Arts & Entertainment

Clague Playhouse production an 'actor's adventure'

Westlake’s Clague Playhouse production of the award-winning play "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani and directed by Rose Leininger is a smashing success. This five actor and nineteen character production runs through Saturday, March 30, starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday at Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Rd.

In addition, this unique production for mature audiences has at least nine one-act plays bubbling across the stage – all about love. Director Rose Leininger shares, “'Almost, Maine' offers us a chance to look at the complexities of love from many different perspectives.” The degree and type of relationships formed, broken and lost provides for a fascinating evening of comedy and universality.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.19.2013

Spring soiree at BAYarts

Spring is a time to refresh and renew. Bayarts' Dianne Boldman Education Gallery and porch will soon be transformed into a vignette of renewed furniture, architectural pieces, wall art, gypsy couture clothing and more! Find that special piece that will freshen up your home this spring!

On April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., you can meet the artists: Carrin Andress of Chic Unique, Debby Martinez of Treasure & Tea, Jenni Carrino of The Vintage Songbird, Shannon Vance of Stash Style, Kathy Stantz and Terri Osborn of Nostalgia's Cottage and Marcy Hoke of Shabby Shore. 

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:49 AM, 03.19.2013

Huntington Playhouse subscription sale

Season tickets and Flex Passes for the Huntington Playhouse 2013 season are currently on sale. The Playhouse has several types of subscription packages available all at reasonable prices.

There are a limited number of tickets available for the Thursday night subscription series. With this series, patrons get two tickets for the price of one full-priced ticket to each opening night performance during the 2013 season which includes the chance to attend an opening night party to mingle with the cast and crew. Tickets are reserved, meaning patrons will have the same seats at every performance. The cost for this package is $120 plus a $5 handling fee.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.05.2013

Fun, fashion highlight BAYarts' meet-the-artist events

As part of the new energy in BAYarts' renovated gift shop, monthly artist visits are a fun social event for friends and art lovers. This month's events will highlight two artists who are new to the shop.

On Tuesday, March 12, 7-9 p.m., artist Vimi Bhandar will present her colorful Indian clothing and bags as part of a fun Girls Night Out with Indian fare, fashion and henna tattoos!

On Saturday, March 19, 2-4 p.m., jewelry designer Deb Conway will feature an extensive collection of her "bling" with refreshments and music. Deb and her husband Joe Conway's gift made the shop renovation possible.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.05.2013

PD illustrator visits Westlake High art class

Plain Dealer artist Andrea Levy visited an Advanced Placement art class at Westlake High School on Feb. 28, sharing that her days begin at 5 a.m. It was obvious from her bouncy, energetic, enthusiastic and positive personality that she loves life and meets each day’s creative challenge with zest. She encouraged students to emphasize the positive and avoid the negative energy of “I don’t likes.”  

“Make yourself bigger – like everything,” she said.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2013

Preschoolers frolic in the library

On Presidents Day this year, 26 preschoolers participated in “Fit, Fun, and Frolic” with Carli Markiwitz from Morrison Dance Studio and Young Audiences.

With perky music filling the room at Westlake Porter Public Library, standing on an individual little circle mat, the children:

  • Stretched, wiggled, and touched their heads, shoulders, knees and toes
  • Learned what a choreographer does and became focused
  • Jumped, shook and shimmied and got out all the sillies
  • Ran and shook with a scarf to the rhythm
  • Floated like a feather in the wind
  • Crept in slow motion
  • Became un-inflated balloons and got bigger and bigger and bigger
  • Rocked and rolled as a guitar player
  • Spun around until they dropped
  • Moved to the middle into the pot, wiggled with the heat, and one by one popped into kernels of corn

Stretching, wiggling and moving to the rhythm also could be seen among the many adults and grandparents surrounding the circle of children. The program was sponsored by Porter Library and Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.05.2013

Woodcut and letter press children's books on display at BAYarts

Wood block printing and movable type are medieval technologies. The techniques are more precise than potato printing, but it's the same basic idea: You roll ink onto something, and press that on something else.

