“Home for the Holidays” is a watercolor art show at Westlake Porter Public Library now showing through Nov. 14. The show contains 50 paintings for sale depicting scenes of autumn, winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the holidays of the season just in time for gift giving. Some of the scenes include Christmas Eve, Holly Design, Poinsettia, Winter in Metroparks, Winter Farmhouse and Snowbird, to name just a few of the paintings.
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With a twinkle in his eye, David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, told his audience that he would introduce “music you don’t know with music you do know.” Then the skillful and expertise piano accompaniment of CIM’s music director John Simmons and four fantastic CIM voice students treated an FYI: Opera audience to a brilliant performance of a unique selection of arias at Westlake Porter Public Library.
The program’s objective, to preview the opera "Medea," was cleverly achieved by using arias from the well-known operas "Carmen" and "La Boheme." Luigi Cherubini’s 1797 "Medea" was taken from ancient Greek mythology, but emotions and situations easily compared with the operas written nearly a century later.
BAYarts' Moondance fundraiser is such a big event each year that the BAYarts event team answered the call for more, smaller nights out that take advantage of the park ambience and the handmade rustic furniture already in place. So they created a series of intimate events (100-150 guests as opposed to over 1,000 for Moondance) that will take place about once a month.
Tickets for the "fun-raisers" cost about the same as a casual night out downtown. With great food, local brews, wines, bonfires and music, why do anything else?
Rocky River Chamber Music Society will present the Dorian Wind Quintet, America’s premier woodwind quintet, in the newly renovated sanctuary at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Formed at Tanglewood in 1961, the Quintet has collaborated with numerous well-known artists such as Phyllis Curtin, Lukas Foss, Claude Frank, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Cleveland’s Spencer Myer. The London Times has called the Quintet “breathtaking,” and Time Magazine has characterized it as “one of chamber music’s most sparkling and eloquent ensembles.”
The 56-year-old Dorian Quintet has concertized around the world and made history in 1981 as the first wind quintet to perform at Carnegie Hall.
The first weekend of October saw the BAYarts campus buzzing with world class artists for the Ohio Plein Air Society's (OPAS) annual competition. This is the second year that BAYarts was selected to host this prestigious event.
Their mission statement shares that they are, "proud to be at the forefront of the resurgent plein air movement in the United States." Nearly every county in Ohio is represented by their 155-plus members. Ephemeral, direct observation from the Ohio scenery is the emphasis of their en plein air ("in fresh air") work. "Our admiration for the world around us gives us reason to explore through art the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams, and beyond."
The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Victor Liva, conductor, will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Westlake Performing Arts Center. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. The Performing Arts Center is located at 27830 Hilliard Blvd., in Westlake High School.
The orchestra will be joined by the Cleveland State University Choir, directed by Bill Bailer, and the Cleveland Pops Chorus, directed by William Zurkey.
On entering Wagner’s of Westlake on Saturday, Aug. 19, I was greeted by Russ Kilpatrick, Clague Playhouse board member, in his kilt playing his bagpipes. That was the first sign that something special was about to begin. The second sign was the huge banner on the door to the Grand Ballroom.
Gathering at Wagner's were 163 people in celebration of the the Playhouse's 90th season, and 50th season in the Clague family barn. The tables were set with unique centerpieces, each chair held a small maroon swag bag and two walls were covered with photos gathered from Clague Playhouse archives, each labeled to identify the play, the date and the actors. A loop of congratulatory messages was playing and a table of colorfully wrapped door prizes was nearby. The room was full of smiling people meeting and greeting old friends. Indeed a special event.
Clague Playhouse opened its 90th anniversary season on Sept. 15 with the haunting ghost play, "The Woman in Black." Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill, the spine-tingler will be running through Oct. 8 at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
This supernatural mystery centers around a mysterious specter – a woman in black – who relentlessly haunts a small English town. A genre classic, the play is a theatrical chiller which weaves storytelling and clever illusions to bring this Gothic tale to life.
