Arts & Entertainment

BAYarts exhibition: 'Generations' by Mike and Keegan Adams

Inspired by familial bonds, two Cleveland artists are using their history and passion to inform the DNA of their current work.

Father and son duo Mike and Keegan Adams are the focus of the latest gallery exhibition in the Diane Boldman Education Gallery at BAYarts. They are part of a family printmakers, which includes Thomas F. Chouteau (father to Mike) and Kaden James Adam (nephew to Keegan) who is 5 years old. Both of these family members are honored with a piece each in the exhibition.

As graphics design teacher at BAYarts, Mike Adams also has a connection to the community by being a Bay Village resident. Both he and his son are accomplished artists who have been in several galleries and garnered awards.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.23.2018

Great Lakes Theater brings 'Huck Finn' to Clague Playhouse

Great Lakes Theater will bring its free outreach touring production of "Huck Finn" to Clague Playhouse in February.

Based on the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, it has been adapted by Eric Schmiedl. Two runaways – a boy and a slave – team up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi. Huckleberry Finn finds freedom on the run, out-thinking colorful con-men, narrowly escaping a family feud and even passing as a girl as he and Jim make their way down the “big river.” On the journey, they learn lessons of integrity, dignity and friendship.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:19 AM, 01.23.2018

Bay alumni class bowling competition

What do you most hear at class reunions? We need to get together more often! Bay alumni are invited to return to Bay Lanes for a light-hearted class bowling competition on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. Bay Lanes will be closed for this private event and you must be 21 to attend. Advance registration is encouraged. Register online or download a form at:

Bowl with classmates, friends or family. Knock down pins for your class, your friend’s or a family member’s class. The class with most pins wins. The class raising the most funds are King Pins for the year. The top classes to beat from last year are ‘66, ‘75, ‘78 and ‘83. The Class of '75 took it all and trophies have been displayed in the sports hall of the high school. Take them on! A bowling ticket is $35 and includes two games, shoe rental and food.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.23.2018

String quartet from Prague will perform Czech compositions

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents its first concert of 2018 on Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the magnificent acoustics of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s refurbished sanctuary at 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Musical guest of honor will be the Bennewitz Quartet from Prague, Czech Republic. 

Formed in 1998 and named after renowned Czech violinist, Antonin Bennewitz, the Quartet’s current members are Jakub Fišer (violin); Štěpán Ježek (violin); Jiří Pinkas (viola); and Štěpán Doležal (cello). 

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:21 AM, 01.23.2018

Book group looks back at 1960s, decade of turmoil and transition

Put on your bell bottoms and grab your granny glasses, tie-dyes and beads. Let's do a little back-to-the-future time travel to the seminal decade of the 1960s.

Utilizing a compilation of articles originally published in The New Yorker, our discussion group will re-examine the confrontations over civil rights, economics, Vietnam, and lifestyles. We will review the tragedies of the all-too-common assassinations and the problems and promises of psychedelics and protests. We will re-experience the highs of Telstar and Apollo 11 and the lows of poverty in "The Other America" and the environmental damages echoed in "The Silent Spring." The entertainment and cultural icons of the era will be looked at as well.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:37 AM, 01.09.2018

'Godspell' begins second half of Clague's 90th season

"Godspell," conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, "Godspell" boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.”

As the cast performs “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side,” the parables of Jesus come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, "Godspell" is a groundbreaking and unique theatrical experience, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Featured in Clague Playhouse's production are Rick Dawson as Jesus, Isaiah Blue as John the Baptist/Judas with Michelle Cha, Kiara Durbin, Noah Furin, Kara Mincik, Amber Revelt, Nick Salazar and Michael Stolar.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:39 AM, 01.09.2018

Meet Florence Kling Harding at Clague Playhouse

Come celebrate Presidents Day with Clague Playhouse on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 p.m. We will highlight Florence Kling Harding, an Ohio native, who became the first lady of the United States upon the election of her husband, Warren G. Harding (who served from 1921 until his death in 1923).

