Arts & Entertainment

Artist Judi Krew to discuss powerful pastel portraits

Westlake-Westshore Arts Council starts off its 30th season hosting a program with artist Judi Krew, “Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places,” on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library. Krew will discuss the "who" and the "where" behind the bold, brash and inspired soft pastel portraits that will be on view in the art exhibition corridor of Porter during the month of September. 

Krew will introduce the audience to a fascinating cast of portrait characters drawn in comfortable compositions, whom she captures with often exploding color and convincing textures. It is a cast in two-dimensional form that communicates amazing unique personalities. If the portraits from this ongoing series of 88 could come alive all together in one room, it would be a vibrating scene.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:33 AM, 09.04.2013

Artistsí reception fitting close to excellent CFA exhibit

The two-week exhibit of over 120 works from the hands of 57 artists, which comprised the 14th Community of Fine Arts juried art show, held at Westlake Porter Public Library, concluded Saturday, Aug. 17, with a “Meet the Artists” reception. The strength of the show was reflected in the enthusiasm of the large crowd attending the reception. 

Prior to the presentation of the first place and honorable mention awards, Patt Long, president of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of this annual event offered free to the community, welcomed everyone.  

Jean Povinelli, the force behind CFA through its 14-year history, presented an original and entertaining program. Her slide presentation took the audience on a quick trip through art from cavemen to Frank Gehry. Mixing humor and her rich knowledge of art, she cleverly imparted truths, stimulated interest and encouraged originality.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.20.2013

Bay High students create sculpture for BAYarts

This is the story of how an abandoned tree trunk turned into an awe-inspiring sculpture now installed on the BAYarts campus.

Last summer, Nancy Heaton, BAYarts' executive director, mentioned to Bay High School art instructor extraordinaire Tom Schemrich that the sculpture garden was in need of a sculpture; maybe he had an idea. Anyone who knows Schemrich knows he took this request as a serious creative challenge, one the students would have an integral part in conceiving, creating, installing and maintaining.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.20.2013

Learn about artistic 'Frame & Structure' from local artist Edward Beyer

The arresting paintings and drawings of Edward Beyer derive from familiar impressions and influences found in nature. His reputation has jockeyed his work into the Butler Midyear Show, Adirondack Watercolor Show, The Artist Magazine, Arts for the Parks, the Ohio State Fair, Zanesville Arts Center and the Best Of Drawing (North Light Books). 

Beyer’s paintings and drawings evolve using a strong sense of design, shape, line and color. Barns are a subject he is well known for and have landed his name on the permanent collection of the Butler Museum of American Art, B.F. Goodrich Corp. Headquarters, and several private collections. Born in Rockwood, Tenn., and a graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Beyer now resides on the west side of Cleveland with his family.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:59 AM, 08.20.2013

'Bell, Book & Candle' on stage now, fall classes begin soon at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse is currently performing the classic comedy, “Bell, Book & Candle,” through Sept. 8. When a witch falls for a human, she has to wonder if her mystic powers will survive the relationship. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and one Sunday matinee on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.

The theatre is also taking registrations for their fall children’s theatre programs which have expanded to include students in grades 7 and 8.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.20.2013

Artistsí demonstrations add interest to art show

The Community of Fine Arts Juried Art Show, which opened August 5 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, not only offers a record-breaking number of original works for the public to view, but it is also showcasing demonstrations by artists who have entries in the show. These working presentations take place in the lobby of the library during the show, which runs through August 17. 

On Aug. 5, artists Tom Hemsath and Eileen Dorsey gave demonstrations. The remaining schedule of demonstrations is as follows:

  • Aug 6, 9 a.m. to noon: Dani Marinucci
  • Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to noon: Debra Soleck
  • Aug. 7, 1 to 4 p.m.: John Weedon
  • Aug. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.: Bob Parry
  • Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to noon: Ken Marshall
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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:25 AM, 08.06.2013

Judy Takacs paints people

Judy Takacs shows it like it is. A winner of six “Best of Show” awards in the past two years, her bold portraits capture details and expressions in vivid hues and broad strokes on generally large canvases. Focusing primarily on painting people with understanding, irony and a high degree of painterly realism; Judy sometimes stages human situations with models, who pose as actors in paintings of stories yet to be written.