That's what I'm bringing to show you, starting March 8 at BAYarts: "Cats, Mice, and Movable Type" is an exhibit of my children's books – stories and rhymes – printed by hand, with wood blocks and movable type.

I started making children's books when my kids were learning to read. I had written some stories based on characters they invented. I wanted to give my kids the stories as a gift, to them and their cousins. So I went looking for ways I could print my words. I began in my kitchen, with linoleum blocks from the craft store. I carved words and pictures into them, then pressed the paper onto the blocks, using the round side of a spoon as a barren.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.19.2013

Celebrate spring at 'Almost, Maine'

Clague Playhouse continues their 85th season with “Almost, Maine,” a collection of nine vignettes written by John Cariani and directed by Rose A. Leininger.  

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night's dream. Please be advised the play contains adult situations. Featured in our cast are Matthew Klaben, Don Knepper, Keith Kornajik, Lynna Metrisin and Kate Mussey. 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.19.2013

Westlake-Westshore Arts Council's 'Catch a Rising Star' in review

Those that braved the cold on Jan. 22 at Westlake Porter Public Library were treated to a performance of Broadway proportions from a senior music theatre major of Baldwin Wallace University, Boe Wank. Westlake-Westshore Arts Council had the privilege to present this well-spoken and gifted man in music theatre as part of its "Catch a Rising Star" series. 

Boe performed eleven songs from his self-produced senior recital, “Subject to Change,” and portrayed each piece with great authenticity of emotion and character: From classics such as “A House is Not a Home,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, to the contemporary “I Want to Fly” from "Flight of the Lawnchair Man," composed by Robert Lindsey-Nassif.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:24 AM, 02.05.2013

Mother and daughter exhibit at BAYarts

Westlake resident Sue Peplin and her mother, Doris Minich, have been members of the Bayarts community for years, both as students, consignment artists and exhibitors.

Sue attends ongoing advanced ceramic classes and will also be in the annual May Group Ceramic Show. Doris continues to master her watercolor craft in BAYarts classes and workshops.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:22 AM, 02.05.2013

Renovated BAYarts shop open for business

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., the grand opening of the BAYarts shop will be a reason to celebrate. Beginning in January, BAYarts' shop, office and gallery in the historic Huntington House on the BAYarts campus, underwent a transformation.

Under the direction of contractor Mark "Lapper" Lapczenski, staff and volunteers from Bay Men's Club and local businesses worked around the clock to have the shop open for business by the time winter classes began in late January. Besides fresh paint and upgraded lighting, the original floors were stripped to reveal gorgeous wood in great condition.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:20 AM, 02.05.2013

The Tall Ships are coming

If you are making plans for the Fourth of July weekend and looking for something pretty spectacular, plan to attend the 2013 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival. The event is being sponsored by the Port of Cleveland and hosted by the Cleveland Rotary.

It has not been confirmed yet which of the replica historic vessels will be sailing in, however it's certain our port will be full of majestic sails and vessels packed with beauty and history of days gone by. Cleveland hosts many wonderful events but there is none more stunning than the Tall Ships' Parade of Sail into our harbor on a warm summer day. 

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:49 AM, 01.22.2013

Special student admission on Saturdays for 'Gulf View Drive'

Clague Playhouse continues their 85th season with “Gulf View Drive,” the third play in Arlene Hutton's Nibroc Trilogy which began with "Last Train to Nibroc" followed by "See Rock City." In the first two plays, a young pair of Kentuckians named May and Raleigh meet, fall in love, marry and try to reconcile marital expectations and their opinionated mothers-in-law.

In "Gulf View Drive," the time frame has moved from World War II to 1953, and May and Raleigh have moved to Florida, where the crush of dreams, families and the turbulence of events just outside their door threaten their comfortable life.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:47 AM, 01.22.2013

Bay High grad returns with exhibit, class at BAYarts

Luke J. Toratzky credits his experience at Baycrafters and falling under the spell of former director Sally Price for his lifelong journey as an artist.

