Clague Playhouse will present Joanna McClelland Glass's drama "Trying" as the third production of its 87th season. This highly acclaimed play follows the attempts of a young Canadian woman and an aging Philadelphia aristocrat to understand each other in what the old man knows will be the last year of his life. The work is based on its author’s real-life experience working for former U.S. Attorney General and Nuremberg Trials chief judge Francis Biddle in the late 1960s.
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My favorite Christmas song, narrowly edging out “The Little Drummer Boy,” is “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” written and performed by John Lennon.
I love those first words of the song – “So this is Christmas.” They speak to me, not of gifts, parties, trees and dinners, but of that magic moment when, sometime in the midst of that special day’s chaos, we feel the love and joy – ah, so this is Christmas!
Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road in Westlake, will hold auditions on Dec. 9 and 10 for "One Slight Hitch." This smart, modern farce from comedian Lewis Black is a wild and oddly romantic trip down dysfunctional lane. Life is rolling along for Doc and Delia Coleman as they plan to throw their eldest daughter the plush wedding they never had – at which point her ex shows up.
Director Fred Gloor seeks actors to play three male characters (two in their early 30s and one 50s-60s) and four females (one age 16, two 20s-30s, one 50s-60s).
Just in time for a happy Thanksgiving, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced grants of more that $27 million to 196 cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. The grant awards were approved by CAC’s board of trustees after an in-depth application process, a review by a panel of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio and finally the allocation of funds by CAC trustees. The awards were announced on Nov. 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the majority of the recipients in attendance.
‘Twas the night after Christmas … and it’s time to throw off your ‘kerchief or cap and get out of the house to enjoy some rock 'n' roll.
Spending time with family and friends during the holidays can be merry and bright and jingly and jolly, but let’s face it, all that preparation for the big day can leave you very stressed out. What better way to let your hair down after the Christmas rush, than a night out (or two) at a local watering hole to listen to some live rock 'n' roll for a good cause.
Huntington Playhouse will close the 2014 season with a production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” featuring WKYC-TV news reporter Will Ujek as George Bailey leading the cast of 17 performers. The show is under the direction of Douglas F. Bailey II.
Capturing the true spirit of the season, here is the story of George Bailey: A man whose hopes and dreams have been so shattered that he is prepared to end it all when, in a magical turn of events, his guardian angel appears to show him what a wonderful life he really has had and how the world would have been different without him.
Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will present a holiday favorite, Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" as the second production of its 86th season.
This ensemble production draws on the writings of Robert Fulghum, author of the best-sellers "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" and "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It." By turns tender and humorous, lively and thoughtful, its sketches and songs explore the many facets of the Christmas season in America.
Each year, the entire first floor of BAYarts' Huntington House transforms into a festive Holiday Shop, featuring handmade holiday goods from over 100 local artists.
Items featured in the holiday shop include jewelry, furniture, stationery, soaps, framed photography and paintings, holiday decor, headbands, tutu's, ceramics and much more. Shop manager Karen Petkovic says you can anticipate seeing lots of cool refurbished furniture "with vintage flair" from Vintage Novella, while Kiowa will be offering tables and frames made from re-claimed barn wood.
The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society is displaying 44 original watercolor paintings at the Westlake Porter Library through Nov. 29. The Society show consists of paintings by 13 of the members: Linda Borton, Al Buchta, Phyllis Firalio, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Annabelle Keller, Suzanne Kizzen, Bob Parry, Marge Strimbu, Barbara Swasey, Jenne Vetrone and William Wilder. Most of the paintings are for sale. The gallery is open every day that the library is open during business hours.
Examining ephemeral experiences of the present moment, "The Insistent Now" is the latest exhibition to grace the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts.
It is curated by Michael Abarca of Forum Artspace and features the work of Lane Cooper, Andy Curlowe, Sarah Kabot, Liz Maugans, Michael T. Meier, Dante Rodriguez, Royden Watson and Nikki Woods. These Cleveland-area artists command attention to the here and now. Whether it's through interpreting elusive experiences, creating spacial interventions or constructing idealized perennial landscapes, these artists explore, address and confront the demands of the ever-expanding present.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Visitors may visit the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., through the months of November and December.
Art historian Sean Crum will speak on “The High Renaissance in Italy: The Triumph of Classicism,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Crum brings vast knowledge and experience to offer substance and shape to the great artists whose names top the list of renowned talents of an incomparable era.
Enjoy the exploration of how the ancient ideal of perfection is realized in the works of Italian artists Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael and Giorgione and Donato Bramante’s architecture.
Do you love the look of richly marbleized designs? This November, channel your inclination for an artistic outlet in a workshop taught by Peggy Wertheim on Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at BAYarts.
