July Artsline

From Snoopy and Tarzan to big band and the Beatles, the opportunities for enjoying the arts are endless in Westerville during July.

There will be something for everyone at the Westerville Area Chamber’s Music & Arts Festival, celebrating its 45th year by presenting over 130 fine arts and crafts artisans from around the country, 30+ local musicians and entertainers, a wide range of food trucks and concessions, and activities and fun for youth. Festivities take place Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To celebrate this anniversary and the Chamber’s 50th, there will be an Anniversary Concert featuring Shucking Bubba on The Middlefield Banking Company Main Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m., along with BrewDog and Temperance Row Brewing Co. craft beers on draft and food trucks.

Admission into the Festival is $1, and free for youth ages 16 and younger.  Location is Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.   


July Art Exhibits and Programs 

Throughout July – Westerville Senior Center Art Exhibition. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

July and August – Watercolors by Kevin Buckland and charcoals by Don Slobodien. Java Gallery, 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 Tuesday -- Lunchbox Concerts, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Free live music including oldies, pop/rock, jazz, country, folk, blues. Bring your lunch. Hosted by Westerville Parks and Recreation, Arts Council of Westerville and Westerville Uptown Inc. Location:  City Hall Courtyard.

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.

June 30 -- “The Pride and Spirit of America” 5 p.m.  Generations Performing Arts Center presents a musical tribute to those who serve our country. Westerville Central High School on Saturday June 30th at 5:00 pm. Tickets: www.tututix.com/gen-pac. Veterans and those currently serving are free with a guest. 614-794-3298. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.

July 1 – Sounds of Summer Concert. 6:30 p.m.  Westerville Symphony will perform patriotic favorites, Cabot Rea will sing Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait and Peter Schickele’s American Birthday Card.  The Irregulars, a fife and drum corps, will perform. Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 5-21 – Otterbein Summer Theater Performance of “Snoopy!”  The musical provides a dog’s eye view of the Peanuts pals. Tickets:  boxoffice@otterbein.edu or 614-823-1109. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, Otterbein University, 30 S. Grove St.

July 5Writer’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.

July 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. Class location:  310 W. Main St. 

July 7 – Jazz at the Amp. 6:30 p.m.  Performance by Nick Colionne.  Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 8 – Sounds of Summer Concert. 6:30 p.m.  Rick Brunetto Orchestra presents big band music.  Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 8 – Li’l Red and the Rooster . 3 to 5 p.m.  Award-winning duo performs upbeat ‘40s-‘50s blues and jazz and originals. Java Central, 20 S. State St.  Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 10 -- Lunchbox Concert: Bluegrass music with Grassahol. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Free. Hosted by Westerville Parks and Rec, the Arts Council of Westerville and Uptown Inc.  Location:  Civic Green at City Hall.

July 11 – 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.

July 11 – Family Concert.  6:30 p.m.  Endless Recess presents music for kids. Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 11 & 24 – 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.

July 12 -- Concert and Artist Reception. 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Artists Kevin Buckland and Don Slobodien will perform as the music duo Rockwell presenting 60s-70s rock favorites. Java Central, 20 S. State St.  Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 13 – 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

July 14 & 15 -- Westerville Area Chamber’s Music & Arts Festival.  See details in write-up.

July 15 – Sounds of Summer Concert. 6:30 p.m.  The British Invasion Beatles tribute band performs.  Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 15 – Sunday Family Funday. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free crafts for kids of all ages from Arts in Uptown and beer specials for the adults. No registration necessary. The Draft Room, 570 W. Schrock Rd.

July 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. Class location:  310 W. Main St.

July 16 – 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.

July 17 – Lunchbox Concert: Big Band singer Cherie Mannino and Keyboardist Marc Rubenstein. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Free. Hosted by Westerville Parks and Rec, the Arts Council of Westerville and Uptown Inc.  Location:  Civic Green at City Hall.

July 17 -- 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. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St

July 17 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  “From Fireflies to Butterflies” using acrylic paints.  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.

July 18 – Family Concert.  6:30 p.m.  Juggler Matt Jergens. Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 19 – 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. Featuring poet in residence Julia Baker from California. 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.

July 20 – Classic Movie Series. Honey I Shrunk the Kids.  Shown, at dusk, on the side of Everal Barn at Heritage Park. Bring blanket and snacks.  Rain location will be inside barn. Free. 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

July 20 – Uptown Friday Night:  Rockn’ Uptown. 6 to 8 p.m. Multiple Uptown businesses present live music.

July 20 – “Sleeping Beauty.” 6:30 p.m.  Presented by Westerville Parks and Recreation Theatre Camp. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 21 – Bohemian Highway. 7 to 10 p.m.  Folk quartet featuring Beki Test on vocals and guitar, Mike Neely on guitar, mandolin and Irish whistle, Carl Yaffey on banjo, Karl Wohlwend on bass, and Nina Hawranick on vocals.  Java Central, 20 S. State St.  Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 22 – Sounds of Summer Concert. 6:30 p.m.  Classic rock with the Lords of Literature.  Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 24 – Lunchbox Concert: Singer/songwriters Dick, Chris and TJ. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Free. Hosted by Westerville Parks and Rec, the Arts Council of Westerville and Uptown Inc.  Location:  Civic Green at City Hall.

July 25 – Family Concert.  6:30 p.m.  Columbus Zoo.  Free.  Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 26 – Meet the Author Series:  Linwood Barclay. 7 to 8 p.m.  Bestselling author Barclay discusses his newest book A Noise Downstairs, a thriller with the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn and the suspense of Harlan Coben. Free.  Registration required. westervillelibrary.org. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

July 26-29 – Westerville Civic Theater production of “Tarzan: The Stage Musical.” $15. Tickets online at www.westerville.org/registration or at the Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Performance location: Westerville Central High School.

July 27 – Arts Alley at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday. 6 to 9 p.m. 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

July 28 – Jazz at the Amp. 6:30 p.m.  Performance by Eric Darius.  Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

July 28 – Brady Fulton.  7 to 10 p.m.  Brady’s CD release event features a diverse and upbeat program with vocals, uke and percussion. Java Central, 20 S. State St.  Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 29 – Shohei Toyoda.  3 to 5 p.m.  International fingerstyle guitar champion and Japan resident returns to Java as part of his US tour. Java Central, 20 S. State St.  Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 29 – Sounds of Summer Concert. 6:30 p.m.  Westerville Concert Band presents diverse and family-friendly music.  Free. Amphitheater at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.