Mrs. Harding was an outspoken advocate of the rights of women, veterans, animals and immigrants. She was a strong woman, made stronger by the difficulties and tragedies in her life.

This first lady will be portrayed by Craig Schermer, a graduate of John Carroll University with a major in Russian Imperial History. He has studied the first ladies most of his life and spent nearly 10 years as the historian for the National First Ladies' Library in Canton, Ohio.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:32 AM, 01.09.2018

BAYarts teacher Ryan Finley makes it big

Lakewood artist Ryan Finley is more than just a casual fan of "Star Wars." The sci-fi series has always captivated him and is a prevalent theme of his pop-culture inspired artwork. 

After submitting artwork from "The Last Jedi" to Topps, the trading card company included this accomplished artist in their recent batches of trading cards. The packs contain a collection of art from several artists, and the inclusion is a high achievement.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.09.2018

BAYarts hosts Deborah Pinter's monoprints

After years of allegiance to a more orderly existence in art, Deborah Pinter now has an emphasis on embracing imperfections. Her gallery show, "Ornamental Containment," displays black, white and gray monoprints with hints of color. These colored tints are imparted directly from plant life, which are what the exhibition theme highlights. Items such as leaves, sticks and flowers were used on the printing press to create this body of work. 

Progressing from the use of "pretty flowers," Pinter's confidence in her progressive experimentation aided her growth. "I started to expand to plants that provided interesting shapes and detail when pressed into ink. Currently my favorite plant to work with is the Japanese Maple."

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.19.2017

Memorial garden to honor late watercolorist

To honor the recently passed teacher, mentor and artist, BAYarts is putting together a memorial garden to be called the Bob Moyer Watercolor Garden.

Moyer loved the BAYarts campus which lent inspiration to much of his own work in later life, so a garden is planned. What better way than to remember Moyer than with a garden on the campus that gave him so much inspiration and where he inspired so many for over 30 years?

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

BAYarts Sullivan Gallery gets festive

Currently, the Sullivan Gallery is decorated with the bold rosy pinks, canary yellows and aquamarine of artwork by Cleveland local Dana Depew. Along with the handful of textile-based artwork are two light installations, which are, in a word, "funky."

Embellished with some additional decorations in silver, handmade furniture by Diana Brewer, and upcycled light fixtures by Robert Love, the artwork makes a fun atmosphere for the Fuller Cafe. During the holiday season, the coffee area features a hot chocolate bar and additional homemade bakery by Rosa's Peasant Cookies.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Find some holiday bling at annual Jewelry Heist

Join us in the Clague Playhouse lobby before the performances of "Christmas at the Wiley Diner" where you will find a little glamour at our eighth annual Jewelry Heist fundraiser.

Are you looking for something unique or fun? Do you need a gift for a friend or family member? Browse hundreds of affordable necklaces, bracelets, scarves, rings, hand bags, hats and more. Friends of the theater have generously donated beautiful semi-precious jewelry, sterling silver, and hand-crafted objects. Purchases will not only support Clague Playhouse, but also help you start your holiday shopping!

The Jewelry Heist is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 9. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

BVCT to raise spirits with staged reading of 'A Christmas Carol'

Bay Village Community Theater will be getting into the Christmas spirit with performances of a staged reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, adapted for the reading by Bay Village resident Preston Postle. Like the ghosts that visit Scrooge, there will be three performances of the production.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, after Santa has left the Community House and lit the Christmas tree in the Cahoon Park gazebo, BVCT will present the first show in the Community House at 6 p.m. What a fitting way to finish off the festivities of the fifth annual Cahoon Christmas!

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

BAYarts bids farewell to programming director

Erin Stack, BAYarts' programming director, has stepped down from her position after a tenure of impressive work.

A graduate of The Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cleveland State, Stack has a fine arts degree with a specialty in arts education. An award-winning art educator for grades K-8, she came to BAYarts with a wealth of experience and loyal following. As program director, Stack created the model for BAYarts' successful art education curriculum, developing diverse and challenging programs and outreach for students pre-K through adult.

