Far West Center, Clague Playhouse partner for play, paintings

Far West Center and the Clague Playhouse formed a unique partnership this month when original art works from the "AHH! Art Helps and Heals" program at Far West Center are displayed during the Playhouse’s performance of "Panache." The play runs through May 29.

Both community nonprofits discovered common ground and a chance to combine their talents in the performing and the visual arts. A meeting between the Playhouse’s board president, Rich Lynch, and Far West Center’s mental health recovery coordinator, Denise Ayres, led to this one-of-a-kind project.

"Panache" is a play about Harry, an aspiring artist and short-order cook, asked by socialite Kathleen to give up the rights to his vanity license plate. The growing relationship between the two characters creates this heartwarming comedy. Lynch and Ayres added a special twist – client art pieces from the AHH! program are featured within the set itself.

The Playhouse’s lobby gallery will showcase even more original pieces prior to the performances. The gallery is open from 1-6 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1-2 p.m. on Sundays in May. The exhibit is free and open to the public at those times and is sure to entice observers to then stay for the play! For tickets to "Panache," call 440-331-0403.

“This is a great opportunity to connect an engaging performance with inspiring and delightful artwork,” said to Kelly Dylag, President/CEO of Far West Center.

Far West Center is a community mental health center with an office on the St. John Medical Center campus in Westlake. For more information about Far West Center, visit farwestcenter.com.

Alicia Goodelle

Alicia Goodelle, Development Specialist at Far West Center

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.17.2016