The art of marbleizing designs on paper and silk is a process that is simple and gratifying for artists of any level. Students will explore how paper and silk can be marbleized using traditional water baths, acrylic paints and powdered seaweed. They will be learning patterns such as Feather, Bird Wing and Chevron. Between 12-15 marbled paper silks will be created by all, which can then be utilized in holiday cards, scrapbooks, journals and any of your other ongoing, and future, projects.
BAYarts held their 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition this year. Edward Beyer won the Best of Show award for his black pastel piece, "Early Morning." First place was awarded to Jessica Ramage for her ceramic piece, "Fun & Frills." Second place went to Glenn Morisue with an oil painting titled "Real Housewives of Conneaut." In third place was "The Boat Launch," a photographic piece by Jackson Koch.
Four jury awards were also given out, to Susanne Dotson ("Rte 301 at Homerville," acrylic), Patricia Hannahan Sigmier ("Winter Solstice," watercolor), Jim Osbourne ("Zach in Black," oil) and Darrelle Anne Centuori ("Even Before We Met, I Knew You Were Out There Somewhere," acrylic and ink).
No caveat was necessary for the exquisite music of George Frideric Handel sung brilliantly by four voice students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, at the FYI: Opera program on Oct. 8 at Porter Library.
But the lack of juicy gossip from the composer’s life (1685-1759) prompted David Bamberger, who narrated the program, to advise the audience that historians and biographers aggressively looked for salacious details in Handel’s life, but could find none. He coupled that news with consideration of Handel’s enormous amount of music and observed, “Evidently, he did nothing but write and direct music.” Therefore, there is no point in discussing Handel’s life, he added.
As a BAYarts volunteer, Katy Wilson has focused on managing the Eric Dillemuth Library in the Alice McGinty Painting Studio. Books in this collection are organized and curated for quality, as well as arranged in a method that makes it easy for faculty and students to borrow the books.
While working in the library, Wilson has managed to grow fond of several different book inclusions. One of these is “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.
The FYI: Opera program on Wednesday, Oct. 8, features four talented voices from three countries, who will present an enticing menu of music created by George Frideric Handel almost three centuries ago.
David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will narrate the convoluted tale of love that Handel’s music relates and music director John Simmons will accompany the voice students at the piano.This exceptional music event takes place at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
Be it 1735 or 2014 love and lovers are a fascinating subject. Handel saw possibilities in the plot set on an enchanted island, ruled by a beautiful sorceress who wins lovers by casting spells over them, prompting a deserted fiancé, determined to recover her man, to infiltrate the island.
Cleveland is cool again, or didn't you know? Artist Julie Cikra has noticed that Cleveland now has promising potential in the eyes of new generations who are invested in building up the city. For her first solo show, "Migration," Cikra explores this very theme. "I wanted to comment on the state of my resilient, little homestead." And the message presented might surprise some who are still not ready to embrace this plum of a city.
Working out of Cleveland's West Side, Cikra's job puts her in a place that's key to local arts. Since 2010, Cikra has been with BAYarts, and she now holds the title of Education Assistant and Class Registrar. Inspiration has not been difficult to harness in this environment of community love and artistic support.
The second floor of BAYarts' historic Huntington House has been used as a classroom for art programming since the early '60s. Now, thanks to a generous donation from the family of Virginia Beach, one of the original founders of the organization in 1948, it has finally been renovated. On Sept. 12, a celebratory reception in the newly christened "Virginia Beach Art Studio" was attended by Virginia's three children: Ann Preston of Petersborough, N.H.; Jane Wessel Lang of Bay Village; and Dr. George Beach with his wife, Barbara, of Madison, Va.
BAYarts Education Director Erin Stack explained how important the renovation was. "The room felt busy and cluttered. It was like the 'teenager's bedroom' of our campus." To remedy this, the floors were sanded and refinished while the walls and trim were painted. Along with new tables and chairs, a new sink and floor-to-ceiling cupboards were installed.
Clague Playhouse will present J.B. Priestley’s classic mystery "An Inspector Calls" as the first production of its 86th season.
The play is set in the home of a prosperous family in an English mill town in 1912. The Birlings and their prospective son-in-law react coolly to the news that a young village woman has killed herself. But was Eva’s death really a suicide, and are the family members as law-abiding and moral as they appear? With a police inspector inquiring into each person’s past, it is only a matter of time before the exposure of the guilty party – or parties.
Huntington Playhouse's 2014 season continues with a production of the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," opening on Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 12.
This hilarious musical comedy celebrates the mania of competition as the funniest, most lovable and sardonically nerdy contestants compete for the spelling bee title. Six wacky misfits with steely ambition strive to define themselves apart from their crazy families as they confront the pitfalls of puberty.