She leaves an enduring legacy of robust programs, with standouts such as: Art Academy, Mini Mosaics Preschool Program, campART, Fairy Garden Day (which fills up within mere hours), Girls Camp (ditto), Art Club, and a kids' Holiday Workshop Series. The latest implementation, a series of one-time workshops at night for adults, Date Nights, has also been wildly successful.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:53 AM, 11.07.2017

'How He Lied to Her Husband' is next BVCT staged reading

Ah, poets! Those romantic spinners … of lies? Bay Village Community Theater presents George Bernard Shaw’s one-act comedy, "How He Lied to Her Husband" as part of its “All The World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series.

The play is an amusing tale that involves budding romance, the blurred lines of infidelity, and the fear of being caught by the better half. Aurora, a married, aristocratic woman is having an affair with a much younger, attractive man. When she loses the love poems addressed to her, she becomes fearful and paranoid. What will happen to her? What will the poet say? What will her husband think? The husband’s reaction will delight and surprise!

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.07.2017

New holiday tale continues Clague's 90th season

The world premier of "Christmas at the Wiley Diner" by Margo Haas will continue Clague Playhouse's 90th season. Set in present-day Cow Creek, Pennsylvania, this new holiday tale is sure to become a classic. A warm-hearted, humorous reminder of the many things, including our collective imperfections, that should be recognized, embraced and most of all, celebrated. Rejoice with us over the unique little bits that make family, friends and community our strength as well as our comfort and joy.

The production is directed by Tyson Douglas Rand and our cast features Kyle Adam as Ryan Banks, Michelle Deyarmin as Lily Flores, Charles Hargrave as Ben, Colin P. McCauley as Jay Byrd, Anne McEvoy as Sheila Banks, Darrell Starnik as Carter and Lisa L Wiley as Kate Myers. As a special event, there will be a free Meet the Playwright opportunity after the Saturday, Nov. 11, performance.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.07.2017

'Home for the Holidays' art show at Porter Library

“Home for the Holidays” is a watercolor art show at Westlake Porter Public Library now showing through Nov. 14. The show contains 50 paintings for sale depicting scenes of autumn, winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the holidays of the season just in time for gift giving. Some of the scenes include Christmas Eve, Holly Design, Poinsettia, Winter in Metroparks, Winter Farmhouse and Snowbird, to name just a few of the paintings.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 10.17.2017

'Carmen' lends brazen intro to drama of 'Medea'

With a twinkle in his eye, David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, told his audience that he would introduce “music you don’t know with music you do know.” Then the skillful and expertise piano accompaniment of CIM’s music director John Simmons and four fantastic CIM voice students treated an FYI: Opera audience to a brilliant performance of a unique selection of arias at Westlake Porter Public Library.

The program’s objective, to preview the opera "Medea," was cleverly achieved by using arias from the well-known operas "Carmen" and "La Boheme." Luigi Cherubini’s 1797 "Medea" was taken from ancient Greek mythology, but emotions and situations easily compared with the operas written nearly a century later.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:53 AM, 10.17.2017

BAYarts' fun-raisers for grown-ups mix it up

BAYarts' Moondance fundraiser is such a big event each year that the BAYarts event team answered the call for more, smaller nights out that take advantage of the park ambience and the handmade rustic furniture already in place. So they created a series of intimate events (100-150 guests as opposed to over 1,000 for Moondance) that will take place about once a month.

Tickets for the "fun-raisers" cost about the same as a casual night out downtown. With great food, local brews, wines, bonfires and music, why do anything else?

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.17.2017

America’s premier wind quintet will perform in the Westshore area

Rocky River Chamber Music Society will present the Dorian Wind Quintet, America’s premier woodwind quintet, in the newly renovated sanctuary at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Formed at Tanglewood in 1961, the Quintet has collaborated with numerous well-known artists such as Phyllis Curtin, Lukas Foss, Claude Frank, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Cleveland’s Spencer Myer. The London Times has called the Quintet “breathtaking,” and Time Magazine has characterized it as “one of chamber music’s most sparkling and eloquent ensembles.” 

