Arts & Entertainment

Bay High grad returns to Cleveland to headline at Hilarities

When Rob O’Reilly graduated from Bay High School in 2003, he had a dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. So, he went off to Boston University to study communications and began to do stand-up at Boston venues – for free – just to get the stage time.

Since then, Rob has had appearances on "The Tonight Show" as Jay Leno’s correspondent, NBC’s "America’s Got Talent," and Comedy Central’s "Live at Gotham." He was named one of LA Weekly’s Top Ten Comics to Watch and has performed at over 300 colleges. Now 29, Rob currently lives in Los Angeles and is in his third season working as writer for the hit MTV show “Ridiculousness.” 

In July, Rob will be returning to Cleveland to headline at the comedy club Hilarities, which is downtown on East 4th Street – an upscale comedy club that is located in the basement of Pickwick and Frolic.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.24.2014

BAYarts Art + Music Festival once again a success

The annual Art + Music Festival, a free day of "food, fun, art and music" on the BAYarts campus, took place on June 14. The celebration boasts a way of sharing "affordable art" with the community at large.

The party featured upbeat reggae music by Umojah Nation, food from the newly christened Fuller Porch Cafe, BAYarts board members working a busy grill, and over 70 vendors of artistic wares. BAYarts gallery director Eileen Stockdale coordinated the event, and said that the 2014 festival was their largest year yet. They bumped up the amount of vendors with nearly 20 additional tents. Attendance for the pre-Father's Day event was also higher than average. "It was a beautiful day both weather-wise and crowd-wise," she explained with enthusiasm.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:15 AM, 06.24.2014

Crocker Park art fair a fun day of culture

The stores at Crocker Park had some extra competition the weekend of June 14-15 when the Fine Arts Fair lined the middle of Main Street from Bar Louie up to Trader Joe's. Howard Alan Events took over running the show from The Guild, though fortunately, there were still some Guild veterans in the line-up. There was more variety than usual with artists working in many different mediums. As always, there were a lot of jewelry designers, but they were scattered throughout, not clumped together as in some places.

My sister and I marveled at the imagination shown by so many of the artists. There were paintings of a penguin building a sandcastle, little girls fishing from pails and others dressed as Amelia Earhart with her head in the clouds, whimsical alphabets, glass pumpkins, giant sculptures of manta rays and swordfish, metal figures of athletes which looked as if they were running, photos of exotic places and creatures and Lego characters interacting. No worries about traditional mediums being overlooked, plenty of acrylics and watercolors were for sale, even the ancient art of encaustic painting. It was a cornucopia of creativity!

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.24.2014

Clague Playhouse hosts annual Barn Sale

It’s Barn Sale time again at Clague Playhouse! We will gladly accept your gently used donations of household items, outdoor equipment, antiques and collectibles. Please, no clothes.

Donations may be dropped off at the theater, Wednesday, June 11, through Friday, June 13, from 1-8 p.m. The date of the sale is Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover will be accepted. Proceeds will be used toward the operating costs of the theater. Questions, contact the box office at 440-331-0403.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.10.2014

A Medium at Large returns to Clague Playhouse

Join a live demonstration of mediumship and participate in a gallery-style message event on Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Clague Playhouse!

Your guide, Susan, is a multi-faceted, Lily Dale-trained professional. In a group setting, many spirits are able to “get through”! Although not everyone receives a personal message, you will be taken on a guided meditation to help you learn to connect with your loved ones in spirit!

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.10.2014

Crocker Park to transform into outdoor art exhibit June 14-15

Festival promoter Howard Alan Events, producer of many award-winning juried art fairs throughout the country, has taken over the reigns as coordinator of the Crocker Park Fine Art Festival, slated for June 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This two-day juried event will transform Crocker Park into an outdoor gallery style art exhibit. Festival patrons can expect to see bold and vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:12 AM, 06.10.2014

Gallery shows and music June 6 at BAYarts

Two exciting shows are opening at BAYarts on Friday, June 6,  from 7 to 9 p.m. Both shows will run through June 30.

In the Dianne Boldmann Education Gallery is the "Friends of BAYarts Collectors Show." The show features works of the friends and artists of BAYarts on loan from their private collections. The work will not be for sale.

