An annual community art showcase returns to Carroll County this month as artists of all ages will display their work at the library.

Mary Ann Gentry Art Show participants will display works from a variety of mediums in the main foyer, community room and other locations throughout the Carroll County Public Library. Library Director Hillary Arney said 76 works from 44 artists will be included during the nearly month-long show.

The local artist showcase began in honor of Carrollton resident Mary Ann Gentry. A local historian and avid artist, Gentry's work often focused on Carrollton landmarks or her depictions of the area during a certain era.

The Mary Ann Gentry Art Show began in 1999, Arney said, and this is the 14th year for the show. The art show wasn't held during the library's renovations.

Several pieces of Gentry's work hang in the library on year-round basis, and Gentry's vision of what the old Port William could have looked like inspires the library's website background.

The show continues to honor the past by showcasing Gentry's works, while also incorporating current artists in the local area, Arney said.

Works from young artists at Kathryn Winn Primary and Cartmell elementary schools will be on display along with pieces from other local artists.

Pencil drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and 3-D works will be shown throughout the show, Arney said.

An artist reception for the show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Art show organizers plan to allow visitors to vote again this year for the "Viewer's Choice Award" on a piece in the show for possible inclusion in the library's permanent collection.

"We, along with a lot of local libraries, are trying to build a local art collection," Arney said.

Each piece available for inclusion in the collection will be clearly marked for viewers.

The Compass Quartet of Louisville, Ky., also will be featured as the musical guests during the reception. The quartet members are students and former students of the University of Louisville Music Department.

The quartet plays music from a range of musical genres with old favorites mixed in with some new tunes. The group often ranges from The Beatles to Beethoven, Arney said.

The Mary Ann Gentry Art Show will be on display at the library through the end of the month.