Refining the Grain: A Selection of Contemporary Works In Wood, Jan. 4 — Feb. 14, 2019, Carrollton Center for the Arts. This group exhibition explores the versatility of wood as an artistic medium for the creation of functional and sculptural forms. Refining the Grain investigates each artist’s motivations for using the material as their medium of choice, while exposing their production processes. Discover how more traditional woodworking techniques and contemporary methods are being combined, renewed and refined by these artists to fit within their current studio practice. Featured artists include woodturner Steve Pritchard, Rough Cut Designs owner Johnny Jackson and sculptor John Lebowitz. Robert Lyon, guest scholar and distinguished professor emeritus from the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, will also be exhibiting with the group.
Kenny Brawner in Ray Charles on My Mind, January 18, 2019, 7:30 pm. Carrollton Center for the Arts. Master pianist/vocalist, Kenny Brawner, his 12-piece band and three sultry vocalists bring the music and story of the great Ray Charles vividly to life! The show includes Ray’s most popular hits: What’d I Say?, I Got A Woman, Mess Around, Georgia On My Mind, a blazing hot duet on Baby It’s Cold Outside and many more! The music is interwoven with monologues depicting how gospel, blues, jazz and country influenced Ray’s style, while also reflecting on American social history, his epic battle with drugs and his triumphant return home to Georgia. $20 Adults $10 Youth.
MLK Day Parade, Jan. 21, 2019 11 am, Downtown Carrollton. Join us in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the streets of historic Downtown Carrollton. (770) 877-2991 https://www.facebook.com/CarrollCountyNAACP/
La Boheme, February 9, 2019, 7:30pm. Carrollton Center for the Arts. Performed by Peach State Opera and accompanied by local vocalists, La Bohème, is a passionate, timeless and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris. The opera can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. La Bohème was composed by Giacomo Puccini. The opera contains some of the most memorable arias and musical scenes in opera. It is the perfect outing for a Valentine’s treat. $20 Adults $10 Youth.
Shrek the Musical, March 14 – March 17 and March 21 – March 24, 2019, 7:30 pm (2:00 pm on March 17 and March 24). Carrollton Center for the Arts. Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life, retreats to his swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, after being evicted by Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! $15 Adults $10 Youth
Art Takeover, March 28, 2019, Downtown Carrollton, Carrollton Center For The Arts. Carrollton Main Street invites you to attend our annual Art Takeover in Downtown Carrollton. Main Street business members in and around Adamson Square are partnering with the University of West Georgia School of the Arts and Carrollton Center for the Arts for a festive evening in Downtown Carrollton from 5 pm – 8 pm. Art Takeover features 25+ host locations hosting local artists from the Carrollton Artist Guild, artists from the UWG School of the Arts faculty and UWG student artists. In addition to the works of art, Art Takeover will also feature several local musicians in and around downtown.
Bloom Into Spring, April 11 through May 23, Carrollton Center for the Arts. The Roush Gallery welcomes back the warm weather and beautiful days of spring with a juried exhibit celebrating the season. Members of the Carrollton Artist Guild will be challenged to produce work in their own style inspired by the theme and compete with one another for awards selected by a special guest juror. You can expect lively scenes, bright flowers and maybe a few surprises as artists interpret the time for new life and outdoor adventures.
Music to Remember Concert, April 12: 7:30 pm, April 13: 4 pm. Carrollton Center for the Arts. Whatever the genre of the soundtrack of your life, our spring concert is sure to bring back some treasured memories. Our chorus will perform a program going back in time with some favorite arrangements. $10 each
Presidio Brass, May 3, 2019, 7:30 pm. Carrollton Center for the Arts. Since 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment, combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements. These five young men present Broadway music and film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of each performance. In honor of being in Carrollton, Presidio Brass will perform with a local band during the concert and provide master classes to students in the area.$18 Adults $10 Youth.
The Accidental Beauty of Rural America by Keith May, May 9 through June 7, Carrollton Center for the Arts. A 2001 assignment to photograph the changing face of rural America led Keith May down a rabbit hole of dirt roads and lost highways, east to west, on a roaring silver Harley. “Go where the wind blows you and let pictures tell the story,” became more than his editor’s vague direction. The quietly provocative scenes included in his collection, The Accidental Beauty of the Rural South prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same and the best assignments never end.
The Art of the Puppet People from the Studio of Angela Beasley, May 30 through July 5, Carrollton Center for the Arts. The Art of Puppetry comes alive in this special exhibit created by Angela Beasley’s studio. For more than 47 years the Puppet People of Savannah, Georgia, have created and toured larger-than-life entertainment in their distinctive “glitz n’ grits” style. Audiences from all over the United States and abroad have laughed and sang along with Beasley’s signature cabaret shows for all ages. Objects on display will include shadow, marionette, hand and rod and much more, illuminating the world of puppetry. Popular cultural icons immortalized in puppetry, along with Angela’s imaginative characters from original plays and stories, will entice the young as well as the young at heart.