A graduate of Bay High School (class of '72), Tornatzky says, “Some of my favorite childhood memories came from this small park, whether exploring the creek, drawing at the beach or sledding on a perfect winter day. No visit to Ohio would be complete without a stop at what is now BAYarts; a showing here is sort of a rite of passage to me.”

Tornatzky now finds much of his inspiration living in Port Townsend, a small coastal town on Puget Sound, Washington, a close-knit community of artists and boat builders. The opening will be a reunion of sorts for Luke’s friends and family. Opening Friday, Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m., in the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House, the exhibit will run through Jan. 31, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment. Call Eileen at 440-871-6543 to schedule.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:27 AM, 01.08.2013

Calling all middle school bands!

On March 22, 2013, School of Rock will host the Middle School Battle of the Bands at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Rd. Students will have the opportunity to play in front of their friends and family on stage, featuring professional lighting and sound. 

Bands may perform original material as well as cover songs from other artists. The competition will be judged on musical ability, showmanship and overall presentation. Winners of the competition will receive a full month of tuition to School of Rock, Cleveland (with locations in Rocky River, Highland Heights and Strongsville).

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:11 AM, 01.08.2013

'Gulf View Drive' concludes the Nibroc Trilogy at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse will stage “Gulf View Drive,” the third play in Arlene Hutton's Nibroc Trilogy which began with "Last Train to Nibroc" followed by "See Rock City." In the first two plays, a young pair of Kentuckians named May and Raleigh meet, fall in love, marry and try to reconcile marital expectations and their opinionated mothers-in-law.

In "Gulf View Drive," the time frame has moved from World War II to 1953, and May and Raleigh have moved to Florida, where the crush of dreams, families and the turbulence of events just outside their door threaten their comfortable life.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:16 AM, 01.08.2013

Huntington Playhouse announces 2013 season

The Huntington Playhouse is currently selling subscriptions to their 2013 season which begins on June 6, with a production of the comedy “Fox on the Fairway.”

The 55th season for the theatre includes “Fox on the Fairway” (June 6-30), “9 To 5: The Musical” (July 11 to Aug. 4), “Bell, Book and Candle” (Aug. 15 to Sept. 8), “Swinging on a Star: The Johnny Burke Musical” (Sept. 19 to Oct. 13), “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” (Oct. 24 to Nov. 17) and  “A Christmas Story” (Dec. 5-22).

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:18 AM, 01.08.2013

Christmas comes to Porter Library

The Westlake Garden Club “decked the halls” at Westlake Porter Public Library on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Garden club members arrived at the library with bags, baskets and boxes of holiday trimmings. 

A seven-foot-tall tree was put into place, lights were meticulously attached to limbs, baby’s breath garlands were draped, and the ornaments were hung. A nature theme had been selected and the tree decorating committee met several times, including a workshop to craft some of the unique and creative ornaments. 

Pine cones were decorated with ribbon, dried cockscomb was fashioned into angels, dried gourds became birds, and twigs became critters. Snow people with twig arms, hats, scarves and whole clove eyes add a touch of whimsy. There are owls in abundance, including a large owl gracing the top of the tree. Dried flowers tucked in here and there add color and continue the nature theme.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:45 AM, 12.11.2012

Sculpture, on and off a pedestal

For centuries, works of sculpture, in stone and metals, depicting military or tribal warriors sitting on a horse and statesmen, sitting or standing, were the accepted norm. Unusual paths that innovative sculptors have opened over the past four or five decades were the topic of a panel discussion by four contemporary sculptors on Dec. 5 at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Russian-born artist Irina Koukhanova, who heads the sculpture program at Cleveland State University, described the progression of innovative ideas of art form from the 1930s to the modern broader view that integrates sound, words, light, a myriad of materials and space use. She noted the evolution of classical sculpture from objects of precious metals on a pedestal led to a viewpoint that asks, “What is an art object?” And as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it follows that art is in the eye of the viewer.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:50 AM, 12.11.2012

BAYarts features artist and instructor Andrea Serafino

This winter, BAYarts is highlighting local ceramic artist and teacher Andrea Serafino. The Cleveland Institute of Art graduate has been an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community Collage for eighteen years. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, she taught the young minds of the children’s program for sixteen years and was also on the board of trustees at SPACES Gallery. Serafino also took part in the East/West Alternative Gallery and was director for two years. 

