Arts & Entertainment

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

A toast to 'Auld Lang Syne'

Scotland produced many of the great thinkers and teachers of the 18th and 19th centuries at a time when it was the poorest, smallest country in Europe (roughly the size of Rhode Island). As a student, I learned about this influence and I wrote a thesis on the subject in 1973, "The Scottish Philosophy and Its Influence on Pre-Civil War America." 

Time has passed but interest in this subject hasn’t. So I couldn’t resist buying the 2001 book “How the Scots Invented the Modern World and Everything in It” by Arthur Herman. Herman explores the breadth and depth of Scottish influence on the modern world. This article explores the contributions of many strong, smart and influential Scots.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.10.2013

BAYarts preschool gets early Christmas gift

Pictured: BAYarts instructors Teece Lester, left, and Amy Coursen, right, are joined by happy preschoolers in thanking Diana Kykros of Bay Pediatric Dentistry, center, whose generous gift has made it possible to renovate their classroom in the historic Huntington House, kicking off all-new, year-round preschool programming. BAYarts' motto is "A Lifetime of Art Begins Here": what a great place to start!

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.10.2013

Huntington Playhouse closes season with 'A Producerís Christmas Carol'

Huntington Playhouse concludes their 2013 season with a production of “A Producer’s Christmas Carol,” adapted from the book by Charles Dickens.  It runs through Dec. 22 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and a Sunday matinee on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.

A producer at a local community theatre is trying to cast a production of “A Christmas Carol” and it is not going well. Actors are busy doing other shows, or just not interested in doing a show during the holiday season. Faced with the possibility of canceling the show, the beleaguered producer elects to do the show by himself.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.10.2013

BAYarts Holiday Shop highlights regional art

Give the gift of art, support local! Something unique for everyone from a reliable babysitter to that crazy uncle that looks like Gandalf the Grey. Beginning Nov 29, the BAYarts Holiday Shop will feature unique, handmade gifts for all the people on your list.

With Lake Erie at your doorstep and Ohio City just a hop away, you already know how special this area of Northeast Ohio is. Consider local art that highlights your favorite town from Avon to Cleveland and everywhere in between.

There's nothing worse than showing up to an event in the same dress as someone else. Local artists create specialized giftware that are sure to be cherished for their uniqueness. Items in the BAYarts Holiday Shop include art prints, home decor and ornaments.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.26.2013

West Shore Chorale welcomes young choristers for evening of holiday music

On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., 140 local musicians will take the stage as the West Shore Chorale & Orchestra present their annual holiday concert, Carols & Choruses of Christmas, at Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts. John Drotleff will conduct the 80-member chorus, which has been performing in the area since 1968.

This year the Chorale is thrilled to welcome special guests, Cantate Musica, a 60-voice ensemble of young singers from fifth to ninth grades, directed by Lisa Van Scyoc. Cantate Musica is part of the Oberlin Choristers, an acclaimed community choral program for children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.26.2013

'William Gould's Cleveland: A Retrospective,' the new exhibit at BAYarts

Artist, architect, urban designer, Renaissance man: William Gould has been making his mark on Cleveland architecture and the regional art scene for years. BAYarts is pleased to offer a look at the artist’s achievements and the vast, lasting impression he has made on greater Cleveland.

Gould is a hyphenated artist-painter, artist-architect, and artist-city planner with over 40 years experience in all three disciplines. The artist-painter deals with everyday impressions of the urban and built environment in Northeast Ohio as he paints en plein air with watercolor and oils. His original watercolors evoke many emotions, and express impressions of the surrounding bridges, cement silos and industrial factories.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.12.2013

With smiles and humor, Andrea Levy shares insight to her art

During nearly her entire Nov. 5 presentation at Westlake Porter Library, Andrea Levy had a smile on her face. She emphasized the importance of being positive, “making oneself bigger,” “resisting resistance,” and using the energy in the moment an idea occurs.

In this program sponsored by Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, the award-winning Plain Dealer artist shared that she has been drawing since she was a very young child. Her mother would buy her stenographer tablets. Levy would anxiously open them and energetically draw repetitive circular images along the lines.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.12.2013

CIM students capture the 'magic' of Mozartís opera

A large, appreciative audience delighted in snippets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute” at Westlake Porter Public Library on Oct. 15. Sung by four voice students from the Cleveland Institute of Music with piano accompaniment by John Simmons, music director, the arias previewed performances of the full opera to be given at CIM Nov. 6-9. David Bamberger, director of opera theater at the Institute, provided a synopsis of the story and color commentary for the FYI: Opera program sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore  Arts Council and offered free to the public.

