April is Arts Month in Westerville -- the perfect time to enjoy the art in our community and recognize our artists.
To mark the month, artwork by Westerville City School District students will be on display at the Westerville Community Center beginning April 3. The Arts Council of Westerville will play host to receptions honoring the elementary and secondary artists and their teachers.
As part of arts month, the finalists in the Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest, sponsored by Arts Council, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion, will be honored at award receptions April 22 at the library. Writers of all ages will read aloud their writings for family and friends.
Jane Denick Award
The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau presented the 2018 Jane Denick Advancement of the Arts Award to Westerville City Schools art teacher Eric Cacioppo and retired art teacher Dee Justice.
Cacioppo and Justice have collaborated to involve students in creating clay tile murals at McVay, Robert Frost, Mark Twain and Cherrington elementary schools. The $500 grant will be used to continue their work on the projects that focus on literary and historical themes honoring the person for whom each school is named.
Call for artwork
Donations of artwork are being accepted for auction at An Artful Affair, the Westerville Education Foundation fundraiser set for 7 to 10 p.m. May 5 at The Lakes Golf and Country Club.
Proceeds from silent and live auctions will be split 50-50 between the contributing artists and the foundation which provides educational opportunities for students.
Artists can download a form for donating works at artfulaffair.info. The deadline for submitting the completed form, along with a photograph of the art, is April 16.
April calendar of exhibits and events
Through April -- Artwork by Ginny Baughman, traditional works, Meeting Room A, and contemporary art, Meeting Room B, of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
April 3-15 -- Westerville Elementary Schools Art Show, reception, 1 p.m. April 15, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
April 16-30 -- Westerville Secondary Schools Art Show, reception, 1 p.m. April 29, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Through April 12 -- 2018 Arbor Day Art and Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted. Open to public, private and home-schooled students in grades 3-5 in Westerville. Entry forms and rules are available at westerville.org/urban-forestry and at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Through April 27 -- Senior Art Exhibitions. Weekly exhibition and receptions by graduating art majors. Leslie H. and Ethyl Miller Gallery, 33 Collegeview Road. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 614-823-1792
Through April 28 -- “Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee’s World,” featuring the storytelling of Tariq Tarey’s photographs and films with the poems of Ladan Osman (class of ’06), Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St.; otterbein.edu.
Through May 6 -- “Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present.” Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings combining traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms and patterns to create landscapes and cityscapes. Roush Hall, Fisher Gallery, 27 S. Grove St., 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 performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
April 6-8 -- “The Trip to Bountiful” by Horton Foote, directed by James F. Petsche. An aging widow runs away from her family to return to her hometown, Bountiful. Suitable for all ages. Curtain Players Theater, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Performance times and tickets at curtainplayers.org.
April 2 -- Guest Artist: Tenor Daniel Neer, 8 p.m. Art-song recital featuring vocalist Daniel Neer and pianist Timothy Huffman. Free and open to the public. Otterbein University, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.
April 3 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., “My Kind of Town ... Westerville.” Draw historic buildings or a residence using ink and colored pencil. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 -- Movie Makers, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children ages 9-13 will plan, film and edit their own mini-movie during this program. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 or westervillelibrary.org.
April 4 -- Otterbein Percussion Ensemble, 8 p.m. “Rhythm in Riley II” will feature the compositions of Brian Nozny. Free and open to the public. Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St., Westerville.
April 5-8, 12-14 -- Otterbein University Theatre presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Performance times and tickets at otterbein.edu.
April 6 -- 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, 310 W. Main St.
April 8 -- Starry Night Art & Science Festival, 2 to 6 p.m., Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Road. More than 60 hands-on activities for students in elementary and middle school. Sponsored by Westerville Partners for Education, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Westerville City School District. Free.
April 9 -- Westerville Public Library Meet the Author series: Karen White. 7 p.m. Author of Southern women’s fiction “grit lit” will speak. Tickets: westervillelibrary.org. Event location: Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University.
April 9 -- Art Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Adults are guided by a guest artist in replicating the night’s featured piece. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 or westervillelibrary.org.
April 11 and 24 -- WACkY Kids Art Workshops, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 30 E. College Ave. Art lessons that stretch the imagination and give children ages 6 to 12 the freedom to express themselves. The Westerville Arts Council for Kids & Youth offers classes on second Wednesdays and fourth Tuesdays. Fee is $15.
April 11 -- JC Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn about this music community. Every second Wednesday. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
April 12 -- Jazz@OBN Opus One/Ottertuned, 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St.
April 13 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 4-6 will explore different artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process. April: Paper. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.
April 15 -- Otterbein String Orchestra, 7 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.
April 16 -- 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, 310 W. Main St.
April 16 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting. 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. Everyone invited; Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L.
April 16 -- Evening of Music presented by Westerville Concert Band and Otterbein University Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theater at Cowan Hall, 30 E. Grove St. Free. For information, call 614-890-6820.
April 17 -- National Poetry Month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Celebrate the spoken word with the Westerville Poetry Group. Everyone invited; westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.
April 18 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., “The Magnified Flower.” Create a close-up look at flowers through acrylic painting. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at email@example.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
April 19 -- 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.
April 21 -- How to Write a Comic Book, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Author and high school English teacher Stephen Hines will offer pointers. All ages. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.
April 21 -- Artists in Residence: QUBE String Quartet, 8 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. Otterbein University Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.
April 22 -- Westerville Symphony with Otterbein Combined Choirs: Masterworks III, 5 p.m. Concert focuses on two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “The ‘Linz’ Symphony” and “Mozart’s Requiem.” Tickets at westervillesymphony.org. Otterbein University, Fritsche Theater at Cowan Hall, 30 E. Grove St.
April 23 -- Westerville Public Library Meet the Author series: Kristy Woodson Harvey, 7 p.m. Design blogger of Design Chic and author of Southern domestic fiction discusses her latest release, “The Secret to Southern Charm.” Registration required at westervillelibrary.org.
April 24 -- Westerville Art League, 6:30 p.m.,Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. The public is invited.
April 27 -- Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Spring Into the Arts. 6 p.m. until dark. Hands-on art activities for children during Passport to the Arts. Arts Alley features original art by Westerville Art League members. North sidewalk at Hanby Magnet School, 56 S. State St.