The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the FYI: Opera programs, announced that "Medea," an opera written by Cherubini, will be previewed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will provide pertinent notes of interest and introduce four talented singers, who will perform arias from "Medea." The CIM voice students are: Nayoung Yeo of Seoul, Korea, singing the title role of Medea; Meg Linebough of Columbus, Ohio, singing Neris, Medea’s confidante; Andrea Gadzinski of Virginia Beach, Virginia, singing Glauce, Medea’s rival; and Aaron Lange of Portland, Oregon, singing Jason, Medea’s husband.These singers will star in CIM’s full production of "Medea," in November, which will mark a Cleveland premiere of the opera.
Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes Kevin Sherwin, associate artistic director of The American Baroque Orchestra and guitar soloist, for an afternoon concert on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m.
From the royal courts of Europe, to streets of small villages, to concert stages around the world, the guitar expresses a profound musical language. Kevin Sherwin’s "The Guitar's Story" explores music from traditions of both folk and art music, ranging from kingly dances and operatic serenades to native folk traditions of South America and Spain.
The BAYarts Farm & Art Market has wrapped up its current season until next spring. Market manager Pam Mills couldn't be more proud of all of her vendors who helped create the thriving community of fresh produce, artisan items and good vibes.
For Mills, one of the best memories of the market this summer involved pooches. "We loved our special Dog Night," she says. "It featured local shelters and vendors ... and we even had a couple of adoptions as a result. Four-legged friends are always welcome at the market."
From the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont to the shores of Lake Erie in Rocky River, the Green Mountain Chamber Players will bring their special brand of chamber music to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to open its 59th season with a piano trio comprised of three members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival’s artist faculty. These musicians are performers of the highest caliber who work together each summer with today’s top string students from the United States and across the globe.
Bay Village Community Theater is proud to present its second full production, "The Dining Room," written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Chris Bizub, the last two weekends of September at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Parkside Hall, 468 Bradley Road in Bay Village.
The show will open on Friday evening, Sept. 22, and run for five performances: Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 (curtain at 8 p.m.) and one Sunday matinee on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
Actors from the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival performed Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in the picturesque Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Village on the evening of Aug. 5. The free outdoor theater event was one of the many performances the theater troupe has staged around the Greater Cleveland area this summer.
Bay Village residents were graced to have the talented actors perform here in a wonderful setting.
Join us on the library lawn on Saturday, Sept. 2, for an afternoon of local musical entertainment and fun! The festival lineup includes Irish music duo Francis and Bridget Quinn, a solo set by singer-songwriter Ray Flanagan, the surf rockers Surfer Rex, rock and roll from the Screaming Armadillos, and '50s and '60s rock from the Geeze Cats.
There will be a kids tent sponsored by Connecting for Kids from 1-3 p.m., and food will be for sale at the event.
Westlake Music Festival is FREE and open to everyone! The festival begins at 1 p.m. and will continue until approximately 8 p.m. We hope to see you there!
The walls of the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts are currently host to the fiber art of Waterloo artist Jessica Pinsky. The effect of the large textile pieces is both cozy and powerful, with subtle color variations in pleasing palettes such as pale spring yellows that blend with sage and blackberry.
The title, "Equal," explains the show in one word. "This has been a continuous process of exploration in what and how fiber can react within the process of weaving," explains Pinsky. "I've been experimenting a lot with the cloth expanding and contracting, and I realized that if I used the same exact material it can still behave in really different ways. So, it started to make me think about how things are treated equally or differently depending on how they behave." This theme informed the entire show.
The 2017 Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show, continues to exhibit over 100 works of art at Westlake’s Porter Public Library through Saturday, Aug. 26. On that last day, Aug. 26, the Westlake Westshore Arts Council will hold a Meet the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m. One and all are invited to meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, and watch the creators of winning works receive awards.
Three art experts, Stuart Pearl, Patricia Hanahan Sigmier and Cathy Welner, judged the 2017 COFA. Works awarded first place in each division and category receive a $100 cash award, second place receives a $50 cash award, and honorable mention receives a gift certificate.
In the Diane Boldman Education Gallery this August is the work of ceramicist and instructor Jessica Ramage, alongside her student Elizabeth Varis. The exhibition is titled "Teacher Tell Me a Story: The Mad Side of Wonderland," and in it the duo explores the world through the eyes of The Mad Hatter.
