Arts & Entertainment

BAYarts Holiday Trunk Show a great way to meet the artists

BAYarts provides regional artists with a venue to sell their handmade work year-round, as an alternative to the do-it-yourself option of seasonal craft shows and fairs. Recent renovations that included refinishing the floors, installing all new lighting and brand-new fixtures raised the bar a little more. As a bonus, from Thanksgiving through December, the shop is transformed into an inviting, warm and relaxed alternative to harried Christmas shopping.

"I know when I bring my work to BAYarts it is in good hands," says Mary Breiner, a photographer. "I deliver it and BAYarts does the rest: inventory, marketing and awesome displays. This gives me the freedom to work more, and not worry about all the details that are often mind-boggling to artists."

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:43 AM, 12.10.2013

Bay High grad Matt Deibel creates sculpture with purpose

“Proud” and “impressed” describe the experience of walking into Kent State’s Oscar Ritchie Hall Uumbaji Gallery on Friday, Nov. 15. In the midst of the quiet, sensitively lit gallery, talking with two visitors, was former Bay High School student, Matt Deibel, surrounded by his art that could challenge professionally recognized sculptors. The exhibition, “An Allegory of Life and Death,” is part of Matt’s Master of Fine Arts studies with KSU professor of sculpture, Paul O’Keeffe.

Matt graduated from Bay High in 1998. In 2001, he traveled to Italy, walking the same roads, he states, “that Caesar had commissioned, absorbing the visual aesthetics and grandeur.” It was Michelangelo’s Pieta and Sistine Chapel that awed him in Rome. In Florence it was the painting of Botticelli, the “grandeur of the Duomo, Brunelleschi’s dome, and Ghiberti’s doors on the Baptistry.”

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:47 AM, 12.10.2013

A toast to 'Auld Lang Syne'

Scotland produced many of the great thinkers and teachers of the 18th and 19th centuries at a time when it was the poorest, smallest country in Europe (roughly the size of Rhode Island). As a student, I learned about this influence and I wrote a thesis on the subject in 1973, "The Scottish Philosophy and Its Influence on Pre-Civil War America." 

Time has passed but interest in this subject hasn’t. So I couldn’t resist buying the 2001 book “How the Scots Invented the Modern World and Everything in It” by Arthur Herman. Herman explores the breadth and depth of Scottish influence on the modern world. This article explores the contributions of many strong, smart and influential Scots.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.10.2013

BAYarts preschool gets early Christmas gift

Pictured: BAYarts instructors Teece Lester, left, and Amy Coursen, right, are joined by happy preschoolers in thanking Diana Kykros of Bay Pediatric Dentistry, center, whose generous gift has made it possible to renovate their classroom in the historic Huntington House, kicking off all-new, year-round preschool programming. BAYarts' motto is "A Lifetime of Art Begins Here": what a great place to start!

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.10.2013

Huntington Playhouse closes season with 'A Producerís Christmas Carol'

Huntington Playhouse concludes their 2013 season with a production of “A Producer’s Christmas Carol,” adapted from the book by Charles Dickens.  It runs through Dec. 22 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and a Sunday matinee on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.

A producer at a local community theatre is trying to cast a production of “A Christmas Carol” and it is not going well. Actors are busy doing other shows, or just not interested in doing a show during the holiday season. Faced with the possibility of canceling the show, the beleaguered producer elects to do the show by himself.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.10.2013

BAYarts Holiday Shop highlights regional art

Give the gift of art, support local! Something unique for everyone from a reliable babysitter to that crazy uncle that looks like Gandalf the Grey. Beginning Nov 29, the BAYarts Holiday Shop will feature unique, handmade gifts for all the people on your list.

With Lake Erie at your doorstep and Ohio City just a hop away, you already know how special this area of Northeast Ohio is. Consider local art that highlights your favorite town from Avon to Cleveland and everywhere in between.

There's nothing worse than showing up to an event in the same dress as someone else. Local artists create specialized giftware that are sure to be cherished for their uniqueness. Items in the BAYarts Holiday Shop include art prints, home decor and ornaments.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.26.2013

West Shore Chorale welcomes young choristers for evening of holiday music

On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., 140 local musicians will take the stage as the West Shore Chorale & Orchestra present their annual holiday concert, Carols & Choruses of Christmas, at Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts. John Drotleff will conduct the 80-member chorus, which has been performing in the area since 1968.

