, discover that their vocabulary is less important than the emotional communication they learn on a visit to Italy.

This romantic film speaks to the universal theme of finding love when it is most unexpected.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Children's concert to help fund YMCA's scholarships

The Carroll County Family YMCA will launch its annual giving campaign with a concert for children at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College.

The McDaniel College Chamber Music on the Hill and the Patty Neivert School of Dance will perform Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, El Salon Mexico by Copland, and The Story of Babar by Poulenc.

Performing musicians include the Horneff-Kreider Piano Duo and dancers from the Patty Neivert School of Dance. Robin Armstrong will be narrator.

All proceeds will benefit the YMCA "Strong Kids" 2005 annual giving scholarship campaign, which raises scholarship funds to provide financial assistance for children and families in Carroll County.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children younger than 7 will be admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the YMCA and at the door.

Information: 410-848-3660, ext. 224.

New multimedia artist joins galleries at ArtWorks

The galleries at ArtWorks in Westminster have added a new multimedia fine artist, Melinda Byrd of Woodbine.

She is a self-taught artist who works in a wide variety of media and materials, largely focusing on nature.

Byrd's work includes painted glassware depicting animals and nature scenes, and one-of-a-kind handpainted pins.

ArtWorks is at 105 East Main St.

Information: 410-871-9590.

Arts Council scholarships open to high school seniors

The Carroll County Arts Council will award a $500 scholarship this year to one outstanding high school senior from each of the county's public high schools.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of arts faculty and others appointed by each of the high school principals. Students must show artistic promise and be in financial need.

Applicants must live in Carroll County and plan to major in an arts program at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Acceptable programs include: vocal and instrumental music, music education, performance, music theory, composition, art, art history, art education, design, creative writing, dance, theater, media arts, film studies or arts management.

Application deadline is April 22. Applications may be downloaded from

Information: 410-848-7272.

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