This multimedia exhibition will showcase skills taught and learned by the pair in the ceramics studio and will also include a collaboration between them in mediums beyond clay.
Programming Director Erin Stack is especially proud of this pairing. "Lizzy was one of Jessica's first students in her Middle School Art Club program a few years ago and it seems so appropriate that this mentor and apprentice have come together for a collaborative exhibition. Jessica Ramage is in integral part of the ceramic growth and development among our students at BAYarts, and I look forward to seeing the influence that Jessica has had on Lizzy as an artist. I know that Jessica has worked very hard at trying to get Lizzy to find her own artistic voice and spread her wings."
Yes, Virginia, community theater does exist in Bay Village. And it needs your help! Bay Village Community Theater is seeking volunteers and donations to help mount its second full production, A.R. Gurney’s hilarious and touching comedy, "The Dining Room."
Whether you are a seasoned community theater veteran or new to the theater scene, multiple volunteer opportunities exist from concessions and ticketing to props, set construction, and costumes. This would be a great opportunity for your teen to earn some service hours! Many hands make light work and add to the fun of community theater involvement!
Do you know anyone who’s escorted a Supreme Court Chief Justice around Walt Disney World? Or anyone who’s been to Michael Jackson’s Neverland home, or coordinated children’s wish-granting with Captain Jack Sparrow? How about someone who calls the creator of Ariel a friend – and the producer of "Beauty and the Beast" (both versions), too?
Jody Jean Dreyer, a 30-year Disney executive, is coming to Cleveland to celebrate the release of her new book, "Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering your Happily Ever After" (Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing). In it, Jody gives readers a peek behind the magic that is both familiar and beloved by many.
Its official! After months of speculation, BAYarts has reached an agreement with Cleveland Metroparks that will save the Playhouse and meet BAYarts' need for more space to bring you more great programming.
“The Cleveland Metroparks fully supports the BAYarts rehabilitation of the facility,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Cleveland Metroparks. “We sought a viable, qualified entity to develop plans for renovation and vibrant programming for the building. BAYarts brings innovative and valuable arts education and events to the region and enjoys a positive relationship with the Park District.”
BAYarts' plan for the building is to expand on all of the education programming and community events BAYarts already offers and add theater to the class curriculum and performance schedules.
Almost half of the 52 artists, whose works have been accepted and are on display at the 18th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show, are new entrants. COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays 107 works in this year's event, which opened July 30 and continues through Aug. 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours.
COFA is a valued showcase of art, drawing amateur and professional artists, whose works are accepted for judging and display. Accepted works were judged in two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Professional. The categories in each division are: Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing/Pen & Ink, Charcoal/Pastel, Photography and Mixed Media. Recipients of first and second place in each division and category receive cash awards and honorable mention recipients are given gift certificates.
BAYarts will hold a sale of the Playhouse contents beginning with a members only reception on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 5-8 p.m., with concessions and libations. Board members will be on hand with information and to hear your ideas. If you are not a member, you may sign up online anytime at bayarts.net or at the door. Entry to the sale is free.
A public sale will follow on Aug. 10, 11 and 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with controlled entry. Vaughnteriors, a liquidation firm, has organized and will run the sale with a percentage of the sales benefiting the renovation.
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce its 59th season of presenting professional chamber music concerts to Northeast Ohio audiences. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd.
Our concerts showcase an outstanding mix of international, national and regional talent. They are open to all who enjoy live high-quality classical music. There is no admission charge. For more information please check us out on Facebok, Twitter, or www.rrcms.org.
Oct. 9: Green Mountain Chamber Players
Festival director and violinist, Kevin Lawrence, brings a faculty piano trio from the Vermont Festival to play trios by Beethoven, Brahms, and the Cleveland premiere of "A Hundred Ways" by Evan Chamber.
Nov. 13: Dorian Wind Quintet
Formed in 1961, America’s premier woodwind quintet has performed in 48 states, toured Europe 18 times, played throughout the Middle East and Asia, and was the first woodwind quintet ever presented at Carnegie Hall.
