The Arts in Westerville
Calendar events compiled by The Arts Council of Westerville for publication
by ThisWeek Westerville News and Public Opinion
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Calendar of Exhibits and Events for September
September – Nature-Themed Artwork by Arts Council of Westerville. Meet the Artists Reception: Sept. 22, 2 to 4 p.m. Innis House hours: Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inniswood Metro Park.
Sept.-Oct. – Said Oladejo Lawal. Award-winning paintings, including portraits, feature vibrant colors and unique motion. Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St. www.java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
September – Sticker Artists Against Hate. Java front lobby. 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.
September – Senior Center Photo Contest Exhibition. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
September – Artwork by Don Wilkins. Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St.
Through Dec. 6 – Exhibit by Patti Warashina: Conversations in Clay. Public Reception: Oct. 25, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, Art & Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd. Open Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. 614-823-1792.
Through Dec. 6 – Exhibit by Akio Takamori: The Passenger. Public Reception: Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, Otterbein University, 7 S. Grove St. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 614-823-1792
Through Dec. 6 – Exhibit by Jun Kaneko: Dot in Space. Public Reception: Oct. 25, Time TBD. Otterbein University, Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 614-818-9716
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.
Sept. 3 – WACkY Art Workshop. 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Art opportunities that expand creativity and self expression for children ages 7 to 11 offered through the Arts Council of Westerville. First Tuesday of each month. Request more information at email@example.com. Register here.
Sept. 5 – Redbird Faculty Jazz Combo at Otterbein. 8 p.m. Doug Neel, guitar, Richard Lopez, piano, Chris Berg, bass and Michael Yonchak, drums perform favorite standards and contemporary pop and jazz tunes. Free and open to the public. Old Bag of Nails Restaurant, third floor, Uptown Westerville.
Sept. 6 – Uptown Friday Night: Pop Uptown. 6 to 8 p.m. Cruisin’ Uptown Westerville.
Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 8 p.m.; 15 & 22 at 2 p.m. – Curtain Players presents “Leading Ladies.” In this hilarious comedy, two Shakespearean actors attempt to gain a fortune by passing themselves off as women. For all ages. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena. Tickets at www.curtainplayers.org
Sept. 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.
Sept. 7 – String Theory. 7 to 10 p.m. Acoustic rock band plays and harmonizes excellent 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.
Sept. 8 – Curtain Players Auditions for Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” 7 p.m. Registration at 6:30 p.m. Audition form at curtainplayers.org/auditions. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena.
Sept. 8 -- Guest Artists: Daniel Neer with Camarata Trio. 7 p.m. Daniel Neer, baritone, and the Camarata Trio will perform chamber music for voice and piano trio. Otterbein University, Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Free and open to the public.
Sept. 8 -- Lil’ Red and the Rooster. 3 to 5 p.m. Award-winning blues duo with vocalist Jennifer Milligan from Westerville and one of France’s best blues guitarists Pascal Fouquet present fun and upbeat blues/jazz. They perform at Natalie’s and are a favorite at Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 9 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Autumn Birch Trees and Leaves.
Acrylic on canvas. 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.
Sept. 9 – Author Visit with Michelle Houts. 7 to 8:30 p.m. The award-winning author of eleven books for young readers will share the story behind her latest picture books Sea Glass Summer and Silent Swoop. Audience Q&A, book sale and signing will follow. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 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.
Sept. 13 – Uptown Friday Night: Arts. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pop-up art activities for kids in Uptown Westerville. Free www.artsinuptown.com.
Sept. 13, 14, 20, 21 Oct. 4, 5,18,19 – Uptown Ghost Story Tours. 7 and 9 p.m. Slightly theatrical, largely historical and highly entertaining walking tour of a dozen Uptown Westerville sites. Presented by Uptown Westerville Inc. and Good Medicine Productions. Tickets at uptownwestervilleinc.com/uptown-ghost-story-tours
Sept. 14 & 28; Oct. 5 & 19 – Writing and Appreciating Short Stories. 3 to 5 p.m. Retired professor and self-published author Dr. Peter Saunders will lead participants in analyzing short stories, structuring a story and completing a draft. Attendance at four sessions is required. Register at www.westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-777. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 16 – Arts Council of Westerville meeting. 5:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. artscouncilofwesterville.com Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L.
