The Power of the Arts free workshops will offer adults opportunities to experiment with the qualities of the arts that transform, heal and express. Taking place on Saturday, March 9, 1 to 4 p.m., the workshops are presented by the Arts Council of Westerville in partnership with the City of Westerville and VSA Ohio, with grant assistance by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.
Following a brief introductory session on the Benefits of the Arts, attendees will participate in two 45-minute sessions of their choice. Interactive sessions include: Music Moves, focusing on the connections of movement and music to relaxation, reflection and interpretation; Artfully Yours, using watercolor techniques to promote emotional growth and healing; Voices of Expression, showing how writing translates personal expression through storytellling, poetic response and free-thought writing; and Responding to Music, demonstrating how the rhythm of a song can stimulate brain waves, bring joy and stimulate memories.
Register for two workshop choices online at artscouncilofwesterville.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 4. The workshops will be held at Hanby Elementary School, 56 S. State Street.
Calendar of Exhibits and Events for March
March-April – Photographic Artist Rob Mandell. Diverse imagery created with digital photography, ranging from landscapes and still life to abstract imagery. Public Art Reception: Mar. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St. www.java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
March – Sticker Artists Against Hate. Java Gallery. Fascinating art created originally in Berlin and Paris with images from international street/sticker artists. Java Central, 20 S. State St. www.java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
March – Paintings by Mariangel Scavo and Civil War display by Patrick Garrity. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Mar. 6-31 – Watercolor Art by Judi McGee and Michael Rayer. Meet the Artists: Mar. 17, 2 to 4 p.m. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Innis House. Inniswood Metro Park.
Through Mar. 14 -- 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Joanne Stichweh, Juror. Mar. 18 through Apr. 19 -- Senior Art Exhibitions. Weekly exhibitions and receptions by graduating art majors. Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, 33 Collegeview Rd. Open Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat - Sun, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Through May 1 – Land in Flames by Vitor Mizael. Public Reception: Jan. 31. Mizael explores issues of Brazillian national identity and plays against literary traditions that blend fact and fantasy. Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall (first and second floors), 27 S. Grove St. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Through Apr. 27 -- Paraiso Tropical (Tropical Paradise) by Rosana Pauli. Pauli’s work directly addresses the process of colonization and slavery in Brazil, to understand the legacies of colonialism and racial constructions in the present. Otterbein University, The Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the University's academic year.
Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by finger-style 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.
Mar. 1 – 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. 1 – Deadline to submit entries for Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest. 13th annual sponsored by Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and Friends of the Library. See guidelines at artscouncilofwesterville.com. Send entries by email to email@example.com.
Mar. 2 – Lil’ Red and the Rooster, 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning blues/jazz duo from France. Vocalist Jennifer Milligan from Westerville and Pascal Fouquet, renowned blues guitarist from France. They perform at Natalie’s and at Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 5 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Celtic Designs using oil pastels and watercolor. Instructor Jan Fedorenko. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
Mar. 7 – The Philosophy of Photography. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Local photographer Gary Gardiner will offer ways to improve your technique. Registration required. westervillelibrary.org. 614-882-7277. 126 S. State St.
Mar. 8 – Budding Artists. 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 4 to 6 will explore various artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process and not finished product. This month: glue. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Mar. 9 – Luke Mossburg, 7 to 10 p.m. Country singer/songwriter with a memorable voice who is a favorite locally and in Nashville. With TJ Wright on keyboard. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 13 – 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.
Mar. 13 – Art Lab. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Ages 6 to 8 will explore a variety of art techniques and learn about the artists. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Mar. 14, 15, 16 at 7 p.m.; Mar. 17 at 2 p.m. Westerville North Theatre presents “Newsies.” Westerville North High School’s student thespians bring Disney’s hit Broadway musical to Westerville. More information at email@example.com
Mar. 16 – Amhrain, 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate “almost” St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish band from Portsmouth as they perform a blend of Irish/Celtic music plus Appalachian hills and East Coast folk. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 17 – Westerville Symphony presents Vienna and the Symphony, 5 p.m. A musical trip to hear the development of the classical symphony from early Haydn through Mozart and to the dawn of the Beethoven symphonies. James Bates, conductor. $15 tickets at Westerville symphony.org. Riley Auditorium at Battelle Hall, Otterbein University.
Mar. 18 – Arts Council of Westerville meeting. 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. Everyone welcome. artscouncilofwesterville.com Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L
Mar. 18 – 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 – 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.
Mar. 20 – Westerville Public Library Meet the Author Series: V.E. Schwab. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Interview, audience Q&A, book sale and signing. First 300 guests to arrive receive a free copy of Vicious. Tickets at www.westervillelibrary.org Villa Milano.
Mar. 20 -- Sip & Sketch Sip, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bountiful Bouquets using acrylic paint on canvas. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
Mar. 21 – 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 their works. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Bring a story to share. Third Thursday of the month. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 21 – Jazz Combos. 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University.
Mar. 22, 23, 29, 30, Apr. 5 & 6 at 8 p.m.; Mar. 31 & Apr. 7 at 2 p.m. – Curtain Players present “Doubt, A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley. A Catholic nun at a 1960s Bronx school accuses a priest of molesting a student in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. For ages 13 and older. Tickets: curtainplayers.org or call 614-360-1000. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena.
Mar. 23 -- John Morgan, 7 to 10 p.m. Fingerstyle guru/singer, John’s current CD “Quiet World” is a staple on NPR. He will be joined by pianist Craig Allen, bassist Don Smith, drummer Paul Batchelder and guest singers. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Mar. 23 at 8 p.m.; Mar. 24 at 2 p.m. – Opera Scenes. Students of Otterbein's Opera Theatre program will perform scenes from favorite works such as Carmen, Don Pasquale and The Marriage of Figaro. Free and open to the public. Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University.
Mar. 26 – Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 p.m. Meredith Martin will critique artists’ works. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Mar. 28-31, Apr. 4-6 – Otterbein Theatre presents “Singin’ in the Rain.” Directed by Christina Kirk. Musical Direction by Lori Kay Harvey. Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane. Co-Produced with the Department of Music. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets: email@example.com 614-823-1109.
Mar. 30 – Day of Art for All. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accessible Expressions Ohio invites the public to browse works by artists of all ages with disabilities, cast a vote for the People’s Choice Art in person or online at facebook.com/VSAOhio starting Mar. 1 and attend the awards presentation on Mar. 30. An art activity table will be provided by Arts Council of Westerville. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Mar. 30 – Dan Heidt, 7 to 10 p.m. Singer/guitarist/songwriter with heartfelt, story-driven songs similar to James Taylor, John Denver and Jackson Browne. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.