The 56-year-old Dorian Quintet has concertized around the world and made history in 1981 as the first wind quintet to perform at Carnegie Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:59 AM, 10.17.2017

Ohio Plein Air Society work now on display

The first weekend of October saw the BAYarts campus buzzing with world class artists for the Ohio Plein Air Society's (OPAS) annual competition. This is the second year that BAYarts was selected to host this prestigious event.

Their mission statement shares that they are, "proud to be at the forefront of the resurgent plein air movement in the United States." Nearly every county in Ohio is represented by their 155-plus members. Ephemeral, direct observation from the Ohio scenery is the emphasis of their en plein air ("in fresh air") work. "Our admiration for the world around us gives us reason to explore through art the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams, and beyond."

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.03.2017

Beethoven's 9th Symphony to be performed in Westlake

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Victor Liva, conductor, will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Westlake Performing Arts Center. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. The Performing Arts Center is located at 27830 Hilliard Blvd., in Westlake High School.

The orchestra will be joined by the Cleveland State University Choir, directed by Bill Bailer, and the Cleveland Pops Chorus, directed by William Zurkey.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.03.2017

Clague Playhouse celebrates 90 seasons, 50 in the barn

On entering Wagner’s of Westlake on Saturday, Aug. 19, I was greeted by Russ Kilpatrick, Clague Playhouse board member, in his kilt playing his bagpipes. That was the first sign that something special was about to begin. The second sign was the huge banner on the door to the Grand Ballroom.

Gathering at Wagner's were 163 people in celebration of the the Playhouse's 90th season, and 50th season in the Clague family barn. The tables were set with unique centerpieces, each chair held a small maroon swag bag and two walls were covered with photos gathered from Clague Playhouse archives, each labeled to identify the play, the date and the actors. A loop of congratulatory messages was playing and a table of colorfully wrapped door prizes was nearby. The room was full of smiling people meeting and greeting old friends. Indeed a special event.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.19.2017

'The Woman in Black' haunts Clague Playhouse as it opens 90th season

Clague Playhouse opened its 90th anniversary season on Sept. 15 with the haunting ghost play, "The Woman in Black." Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill, the spine-tingler will be running through Oct. 8 at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

This supernatural mystery centers around a mysterious specter – a woman in black – who relentlessly haunts a small English town. A genre classic, the play is a theatrical chiller which weaves storytelling and clever illusions to bring this Gothic tale to life.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.19.2017

FYI: Opera previews Medea's high drama

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the FYI: Opera programs, announced that "Medea," an opera written by Cherubini, will be previewed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will provide pertinent notes of interest and introduce four talented singers, who will perform arias from "Medea." The CIM voice students are: Nayoung Yeo of Seoul, Korea, singing the title role of Medea; Meg Linebough of Columbus, Ohio, singing Neris, Medea’s confidante; Andrea Gadzinski of Virginia Beach, Virginia, singing Glauce, Medea’s rival; and Aaron Lange of Portland, Oregon, singing Jason, Medea’s husband.These singers will star in CIM’s full production of "Medea," in November, which will mark a Cleveland premiere of the opera.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.19.2017

Listen to 'The Guitar's Story' at Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes Kevin Sherwin, associate artistic director of The American Baroque Orchestra and guitar soloist, for an afternoon concert on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. 

From the royal courts of Europe, to streets of small villages, to concert stages around the world, the guitar expresses a profound musical language. Kevin Sherwin’s "The Guitar's Story" explores music from traditions of both folk and art music, ranging from kingly dances and operatic serenades to native folk traditions of South America and Spain.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:09 AM, 09.19.2017

BAYarts Farm & Art Market had best year yet

The BAYarts Farm & Art Market has wrapped up its current season until next spring. Market manager Pam Mills couldn't be more proud of all of her vendors who helped create the thriving community of fresh produce, artisan items and good vibes.