Sept. 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.
Sept. 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.
Sept. 19 & 20 – Floral Oil Painting Seminars with Sharon Hamilton at Heart of Ohio Tole. For information and to register, email email@example.com. Deadline: Sept 6. View projects at heartofohiotole.org
Sept. 19 – Meet the Author: Zadie Smith. 7 p.m. Bestselling author of White Teeth, On Beauty, NW and Feel Free will speak and welcome questions. Since her debut novel White Teeth, she has been compared to Salman Rushdie. Mix-and-Mingle Reception: 5:15 p.m. sponsored by Westerville Library Foundation. Tickets for author visit and reception at www.westervillelibrary.org.
Sept. 19-22, 26-28 – Otterbein Theatre presents “Chicago,” Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Razzle dazzle tale of greed and corruption filled with hit songs. Tickets at 614-823-1109 and www.otterbein.edu/theatre-performances
Sept. 19 – Art Lab. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 8 will explore a variety of art styles and artists. Register at www.westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 20 – Budding Artists. 2-3 p.m. Ages 4 to 6 experiment with various styles, mediums, and techniques while focusing on art as process. This month's theme: chalk. Register at www.westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. 126 S. State St.
Sept. 20 – Uptown Friday Night: Rockin’ Uptown. 6 to 8 p.m. Musicians perform indoors or out depending upon weather. Additional venues host musicians every Friday evening. Facebook.com/shopuptownwesterville
Sept. 21 – Heart of Ohio Tole monthly meeting & Painting. 10 a.m. Registered attendees will be invited to painting session that follows. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 21 – Avalon Nine Trio. 7 to 10 p.m. Excellent acoustic version of the classic rock/folk/roots group performs music by Bob Dylan, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 22 – Otterbein Department of Music Faculty Recital: Steve Wedell, viola, and Suzanne Newcomb, piano. 2 p.m. "Stories Without Words” will feature works by Frank Bridge, Dmitri Shostakovich, Alan Hovhaness and Ernest Bloch. Free. Public welcome. Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.
Sept. 24 – Westerville Art League meeting. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Meredith Martin, local artist and gallery owner, will offer critiques of artwork presented by members. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 25 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Magnified Flowers. Acrylic on canvas.
Fee includes supplies and 2 glasses of wine.
Good Vibes Winery, 2 S. State St.
Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
Sept. 25 – Frank Proto, bass and Tim Berens, guitar. 8 p.m. Otterbein University Department of Music welcomes guest artists Proto, a Grammy nominee known worldwide for his orchestral compositions, and Berens, whose pops orchestra arrangements are played in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Free and open to the public. Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.
Sept. 27 – Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Westerville 4th Friday. Arts Council of Westerville presents country singer/songwriter Luke Mossburg and his band, plus the Eric Clemens and Co. band, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at City Hall stage. Arts Alley, presented by the Arts Council, hosts hands-on art for kids, live music stage featuring pop/oldies duo Caroline and Dad, and original art on exhibit. Union Savings Bank parking lot and lawn at Hanby Elementary.
Sept. 27 – Artists of Parkside Village Exhibit. 7th annual presentation of original works by residents of Parkside Village Senior Living community. Opening Reception 6 to 9 p.m. David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, 7 W. Main St. Hours: M-F, noon to 5 p.m. www.davidmyersart.com
Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. or Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. -- Ballet Folklórico Los Angelitos Dance Performance. Dancers of all ages from Manzanillo, Mexico, offer exciting presentation. For ticket information, visit Facebook page @westervillecommunityculture.
Sept. 28 – Jim Volk. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Guitar, vocals and improvisational medleys with dynamic style, artistry and energy. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698
Sept. 29 -- Community Culture Celebration. 1-4 p.m. Family-friendly event celebrating diversity that will include music, entertainment, ethnic foods trucks, educational activities, games and crafts. Free. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.
Sept. 30 – Happy Little Painting. 4 to 5 p.m. Teens will channel Bob Ross by creating an original 8”x10" painting of nature and will receive a certificate for finding the "joy in painting." Library lawn. Register at www.westervillelibrary.org. 126 S. State St.