This year the Chorale is thrilled to welcome special guests, Cantate Musica, a 60-voice ensemble of young singers from fifth to ninth grades, directed by Lisa Van Scyoc. Cantate Musica is part of the Oberlin Choristers, an acclaimed community choral program for children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.26.2013

'William Gould's Cleveland: A Retrospective,' the new exhibit at BAYarts

Artist, architect, urban designer, Renaissance man: William Gould has been making his mark on Cleveland architecture and the regional art scene for years. BAYarts is pleased to offer a look at the artist’s achievements and the vast, lasting impression he has made on greater Cleveland.

Gould is a hyphenated artist-painter, artist-architect, and artist-city planner with over 40 years experience in all three disciplines. The artist-painter deals with everyday impressions of the urban and built environment in Northeast Ohio as he paints en plein air with watercolor and oils. His original watercolors evoke many emotions, and express impressions of the surrounding bridges, cement silos and industrial factories.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.12.2013

With smiles and humor, Andrea Levy shares insight to her art

During nearly her entire Nov. 5 presentation at Westlake Porter Library, Andrea Levy had a smile on her face. She emphasized the importance of being positive, “making oneself bigger,” “resisting resistance,” and using the energy in the moment an idea occurs.

In this program sponsored by Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, the award-winning Plain Dealer artist shared that she has been drawing since she was a very young child. Her mother would buy her stenographer tablets. Levy would anxiously open them and energetically draw repetitive circular images along the lines.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.12.2013

CIM students capture the 'magic' of Mozartís opera

A large, appreciative audience delighted in snippets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute” at Westlake Porter Public Library on Oct. 15. Sung by four voice students from the Cleveland Institute of Music with piano accompaniment by John Simmons, music director, the arias previewed performances of the full opera to be given at CIM Nov. 6-9. David Bamberger, director of opera theater at the Institute, provided a synopsis of the story and color commentary for the FYI: Opera program sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore  Arts Council and offered free to the public.

Mr. Bamberger introduced the bird-catcher Papageno, baritone Armando Contreras, who could be heard playing bird calls on the pipes and seen zigzagging down the aisle charming all of us and subsequently singing about himself and his search for a girlfriend. His voice and face eloquently expressed an aching long felt. Papageno then met the prince, Tamino, tenor David Fair, who had just been saved from death. He was declaring his love for the beautiful Pamina, portrayed by soprano Caroline Bergan, whose portrait he had just been given and which he had hung around his neck. Tamino, enraptured by Pamina’s loveliness, sang of his desire to meet her and make her his. Fair’s soulful plea captured the prince’s desperation and longing.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.29.2013

Award-winning artist Andrea Levy to speak Nov. 5 at Porter Library

A nice-sized portfolio with tear sheets of Andrea Levy’s illustrations from The Plain Dealer is getting quite full. It holds a collection I started about 12 years ago.

There is a phrase that is used in the art world: "leap of the imagination." Levy’s art is that – it causes the viewer to stop in his/her tracks and contemplate the visual image. It also causes this viewer to save the tear sheets.

On Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, the award-winning Andrea Levy will show examples of her art and will discuss the process and thinking behind her illustrations. The program is sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is free, and welcomes the public.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:26 AM, 10.29.2013

BAYarts announces Juried Show winners

With over 200 works of art of various media submitted to BAYarts' Annual Juried Show, imagine the challenge that faced judges Kathy McConaughy, Creative VP at American Greetings and Robert Roth, senior artist and award-winning children's book illustrator.

Thirty-five artists were chosen to be in the show, eight winning the top awards. Best of Show went to Tim O'Connor for his watercolor "Black and White." Phyllis Fannin won first place for her print "My Own Action Figure." Edward Beyer and Yvonne Bakale each won two awards (Edward won second place and The American Greetings Award, Yvonne took third place and a jury award). Pat Catan's Award went to Gusztav Veres.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.29.2013

Unveiling the magic of 'The Magic Flute'

On Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Mozart’s enthralling music from "The Magic Flute" will be front and center at the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

This Mozart masterpiece is an allegorical opera, seemingly illogical today. But the composer’s magnificent music reflects 18th century Masonic symbolism and Enlightenment themes. He used intricately beautiful music for both comic and dark individuals and drew it together in a composition that continues to enchant audiences more than two centuries after its first performance in 1791, two months before his death.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.01.2013

Cleveland's Rust Belt group takes over BAYarts

They do it collaboratively, they do it spontaneously and they do it live! Cleveland’s Rust Belt Monster Collective is comprised of six area artists and they make improvisational artwork as a group all before the public’s eye. Named “Best Local Artist” by Scene Magazine, the team is made up of Tim Switalski, Randy Crider, Erin Schechtman, Craig Worrell, Ben Hale and Jim Giar. 

