April is Arts Month in Westerville and it’s the perfect time to salute and be inspired by the talented musicians, artists and writers in our community. This month the Arts Council of Westerville will honor the district’s elementary and secondary student artists at receptions, as well as award the winners of the 13th annual Celebrate the Arts writing contest. From the engaging art hop and milestone concert band show to the art auctions and art-centered 4th Friday, Westerville is the place to spring into the arts in April.
Inaugural Westerville Art Hop
Uptown will transform into an art gallery on Saturday, April 6, 2 to 6 p.m., for the first-ever Westerville Art Hop. Artists will exhibit and demonstrate their works at over 30 participating locations that include local shops and actual galleries. Pick up a map, visit all of the stops and be entered into drawings for $25 gift cards to Uptown restaurants. Sponsored by Uptown Westerville Inc. and Arts Council of Westerville. See participating artists and locations at uptownwestervilleinc.com
Concert Band 30th Season
To celebrate its 30th season, the 75-member Westerville Concert Band, with Music Director/Conductor Larry Klabunde and Assistant Conductor Victoria Straub, will welcome back past conductors to take turns at the baton: Co-founder Tim Jameson (1989-2001), Don Clark (1996-99), Director Emeritus Richard Suddendorf (2001-2013), Jennifer Cabral-Hever (1999-2012), and Jeff Shellhammer (2014). Enjoy the free concert and reception on April 7, 4 p.m., at Westerville Central High School.
An Artful Affair
Silent and live auctions of high-quality artwork created and donated by local artists, live music and strolling appetizers will be featured at An Artful Affair on April 27, 7 to 10 p.m. Hosted by Westerville Education Foundation to fund academic initiatives benefiting students. Tickets and details at artfulaffair.info
Calendar of Exhibits and Events for April
April – Photographic Artist Rob Mandell. Diverse imagery created with digital photography, ranging from landscapes and still life to abstract imagery. Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St. www.java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
April – Sticker Artists Against Hate. Java Gallery. Sticker mural 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.
April -- Westerville School District Art Show. Elementary exhibit, Apr. 2-14. Reception: Apr. 14, 1-2 p.m. Secondary exhibit, Apr. 16-28. Reception: Apr. 28, 1-2 p.m. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Apr. 3-28 – Pressed Flower & Plant Art Exhibit. Works by Antonia Bojanina. Meet the Artist: Apr. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. Hours: Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Innis House. Inniswood Metro Park.
Through Apr. 19 -- Senior Art Exhibitions. Weekly exhibitions and receptions by graduating art majors. Apr. 22- May 10 Otterbein Artists-in-Residence Exhibition: Alumnae Susanna Harris and Anna Kamphaus '18. 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. Mizael explores issues of Brazilian 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 614-823-1109.
Apr. 5 – 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.
Apr. 5 – 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: scissors. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Apr. 6 – Westerville Art Hop. 2 to 6 p.m. Uptown. Artists at over 30 locations. Details above. Presented by Uptown Westerville Inc. and Arts Council of Westerville.
Apr. 6 – String Theory, 7 to 10 p.m. Musicians with great vocal harmonies perform classic ‘50s-‘80s rock including Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, CCR and Eagles. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Apr. 5 & 6 at 8 p.m.; 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.
Apr. 7 – Westerville Concert Band 30th Anniversary Concert, 4 p.m. Details above. Free, with donations accepted. Reception follows. Westerville Central High School auditorium, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.
Apr. 8 – Bad Art Night. 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 11-18 will create ridiculous art and present their “worst” effort for a chance to win a prize. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Apr. 8 – Art Night. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adults will explore various art forms at this stress-free session. A guest artist will guide participants in replicating a featured piece. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Apr. 8 & 22 – Writing Critique Group. 6 to 8 p.m. Share work in progress in this informal, peer-led group. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Apr. 9 – Acting Out Reading Series: “Water by the Spoonful.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq war struggles to find meaning and purpose within his family and community. Free. Otterbein University, 1 S. Grove St., Towers Hall, 3rd Floor.
Apr. 10 – 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.
Apr. 11 – Poets Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley. 7:30 p.m. Spoken word poetry performance by headliners on their only Ohio stop. Otterbein University, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street. A book signing and reception will follow the performance.
Apr. 13 – Long Tall Deb and Colin John. 7 to 10 p.m. Vocals by Deb with Texas/Mexico border roots and guitarist Colin who blends Hawaiian with blues and soul. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Apr. 15 – 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
Apr. 15 – 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.
Apr. 15 – The Story Circle. 7 to 9 p.m. Professional and amateur storytellers will engage and entertain with tales of life, history and culture. Walk-ons encouraged. Third Mondays. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Apr. 16 – 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.
Apr. 16 -- Sip & Sketch Sip, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Magnified Flower using acrylic paint on canvas. 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.
Apr. 17 – 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.
Apr. 20 -- The Castros. 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning Westerville singer/songwriter duo Marco and Sara Castro perform originals and creative covers. Their tours include NYC and Europe. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Apr. 23 – Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 p.m. Presenting artist will be announced on website and Facebook westervilleartleague.com. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Apr. 24 – Self-Publishing for Beginners. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Determine a budget, timeline and marketing plan. Part 2, May 22. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Apr. 26 – Westerville 4th Friday: Spring into the Arts. 6 to 9 p.m. Street vendors, food carts, live entertainment, kids’ activities. Arts Alley, presented by the Arts Council of Westerville, features Passport to the Arts for kids on the lawn at Hanby Elementary.
Apr. 26 to May 17 – Joy of Spring. 5th annual exhibit featuring the works of studio artists and Parkside Village artists. Reception: Apr. 26, 6 to 9 p.m. David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, 7 W. Main. M-F, noon-5pm
Apr. 27 -- An Artful Affair. 7 to 10 p.m. Details above. Lakes Golf and Country Club. Tickets and details at artfulaffair.info
Apr. 27 – Jim Volk. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Virtuoso guitarist will perform his fiery, melodic hybrid style of picking comparable to Kottke, Keaggy and Tommy E. Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Apr. 29 -- Westerville Public Library Meet the Author Series: Sharon M. Draper. 7 to 8 p.m. National Teacher of the Year and five-time winner of Coretta Scott King Literary Award will read from her newest release Blended about bi-racial, 11-year-old Isabella. Book sale. Library meeting room. 126 S. State St. Free registration at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.