Arts & Entertainment

BAYarts faculty exhibition celebrates diverse talents

The expansive talent of the BAYarts faculty members will be on display this month. From Sept. 4 through Oct. 3, visitors can see "Outside the Classroom" in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. 

A wide variety of artists are contributing their artwork to the exhibition. There will be drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and jewelry design.

Programming director Erin Stack is proud of the curated collection of talented educators she has amassed. "This show represents the talent and diversity in BAYarts faculty. We are fortunate to have instructors that bring so many different talents to BAYarts curriculum; with programs for 3-year-olds on up to to adults of any age. Although every instructor may not be represented in the show, they all plan to be at the opening to celebrate not only the works on the wall, but the relationships and partnerships they have built over the years."   

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

BAYarts launches new website, registration system

With social media now becoming the most popular source for up-to-the-minute news and events, BAYarts' website – its main source for information on programming, events and donations – needed to be updated to accommodate the more frequent use of smaller devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The site,, has a new look and is easier to maneuver and click through. The redesign was made possible by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation, also the source of funding for an updated online registration system. BAYarts operations manager Sarah Goldsberry, who helped implement the new system, says, "It is easier and more efficient for us and for our users, providing feedback which our customers appreciate." The website was designed by Dan Fauver of Lakehouse Publishing, a frequent BAYarts design collaborator.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 10:27 AM, 09.01.2015

Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra continues at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse is up and running with “My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” The very talented cast, which includes Holly Feiler, Jarred Nichols, Keli Schemilpfenig, Tim and Lisa Herzel, sing songs in the Sinatra style in a tribute to “Old Blue Eyes." Over 40 songs are performed including "Summer Wind," "Strangers in the Night," "All of Me," "I Love Paris" and "New York, New York."

The production runs through Sept. 6 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults with senior tickets available on Fridays and the Sunday matinee. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling the box office at 440-871-8333. Box office hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and opens two hours before each performance.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Nature's Night Out is an event not to be missed

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host its annual benefit on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and all are invited. The event is now known as Nature’s Night Out, a fresh update on what was previously The Bake near the Lake.

“We are very excited to welcome all to this year’s benefit. It is our pinnacle event focusing on nature education for children,” says Catherine Timko, Executive Director. “Every aspect of the evening and its theme reflects this distinct mission.”

Guests will enjoy this unique event with heavy appetizers, a signature cocktail, live music by Funkology and more. The Center’s animal ambassadors will also be present at the event and the planetarium will be offering special programming.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.04.2015

COFA fills August with art

The works of 35 artists, amateur and professional, were accepted for judging and display at the 16th annual Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. COFA is open for public viewing now through Aug. 29 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours. The nearly 80 original works are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show.

The entries are accepted and judged in five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/ Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; Photography. A $100 cash award is given for best in each division/category and a $50 cash award for second place in each division/category. Honorable mention ribbons and/or gifts are also awarded as determined by the judges.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2015

'Unseen Cleveland' revealed at BAYarts this August

The allure of Cleveland's past speaks loudly to artist Marge Gulley.

A Bay Village resident and award-winning artist, Gulley is presenting a new exhibition at BAYarts this August. "Unseen Cleveland" explores the original, untouched Cleveland that was seen by Moses Cleaveland and the Erie Indians. Modern life has layered itself onto the land over the course of several decades, but when this debris is erased the original land can then be visually explored. Of course, quite a good deal of work goes into revealing this sort of view.

Indeed, an incredibly thorough and vast amount of historical research was involved in creating these works of art. Interestingly, Cleveland at large hadn't been the original target.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.04.2015

Sinatra tribute opens Aug. 13 at Huntington Playhouse

“My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” will open at Huntington Playhouse on Thursday, Aug. 13, and play through Sept. 6. Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with one Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. 

The show features five performers singing over 40 songs in the Sinatra style. There is no Sinatra impersonator as who could duplicate the original! The song list includes “Summer Wind,” “Chicago,” “Just The Way You Look Tonight,” “New York, New York,” “My Way” and many more.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.04.2015

BAYarts honors Bay Village's Liz Maugans at Moondance

BAYarts' Moondance fundraiser provides a a unique opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who help promote a quality of life that is dear to the BAYarts mission. Past honorees include Tom Schorgel of Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) and Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks' visionary CEO. In this important year, with the renewal of the much publicized art-tax levy, it is even more important to shine the light on the individuals that directly or indirectly have been influential in BAYarts' growth and reputation as the west side destination for cultural and community events. 

