Arts & Entertainment

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

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