For Mills, one of the best memories of the market this summer involved pooches. "We loved our special Dog Night," she says. "It featured local shelters and vendors ... and we even had a couple of adoptions as a result. Four-legged friends are always welcome at the market."

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

Local chamber music society opens its 59th season

From the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont to the shores of Lake Erie in Rocky River, the Green Mountain Chamber Players will bring their special brand of chamber music to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m.  The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to open its 59th season with a piano trio comprised of three members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival’s artist faculty. These musicians are performers of the highest caliber who work together each summer with today’s top string students from the United States and across the globe. 

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

BVCT sets the table for 'The Dining Room'

Bay Village Community Theater is proud to present its second full production, "The Dining Room," written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Chris Bizub, the last two weekends of September at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Parkside Hall, 468 Bradley Road in Bay Village.

The show will open on Friday evening, Sept. 22, and run for five performances: Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 (curtain at 8 p.m.) and one Sunday matinee on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

A perfect summer evening with Shakespeare in the park

Actors from the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival performed Shakespeare’s  “Macbeth” in the picturesque Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Village on the evening of Aug. 5. The free outdoor theater event was one of the many performances the theater troupe has staged around the Greater Cleveland area this summer.

Bay Village residents were graced to have the talented actors perform here in a wonderful setting.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 11:09 AM, 08.15.2017

Porter Library to host Westlake Music Festival

Join us on the library lawn on Saturday, Sept. 2, for an afternoon of local musical entertainment and fun! The festival lineup includes Irish music duo Francis and Bridget Quinn, a solo set by singer-songwriter Ray Flanagan, the surf rockers Surfer Rex, rock and roll from the Screaming Armadillos, and '50s and '60s rock from the Geeze Cats.

There will be a kids tent sponsored by Connecting for Kids from 1-3 p.m., and food will be for sale at the event. 

Westlake Music Festival is FREE and open to everyone! The festival begins at 1 p.m. and will continue until approximately 8 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.15.2017

Fiber artwork highlights BAYarts' curved wall

The walls of the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts are currently host to the fiber art of Waterloo artist Jessica Pinsky. The effect of the large textile pieces is both cozy and powerful, with subtle color variations in pleasing palettes such as pale spring yellows that blend with sage and blackberry.

The title, "Equal," explains the show in one word. "This has been a continuous process of exploration in what and how fiber can react within the process of weaving," explains Pinsky. "I've been experimenting a lot with the cloth expanding and contracting, and I realized that if I used the same exact material it can still behave in really different ways. So, it started to make me think about how things are treated equally or differently depending on how they behave." This theme informed the entire show.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:12 AM, 08.15.2017

Reception to celebrate COFA winners

The 2017 Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show, continues to exhibit over 100 works of art at Westlake’s Porter Public Library through Saturday, Aug. 26. On that last day, Aug. 26, the Westlake Westshore Arts Council will hold a Meet the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m. One and all are invited to meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, and watch the creators of winning works receive awards.

Three art experts, Stuart Pearl, Patricia Hanahan Sigmier and Cathy Welner, judged the 2017 COFA. Works awarded first place in each division and category receive a $100 cash award, second place receives a $50 cash award, and honorable mention receives a gift certificate.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.15.2017

BAYarts visits Wonderland

In the Diane Boldman Education Gallery this August is the work of ceramicist and instructor Jessica Ramage, alongside her student Elizabeth Varis. The exhibition is titled "Teacher Tell Me a Story: The Mad Side of Wonderland," and in it the duo explores the world through the eyes of The Mad Hatter. 

This multimedia exhibition will showcase skills taught and learned by the pair in the ceramics studio and will also include a collaboration between them in mediums beyond clay.

Programming Director Erin Stack is especially proud of this pairing. "Lizzy was one of Jessica's first students in her Middle School Art Club program a few years ago and it seems so appropriate that this mentor and apprentice have come together for a collaborative exhibition. Jessica Ramage is in integral part of the ceramic growth and development among our students at BAYarts, and I look forward to seeing the influence that Jessica has had on Lizzy as an artist. I know that Jessica has worked very hard at trying to get Lizzy to find her own artistic voice and spread her wings."