Bay resident Liz Maugans, with her hands-on approach and inspiring energy, has been BAYarts' greatest cheerleader, as she is for countless organizations she believes in. A tireless advocate for the power of art for economic and social change, her signature can be seen on projects throughout northeast Ohio.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.04.2015

BAYarts lines up more food vendors for annual Moondance benefit

Big white tents, great food, live music and bonfires are just a few of the signature features of BAYarts' annual Moondance benefit. Each year this sold-out event raises funds that help BAYarts maintain the campus buildings, gardens and continue to provide free community events year round. This year's event, set for Saturday, Sept. 12, features the band Cats on Holiday, known for their upbeat danceable style that covers all the bases. 

"People tell us they love our event because, like everything else we do, it's fun," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "No speeches, no hands out. Once you arrive on campus, the beautiful venue speaks for itself. None of what BAYarts does would be possible without this kind of support and the community gets that. So its a win-win for everyone."

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

Rewarding invitation for artists has deadline

The opportunity for artists to display their work in the Community of Fine Arts Show for the month of August provides exposure of their work for sale and a possibility of prize money. But registration for the 2015 COFA, a juried art show, which the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council founded 16 years ago, has a July 13 deadline for art work submission.

The W-WAC accepts works for the COFA from amateur/semi-professionals, 18 years or older, and in five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

Modern art: Instagram exhibition at BAYarts through July

This month, the duo of gallery exhibitions at BAYarts will examine themes at the opposite ends of the spectrum. 

In "Head 2 Head," Milan Kecman delves into the past. "Always having an interest in history, I decided to explore some of the faces and personalities of the past and the parallels their lives took. Their lives at times touched, as they took divergent or similar paths. I hope to give the viewer insight into some historical figures who have left a profound effect upon today's culture." 

Taking the modern route, Christopher Gray has curated a selection of Instagram images in "Squared Up." "I'm amazed at the work I see on Instagram, mostly from people who do not consider themselves artists. I chose artists for this show based on their photos and feeds." Gray indicates that experiencing the exhibition will be as if the viewer were scrolling through Instagram, but in a much larger capacity. As for subject matters? They will vary. "The show is not tightly curated, but rather allows for happenstance that occurs in this community. The artwork will encompass a range of subject matter from food to portraits to a bit of whimsy."

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

It's audition time at Clague Playhouse!

Auditions for the first show of Clague Playhouse’s 88th season will take place on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Arnold Ridley’s gripping "The Ghost Train" (1923) is set in a gloomy English train station, where nine stranded travelers become increasingly more uneasy about the phantom the stationmaster claims appears on the tracks each night.

Director Ron Newell is casting seven men aged early 20s to 50s, three women in their 20s, and one woman aged 60 or over, as well as two male walk-on roles. Brief character descriptions are available on the Auditions page at Review copies of the script are available at the Box Office for a $10 deposit.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village Foundation grant gives BAYarts stage a facelift

BAYarts is kicking off another fun-filled summer season of community events including the free neighborhood concert series. The popular series originated in 2006 when Bay Village resident John Begala asked if he could play guitar in front of BAYarts Station House coffee shop (now Vento).

The music grew into a main attraction which led John to seek funding to develop a full-fledged concert program. He had 2 "musts" in mind: the musicians must be local and the concerts must be free and open to all ages. With a grant from The Leonard Krieger Foundation, BAYarts was able to build a stage and hire professional musicians for summer night gatherings.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:38 AM, 06.16.2015

Latest BAYarts exhibitions celebrate local riches

BAYarts kicks off an event-filled summer on Friday, June 5 from 7-9 p.m. with two gallery exhibitions, and the first concert in the popular summer series.

In the Fuller House's Sullivan Family Gallery, Bay Village artist Mary Deutschman exhibits all-new paintings in "Painting the Metroparks with Color." Mary's signature use of vibrant colors make joyful statements of everyday scenes. Deutschman says she finds the Cleveland Metroparks filled with fabulous inspiration with its "rivers, waterfalls, bridges, hills, winding roads, bike paths, trees, flowers, picnic areas, families of deer, wildlife..." Despite this depth of observation, she adds that though she has painted "its many faces" she believes there is always more to find. "Each season is a gift."

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.02.2015

Historical Saddler house build date confirmed

Last month, I submitted a story about the Frank Saddler house at 317 Bassett Road in Bay Village. The most my fellow researchers and I could say at the time was that it was constructed between 1901 and 1909.