The show's goal is to encourage people to consider collecting art and will share the personal stories of those who collect and why their piece is significant to them. There will be a gallery talk on June 11, 7-9 p.m. in the Dianne Boldmann Gallery which will feature gallery artists and owners with personal stories and tips for anyone interested in collecting art.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.28.2014

Trash Talkers deliver, delight & impress

The 13 young men who performed at Westlake Porter Public Library on May 20 proved beyond a doubt that banging on trash cans attracts people of all ages, male or female, and results in smiling faces, tapping feet and clapping hands.

Of course, the St. Edward High School students who are members of the school’s Trash Talkers team have taken their banging skills to an entirely new level and their remarkable reputation drew the attention of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. In keeping with its commitment to present all facets of art to the community, the WWAC made arrangements for the Trash Talkers’ Westlake performance.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:00 AM, 05.28.2014

Music and art merge at BAYarts' free summer events

BAYarts has become a popular summer destination for free music and gallery events. The summer concert series, now in its seventh year, kicks off on June 6 with Colin Dussault and the Annual Art and Music Festival on June 14 highlights world music with reggae band Umojah Nation and the Passport Project drumming group, in which the participants “travel” the world via the arts – studying music, dance, visual art and drama. Passport project will offer drumming workshops during the event.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:20 AM, 05.28.2014

Huntington Playhouse to celebrate Shakespeare

The 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth will be celebrated when Huntington Playhouse opens their 2014 season with a production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged-Revised” on June 5.

The comedy is directed by Mark Moritz and features three young men attempting to perform all of the works of William Shakespeare. It is a fast-paced “Tour de Farce.” The comedy will run through June 29.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.28.2014

WWAC Festa spawns fun, connections, scholarship funds

Expectations of sharing an Italian feast in the company of friends and others, who value the commitment of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council to promote art for the future, drew enough people to fill Daddona’s Fine Italian Restaurant for the second annual “Festa di Primavera” on April 27. 

Conversation, laughter and good food were seasoned with raffles and auctions of unique and artistic items that drew interest and friendly competition. But the primary benefactor was the WWAC arts scholarship fund. The proceeds from the group’s 30th Anniversary Year fundraiser benefit the Council’s Student Arts Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.13.2014

Trash Talkers bang into Porter Library May 20

Many parents, dreaming of peace and quiet, hope the years when their young children bang on any surface to create noise are over. But some young men from St. Edward’s High School in Lakewood have set a new standard for banging on surfaces, and they bring their unique style of music to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, on Tuesday, May 20. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.13.2014

Purdy scholarship winners announced at BAYarts

Grace Harms and Aubrey Theobald from Bay High School and Nina June Ripich of St. Joseph Academy, all 2014 graduating seniors, were this year's recipients of the Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts. All other applicants received a $50 gift certificate for Pat Catans/Prizm to purchase art supplies.

For the second year, seniors from northeast Ohio schools pursuing degrees in art-related fields were eligible for funds.Students were asked to discuss their goals and what inspired them artistically; creativity was encouraged. The difficult task of picking only three recipients was in the capable hands of Janet Purdy, daughter of Ruth Purdy-Leslie, former Bay Village art teacher and namesake of the fund. The fund was created in Ruth's memory by family, friends and former students in her true spirit: to encourage a lifetime of art.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.13.2014

WHS musicians create unique rock band

Most teenagers love sleeping in on school “snow days.” Five sophomores in Westlake, however, saw them as opportunities to expand their musical horizons, by forming a unique rock band – ATLAS. Their passion for playing music, at a time when school music programs face downsizing, is inspiring.

“At school one day, we joked about forming a band," Jack Routhier said. "We looked around and realized that the five of us could play about eight instruments. Our parents laughed when we first got together, because of the weird mix. We had a drummer [Nate Hofford], a pianist/trumpeter/ukulele dabbler [Jack], an acoustic/electric guitarist and alto/tenor saxophonist [Ryan Zubricky], and two violinists [Taeho Kim and Alex Ikezawa].”

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.29.2014

'A is for Arab' exhibit At Tri-C Westshore

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will host the traveling “A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture” exhibition Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18.