Other times the stories are told through the intense and expressive lines of their faces. Judy’s work is in private collections nationally and has been recognized by the Portrait Society of America and The Art Renewal Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:32 AM, 08.06.2013

BAYarts' Moondance goes green

BAYarts' Moondance fundraising event has become a Westside tradition, attracting about 1,000 guests each fall. Each year the same team of devoted volunteers fall into place to create what many call "the party of the year" for good reason. 

But imagine the amount of waste a party this size generates. Each year the clean-up committee is faced with the overwhelming sight of overflowing trash bins and everything is mixed together: food, plastic and decorations. Even though BAYarts has a recycling system set up for day to day operations, this one event undermined their efforts.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.06.2013

'Bell, Book & Candle' continues Huntington Playhouse's season

The 2013 Huntington Playhouse continues with a production of the classic comedy “Bell, Book & Candle.” This production opens Aug. 15 and runs through Sept. 8 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. It is directed by Chuck Tisdale.

Set in New York, Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of comedic difficulties.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:21 AM, 08.06.2013

Bay High alumni to perform at Savannah

Bay Village was recently named one of the best communities for music education, and the talents of two Bay High alumni and the daughter of another will be featured Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Savannah Bar & Grille.

Bay High alumni Susan Fletcher and Robert Lloyd Peeples, along with Rachel Roberts, daughter of Bay High alumna Catherine Robison-Ranney, will present an evening of music at The Savannah Bar & Grille, 30676 Detroit Road, Westlake, starting at 8 p.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:31 AM, 08.06.2013

'Community of Fine Arts' showcases 57 artists

The "Community of Fine Arts” will open on August 5 and for the second year in a row will set a record for the largest collection of works in its history.

This is the fourteenth year for CFA, a juried art show presented annually by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. The show will be on display and open for public viewing through August 17 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.23.2013

BAYarts Summer Intensive Challenge

Beginning in August, high school students to adults can participate in BAYarts' popular workshops that offer intensive focus on areas artists of all levels might want to try for the first time or hone in on an area they've had experience in. 

Students include professionals, high school and college students, first timers and BAYarts regulars. Students can sign up for one block or two, the programming catering to what BAYarts educators feel students have been requesting or want to test in the curriculum.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:46 AM, 07.23.2013

BAYarts dress exhibit continues through July

If you missed BAYarts' opening night exhibition on July 5, make it a point to visit Denise Stewart's intimate and extraordinary invitational show, "The Dress Says It All," through July 31.   

During your visit to the Sullivan gallery, you'll see unusual one-of-a-kind dresses and wildly different fabric. And what's more – for the literary crowd — you'll read and hear each dress speak for itself in a poignant essay about its feelings, thoughts and origin. There's even a lovely color show catalog available.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.23.2013

'9 to 5: The Musical' continues at Huntington Playhouse

The Huntington Playhouse season continues with “9 to 5: The Musical” running now through August 4. The production features 20 performers who were choreographed by Jessica Atwood, a 10-piece pit orchestra directed by Kira Seaton, and a run crew of eight people under the direction of stage manager Keith Stevens. Westlake Village sponsored the show which is directed by Managing Director Tom Meyrose.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.23.2013

W-WAC guests enjoy tour and demonstration in Bay artist's home studio

Thanks to sponsorship from the Nordson Corporation for an educational event with the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, 24 participants were able to attend a Saturday afternoon in Bay Village with artist Mary Deutschman. Following a cordial welcome in her home studio overlooking the shore of Lake Erie, Mary led a tour throughout the house. She and her husband helped in its design to assure views from every angle with expansive windows and multiple screened porches to enjoy summer breezes off the lake.

Mary’s paintings enliven each living space with color and vibrancy. At each group of paintings, Mary explained the source of her inspiration, the painting process, color choices and ultimate outcome, freely answering questions. The “Jazz Room,” or the living room with music-themed paintings, colorfully and acoustically seems to vibrate through those silent paintings. Mary freely shared her philosophy on life, painting and the arts, sharing many wonderful lifelong insights through her love of art.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.09.2013

'9 to 5: The Musical' opens at Huntington Playhouse

The 2013 Huntington Playhouse Season continues with “9 To 5: The Musical” opening on July 11 and playing through August 4. Featuring a cast of 20 performers, the show is directed by Managing Director Tom Meyrose.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do – even in a man's world.  Set in the late 1970s and based on the hit 1980 movie, "9 to 5: The Musical" is the hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era set to the music and lyrics of Dolly Parton.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.09.2013

BAYarts gets all dressed up

"The Dress Says It All," opening July 5 at BAYarts, is a celebration of women artists, individually responding to the “dress” in form and words.  

