Center for Artful Living hosts unique art experience

An exciting exhibit by local artist JoAnn DePolo is coming to the Center for Artful Living in Westlake. The exhibit features recent abstract works by DePolo and a selection of paintings from “Display the Music” which is inspired by original orchestral music composed by her twin sons, Jared and Andrew DePolo.

The Display the Music collection combines visual and musical art forms as sound is captured in multihued layers of paint. Visitors can fully experience this exhibit by bringing earbuds or headphones so they can listen to the sounds that accompany each painting.

This exhibit is truly unique for many reasons. DePolo is an artist who is internationally known among art collectors for her unique paintings of cityscapes, water scenes and bold abstracts. Widely regarded as a visionary, JoAnn’s art can be found hanging in the homes of several celebrities, including world renowned artist Peter Max.

Her sons, Jared and Andrew, are identical twins and also have identical careers in writing music. The Northeast Ohio natives, who now live in Los Angeles, have shared the screen with Oscar-nominated actors Danny Glover and Danny Aiello and have collaborated with 16-time Grammy-winning producer Thom Russo (who has also worked with Eric Clapton, Jay-Z and Michael Jackson). They have composed a broad body of work that includes music for the nationally touring Irish Dance production "Rhythm in the Night" and the award-winning documentary "Tiny Tears" which premiered at the United Nations World Headquarters.

The DePolo brothers have worked extensively with the Cleveland Browns and recently scored the award-winning short “Marty: A Wild West Neverland” directed by Vu Hoang.

With the DePolos, creating art and music is a family affair. DePolo listens to her sons’ music without learning the title. After hearing the piece a few times, she then begins to paint based on the music. The exhibit combines seeing and hearing, a combination of two senses and a true collaboration of three artists, who also happen to be related.

The Center for Artful Living, the host site of the DePolo event, is the home of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation and is innovative in its approach to helping individuals and families touched by dementia through the arts at no cost. Although not therapy, the art activities try to engage the individuals by incorporating all five senses to strengthen communication and stimulate opportunities for engagement and socialization. 

The profits from the Center support the work of the Foundation and create a dementia-friendly community in northwestern Cuyahoga County. The Center for Artful Living offers rentable space to the arts community and other organizations in an updated state-of-the-art facility.

The art reception takes place on Friday, Sept. 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Road. Parking is available across the street at the law firm. The exhibit will run through Oct. 26 and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Display the Music exhibit and/or the Center for Artful Living, call 440-414-0434, email or visit

For more information about JoAnn DePolo, visit; composers Andrew and Jared DePolo:

JoAnn DePolo and Jeanine Surace

Jeanine is Marketing Coordinator for The Center for Artful Living and a member of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.18.2018