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There are many places to see art, watch a movie, catch a play, or hear live music in Westminster if you know where to find them. So, we're here to try to help you out...

Art Galleries | Live Theatre | Movies | Music Venues | Night Life | Performing Groups




Art Galleries

Local art displays in Westminster can be seen almost anywhere from the walls of Main Street shops and restaurants to tucked inside government office buildings and educational institutions; however, the official ones are located below.

Two of the most visible art galleries in Westminster are the Tevis and Community galleries located in the Carroll Arts Center at 91 West Main Street. In addition to hosting exhibits of fine local and regional art, these galleries also serve as the main display areas for the Carroll Arts Center’s two main fundraisers – The Festival of Wreaths and The Peep Show. Both of these fundraisers present very unique works of art that raise funds for the on-going operation of the Arts Center. Be sure to catch them! The galleries are open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday; and 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The galleries also might be open other hours during Arts Center events.

The Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall on the McDaniel College campus hosts exhibits of local, regional and national artists, as well as McDaniel faculty and students. Exhibits include paintings, mixed media, sculpture and photography. In addition to featured exhibits, the Albert and Eva Blum Collection of Art from Five Continents is on continuous display. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Between September and May each year, Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, hosts art exhibitions in a variety of media and styles by students and regional and nationally celebrated visual artists. The college holds these exhibitions in three venues. The Gallery in the Robert A. and Phyllis B. Scott Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is a new and beautifully designed space dedicated to the exhibition of exciting contemporary works by artists of regional as well as national renown. The cathedral ceiling of the Great Hall Gallery provides the natural and diffused light that artists love. Exhibits in the Great Hall Gallery generally focus on county and state groups and highlight the diverse nature of their work. The Langdon Family Gallery is an intimate space devoted to the work of individual artists. The sky-lit gallery, with an upper tier, provides an ambiance that enhances multimedia displays. The college also hosts opening receptions for selected exhibitions, which are open to the public and college community. The viewing of the exhibitions is free of charge.

The Carroll Life Galleries offer rotating art exhibits at the following locations:
Carroll County Office Building
225 North Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
       Carroll County Courthouse
Annex 55 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm


Commercial galleries in the Westminster area include:

Ain't That a Frame, 99 West Main Street, has a spacious gallery featuring many well known and local artists. Currently, selections include original oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, bronze sculpture, hand forged ironwork, and much more.

Off Track Art is an artists' collective and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street next to the railroad tracks and just off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and Liberty Street in downtown Westminster, Maryland. The 20 member artists are dedicated to advancing the arts in Westminster as well as the careers, ideas, and artistic visions of its members.



Live Theatre

The 263-seat theatre in the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, offers live theatre performances for both children and adults. Exciting theatre experiences also await you on stage at the Robert A. and Phyllis B. Scott Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road.


Movies

To view first run movies in Westminster, just head over to the Regal Cinemas Westminster 9 in the TownMall of Westminster at 400 North Center Street where the greatest of the latest are always being screened. In addition to Regal Cinemas, the Carroll Arts Center and Film Lovers in Carroll County offer a wide variety films, including children features, classic movies, musicals and foreign films, on the big screen at the Arts Center, 91 West Main Street throughout the year.


Music Venues

There are quite a few concert venues where public musical performances occur in and around the City of Westminster.

McDaniel College has several on-campus locations that serve as music venues. Levine Hall is home to the Music Department and their recital hall. The settings of Baker Chapel and Baker Memorial Chapel are both beautiful visually and alive acoustically. The larger chapel has an Aeolian Skinner organ. McDaniel Lounge is an intimate salon ideal for chamber music and vocal recitals. Centrally located in the student center, the Decker College Center Forum is a medium-sized auditorium. The Forum is home to live jazz performances by the College's Jazz Ensemble and unique jamming by its eight-piece workshop group, the best from each section of the ensemble as well as performances sponsored by Chamber Music on the Hill. Finally, WMC Alumni Hall is a 500-seat theatre used for the college band and other concerts.