The collaborative efforts of this amazing assemblage has just wrapped up a 15-hour stint at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival where they completed a 24-foot mural over two days. Two such murals hang at BAYarts where the group will take over the Dianne Boldman Gallery through October.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:28 AM, 10.01.2013

Huntington Playhouse plans NYC theatre tour

Huntington Playhouse is planning a four-day New York City Theatre Tour from June 19-22, 2014. The trip will include tickets to two Broadway musicals, three nights at the Milford Hotel, one group dinner, tours of the NBC studios and The World Trade Center Memorial, and more. Those interested should contact the theatre for details, 440-871-8333 or

“Swinging on a Star,” a musical revue featuring the songs of Johnny Burke, continues its run at Huntington Playhouse through Oct. 13. Five very talented performers sing the songs that Johnny Burke wrote through the years. The songs include “Imagination,” “Misty,” “On The Road to Morocco,” “Swinging on A Star” and many more.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.01.2013

'Through Our Eyes' exhibit focuses on Huntington Reservation

What could be a more inspiring subject for an artist than Huntington Reservation?

Throughout the years, the reservation has inspired many works in varied mediums by BAYarts students and faculty, in paint, photography, pastels and collage. "Through Our Eyes: Huntington Reservation," an exhibit of about 50 works by various artists, is on display through the month of September in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery in the Huntington House.

Artists such as Bob Moyer, Mary Deutschman, Mel Gruneau and Christine England are just a few artists represented in this mix of archival and newer work, some done as recently as this summer in plein air workshops. Some of the work is for sale at affordable prices. Others will remain in the BAYarts archives.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:28 AM, 09.17.2013

'Swinging on a Star' opens at Huntington Playhouse

The fabulous songs of Johnny Burke are perfectly woven into various settings in the musical revue, “Swinging on a Star.” The production opens Sept. 19 and plays through Oct. 13. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee open to the public on Oct. 13.

Featured songs include "Dr. Rhythm" and "What's New," the classic "Pennies from Heaven" and others. The ever popular "Your Hit Parade" takes us into the 1930s, segueing into a World War II, USO-type show for several songs including "Personality" and culminating with the Academy Award-winning "Swinging on a Star."

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:25 AM, 09.17.2013

Call for entries: BAYarts Annual Juried Show

BAYarts Annual Juried Show, now in its 51st year, is a chance to see the cream of the crop of regional artists in one place (the Sullivan Family Gallery in BAYarts' Fuller House). Artists 18 and over, professionals or beginners are welcome to submit two pieces of work done in the past two years, ready to hang or display.

Last year, with about 60 artists submitting, the judges chose 50 pieces for the exhibit, awarding cash prizes for Best of Show; first, second and third places; and juried and director's awards. This year, judges Kathy McConaugh, chief creative officer at American Greetings, and Rob Roth, a painter and illustrator for AG, will have the challenge of narrowing down the awards to reflect the best works in craftsmanship, originality and creativity.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:26 AM, 09.17.2013

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center clambake a success

Mother Nature certainly appeared to be supporting Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for their annual benefit, Bake Near the Lake, on Sept. 7. While she provided beautiful weather, Jennifer Rosa and her committee worked to provide a memorable experience for guests that would support the Center’s education programs.

Guests saw right away that this wouldn’t be a run-of-the-mill benefit. Boa constrictors, chinchillas, skunks and owls were at the front door to welcome the visitors. Once inside supporters were able to take in a specially designed planetarium show, bid on over 50 silent auction items, enjoy delicious eats from Catering by Verba’s and check out the animal exhibits.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.17.2013

Local artist Kenneth Smith featured at BAYarts

A good painting must begin with an accurate drawing. Kenneth Smith, a local painter, says that in order to create a realistic portrait, one must start with careful measurement and a good eye for spatial relation.  

Next, Smith's careful drawing is transformed into a value painting by using a "grisaille" underpainting. This technique of using gray tones to define the volume, form, texture and value of a subject allows for precision and accuracy before glazing the gray tones in color.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:30 AM, 09.04.2013

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