Bay Village Library branch manager Jessica Breslin has been busy at BAYarts. She hosts the monthly book club at the Fuller House, and she will also be the guest speaker for an upcoming BAYarts Storytellers session. In addition to her many work responsibilities, Jessica has also been fielding questions about the exciting new library construction. All this, and the self-described "backyard bookworm" reckons she manages to read at least one new work per week. Despite her busy summer, she welcomed the chance to answer a few questions. First, we delve into the book club...
Not all book clubs thrive, but the one at BAYarts has had success since its inception in June 2015. It has provided what Breslin says has been "two years of dynamic discussions," and has enjoyed a diverse group of loyal readers that give life to the club. So, what's the magic formula? "I believe the success is its overall inviting nature," explains Breslin. "The group members are open minded, very welcoming to new folks and the gorgeous setting of BAYarts truly encourages self-expression."
The Westlake Recreation Center Pavilion continues to be a favorite spot on Sunday evenings as the home of the City of Westlake Summer Concert Series! The free concerts are on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with performances appropriate for all age groups. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this summer tradition.
The remaining musical acts this summer are:
- July 23 – Chardon Polka Band
- July 30 – Fastlane (Eagles tribute band)
- Aug. 6 – FM Project (Steely Dan tribute band)
- Aug. 13 – Smokin’ Fez Monkeys (Rock mix/original tunes)
Bay Village Community Theater's next offering in its "All the World's a Stage[d Reading]" Series will be excerpts from "Inherit the Wind," written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This is the play that has its genesis in the events of the famous Scopes trial. The squaring off of Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan brings to the forefront the trial that allowed evolution to be taught in public schools.
Tim Peebles directs a talented cast: Bob Kenderes, Paul Runevitch, Michael Strama and Jessica C. Williams.
Bay Village Community Theater is proud to announce its second production. A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" will be presented on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30, and a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 1. The show will be held at St. Barnabas' Parish Hall.
Auditions for the show will be held on Sunday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas' Parish Hall. Director Chris Bizub is looking for three men and three women to play a number of roles in the show. All are welcome to audition. Please bring a resume of your acting experience and a head shot. If you do not have any experience, don't let that stop you from coming! We will need help on stage and off stage. Come over if you are interested in auditioning or helping out the theater behind the scenes.
This month, BAYarts' two galleries are hosting two concurrent Cuban-themed art exhibitions.
In the Sullivan Family Gallery will be the "Cuban Invitation 2017," curated by Augusto C. Bordelois. Artists living in and outside of Cuba reflect on their heritage, their nostalgia, their dreams, their pasts, their realities, and their spiritual, political, physical and geographic relationship with the island.
Artists participating in the show include: José Andrés Mato Alonso, Orlando Bofil, Ramón Carulla, Juan Miranda, Luis Molina, Abisay Puentes, William Riera, Otalio Soca and José Toñarely.
For anyone seeking a unique summer experience in their own backyard, turn to BAYarts. The first of three Market & Movie nights starts on Thursday, June 29. Following the Farm & Art Market, which goes from 5-8 p.m., the movie "The Incredibles" will start as it gets dark. It is offered to the community for free.
The 2004 Pixar Animation Studios film follows a superhero family that has retreated and hid their powers. They are pulled back into the superhero lifestyle as Mr. Incredible takes up the fight against his biggest enemy, Syndrome. Familar voices in the mix include Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter.
It's a good time to brush up on the film, as the sequel, "The Incredibles 2," is slated to come out next summer.
Reflecting on a sense of home, two local artists have combined forces to take over both BAYarts galleries this June. In "Relics of Memory: Assembled Visions," Chad Cochran and Debra Sue Solecki will be showcasing mixed media assemblage artwork.
Solecki's collaged compositions are all inspired by a specific location. "I was intrigued by the strong connection people feel towards their homeland," says the artist. "I started this series based on the observation that humans seem tied to specific places they call home."
Her pieces employ actual maps that are then layered for a "dreamlike vision of the location." Says Solecki: "A viewer who is familiar with that location will draw deeper meaning into the piece building a stronger connection to the images they see."
The Westlake Schools are planning a special summer band program in July. We are gearing up for the return of the Westlake Summer Band Program. The offerings this year are Concert Band for fifth- and sixth-graders with one or two years of school band experience, and the very popular Jazz Band and Blues Improvisation Workshop for sixth- to eighth-graders.