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.11.2012

'The Winter Wonderettes' at Huntington Playhouse

“The Winter Wonderettes” conclude the Huntington Playhouse season with performances through Dec. 16. The Wonderettes are back and they are entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Winter Wonderland” and many other seasonal favorites, to save the day. The result is, of course, marvelous! This entertaining show will delight audiences of all ages.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:37 AM, 12.11.2012

Cleveland Foundation grant funds online registration at BAYarts

With the growing popularity of BAYarts' art enrichment programs came the need to streamline the process. In the past, each time someone registered they had to fill out a new form. If it was for a child, a health form too. If they were renewing their membership there was another form. 

On the staff side, additional steps were taken for recording payments, logging students into master books, updating the master database, filing all the paper, and in the case of adult classes, sending out supply lists. With the new system, it takes one step to accomplish all of this!

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:39 AM, 12.11.2012

Storm-delayed sculpture discussion rescheduled for Dec. 5

The discussion on “Issues in Contemporary Sculpture” which was canceled due to the notorious Sandy, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. 

Ann Albano, executive director of The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, will moderate the panel of highly qualified and gifted artists. Following the panel’s dialog, there will be time for audience questions and responses.

Albano will begin the program with a PowerPoint presentation on the Cleveland-Boston Sculpture Exchange which was held this past summer. The exchange brought the works of ten Boston sculptors to Cleveland while works of 12 northeastern Ohio artists were exhibited in Boston.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:41 AM, 11.27.2012

BAYarts receives grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

On Nov. 19, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced grants to 175 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County.  The grant awards were approved by CAC’s board of trustees after an in-depth application process, a review by a panel of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio and finally the allocation of funds by CAC trustees.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:35 AM, 11.27.2012

BAYarts invites you to meet the artists

To highlight the work of featured artists in BAYarts' annual Holiday Shop, three events will allow you enjoy extended holiday shopping, refreshments and socializing. On Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., best selling author J. Powel Ogden will be on hand to sign copies of "The Guardian's Playlist," her latest book. Virginia (Ginny) Cascarilla will personalize
Nora's Collectible Cards, which feature her paintings and benefit Project ALS. 

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Julie Holmes will present Holiday Sabika jewelry. Proceeds from this event will benefit BAYarts' education enrichment programs. Meet Julie from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House and enjoy extended hours in the Holiday Shop.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:34 AM, 11.27.2012

Experiencing printmaking in the 21st century

One dictionary defines “artist” as “somebody who does something skillfully and creatively.” The people who attended a program by Phyllis Fannin on Nov. 8 at Porter Library were well aware that they were experiencing an artist of skill and creativity who is fired by a passion for her work. 

While the art of print making, lithography, dates back to the late 1700s, Fannin works in a relatively new (20 years) method called paper lithography or Xerox lithography. While using modern technology might suggest a quick process, nothing could be further from the truth. Fannin said each of her prints takes about two months to complete.

A display of completed prints revealed Fannin’s creativity, her attention to detail and a compelling strength and beauty. Her slide presentation provided insights on her work and her studio.

