The Carroll County Arts Council’s 6th Annual PEEPshow will be part of an NBC Nightly News feature on the 60th Anniversary of PEEPS®. The show will air nationally this Saturday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The PEEPshow, which opens at 10 a.m. today and runs through April 7, features hundreds of extraordinary sculptures, dioramas and mosaics. The "wacky" event has become one of the most anticipated community events in the region, attracting more than 12,000 visitors each year.
When asked why she started the contest six years ago, Sandy Oxx, executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council and a member of the Maryland State Arts Council, said "Seven years ago, I entered the Washington Post diorama contest and when my entry, "Peep with a Pearl Earring," didn’t win, I decided to start my own contest. I knew it could be totally different, since we had the capacity to display the actual entries instead of just photographs. Our space enables us to accept large scale sculpture, mosaics, graphic entries and even stop motion movies!"
Past year PEEPshows have featured such creative entries as a life-sized Lorax, The "Peep Panther," "Todd Peep," "Justin Peeper" magical monsters, movie characters and other clever celebrations of pop culture, fine art and play on words. In addition there are even stop-action "Peep" films shown in the Arts Center’s art deco movie theatre. In total, the 2012 PEEPshow featured an astounding 19,000 Peeps.
The public can vote for their favorites PEEPS art with Vote Chips (priced at $1 each, 10 for $5, 25 for $10, 75 for $25 or 200 for $50), which are deposited in a container beside each work of art. Last year, more than 13,000 votes were cast, with proceeds benefiting the Carroll County Arts Council. The six entries with the most votes will be announced and awarded on Sunday, April 7. Admission to the event is free.
The Carroll County Arts Council is among Maryland’s 23 Arts Councils, plus Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, that receives support through the Maryland State Arts Council’s Community Arts Development grant. Funds re-granted by County Arts Councils across the state serve artists, arts organizations, schools and audiences.