May Artsline

Provided each month by the Arts Council of Westerville for publication by This Week Westerville News on 4th Thursdays.

Art Auction

An Artful Affair, the Westerville Education Foundation fundraiser, is set for Sat., May 5, 7 to 10 p.m., at The Lakes Golf and Country Club. The event features live and silent art auctions and music by Change it up Charlie. The ticket price includes drinks and appetizers. Proceeds will provide educational opportunities for students. Ticket information and program details at www.artfulaffair.info.

Call for Crafters and Artists

The Arts Council of Westerville is welcoming applicants for booths at Westival, the annual community concert band and arts/crafts fair, scheduled for Saturday, June 9.  Starting at 11 a.m., families will enjoy performances by ten concert bands from surrounding communities, a range of food trucks, booths with fine arts and crafts, and activities for kids. To request information on how to reserve a booth, please contact artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com


May Art Exhibits and Programs

May 2-31 – Westerville Art League Spring Show. 60th annual. Artist reception and award ceremony: May 6, 2 to 4 p.m., music by local musical artist guitarist John Morgan. Open to the public. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

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 vivid landscapes and cityscapes. Roush Hall, Fisher Gallery, 27 S. Grove St., www.otterbein.edu

May and June – Java Gallery: Works by Rob Mandell and Cheryl Lyons.  Prismatic and kaleidoscopic photography by Rob, president of the Westerville Art League. Oil paintings from Cheryl’s collection which has hung nationwide. Reception:  May 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

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.

May 1 – Westerville Public Library Meet the Author series:  Hillary Jordan. 7 p.m.  Author of Mudbound will speak and sign books. Tickets at hillaryjordan.eventbrite.com. Location: Westerville Central High School.

May 1 -- Sip & Sketch. 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Create whimsical Cherry Blossoms in bloom using watercolors with instructor Jan Fedorenko. Fee includes supplies and 2 glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St.  Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

May 3Writer’s Circle 7 to 9 p.m. Writers of all genres meet and discuss their work, creative/technical issues and writing as an art. All levels of writers welcome. First Thursday of the month. Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 4 – 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. 

May 4-6, 11-12, 18-20 – Curtain Players Production:  Exit the King. In Ionesco's most accessible Absurdist drama, it's King Berenger's dying day and also the last day of the universe. For audiences ages 13 and older. Curtain Players Theater, 5691 Harlem Rd, Galena. Performance times and tickets at www.curtainplayers.org

May 5 – An Artful Affair. 7 to 10 p.m.  See details above.

May 5 – Luke Mossburg and Friends: Benefit Show for Soulfuel.  7 to 10 p.m.  Country singer/songwriter joins with writers to present benefit for the disadvantaged in Central Ohio. Three writers will present an “Ask a Writer” session offering pointers and their back stories. Donations appreciated. Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 9 & 22 – WACkY Kids Art Workshops, 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Art lessons that stretch the imagination and give ages 7 to 12 the freedom to express themselves. The Westerville Arts Council for kids & Youth offers classes on second Wednesdays and fourth Tuesdays. $15 fee. 30 E. College Ave.

May 9 – JC Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and meet our music community. Every second Wednesday. Java Central, 20 S. State St.  Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 11 – Uptown Friday Night: Arts in Uptown. 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Pop-up locations of free art activities for kids. Uptown Westerville. www.artsinuptown.com

May 11 – Westerville Symphony Wine Pairings:  Springtime in Paris. 6:30 p.m.  Toast our 35th year with exquisite French wine, French food, and French music. Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Dr. South, Lewis Center.

May 12 – Rick Barr. 7 to 10 p.m.  Performer/songwriter with deep vocals and Johnny Cash-like styling will play original songs and a mix of country, classic rock, blues and folk. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 15 -- 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.

May 16 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Experiment with oil pastels to create unique Blue Poppies with instructor Kelly Gurich. Fee includes supplies and 2 glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St.  Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville

May 17 – The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling and Poetry. 7 to 9 p.m. Regional poets and professional “tellers” from the Storytellers of Central Ohio perform and discuss their works. Q&A. 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.

May 19 – Jim Volk. 7 to 9 p.m. Virtuoso guitarist wows audiences with his improvisational medleys and dynamic style. Donations requested. Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 20 -- Westerville Concert Band Spring Concert. 4 p.m.   International composer-conductor James Swearingen premieres his newly commissioned piece "Oh, My Heart Belongs to Ireland."  Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. Free admission and parking. Donations accepted. www.westervillebands.org

May 21 – 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.

May 21 – 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.

May 22 – Westerville Art League. 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

May 25 – Arts Alley at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Back to Nature. 6 p.m. until dark. Hands-on art activities for children. Westerville Art League members will offer original art work, prints, photography, cards, fused and stained glass and jewelry. Union Savings Bank parking lot and north sidewalk at Hanby Magnet School www.artscouncilofwesterville.org

May 26 – MEEK Quartet – Four-part vocal harmony group performs folk, country, Americana, gospel, and cowboy/western. Audience interaction includes trivia, puns and more. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 27 – Blues Vespers:  Rise!  4 to 6 p.m.  Bluesman Charles Sealy performs in a thoughtful and entertaining mix of music and spoken word.  Hosted by Father Joe Kovitch of Pray. Think. Love. St. Mathew’s Episcopal Center. Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

May 31 – June 22 Otterbein Summer Theatre: Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! Tickets at www.otterbein.edu

 Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.