But Fannin’s demonstration of paper lithography, producing a print, using toner-based black and white photocopies, rolled with oil-based printers’ ink, in a water resist, drew the complete attention of her audience.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.13.2012

'A little song, a little dance, a little egg nog down your pants': Christmas musical opens at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse presents the area premiere of “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” a delightful and unexpected mix of show-tune song parodies and Charles Dickens’ classic tale. It’s laugh-out-loud, roll-in-the-aisles funny, but it also hews close to the Dickens narrative. Featured in our cast are Elicia J. Bryant as The Woman (Who Also Isn't Scrooge), Justin Edenhofer as The Man (Who Isn't Scrooge), and Mark Seven as Scrooge.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:16 AM, 11.13.2012

Artist to share her journey of expression through printmaking

Artist Phyllis Fannin will present “A Woman’s Journey in Print,” on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. Her program outlines a 20-year focus of feminine emotions of her generation and her lithographic art which captures these emotions.

As part of her program, Fannin who has been specializing in the use of photocopies for her printing plates, will give a demonstration of a hand-pressed version of the “paper lithography” printing process. She describes this 20-year-old process as one that uses toner-based photocopies that roll-up with oil-based printers ink in a water resist, as in traditional lithography.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:32 PM, 10.30.2012

Six CIM voices reveal beauty of 'The Secret Marriage'

David Bamberger, director of opera theater at the Cleveland Institute of Music, described Domenico Cimarosa as the Andrew Lloyd Webber of the 1790s. Then six CIM voice students, who accompanied Bamberger to Westlake Porter Public Library, on Oct. 16, proved Cimarosa’s music still captures audiences.

This Italian opera composer wrote more than 80 operas, including "Il matrimonio segreto" ("The Secret Marriage"), considered to be his masterpiece. Bamberger and company previewed CIM’s upcoming Nov. 7 to 10 production of this work at the FYI: Opera program, presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

Cimarosa’s comic opera is filled with glorious music and funny situations revealing very recognizable traits of human nature. The opera’s voice and drama challenges were more than capably met by the talented, enthusiastic CIM students.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:30 PM, 10.30.2012

Judith Brandon wins top honors in BAYarts' 50th annual juried show

The subject matter of Judith Brandon's work originates from the Weather Channel, travels and experiences. Oceans, rain, mist and ice, water in all of its forms and locations are an endless source of inspiration: tides of the ocean, the power of a tsunami or hurricane, the calm of a wetland – each event and waterscape is an opportunity to explore the earth’s beauty and fragility.

Judith was chosen Best of Show by judges Susan Channing and Del Rey Leven out of more than 100 entries. Best of Show was awarded $500; cash prizes were awarded to several other artists including: James P. Hendy (first place), George Kocar (second) and Gary Schmidt (third). John W. Carlson, James March and Judy Takacs won Jury Awards. The Pat Catan award went to Gail Crum and The Red Dot Project award to Ursula Ryan.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:41 PM, 10.30.2012

Two shows left in Huntington Playhouse season

With two shows remaining in the Huntington Playhouse 2012 season, there is still plenty of time to see good theatre at great prices. On stage currently is the suspense thriller “Deathtrap” playing through Nov. 4.  

A once-successful writer of Broadway thrillers is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from one of his students; a script he recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. Suspense mounts when he suggests collaboration with the student on the script.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:40 PM, 10.30.2012

Call for artists: BAYarts Holiday Shop

Each year, hundreds of holiday shoppers flock to the festive BAYarts Gallery Shop where regional artists of all disciplines sell their hand-crafted, one-of-a kind work – painting, photography, jewelry, fabric, ceramics and everything in between.

Now called "Marge's Shop" the shop has recently been dedicated to the memory of Margaret Conway, mother, grandmother and lover of shopping! The easy-going alternative to the multitude of holiday fairs and shopping malls, BAYarts promises plenty of free parking, no lines, cheerful volunteers and free gift wrap.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:41 PM, 10.30.2012

Four artists to discuss issues of contemporary sculpture

A panel of highly qualified and gifted artists will discuss “Issues in Contemporary Sculpture” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Ann Albano, executive director of The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, will moderate the panel discussion. Following the panel’s dialog, there will be time for audience questions and responses.

Albano will begin the program with a PowerPoint presentation on the Cleveland-Boston Sculpture Exchange which was held this past summer. The exchange brought the works of ten Boston sculptors to Cleveland while works of 12 northeastern Ohio artists were exhibited in Boston.