The bands will run July 10-20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lee Burneson Middle School. This is our 17th year of offering summer bands.
On Tuesday, May 16, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council hosted art historian Sean Crum, who presented a thrilling program titled “The Glory of the Gothic: The Great Gothic Cathedrals." Mr. Crum transported the audience to France, then England and Italy, to discover the art and architecture behind these amazing structures.
The crowd learned about tracery, sculpture and the making of stained glass. Not only did Mr. Crum talk about the features of the cathedrals and the technique behind their construction, he also delved into the historical and religious aspects of the cathedral in the gothic age.
UH St. John Medical Center extended an invitation to several area high schools to participate in a thought-provoking art project. Students were asked to share their perspective on interpreting interpret compassion.
Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville was the first to respond and their art piece will be unveiled Wednesday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the walkway between the hospital and Building 2. This painting will be displayed for several months.
Clague Playhouse will close its season with "Incorruptible, A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages." In this bawdy farce written by Michael Hollinger, the clever satire pokes gentle fun at a group of 13th century monks trying to survive by selling relics – bones of saints – to any church which will buy them.
The problem is they don't have enough dead saints to go around, so they become quite innovative in order to continue their business. The story is set in a monastery in Priseaux, France, and has monks, a one-eyed minstrel, a nun, a young woman and her pesky mother – not to mention lots of dead bones!
Following four years of fundraising, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council initiated the awarding of scholarships to Westshore graduating seniors planning to pursue studies in art-related fields. Samantha Ann Illius from Westlake High School and Leah Borzak from North Olmsted High School each received a $500 scholarship from the WWAC.
Illius, who earned a 4.6 high school grade point average, will attend Baldwin Wallace University this fall, majoring in creative writing and theater, with a minor in French. In her recommendation of Illius, Westlake High School English teacher Kimberly Sullivan said, “Anything Samantha does, it is to the best of her ability. She never hesitates to do more than what is asked of her.”
The knowledgeable and engaging art historian, Sean Crum, will enlighten and entertain his audience on “The Glory of the Gothic: the Great Gothic Cathedrals” on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library.
The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring Crum’s presentation, which will review the development of Gothic cathedrals of late Middle Ages in Europe as masterpieces of art, architecture and engineering. His ability to colorfully present information and elicit smiles enables Crum’s audience to absorb and enjoy his topic.
Gothic architecture references a style of architecture used in Western Europe between the 12th and 15th centuries. Pointed arches, flying buttresses, and high curved ceilings characterize this style. A visit to a gothic cathedral would be a common item on an itinerary for European tourists.
Bay Village Community Theater will perform the next reading in its 2017 “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]" series with a performance of J.M. Barrie’s "The Twelve Pound Look."
Written in 1910, Barrie (more famously known for penning "Peter Pan") takes a thoughtful and humorous look at women’s rights in early 20th-century England.
On the eve of his knighthood, Harry Simms is full of the great things he considers he has achieved. A typist has been hired to answer the messages of congratulations. She turns out to be his former wife, Kate, now a freelance typist hired by his current wife. When Harry and Kate meet, the fireworks begin!
Two Westlake residents — Brian Bowles and Stephanie Chrin — used training at Cuyahoga Community College to land behind-the-scenes jobs filming "White Boy Rick," a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey now shooting in Cleveland. Bowles is working as a set production assistant while Chrin is a casting production assistant.
Both earned certificates earlier this year from Tri-C’s Film Crew Training Workshop. The College created the intensive five-week course to build the workforce needed to support Northeast Ohio’s fast-growing film industry.
Highlighting the work of BAYarts' preschool programs, "A Lifetime of Art Begins Here" art show is on display now through May 8. The children with works in the show are ages 3-6, which is a prime creative time. Visitors are welcome to come see the show, Monday through Saturday, from 9-5 p.m.
The BAYarts preschool classes are offered in areas of ceramics, studio art and music therapy. They are taught by a group of preschool teachers. The curriculum stays mindful of Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards, and makes use of hands-on activities that encourage gross and fine motor skills. Other areas of importance are the development of social skills, movement, creativity and fun.