Whether your musical preferences include jazz, percussion, opera, choral music, or a full orchestra, Carroll Community College offers many opportunities for you to enjoy any or all of these types of performances. Most of the performances are held in the 425-seat theater of the Robert Annis & Phyllis Barrett Scott Center for the Fine and Performing Arts that opened in 2002. Other performances are held outside at the Rotary Amphitheater that was completed in 1998 and started the college on its way to fulfilling its goal of becoming a cultural center for the performing arts.

There are two prominent and one minor outdoor music venues in the downtown area. Locust Lane Park, 43 East Main Street, across Main Street from the public library and next to Pomeroy Jewelers, is home to the "Lunch on the Lane" concert series every Friday at noon in June, "Songs at Six" concert series every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in July and the "Midnight Madness" musical performances in September, along other periodic musical events. Westminster City Park, behind 11 Longwell Avenue, hosts "A Month of Sundays" concert series every Sunday at 6:45 p.m. in July as well as the "FallFest" musical performances in September. Belle Grove Square, a quiet town park at the corner of Green and Bond Streets, comes alive in late August with the Westminster Municipal Band's Annual Outdoor Concert.

The auditoriums of Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, and Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, are both used as concert venues by local performing groups or sponsoring organizations, such as Carroll County Community Concert Association, Inc., in addition to the performing groups of the schools. Finally, the 263-seat theatre in the Carroll Arts Center at 91 West Main Street is a very popular concert venue. It serves as the home to the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Concert Series that runs monthly from October through April and hosts numerous concerts sponsored by both the Carroll County Arts Council and independent promoters.


Night Life

There are quite a few venues with live entertainment or DJs for dancing in and around Westminster. Our suggestion would be to either call or check out their websites to see when and what is happening. Places with entertainment include:

Downtown Spots -

Johansson's Dining House
4 West Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 876-0101

O'Lordans Irish Pub
14 Liberty Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 876-0000

Rafael's
32 W Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 840-1919

Wine-Me-Up
61 1/2 E Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 857-1511

Spots Outside of Downtown -

Stables Restaurant
452 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 840-8181

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
830 Market Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 871-1525

Westminster Station
Carroll Plaza Shopping Center
250 Englar Road
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 857-2944




Performing Groups

Perhaps you rather be a participant or performer than an observer. There are many performing organizations in the Westminster area in which you can participate. Here is a sampling of them:

The Children's Chorus of Carroll County exists to foster vocal development and musicianship through choral experience.

Common Ground on the Hill is a musical arts organization formed to provide the opportunity to teach and to study various musical instruments and art forms representing various ethnic and cultural traditions.

The Encore Community Music Association is an intergenerational band and orchestra program for musicians of all ages, including an instrumental program for home-schooled students.

Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County is a non-profit corporation designed to provide singers and audiences with varied choral experiences; all people interested in singing are encouraged to do so.

The Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus is an acapella chorus singing four-part harmony since 1982, devoted to community singing and entertainment in and around Carroll County.

September Song Musical Theatre has organized and performed a Broadway musical for the past thirty-eight years in Carroll County. Founded by two educators, Arnie Hayes and Robert "Doc" Kersey, September Song is a 501(c) 3 non-profit community theatre based in Carroll County Maryland that annually draws a talented cast and production staff from Carroll, Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Frederick Counties, as well as Baltimore City and Pennsylvania. They are dedicated to spreading a quality gift of the arts through musical theatre to all of their participants on and off stage as well as to their audiences of all ages. September Song is also a component fund of the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

Tree of Life Theatre Troupe seeks to provide an avenue for teenage artistic endeavors in the form of annual theatrical productions. The troupe teaches a unique style of acting combining traditional elements of method acting with the emerging field of interactive theater.

Westminster Municipal Band is an awarding-winning marching and concert community band that provides entertainment in Westminster and the surrounding communities.

Westminster Ringers, Inc. is an auditioned community handbell ensemble.