The panel of four Cleveland-based artists who will share their expertise are Elizabeth A. Emery, Irina Koukhanova, Nancy Prudic and Robert Thurmer. Each of their life stories, schooling and experiences are as unique and individual as their art, which was included in the Sculpture Exchange.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.16.2012

'Deathtrap' opens at Huntington Playhouse

The Huntington Playhouse season continues with a production of the suspense thriller “Deathtrap,” opening on Oct. 18 and playing through Nov. 4. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Nov. 4 at 2p.m.

A once successful writer of Broadway thrillers is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from one of his students, a script he recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. Suspense mounts when he suggests collaboration with the student on the script.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.16.2012

Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters to host Halloween costume party fundraiser Oct. 20

Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters will host a Halloween costume party for adults on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7-11 p.m. at St. Clarence Church Hall, 30106 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Cost of the event is $25 per person and ticket includes heavy appetizers, beer, wine, pop, music and dancing. Event proceeds support Bay High School and Bay Middle School athletic teams and programs.

Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters President Steve Kowalski said, “We decided it would be fun to throw a Halloween party for adults and came up with the tag line, ‘Why should the kids have all the fun?’"

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.02.2012

Creative, versatile, humorous Chris Morris shares stories behind newspaper illustrations

A photo of two Winsor & Newton paint brushes – one with only a few bristles left and the other with its ferrule full. Guess which one was used by Plain Dealer visual journalist Chris Morris as he created 2,000 drawings? The audience at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council quarterly event Sept. 18 at Westlake Porter Public Library saw an impressive body of Morris’ artwork as well as the sparsely-bristled brush that had been used for nearly 2,000 of his ink drawings. That number, however, is just a percentage of the art that Morris has created. The 542 figures he inked over the course of eight weeks to honor each Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee may offer a clue regarding the size of his portfolio.

Chris Morris opened his presentation with: “I like drawing.” He also likes Cleveland. He admires how The Plain Dealer embraces visuals and is “fearless” when it comes to size of the art on a page. He is complimentary of his colleagues. He likes to draw people. He likes to tell a story in visual form.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.02.2012

'The 39 Steps' playing at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse presents “The 39 Steps” through Oct. 7. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

In "The 39 Steps," a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! Don't miss this laugh-filled suspense thriller where four actors play over 100 different roles!

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.02.2012

Invitational art exhibit showcases CFA award winners

The Winners Circle, an invitational juried art exhibit of award-winning art will be held at the Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 28105 Clemens Rd., Westlake, from Oct. 12 through Nov. 8. The event is a collaboration of efforts between the sports club and the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

A “Meet the Artists” wine and cheese opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Five Seasons. A popular choice award will be voted on at the opening reception. Tickets for the reception are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.02.2012

Unleash your inner artist in 'Art for Adults' classes

The Westlake Schools present Art for Adults, three fall evening classes – take one or all three – on Tuesdays in November.

Charcoal & Chocolate will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, Batik Art & Bakery will be held Nov. 20, and Art & Appetizers will be held Nov. 27. All classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. at Parkside Intermediate School and cost $30 each ($35 for non-residents).

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:29 AM, 10.02.2012

FYI Opera gossip is 'The Secret Marriage'

An opera so popular at its premier, the cast was asked to do an encore of the entire opera, will be previewed on Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. 

Domenico Cimarosa’s comic opera "Il matrimonio segreto" ("The Secret Marriage"), considered to be the composer’s greatest masterpiece, will be given form and dimension through the expert handling of David Bamberger, director of opera theater at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Bamberger not only provides intriguing (and sometimes juicy) background details of the opera’s time period and the composer’s life, but he also brings talented CIM student vocalists to perform selected arias from the opera. Regular FYI: Opera attendees eagerly anticipate the delightful experience of hearing gifted voices singing great music in an intimate space within the framework of Bamberger’s knowledge and humor.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.02.2012