Mr. Bamberger introduced the bird-catcher Papageno, baritone Armando Contreras, who could be heard playing bird calls on the pipes and seen zigzagging down the aisle charming all of us and subsequently singing about himself and his search for a girlfriend. His voice and face eloquently expressed an aching long felt. Papageno then met the prince, Tamino, tenor David Fair, who had just been saved from death. He was declaring his love for the beautiful Pamina, portrayed by soprano Caroline Bergan, whose portrait he had just been given and which he had hung around his neck. Tamino, enraptured by Pamina’s loveliness, sang of his desire to meet her and make her his. Fair’s soulful plea captured the prince’s desperation and longing.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.29.2013

Award-winning artist Andrea Levy to speak Nov. 5 at Porter Library

A nice-sized portfolio with tear sheets of Andrea Levy’s illustrations from The Plain Dealer is getting quite full. It holds a collection I started about 12 years ago.

There is a phrase that is used in the art world: "leap of the imagination." Levy’s art is that – it causes the viewer to stop in his/her tracks and contemplate the visual image. It also causes this viewer to save the tear sheets.

On Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, the award-winning Andrea Levy will show examples of her art and will discuss the process and thinking behind her illustrations. The program is sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is free, and welcomes the public.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:26 AM, 10.29.2013

BAYarts announces Juried Show winners

With over 200 works of art of various media submitted to BAYarts' Annual Juried Show, imagine the challenge that faced judges Kathy McConaughy, Creative VP at American Greetings and Robert Roth, senior artist and award-winning children's book illustrator.

Thirty-five artists were chosen to be in the show, eight winning the top awards. Best of Show went to Tim O'Connor for his watercolor "Black and White." Phyllis Fannin won first place for her print "My Own Action Figure." Edward Beyer and Yvonne Bakale each won two awards (Edward won second place and The American Greetings Award, Yvonne took third place and a jury award). Pat Catan's Award went to Gusztav Veres.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.29.2013

Unveiling the magic of 'The Magic Flute'

On Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Mozart’s enthralling music from "The Magic Flute" will be front and center at the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

This Mozart masterpiece is an allegorical opera, seemingly illogical today. But the composer’s magnificent music reflects 18th century Masonic symbolism and Enlightenment themes. He used intricately beautiful music for both comic and dark individuals and drew it together in a composition that continues to enchant audiences more than two centuries after its first performance in 1791, two months before his death.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.01.2013

Cleveland's Rust Belt group takes over BAYarts

They do it collaboratively, they do it spontaneously and they do it live! Cleveland’s Rust Belt Monster Collective is comprised of six area artists and they make improvisational artwork as a group all before the public’s eye. Named “Best Local Artist” by Scene Magazine, the team is made up of Tim Switalski, Randy Crider, Erin Schechtman, Craig Worrell, Ben Hale and Jim Giar. 

The collaborative efforts of this amazing assemblage has just wrapped up a 15-hour stint at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival where they completed a 24-foot mural over two days. Two such murals hang at BAYarts where the group will take over the Dianne Boldman Gallery through October.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:28 AM, 10.01.2013

Huntington Playhouse plans NYC theatre tour

Huntington Playhouse is planning a four-day New York City Theatre Tour from June 19-22, 2014. The trip will include tickets to two Broadway musicals, three nights at the Milford Hotel, one group dinner, tours of the NBC studios and The World Trade Center Memorial, and more. Those interested should contact the theatre for details, 440-871-8333 or

“Swinging on a Star,” a musical revue featuring the songs of Johnny Burke, continues its run at Huntington Playhouse through Oct. 13. Five very talented performers sing the songs that Johnny Burke wrote through the years. The songs include “Imagination,” “Misty,” “On The Road to Morocco,” “Swinging on A Star” and many more.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.01.2013

'Through Our Eyes' exhibit focuses on Huntington Reservation

What could be a more inspiring subject for an artist than Huntington Reservation?

Throughout the years, the reservation has inspired many works in varied mediums by BAYarts students and faculty, in paint, photography, pastels and collage. "Through Our Eyes: Huntington Reservation," an exhibit of about 50 works by various artists, is on display through the month of September in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery in the Huntington House.