This powerful and compelling exhibit reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. It provides historical context about these images, which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons. This traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.15.2014

Audience thrills to opera at its best in an informal setting

The highs and lows of love and romance, as defined in ageless music, were served up in an extraordinary style by six talented voices to a large, receptive audience at Westlake Porter Public Library on April 1. The FYI: Opera program, narrated by David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, featured selections from CIM’s fully costumed spring production, "Opera Scenes."

The program opened with a scene from the "Marriage of Figaro." Soprano Jessica Hollick as Susanna and Alejandra Martinez, contralto, as Marcellina, rivals for Figaro, did justice to Mozart’s music and convincingly mirrored the feline behavior of two females fighting over a man.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.15.2014

Handbell musicians to perform at Westlake UMC

Three Rivers Ringers, Pittsburgh’s premier community handbell ensemble will perform at Westlake United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Three Rivers Ringers will present "Shall We Dance?", a concert exploring the varied world of dance music. Transport yourself to Vienna and waltz along The Beautiful Blue Danube. Strike up the mariachi band and whirl to the Mexican Hat Dance. Swing in the 1940s jazz clubs with Duke Ellington and then hit today’s dance floor with Lady Gaga!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Two very personal shows opening on one night at BAYarts

On Friday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. you will have the opportunity to see two shows with very different themes on the campus of BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village.

The first show appearing in the Sullivan Family Gallery features the work of Arabella Proffer and is titled “Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited.” The show explores the fascinating and misguided aspects of old medicine. Each figurative painting is accompanied by a biography written by Proffer. The paintings while inspired by old-world mannerist portraiture and medical illustrations, and maintain Proffer’s distinctive Punk Goth style.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.01.2014

Fundraiser to boost student arts scholarship fund

With its second edition of its spring fundraiser “Festa di Primavera 2” on Sunday, April 27, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council renews its commitment to invest in art for the future in the form of an Arts Scholarship Fund. The WWAC announced that all proceeds from its 30th Anniversary Year fundraiser will benefit the Council’s Student Arts Scholarship Endowment Fund. 

“Festa di Primavera 2” (Spring Celebration and Feast), will reflect the winning forms of last year’s sold-out spring fundraiser. The April 27 event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Daddona’s Fine Italian Restaurant, 29580 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The backdrop of spring colors, with an Italian flavor, will be enhanced by the dinner music of harpist Cecilia Ilg McKay.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:11 AM, 04.01.2014

BAYarts scholarship exhibit winners announced

More than 70 students participated in the 2014 Ruth Purdy Leslie Scholarship Exhibition "Black & White" in BAYarts' Dianne Boldman Gallery in March. Judges for this years event were Loren Naji, artist and owner of Loren Naji Studio Gallery, and Karen Menyhart, photographer and BAYarts instructor.

"All of this work was amazing," said Naji. "It was so inspiring to me as an artist to see the creative work of these students."

Submissions were from schools across northeast Ohio with the theme "Black and White" as the only guideline. The exhibit is open to students in any school district in grades K-12 each March. See BAYarts' Facebook page for more photos of this year's exhibit.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.01.2014

Group fundraising at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse has opportunities for groups wishing to raise funds by holding  a theatre party. Each year, Huntington Playhouse offers certain Thursday night performances and Sunday matinees to groups for fundraisers.

A group can reserve a theatre performance for $825 and they will receive 250 tickets for their group to sell. Not only will they get the performance, but the theatre’s Brass Lounge will be available for pre-show or post-show receptions for those attending. There are dates still available throughout the season and those interested should contact the theatre for details.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.01.2014

6 voices offer gourmet sampler of operas on April 1

Six talented voices will express the highs and lows of turbulent love affairs with music from a hit parade of operas at the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road on April 1. The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., previews the 2014 Opera Scenes, a widely acclaimed program presented annually at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the CIM Opera Theater said the program will include: a delightful duet from Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro"; an aria followed by a dramatic scene from Leoncavallo’s "Pagliacci"; Micaela’s aria from Bizet’s "Carmen"; and a marvelous duet from Massenet’s "Manon."

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:05 PM, 03.28.2014

Christopher Leeper's paintings chase the sun at BAYarts show

In this Cleveland winter, a reminder of the sun is never something to ignore. And with a title of "Chasing the Sun: Explorations in Plein Air," you know you're in for a mood-boosting art exhibition.