Further research of the tax records at the Cuyahoga County Archives has confirmed that construction of the house began in 1905 and was completed in 1906. As of the 1900 U.S. Census the Frank Saddler family resided in a rented home near the William Saddler II house, 30165 Lake Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.19.2015

Clague Playhouse wraps season with 'improbable adventure'

Clague Playhouse is presenting Donald Margulies’ inventive "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)" as the final production of its 87th season.

Late 19th-century British readers were thrilled by the “real” Rougemont’s South Seas adventures, first in the pages of popular magazines, then on the music-hall stage. But some details of his story were too amazing to believe. Others were obviously wrong. Who was this “Louis de Rougemont,” and was he a charlatan, a madman, a genius, or a bit of all three?

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:22 AM, 05.05.2015

Nautical-themed art show accompanies production of 'Shipwrecked'

Members of the West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society are displaying 24 original watercolor paintings in the lobby of the Clague Playhouse at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake through May 26. The art show is in conjunction with the theatrical production of “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment,” which runs May 1-24 at the Playhouse.

The theme of the art show is boats, ships and nautical scenes. The Society show consists of paintings by nine of the Society members: Linda Borton, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Susanne Kizzen, Bob Parry, Marge Strimbu, Barbara Swasey and William Wilder. Most of the paintings are for sale. The lobby gallery is open to the public during box office hours, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., during the May production of the play "Shipwrecked."

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.05.2015

New gardens sprouting up at BAYarts

There are other art centers and there are other parks. But there is no other art center that is located in Cleveland Metroparks or one that is surrounded by a botanical paradise right here on the west side. BAYarts gardens are designed by artist and Bay Village landscape designer Julia Shutt, who sees the campus as an artist would see a canvas, having many elements that connect to create one harmonious flow. With her partner, Byron, their company Maple Leaf Landscaping is responsible for all the heavy lifting, installation and seasonal maintenance, while BAYarts volunteers lovingly keep everything in check.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.21.2015

The meditative art of Zentangle

Doodling takes on new meaning when it has purpose and a goal. And with courses in “mindfulness” and meditation popping up everywhere, meld the two and a new art form is created! The Zentangle art form is a registered trademark, that uses a specific technique and small tiles to create mosaics of line drawings, free form or planned.

BAYarts instructor Melissa Moon, who teaches  Zentangle-inspired courses at BAYarts, says, “the beauty of Zentangles is that even beginners produce stunning results. The technique itself is as challenging as you choose to make it."

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.21.2015

Great Lakes Theater troop visits Clague Playhouse

On March 31, Clague Playhouse theatergoers were treated to a performance by members of the Great Lakes Theater. The last stop in GLT’s spring outreach tour of "The Great Globe Itself," featured actors Roderick S. Cardwell II, Arthur Chu and James Alexander Rankin enacting playwright David Hansen’s historical fiction on the connection of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Lake Erie. 

Shakespeare’s Globe burned down in 1613, and nearly 400 years later an idea of rebuilding it was birthed on the North Coast of Cleveland. It was the brain child of Shakespearean scholar Thomas Wood Sevens of Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh. In 1936, a replica of The Globe appeared at the Great Lakes Exposition surrounded by an array of “Coney Island” attractions. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015

Landscapes highlighted in April gallery exhibitions at BAYarts

BAYarts is hosting two gallery shows this April that heavily feature inspiring landscapes.

In the Diane Boldman Education Gallery, the art of Marge Gulley and Bernie D'Ettorre are featured for "April in Paris." This show has a heavy focus on key places of Paris that both women have connected with. "From the king’s crypts deep under Cathedrale de Saint Denis to the heights of the Tour Eiffel, I found every section a never ending supply of visual material for drawing," Gulley said.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.07.2015

All-American cast enchants FYI: Opera audience

When the essence of great music is delivered by a beautiful voice the level of enjoyment for fortunate listeners cannot be measured. And certainly the singer’s country of origin is irrelevant.

David Bamberger, artistic director of Opera at the Cleveland Institute of Music, who assembled the March 31 FYI: Opera program, originally scheduled an international foursome of CIM voice students from three countries to perform. But health problems forced two singers to withdraw and their able replacements turned the foursome into an All-American cast.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.07.2015

New creative insight class at BAYarts

BAYarts is now offering the Creative Insight Class with Christina Evans. The class originated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and runs for eight weeks. It is meant to be a transformational class for personal development.