“A woman’s dress is an extension of herself: another skin,” says Denise Stewart, who curates the show. The idea for this exhibit came together over two years ago when Denise and fellow artist Leslie Edwards Humez were tossing about ideas for an exhibit. “We began thinking about the theme of LBD – Little Black Dress; that must-have staple in most women’s wardrobes,” says Denise.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:42 AM, 06.25.2013

Master portrait artist Paul Beel visits BAYarts from Florence, Italy

Cleveland native Paul Beel will visit BAYarts July 6 and 7, coming all the way from Florence, Italy, for a unique weekend portrait workshop featuring drawing or painting, pizza, wine and good conversation.

Working from the live model, students will learn to draw a portrait with an aim to create a work which not only depicts a likeness, but informs the viewer about two lives, that of the sitter and the artist. Beel won the travel award from London's National Portrait Gallery in 2010, among numerous other awards.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.25.2013

Huntington Playhouse news and cues

The Huntington Playhouse season is now up and running for 2013 with its current production of Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox On The Fairway.” The comedy tells the story of an annual golf competition between two country clubs and the lengths each will go to win the annual event. The production runs through June 30 with tickets available for all the remaining shows.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.25.2013

Patriotic band concert and veteran recognition

The community is invited to attend a Patriotic Band Concert performed by Westlake High School students, alumni and community members on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at Wagner's Country Inn, 30855 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. In addition to hearing enjoyable and inspirational patriotic music performed in the tradition of summer band concerts, all veterans in attendance will receive special recognition and will be honored. 

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. This fifth annual concert is normally held at the Westlake Performing Arts Center, but the high school construction made it necessary to move the concert this year. Wagner's is graciously hosting this special event and providing dessert after the concert.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.11.2013

Artist John W. Carlson sees the negative spaces

Award-winning Bay Village artist John W. Carlson, whose work is exhibited at BAYarts through June, believes that sometimes what isn’t seen – the “negative spaces” – is what creates the relationship between the image and the surrounding space. Although John credits the inspiration of artists such as Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud, he has developed a personal and recognizable style. The result is a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings combining traditional oils, charcoal and graphite on mostly large canvases.

John’s technique, combined with his strict emphasis on drawing as a fundamental requirement for work in all mediums, has made him a favorite member of BAYarts faculty with his students, from beginners to experienced artists.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:50 AM, 06.11.2013

Westlake, Bay dancers receive honors

Westlake resident Becky Steffen and Bay Village resident Bethany Comienski have received several honors with Beck Center for the Arts Dance Workshop in recent months.

The company of eight girls was invited to the Youth American Grand Prix ballet festival in Chicago in late January. Their performance titled “Phantom of the Opera” placed in the top 12, along with Joffrey and Interlochen ballet academies among others. The following day the dancers attended master classes at Joffrey with guest instructors from international ballet companies.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 11:19 AM, 06.11.2013

Clague Playhouse accepting donations for annual barn sale

It’s almost time for the Barn Sale at Clague Playhouse! We will gladly accept your gently used donations of household items, outdoor equipment, antiques, collectibles and baked goods! Please, no clothes.

Donations may be dropped off at the theater, Wednesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 8, from 1-6 p.m., and Wednesday, June 12, through Friday, June 14, from 1-8 p.m. The date of the sale is Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover will be accepted. Proceeds will be used towards the operating costs of the 2013-14 season.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.29.2013

BAYarts' visiting artists offer many points of view

BAYarts' Visiting Artist Series provides students the opportunity to work with artists whose work exemplifies excellence and skill in their medium of choice in intimate hands-on workshops over 2 to 3 days. These artists are professional, award-winning instructors who will offer their unique points of view and inspiration. 