Artist Christopher Leeper shows a range of landscapes for this show, all done while he worked through different weather conditions. And with a variety of outdoor scenes, what these oil paintings all share is a particular focus on sunlight. Leeper says, "The light on a subject can often be the inspiration. Sometimes it is a tree or a field that has the perfect combination of light and shadow that gets me excited."

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:28 AM, 03.18.2014

Huntington Playhouse seeking volunteers

Huntington Playhouse is looking for volunteers to help out during the 2014 season. There are several volunteer opportunities for ushering, box office and backstage work.

Ushers are needed for our Friday and Saturday evening shows and the occasional Sunday matinee. Duties include taking tickets, passing out programs, and helping with the concession stand. Box office volunteers are needed on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Backstage duties vary depending on the types of shows and include stage crew, running lights and props. No experience is needed for any of these jobs as we will show you the ropes.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:23 AM, 03.18.2014

Two local women debut their jewelry book at BAYarts

Beth Martin and Eva Sherman are two Northeastern Ohio jewelry artists who have just published their first book. It is titled "Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry: Stunning Pieces Made with Sea Glass, Stones, and Crystals."

Longtime friends who first met at Sherman's Lakewood store, Grand River Bead Studio, the pair knew that they wanted their book to talk about sea glass.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:23 AM, 03.18.2014

Africa-West Percussion Trio performs on the west side

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents an exciting concert on Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. that features Africa-West Percussion Trio in its first performance for the Society. Africa-West is dedicated to the performance of African and Afro-Caribbean styles of music in addition to Western music for percussion.  

This concert takes place in the superb acoustical environment at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. There is no admission charge, and all are welcome. 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.18.2014

Hospice of the Western Reserve partnering with MOCA on new exhibition

Westlake and Bay Village residents are invited to MOCA Cleveland's Spring 2014 exhibitions running now through June 8 featuring 22 national and international artists whose work captures, reacts to, reflects on, and contends with mortality, and a new, commissioned body of work by New York-based artist Sara VanDerBeek that references Cleveland’s urban landscape.

These upcoming exhibitions connect visitors to established artists from around the globe who have defined contemporary art over the past three decades alongside emerging artists who demonstrate the most current trends. Both exhibitions pursue themes of memory and change through different approaches and subject matter.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.18.2014

Hope College Wind Ensemble tour stops in Westlake

Enjoy a lovely evening of music with the Hope College Wind Ensemble. The ensemble will be performing at Westlake United Methodist Church in the sanctuary on Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The address is 27650 Center Ridge Road. All are welcome to this free event conducted by Hope college's own Dr. Gabe Southard. Among others, the ensemble's repertoire includes:

  • "Paris Sketches" by Martin Ellerby
  • "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky
  • "Strange Humors" by John Mackey
  • "Dance of the New World" by Dana Wilson
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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.04.2014

BAYarts announces scholarship for graduating seniors

The Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts was created in memory of the beloved Bay Village schools art teacher by her friends and family. Since 2011, the fund has made it possible for students in kindergarten through grade 12 to attend BAYarts classes. The awards are need-based and can be requested at BAYarts.

In 2013, with the blessing of the Purdy family, a scholarship was awarded to a graduating senior from Bay High School that was pursuing a career in art. Now, because BAYarts' reach extends beyond Bay Village, the fund will be available to graduating seniors from any school district pursuing a career in visual arts: art education, fine art, art therapy and so on. Unlike other applications, this award is not merit or need based.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:26 AM, 02.18.2014

Two new BAYarts exhibits highlight the nature of time and shadows

Brave the cold Ohio temperatures as a badge of authentic Clevelander honor when you visit BAYarts this February. The Lake Road art campus will be featuring two new exhibitions by several regional artists.

In the Sullivan Family Gallery will be the ceramic works of BAYarts 2014 Emerging Artist, Jessica Ramage. The show is called "Forward: An Optimists' View on Nature and Maturation." Ramage describes her show as "looking at mortality" and the "process of time and how we can better appreciate it." Though many people are fearful of aging and time moving along, Ramage takes a different approach. "I'm like, what's coming next? Aging is good. Time passing is not a bad thing."