Carrollton Half Marathon, Sept. 7, 2019, Starting at Adamson Square. The inaugural Carrollton Half Marathon presented by Tanner Health System will take place on September 7, 2019. The 13.1 mile course will take you from Carrollton’s Historic Adamson Square, through city proper and nearly 9 smooth miles over shaded, rolling hills on the city’s new multi-use bike/running path, the GreenBelt. The beautiful route finishes back at Adamson Square for a finish line festival not to be missed, featuring live music, local food vendors, and beer from local craft breweries. Register individually to take on the race or be a part of a 2, 3, or 4 person relay team! This course makes a great event for first timers, those looking for a half marathon personal best, or an end-of-summer tune up for fall marathon season. Registration includes an inaugural Carrollton Half Marathon T-shirt, finisher’s medal, and free food and drink tickets to the post-race festivities. https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Carrollton/CarrolltonHalfMarathon firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrollton Annual Events
MLK Day Parade and Celebration, MLK Day Holiday, Downtown Carrollton. Join us in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the streets of historic Downtown Carrollton. Parade begins at 11 a.m. in front of Dairy Queen on US Hwy 27, travels through Adamson Square and out Newnan Street to the Stallings Community Center on South White Street. Presented by Carroll County NAACP
Art Takeover, Last Thursday in March, Downtown Carrollton, Carrollton Center For The Arts. Carrollton Main Street invites you to attend our annual Art Takeover in Downtown Carrollton. Main Street business members in and around Adamson Square are partnering with the University of West Georgia School of the Arts and Carrollton Center for the Arts for a festive evening in Downtown Carrollton from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Art Takeover features 30+ host locations featuring local artists from the Carrollton Artist Guild, artists from the UWG School of the Arts faculty and UWG student artists. In addition to the works of art, Art Takeover will also feature several local musicians in and around downtown.
MayFest, First Sat in May, Downtown Carrollton. Nestled amongst the historic buildings on Adamson Square, MayFest has become one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the West Georgia area. Featuring an array of handmade goods vendors exhibiting everything from paintings and pottery to baskets and bows, we promise there will be something for everyone. The delicious food vendors will tickle your tastebuds with southern specialties and festival treats. Kids (and those young at heart) will love our Children’s Village, which features rock climbing, inflatables, slides, games and prizes that are both family and budget friendly. To participate as a vendor, please visit http://www.carrolltonmainstreet.com/mayfest to find the applications.
July 4th Parade and Fireworks, Downtown Carrollton, Carrollton City Schools Complex. Celebrate our nation’s birthday in altogether patriotic style in Carrollton from morning until night on July 4th. The People’s Parade, one of the largest in West Georgia, kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and winds its way through Downtown Carrollton. The Carroll Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds of Liberty Concert starts at 8 p.m. on the front lawn of Carrollton Elementary School and concludes with Carrollton’s Fireworks Extravaganza just after dark. All events are free.
A Taste Of Carrollton, Second Thursday of September, Downtown Carrollton
Carrollton Festival of the Arts, Second Sat. and Sun. in Oct., Carrollton Center For The Arts. Make plans to join us for the Arts Festival of Carrollton, featuring more than 70 national artists, plus live music, performers, demonstrations, delicious food, and a fun Kids Zone. Free admission and free parking! The Arts Festival of Carrollton is a fine arts and crafts festival that draws premier artists from across the country for a 2-day fun-filled event you will not want to miss!
Little Big Jam Music Festival First Thurs-Sun of October, 325 Daniel Road, Bowdon GA. Little Big Jam is four days of live bands, art and food, camping and groovy-ness in a pastoral setting just outside of Bowdon.
Oktoberfest Blues and Brews Blues and Craft Brewing Festival, Last Sat. In Oct., The Amp amphitheater, Downtown Carrollton. Join us for our annual Blues and Brews Festival at the AMP at Adamson Square. Music and beer tasting will kick-off at 3:00 pm and beer tastings will take place until 7:00pm. But the fun won’t stop then! Grab dinner at one of the phenomenal downtown restaurants and stick around for more Blues throughout the night.
Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Square Last Thur. in Nov., Downtown Carrollton. Join us for our annual Holiday Wishes Parade at 5:30 pm. The parade will begin at The Historic Train Depot on Bradley and conclude at The Neva Lomason Memorial Library on Rome Street. Immediately following the parade, hang around for pictures with Santa Claus, entertainment at The AMP and activities on the Square.
Around the county
Roopville Homecoming Fest, Third Sat. in Sept., Downtown Roopville
McIntosh Reserve Park Fall Festival, Last weekend in Sept.
MZ Founders Day, first Sat. in Oct., Mt. Zion Community Center, Mt. Zion
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