Because of the small class size (no more than 12), students get personal attention in a relaxed setting and go home with not only a finished work but new skills. Many students come back again and again to learn new techniques and tidbits from the diverse experience of the different instructors.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.29.2013

Afternoon in private studio offers chance to see artist at work

Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, with an educational event sponsorship from Nordson Corporation, is facilitating an Afternoon in the Bay Village Studio of painter Mary Deutschman on Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Known for her powerful use of color and inviting compositions of jazz musicians from Cleveland and New Orleans, scenes from the West Side Market, California beaches, the Metroparks and more, Deutschman will demonstrate her approach to painting. From a photographed subject, she will develop a sketch, a computer color study and capture a moment of time on canvas.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.29.2013

Local writer needs your votes

My name is David M. Simon, and I'm a Westlake resident. I make my living as an ad agency creative director. I also write and illustrate stories for children, with some success (published in Highlights Magazine, illustrated a couple of picture books, etc.). I recently completed my first novel, a funny 30,000 word fantasy adventure for middle grade readers call "Trapped In Lunch Lady Land". I entered it in CBAY Books' (a small, well-regarded children's publisher) writing contest, and it turns out I'm a finalist.

Now I need online votes. I not only need to win my category, but I need to do it with at least 500 votes. Publication is on the line. The link to vote is:

Voting closes May 30. As a local writer, I thought I'd take a chance and reach out to my fellow West Shore citizens for support. Thanks for your time!

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 5:02 PM, 05.24.2013

BAYarts to construct new ceramic studio

After much anticipation and planning, construction will begin this summer on the "Karen Ryel Ceramic Studio" on BAYarts' campus. With the blessing of Cleveland Metroparks (BAYarts' landlord), the studio, named in memory of Karen Ryel, ceramic artist and dear friend of BAYarts' close-knit ceramics community, was made possible by a gift from Gretchen Colleran, Karen's daughter, and her husband Brian.

The existing studio has been in the basement of the historic Huntington House for decades. Although there have been electrical and equipment upgrades in recent years, there is much room for improvement both for safety and esthetic issues. The new studio will be located behind the Huntington House, west of the Fuller House.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.14.2013

Clague Playhouseís 85th season celebrates 'Black Tie'

On Friday, May 3, Clague Playhouse held its Opening Night performance and reception for A. R. Guerney’s "Black Tie" directed by Douglas Farren. The outstanding sensitivity and social comedy concerning events that could happen on the night of one’s wedding rehearsal will touch each theater patron’s heart and memory chords on whatever can go wrong will. The set is phenomenal for a quaint upstate New York resort hotel. One must call for tickets now before this opportunity to laugh and reminisce over wonderful events ends on Sunday, May 26.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:17 AM, 05.14.2013

Sold-out fundraiser gives jump-start to WWAC's Scholarship Fund

The arts were the catalyst, a feast of food provided incentive, and the result was a sold-out gathering of amiable people enjoying “A Spring Celebration and Feast.”

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s successful fundraiser held April 21 at Dadonna’s Fine Italian Restaurant in Westlake, not only endorsed the group’s dedication to provide art programing in the community, but gave thrust to its newly established Scholarship Fund.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.30.2013

'Black Tie' concludes Clague Playhouse's 85th season

"Black Tie" by A.R. Gurney is insightful and touching in its depiction of a man welcoming back that ghost many of us have to banish consciously from our minds as we grow older, the voice of a parent that becomes an internal barometer of the propriety of our behavior, whether we like it or not. Wryly witty and warmly embracing of its characters' eccentricities and foibles, this generation-gap tale is a charmer – funny, observant and altogether winning! Please note: this play contains adult language.

Featured in our cast are Donna Case, Bobby Coyne, Debbie Lenarz, Peter Toomey and Lou Will. They are directed by Douglas A. Farren.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 04.30.2013

BAYarts students' ceramic exhibit and sale opens May 3

Each year, BAYarts' advanced pottery students, under the direction of Moira Beale, BAYarts ceramic department head, conceive, create and curate a show of their work inspired by a central theme. This year's theme is "Clay Garden" and opens May 3, just in time for mother's day and spring, featuring bird houses, bird baths, yard art and more.

Beale feels the "soup to nuts" planning and executing of the yearly show teaches students how a gallery works and how to present their work. Pieces are for sale at affordable prices and sell out quickly! Proceeds of the sale go back to the studio for equipment and updates.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:30 AM, 04.30.2013

Retired Cleveland Orchestra member offers new perspective

Working under the watch of hundreds of eyes is not in the job description of most people. But for 48 years it was the norm for Richard Weiner, retired member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and principal percussionist for 43 of those years.

On Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m., the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents Weiner’s informal discussion at its Quarterly Event Program, at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Weiner will share his “View from the Stage of The Cleveland Orchestra,” offering glimpses of his experiences as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the influences that drew him into his illustrious career in music as a percussionist and teacher.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.30.2013

Artists young and old join together for annual show

Rae-Ann Suburban hosted the sixth annual “Bridging Across Generations” art show in April, bringing together the artistic works of nearly 75 Westlake students and residents of the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

Entries were judged by local artists Marge Widmar, Mary Broberg and Mary Lou Ferbert, as well as by the art creators themselves. Rae-Ann Suburban residents voted for their favorite of the students’ artwork, and the students cast ballots on residents’ art pieces. The winners were announced during a reception on April 23.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.30.2013

Tantalizing opera program previews CIM's spring program

Four strong voices performing arias from a mixed bouquet of operas impressed an audience of over 50 people, at Westlake Porter Public Library on April 2. The talented Cleveland Institute of Music students were accompanied by David Bamberger, artistic director of the CIM Opera Theater, who narrated the program, and accompanied by music director John Simmons at the piano.

Singing the Fire aria from Ravel’s "The Child and the Enchantments," soprano Min-Kyeomg Kim portrayed the angry child with great vitality. When she later sang the chambermaid Adele’s laughing song from "Die Fledermaus," she was joined by the other three singers, who expertly supported her captivating portrayal and lovely voice.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.16.2013

Huntington Playhouse gears up for 2013 season

Huntington Playhouse is preparing for their 2013 season which will begin on June 6, with a production of the comedy "The Fox On The Fairway." This very funny golfing comedy has been been described as the Marx Brothers meet "Caddyshack."

Currently the theatre is beginning the process of selling Flex Passes for the upcoming season. Flex Passes offer six admissions to any production during the 2013 season that can be used in any combination on any performance day. Cost for a Flex Pass is $102, plus a $5 processing and handling fee.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.16.2013

Focus on Paul St. Denis at BAYarts watercolor shows

When BAYarts opens the Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS) Traveling Exhibition in the Fuller House Gallery on April 12, one artist who will stand out is Paul St. Denis. Not only is he an award-winning member of the OWS, he has been on BAYarts' faculty on and off for years.

To highlight his work as an educator, a sister show featuring Paul's class demonstrations and related paintings will be in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. Paul received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his master's from Kent State University, he is a faculty emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In addition to being a member of the OWS, he is a member of the American Watercolor Society and The National Watercolor Society.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.02.2013

Visiting artist shares newspaper illustrations with Westlake art class

Subject matter for Plain Dealer visual journalist Chris Morris covers celebrities such as Woody Allen and Elton John. It includes the complete cast from the daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful." It covers 22 pages of the Plain Dealer’s Friday magazine with 542 inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It honors orators of great speeches and presidents who made history such as Abraham Lincoln. It illustrates not only the Cleveland Browns but the journalists who cover them and the fans who follow them. In April it will celebrate Superman’s 75th anniversary. And, much more.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.02.2013

Spring fundraiser launches Arts Councilís Scholarship Fund

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council adds another jewel to its crown by making an investment in art for the future in the form of an Arts Scholarship Fund, which will receive start-up monies from the group’s April 21 fundraiser. 

Festa di Primavera (Spring Celebration and Feast), the April 21 event, is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Daddona’s Fine Italian Restaurant, 29580 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake. It will have a backdrop of spring colors with an Italian flavor. WWAC co-presidents Betty Lou Curatolo and Patt Long said personal and business sponsorships are welcome and those received by March 31 will be included in the event program.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 03.19.2013

April 2 program highlights upcoming opera stars

An international quartet of opera stars of the future will be featured in the April 2 "FYI: Opera" program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., previews "Opera Scenes," a widely acclaimed program presented annually at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the CIM Opera Theater, who narrates the program, said the April 2 program will  include such favorites as “The Laughing Song” from Johann Strauss’ "Die Fledermaus," “The Legend of Kleinzack” from Offenbach’s "The Tales of Hoffmann," “The Aria of Queen Mab” from Gounod’s "Romeo and Juliet" and “Glitter and be Gay” from Bernstein’s "Candide." The singers will be accompanied by music director John Simmons at the piano.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 03.19.2013