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 02.04.2014

BW's 'rising star' displays many facets

The few dozen people that braved the cold, snowy night to attend the “Catch a Rising Star” performance on Jan. 23 at Porter Library were richly rewarded. Lauren Gronvall provided a skillful performance while singing sweet, hot, naughty and nice.                   

Gronvall, a Baldwin Wallace music theater major, performed her senior recital, which she titled “Flash, Bam, Curtain.” Her self-produced program clearly displayed the musical theater expertise acquired during her years at BW.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:24 AM, 02.04.2014

Special performance highlights life, music of Cole Porter

Huntington Playhouse is pleased to announce a partnering with Cuyahoga Community College and Tri-C Presents to produce “The Cole Porter Radio Hour” on Feb. 28.

Tri-C Presents will produce a historic program which features the music of Cole Porter, one of the most prolific, witty songwriters of the Great American Songbook genre at Huntington Playhouse.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:17 AM, 01.21.2014

Invitation to 'Catch a Rising Star' in performance

“Flash, Bam, Curtain” is the title of the musical program Lauren Elizabeth Gronvall will present on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. For a second year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star … Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital.”

Gronvall, a BW music theater major, performs her senior recital, a self-produced program displaying the musical theater expertise acquired during her years at BW. She describes her program as “casual cabaret with classic and contemporary music theatre songs, standards and a little pop/rock.”

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.21.2014

Two Bay institutions team up for pre-schoolers

Now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year, the Mini Arts & Nature Academy (MANA) is an enriching and fun alternative for pre-schoolers, where parents can chose courses "a la carte" that are best suited to their children's personality and schedules.

MANA is another partnership between BAYarts and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, two Bay Village institutions known for their quality education programs. In response to the growing demand for preschool-aged programming, they joined resources to develop this program that focuses on learning through play-based, multi-sensory, hands-on activities. Parents have the options of taking courses at BAYarts, the Nature Center or both; customizing their 2-5 day program.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:16 AM, 01.21.2014

'Ghost-Writer' continues Clague Playhouse's 86th season

Novelist Franklin Woolsey (played by Lou Will) dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra (Laura Starnik) continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s jealous widow (Meg Parish), Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Woolsey’s legacy now that she cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world can’t understand?

“Ghost-Writer” was written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Anne McEvoy and runs Jan. 10 through Feb. 2 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), and $10 for students (with valid ID) and may be purchased by calling the box office, 440-331-0403, Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Cash, check, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake. Free parking and handicapped accessible.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:04 AM, 01.07.2014

John Nativio's 'Conjoined Human Parts' exhibit at BAYarts this January

This January, enjoy a new perspective on the human form.

Through the use of drawings, paintings and sculptures, award-winning artist John Nativio is offering his take on our everyday physical bodies. 

The emphasis of this exhibit shows how the artist's subjective reality informs how the human figure is relayed from his brain and then displayed. He explores the dynamics of the human figure, inspired, in part, as a result of studying the private library archives of Old Master drawings at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:06 AM, 01.07.2014

'Moments of Vision' photographic exhibit on display at Porter Library

The Porter Gallery, located within Westlake Porter Public Library, is currently showing a photographic art exhibit titled "Moments of Vision" by photographer Marcello Mellino, on view until Jan. 30.

Following is the "artist statement" for the exhibit, which best explains the scope and the narrative of the works:

"'Seeing' rather than just looking at surrounding realities is at times difficult and even painful, but so critical in our process of growth and understanding life's moments."

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:05 AM, 01.07.2014

Human nature the subject of discussion group

Do you ever wonder why it seems difficult for people to “just get along” whether it is in religion, international relations or politics?  We invite you to join us commencing on Monday, Jan. 20, when Joseph Konen will lead our local Bay Village CWRU group in an exploration of Jonathan Haidt’s book "The Righteous Mind."  

This splendidly written, sophisticated and stimulating book explores how we humans are both cooperative and competitive. Haidt’s research leads him to believe that “human nature is not just intrinsically moral, it's also intrinsically moralistic, critical and judgmental.”

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:07 AM, 01.07.2014

BAYarts Holiday Trunk Show a great way to meet the artists

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

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

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

Bay High grad Matt Deibel creates sculpture with purpose

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

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

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