VSA Arts – Accessible Expressions Ohio Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. This professional development opportunity helps raise awareness about art and disability by presenting the art in inclusive settings. The Accessible Expressions Ohio art exhibit goes on display at the Westerville Community Center beginning March 1 each year and culminates in a Day of Arts for All, attracting attendees from throughout the state.
As part of this day of art browsing, awards and workshops, the Arts Council of Westerville has been the proud sponsor of the People’s Choice Award for 10+ years, awarding $250 to the artist who earns the most public votes. The ACW also hosts an art activity table. The 2018 Day of Arts for All will be held Saturday, March 24, and is open to all.
We will have the VSA display up all month. If I recall I think the box was up all month to cast votes. Definitely promote the Arts Council!!
March Art Exhibits and programs
Mar. 1-31 VSA Accessible Expressions Art Exhibit. Cast your ballot for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Arts Council of Westerville. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Mar. 2-Apr. 3 – Westerville Art League Exhibit. Works by 15 artists. Meet the Artist reception: Mar. 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Innis House. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., 614-895-6216
Through Mar. -- Exhibit of Photography and Art by Students of Oakstone Academy. Meet the artists on Mar. 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Java Central Gallery, 20 S. State St. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 12-Apr. 27 – Senior Art Exhibitions. Weekly exhibition and receptions by graduating art majors. Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, 33 Collegeview Rd. Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F; 1-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 614-823-1792
Through Apr. 28 – “Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee's World.” Featuring the storytelling prowess of Tariq Tarey’s photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman (class of ‘06). Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. www.otterbein.edu
Through May 6 – “Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present.” Reception: Thursday, Jan 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings combining traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms, and patterns to create vivid landscapes and cityscapes. Roush Hall, Fisher Gallery, 27 S. Grove St., www.otterbein.edu
Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Open to all levels. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Every Friday – Acoustic Open Mic. 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring 12 or more diverse, talented performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Through April 12 -- 2018 Arbor Day Art and Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted. Open to public, private and home-schooled 3rd through 5th grade students in Westerville. Entry forms and rules are available at www.westerville.org/urbanforestry and at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Mar. 1 – Westerville Public Library Meet the Authors series: Ernest Cline. 7 p.m. Ohio native, best-selling author and co-screenwriter of the book and movie Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg will speak. Tickets: westervillelibrary.org. Event location: Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Rd.
Mar. 1-4 -- Westerville North High School Theatre’s production: Mary Poppins. Tickets $10; tickets at https://westerville-north-theater-department.ticketleap.com/ and at the event.
Mar. 2 – A Conversation with Lindsay Deutsch. 3 p.m. Lindsay’s down-to-earth and humorous conversation, in addition to her amazing violin abilities, bridge the classical and popular aspects of music. Facilitated by Otterbein University music faculty and open to the public, in preparation for her performance for the Westerville Symphony’s Masterworks II.
Mar. 2 – Color Me Calm for Seniors. 1 to 2 p.m. Relax while listening to calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff. For members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.
Mar. 3 – Dan Heidt. 7 to 10 p.m. Singer/guitarist/songwriter with James Taylor style. Java Central favorite has played the Carole King show. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 4 – Westerville Symphony: Masterworks II. 5 p.m. Two pieces: “Fancy Free,” a ballet popularized in the 1940’s focusing on the misadventures of three sailors in New York City and “Beatles Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra” performed by American violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Otterbein University, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets: westervillesymphony.org
Mar. 6 & 21 – Sip & Sketch. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Casual art session with instruction in personalized works of art. Fee includes supplies and 2 glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at email@example.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
Mar. 7 – Who is Frida Kahlo? 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Ages 6-12 will hear the story of Mexican artist Kahlo and create art. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 ext. 4 or www.westervillelibrary.org
Mar. 10 – Long Tall Deb and Colin John. 7 to 10 p.m. With Texas/Mexico border roots, Deb blends soul, gospel and Americana into her own unique sound. Colin adds the sound of Hawaii. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 10 & 11 -- Auditions for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre Youth Musical. Aladdin Jr. will be performed May 31 to June 3. For more information check www.westerville.org or call the Recreation Department at 614-901-6500.
Mar. 14 – JC Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and to meet our music community. Every second Wednesday. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 15 – Artist Expressions: Pointillism, 3 to 4 p.m. Ages 8-12 will view and discuss the form, then create art in similar style. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 or www.westervillelibrary.org
Mar. 15 – The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling. 7 to 9 p.m. Five professional “tellers” from the Storytellers of Central Ohio. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Third Thursday of the month. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 16 – Budding Artists. 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 4-6 will explore different artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process. March: Printmaking. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 ext. 4 or www.westervillelibrary.org
Mar. 17 – Amhráin Irish band. 7 to 10 p.m. Enticing blend of Appalachian hills and East Coast folk is applied to Irish pub songs and ballads. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 19 – Creative Writing for Seniors. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Develop writing skills through life experiences. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff. For members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.
Mar. 19 – Arts Council of Westerville meeting. 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. Everyone welcome. Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd. Suite L.
Mar. 20 – Poetry Discussion and Open Mic. 7 to 9 p.m. Share your work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic. Everyone welcome. westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Mar. 22 -- Jazz@OBN. 8 p.m. Otterbein University jazz. Free and open to the public. Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St.
Mar. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31; Apr. 6, 7 & 8 – The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote. Directed by James F. Petsche. An aging widow runs away from her family to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. Suitable for all ages. Curtain Players Theater, 5691 Harlem Rd, Galena. Performance times and tickets at www.curtainplayers.org
Mar. 23, 24, 25 – Opera Theatre. 2 p.m. Otterbein University, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park Street.
Mar. 24 – Grassahol. 7 to 10 p.m. Traditional and non-traditional bluegrass, original music, country tunes and Americana are performed on banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 24 – Day of Art for All. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accessible Expressions Ohio welcomes the public to browse art visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities browsing, awards and workshops, the Arts Council of Westerville has been the proud sponsor of the People’s Choice Award for 10+ yearsThe ACW also hosts an art activity table.
Mar. 27 – Westerville Art League. Business meeting at 6:30 p.m. and critique at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Mar. 31 -- The Detours and Caroline & Dad. 7 to 10 p.m. Classic rock/folk/pop covers and original songs with The Detours. Caroline and Frank Hennebert present pop/rock/folk with harmonies, guitar and keyboard. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.