Evans believes the class can be beneficial to anyone. "Everyone has creativity in their soul, whether it is creative problem solving in a career, or creative problem solving when creating a beautiful piece of art. This class is about finding your unique creative process, paying attention to it, quieting your inner critic, and harnessing the power of it to use in all aspects of your life."

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.07.2015

BAYarts Winter Kids Show brings smiles

Secure a good mood for your day when you visit the Dianne Boldman Education gallery this March, to view the BAYarts Winter Kids Show that's on display through the 21st.

Featuring the work of children in Art Academy, Telling Comics and Lego Creator classes, there are over 50 young artists who have contributed to this exhibition. Bright colors, exceptional self-portraits, and bold patterns adorn the walls.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.17.2015

FYI: Opera offers international music and voices

An international blend of music and voices will be presented at the FYI: Opera program on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, when singers from three countries will perform arias from French and Italian operas.

David Bamberger, artistic director of opera at the Cleveland Institute of Music will narrate the program which includes music from Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love" and Massenet’s "Werther." The CIM voice students, who will sing various arias are: mezzo-soprano Erika Rodden and tenor Kevin Adamik (Americans), soprano Kristen McConnell (Canadian), and soprano Charlotte Ushela (Peruvian). Accompanying the singers at the piano will be John Simmons, musical director of CIM’s Scenes Program.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.17.2015

Registration has begun for BAYarts' popular Mini Mosaics classes

Have you discovered a haven for your young children to show off their artistic side as of yet? Mini Mosaics at BAYarts is a completely customizable art program for children, ages 3-6. Classes are picked "a la carte" based on your child's interests and the time that works best for you. 

While your children are having fun, you know that they're doing so much more than that. Director of Programming at BAYarts, Erin Stack, has made a concentrated effort to ensure that this program is beneficial on several levels. "Our Mini Mosaics program is invaluable to a young child's development. We believe preschoolers benefit from participating in hands-on and creative experiences that foster self-expression, motor development and individuality."

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.17.2015

'Rising Star' wins audience; melts hearts with 'Frozen'

The audience that braved February’s frigid temperatures to attend Hannah-Jo Weisberg’s performance at Westlake Porter Public Library was rewarded by her talented performance. They then had their hearts completely melted when this “Rising Star” from Baldwin Wallace University spontaneously ended her program with an unscheduled rendition of "Let It Go" for her youngest fan.

Upon completion of her lively program, followed by questions from the audience, Weisberg was asked to do an encore. Exchanging a quick look with Jake Turski, her skilled piano accompanist, she agreed. Weisberg then turned to 4-year-old Beatrix Healey, who had watched the program with rapt attention from a front row seat, and asked, “What is your favorite Disney movie?” The shy, but prompt, reply was "Frozen." The thoughtful act sealed the little Westlake girl’s awe for the lovely performer and won the hearts of all the adults.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.03.2015

The fine art of illustration on display at BAYarts

“The Best of NOIS” opens in BAYarts' Sullivan Gallery on Friday, March 6, and runs through April 3. Comprised of illustrators, fine artists, designers, students and instructors, Northern Ohio Illustrators Society (NOIS) formed more than 20 years ago when a group of Cleveland area illustrators, faced with rapid changes in their field, felt a need to get out of the studio, meet in an informal setting and exchange points of view.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.03.2015

Clague Playhouse presents 'One Slight Hitch'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will present the comedy "One Slight Hitch" as the fourth production of its 87th season. It's Courtney Coleman's wedding day. Her family knows the event will be glorious. Everything is ready: the church, the cake, the happy couple. Then an unexpected guest arrives and the misunderstandings and witticisms begin to fly.

Comedian Lewis Black's script blends the best of old-fashioned farce with modern-day romantic comedy and tops it with a dollop of emotion. The result: an evening of great theatrical entertainment.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.03.2015

BAYarts launches CAN Journal spring issue

The CAN Journal kicks off the spring issue on Friday, March 6, at BAYarts to coincide with the opening of "The Best of NOIS" in the Sullivan Gallery (see related article). Now in its third year, the spring issue of CAN is the largest to date as more and more art organizations and artists discover the value of a "one stop" directory for the visual arts in the greater Cleveland area. It is written by Collective Arts Network members and edited by writer and BAYarts artist Michael Gill. 

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.03.2015

Catch the Westlake performance of a 'Rising Star'

For a third year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star … Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital." Hannah-Jo Weisberg will present a musical program on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

No stranger to the stage, this BW senior is a music theater major with a minor in theater. Some of Weisberg's favorite roles include: Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," Meg Brockie in "Brigadoon," Brooke/Vicki in "Noises Off," Eurydice in "Eurydice," and Kristine in "A Chorus Line." Weisberg will soon be playing Annette in "Saturday Night Fever" at Playhouse Square.