Artists such as Bob Moyer, Mary Deutschman, Mel Gruneau and Christine England are just a few artists represented in this mix of archival and newer work, some done as recently as this summer in plein air workshops. Some of the work is for sale at affordable prices. Others will remain in the BAYarts archives.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:28 AM, 09.17.2013

'Swinging on a Star' opens at Huntington Playhouse

The fabulous songs of Johnny Burke are perfectly woven into various settings in the musical revue, “Swinging on a Star.” The production opens Sept. 19 and plays through Oct. 13. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee open to the public on Oct. 13.

Featured songs include "Dr. Rhythm" and "What's New," the classic "Pennies from Heaven" and others. The ever popular "Your Hit Parade" takes us into the 1930s, segueing into a World War II, USO-type show for several songs including "Personality" and culminating with the Academy Award-winning "Swinging on a Star."

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:25 AM, 09.17.2013

Call for entries: BAYarts Annual Juried Show

BAYarts Annual Juried Show, now in its 51st year, is a chance to see the cream of the crop of regional artists in one place (the Sullivan Family Gallery in BAYarts' Fuller House). Artists 18 and over, professionals or beginners are welcome to submit two pieces of work done in the past two years, ready to hang or display.

Last year, with about 60 artists submitting, the judges chose 50 pieces for the exhibit, awarding cash prizes for Best of Show; first, second and third places; and juried and director's awards. This year, judges Kathy McConaugh, chief creative officer at American Greetings, and Rob Roth, a painter and illustrator for AG, will have the challenge of narrowing down the awards to reflect the best works in craftsmanship, originality and creativity.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:26 AM, 09.17.2013

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center clambake a success

Mother Nature certainly appeared to be supporting Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for their annual benefit, Bake Near the Lake, on Sept. 7. While she provided beautiful weather, Jennifer Rosa and her committee worked to provide a memorable experience for guests that would support the Center’s education programs.

Guests saw right away that this wouldn’t be a run-of-the-mill benefit. Boa constrictors, chinchillas, skunks and owls were at the front door to welcome the visitors. Once inside supporters were able to take in a specially designed planetarium show, bid on over 50 silent auction items, enjoy delicious eats from Catering by Verba’s and check out the animal exhibits.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.17.2013

Local artist Kenneth Smith featured at BAYarts

A good painting must begin with an accurate drawing. Kenneth Smith, a local painter, says that in order to create a realistic portrait, one must start with careful measurement and a good eye for spatial relation.  

Next, Smith's careful drawing is transformed into a value painting by using a "grisaille" underpainting. This technique of using gray tones to define the volume, form, texture and value of a subject allows for precision and accuracy before glazing the gray tones in color.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:30 AM, 09.04.2013

Artist Judi Krew to discuss powerful pastel portraits

Westlake-Westshore Arts Council starts off its 30th season hosting a program with artist Judi Krew, “Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places,” on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library. Krew will discuss the "who" and the "where" behind the bold, brash and inspired soft pastel portraits that will be on view in the art exhibition corridor of Porter during the month of September. 

Krew will introduce the audience to a fascinating cast of portrait characters drawn in comfortable compositions, whom she captures with often exploding color and convincing textures. It is a cast in two-dimensional form that communicates amazing unique personalities. If the portraits from this ongoing series of 88 could come alive all together in one room, it would be a vibrating scene.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:33 AM, 09.04.2013

Artistsí reception fitting close to excellent CFA exhibit

The two-week exhibit of over 120 works from the hands of 57 artists, which comprised the 14th Community of Fine Arts juried art show, held at Westlake Porter Public Library, concluded Saturday, Aug. 17, with a “Meet the Artists” reception. The strength of the show was reflected in the enthusiasm of the large crowd attending the reception. 

Prior to the presentation of the first place and honorable mention awards, Patt Long, president of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of this annual event offered free to the community, welcomed everyone.  

Jean Povinelli, the force behind CFA through its 14-year history, presented an original and entertaining program. Her slide presentation took the audience on a quick trip through art from cavemen to Frank Gehry. Mixing humor and her rich knowledge of art, she cleverly imparted truths, stimulated interest and encouraged originality.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.20.2013

Bay High students create sculpture for BAYarts

This is the story of how an abandoned tree trunk turned into an awe-inspiring sculpture now installed on the BAYarts campus.

Last summer, Nancy Heaton, BAYarts' executive director, mentioned to Bay High School art instructor extraordinaire Tom Schemrich that the sculpture garden was in need of a sculpture; maybe he had an idea. Anyone who knows Schemrich knows he took this request as a serious creative challenge, one the students would have an integral part in conceiving, creating, installing and maintaining.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.20.2013