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.15.2017

BVCT needs help in 'The Dining Room'

Yes, Virginia, community theater does exist in Bay Village. And it needs your help! Bay Village Community Theater is seeking volunteers and donations to help mount its second full production, A.R. Gurney’s hilarious and touching comedy, "The Dining Room."

Whether you are a seasoned community theater veteran or new to the theater scene, multiple volunteer opportunities exist from concessions and ticketing to props, set construction, and costumes. This would be a great opportunity for your teen to earn some service hours! Many hands make light work and add to the fun of community theater involvement!

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.15.2017

Disney insider's book tour stops in Westlake

Do you know anyone who’s escorted a Supreme Court Chief Justice around Walt Disney World? Or anyone who’s been to Michael Jackson’s Neverland home, or coordinated children’s wish-granting with Captain Jack Sparrow? How about someone who calls the creator of Ariel a friend – and the producer of "Beauty and the Beast" (both versions), too?

Jody Jean Dreyer, a 30-year Disney executive, is coming to Cleveland to celebrate the release of her new book, "Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering your Happily Ever After" (Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing). In it, Jody gives readers a peek behind the magic that is both familiar and beloved by many.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.15.2017

BAYarts takes on the Playhouse

Its official! After months of speculation, BAYarts has reached an agreement with Cleveland Metroparks that will save the Playhouse and meet BAYarts' need for more space to bring you more great programming.  

“The Cleveland Metroparks fully supports the BAYarts rehabilitation of the facility,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Cleveland Metroparks. “We sought a viable, qualified entity to develop plans for renovation and vibrant programming for the building. BAYarts brings innovative and valuable arts education and events to the region and enjoys a positive relationship with the Park District.”

BAYarts' plan for the building is to expand on all of the education programming and community events BAYarts already offers and add theater to the class curriculum and performance schedules.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.01.2017

Enjoy artwork, demos and artists reception at Porter Library

Almost half of the 52 artists, whose works have been accepted and are on display at the 18th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show, are new entrants. COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays 107 works in this year's event, which opened July 30 and continues through Aug. 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours.

COFA is a valued showcase of art, drawing amateur and professional artists, whose works are accepted for judging and display. Accepted works were judged in two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Professional. The categories in each division are: Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing/Pen & Ink, Charcoal/Pastel, Photography and Mixed Media. Recipients of first and second place in each division and category receive cash awards and honorable mention recipients are given gift certificates.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:28 AM, 08.01.2017

Playhouse liquidation sale

BAYarts will hold a sale of the Playhouse contents beginning with a members only reception on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 5-8 p.m., with concessions and libations. Board members will be on hand with information and to hear your ideas. If you are not a member, you may sign up online anytime at or at the door. Entry to the sale is free.

A public sale will follow on Aug. 10, 11 and 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with controlled entry. Vaughnteriors, a liquidation firm, has organized and will run the sale with a percentage of the sales benefiting the renovation.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.01.2017

Local chamber music society announces season

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce its 59th season of presenting professional chamber music concerts to Northeast Ohio audiences. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd.

Our concerts showcase an outstanding mix of international, national and regional talent. They are open to all who enjoy live high-quality classical music. There is no admission charge. For more information please check us out on Facebok, Twitter, or  

Oct. 9: Green Mountain Chamber Players

Festival director and violinist, Kevin Lawrence, brings a faculty piano trio from the Vermont Festival to play trios by Beethoven, Brahms, and the Cleveland premiere of "A Hundred Ways" by Evan Chamber.

Nov. 13: Dorian Wind Quintet

Formed in 1961, America’s premier woodwind quintet has performed in 48 states, toured Europe 18 times, played throughout the Middle East and Asia, and was the first woodwind quintet ever presented at Carnegie Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:31 AM, 08.01.2017