Her Westlake performance will include the songs “I Dreamed a Dream," "How are Things in Glocca Morra" and "At Last."

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

BAYarts exhibition highlights one mother's struggle

Erin Stack is one of the four artists featured in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts during the month of February. The exhibition, "Still Small Voice," focuses on very personal journeys of the respective women involved. For Stack, this was a story about being strong during her first pregnancy. 
"When I was 19, I became pregnant," Stack wrote in her artist statement for the show. "Young, unmarried and in my first year of college I found myself in a place that I was not yet ready to visit: motherhood. After listening to the opinions of others, I chose to listen to my own inner voice that convinced me that I could wholeheartedly, without question, change the course of my life and still do everything I dreamed of doing. The only difference was that I would now have someone to join me on my personal journey."
The Sullivan Family Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-3 p.m. This exhibition will be on display through the end of February.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 02.17.2015

Call for Entries: BAYarts Art & Music Festival

BAYarts' Annual Art & Music Festival gets bigger and better every year as the demand and appreciation for locally made goods continues to grow. Last year, hundreds of visitors attended the daylong event for local art, live music and great food. 

On June 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the festival kicks off BAYarts' summer of fun, including the free summer concert series, art camps and the new farmers market. To assure quality and variety, artists who submit applications will be reviewed by a panel for originality and craftsmanship. 

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.03.2015

Historical society offers Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and the Westlake Historical Society is celebrating by offering weddings and renewals of vows at the historic Clague House Museum (1371 Clague Road, Westlake). The museum, built in 1876 and listed on National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of the Clague family.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:39 AM, 02.03.2015

Huntington Playhouse preps for 2015 season

The Huntington Playhouse season doesn’t start for a while but there is still a lot of activity taking place in preparation of the 2015 season which starts on June 4 with a production of the musical revue “My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.”

The season will include “The Producers,” “Boeing, Boeing,” “Death By Design,” “The Addams Family" and a holiday show. Currently the theatre is offering an opening night subscription package with substantial discounts available to new subscribers.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:46 AM, 02.03.2015

BAYarts' latest exhibitions: 'Small Still Voice,' 'Fleeting Moments'

Don't let the snow keep you isolated this January. Your go-to, local arts spot (BAYarts), has two new exhibitions that will be holding opening receptions on Friday, Jan. 30, from 7-9 p.m.

In the Sullivan Family Gallery, artists Moira Beale, Sue Peplin, Jessica Ramage and Erin Stack will present "Small Still Voice." Textural elements are at play in works of ceramic and mixed media pieces.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.20.2015

It's audition time at Clague Playhouse!

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will hold auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 7-9 p.m. for "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)" by Donald Margulies. Rougemont was a real man who told a not-so-real story that so captivated and entertained audiences that he derived a living from its telling for much of his life.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.20.2015

BAYarts offers special watercolor workshop with Yuki Hall

Reference your calendars now, and mark down Saturday, April 25. BAYarts is offering a special, one-day workshop for those interested in pursuing their watercolor skills.

Visiting artist Yuki Hall will be leading the day of hands-on education. Hall is known for her particularly beautiful and proficient impressionistic watercolor work.

Participants in the workshop will be learning to achieve stronger atmospheric moods in their landscape, waterscapes and cityscape paintings through the studied use of "reducing the subject matter into a simple pattern of shapes and tonal values, and expressing it with one’s personal visual language without being bogged down with unnecessary details."

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.20.2015

Who says theater is not real life?

Clague Playhouse’s production of "Trying" delights audiences with its humor and the strong acting by Robert Hawkes and Debbie Jenkins.  Playwright Joanna McClelland Glass writes about her real-life experience as secretary to Judge Francis B. Biddle who had been U.S. attorney general from 1941-1945, serving first under Franklin D. Roosevelt and then Harry S. Truman. 

“What gives the distinct sound of truth to the script,” said Director Douglas Farren, “is that the story comes out of a real life experience.” Farren believes that the short relationship Glass had with Biddle led her into the world of writing.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.20.2015

Porter Library program focuses on taking better pictures

Do you want to take better pictures? Do you have questions about cameras, lenses and software processing?

Then you should attend a program open to the public on photography presented by members of the Lakewood Photographic Society. The meeting is open to anyone interested in photography and will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., in Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:54 AM, 01.06.2015