With so much of your life photographically shared on social media outlets, why wouldn't you want to improve the quality of those images? Luckily, there is a slew of classes and workshops coming to BAYarts this fall that are directly aimed at this cause. Teachers Al Fuchs and Larry Kasperek of BayLight Studio will be aiding students in creating better portraits, action shots and utilizing posing skills.
The classes include "The Basics" as well as "Photographing for Publication." In these, students will get a chance to discuss each other's work, as well as participate in weekly homework assignments so they can demonstrate what they're learning.
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the BAYarts campus celebrated the groundbreaking for the Karen Ryel Center for Ceramic Arts and Education.
Ryel, who had always been passionate about pottery, passed away on her 60th birthday in November of 2010. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and student of BAYarts.
Gallery Director Eileen Stockdale spoke fondly of what Ryel brought to the campus. "She was so generous. And she made beautiful things. We had delightful conversations because her mother-in-law and my mother were friends."
Ryel had a connection to nearly everyone on the BAYarts campus, by virtue of being such a friendly spirit. Many of the current pottery students at BAYarts knew Ryel very well. But you can see how deep the admiration for Ryel goes when you see the deference that those who didn't know her have for her. Faculty member and artist Jessica Ramage had a somber, humble smile as she explained that she'd sadly missed out on knowing Ryel by just a few months.
Clague Playhouse is preparing for its fifth annual fundraiser, “Jewelry Heist,” in support of its 2014-2015 season, opening Sept. 12 with the production “Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestley.
This fundraiser originated with Clague Playhouse in 2010 as an outgrowth of its production of Moliere’s “The Miser.” Describing the event as a robbery of The Miser’s treasure chest, Clague Playhouse sold donated recycled jewelry to patrons in its lobby before, at intermission and after performances.
Some artists express their creativity by painting a picture, but Barbara Bilas, a resident of Westlake Village Retirement Community, expresses her creativity with needles, thread and scraps of fabric from dresses her mother made for her when she was a child. She had seen a needlework of a cut-away house and instantly knew it was for her. She sent away for the pattern and began assembling her materials on a double bed.
Barbara started with the kitchen, where she spent most of her time, and as a child had watched her great-aunt at work in her grandmother's kitchen. Barbara says it was pure pleasure selecting the materials for each room, creating a tapestry of color and texture and reliving memories of her childhood.
Strolling through the Lakeside Cemetery in Bay Village, one sees headstones memorializing the early settlers of Bay Village. Surnames of Western European origin such as Wolf, Osborn, Foote and Wischmeyer remain familiar to local residents as names on street signs and other geographic features of the community. Since World War II, however, Bay Village has developed a diverse population with ethnic roots from all over the world.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 1 p.m. to dusk, the multicultural heritage of Bay Village and all of Greater Cleveland will be celebrated in the One World Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This free event, which takes place along the gorgeous curving contours of Rockefeller Park between Superior and St. Clair Avenues, presents artists, music and lots of surprises with a flotilla of food trucks and vendors offering delicious ethnic food and drinks.
An opportunity to view an outstanding collection of original art works, now on display at the Community of Fine Arts juried art show, is sufficient reason to plan a visit to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
In addition, a schedule of live demonstrations by artists entered in the show and a “Meet the Artists” reception on the show’s final day, Aug. 30, are further motivations provided by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the CFA event.
BAYarts has received a Cleveland Foundation grant for $25,000 to be used for technical upgrades. It is the third grant of this type that the foundation has awarded BAYarts in the course of their rapid growth.
The first grant was received in 2009 to replace antiquated phone systems, purchase computers and add security systems. In 2011, with the completion of the Fuller House renovation, a second grant made it possible to install a Sonos music system, phones and computers in the renovated building.
When artists Erin Schectman and Ron Caruso became joyfully engaged, they knew where they wanted their wedding to be. And so, on Aug. 16, the pair met each other atop an outside altar to say their vows on the verdant BAYarts campus.
The couple has long been a familiar, sunny fixture in the Northeast Ohio art world. Caruso is an accomplished photographer, and Schechtman is an artist who has taken part in many gallery shows at BAYarts. Additionally, two colorful murals from her Rust Belt Monster Collective grace the campus. Those art pieces that have captivated and intrigued the imagination of many visitors served as a perfect backdrop for the festive nuptials.
The "Community of Fine Arts" has opened with a display of over 100 original works of art that will remain on exhibit for four weeks. The CFA, a juried art show presented annually by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is open for public viewing through Aug. 30 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge road, during library hours.
Jean Povinelli, chair of this event, said original works by amateurs and professionals were accepted from 44 artists. Only works that are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show are accepted.
When you stand on the front porch of that iconic green Victorian house on south side of Lake Road, you're standing where Sam Sheppard was arrested for the murder of his wife, Marilyn. The house is part of the BAYarts campus, and formally known as The Irene Lawrence Fuller House, named after one of the original owners. Sam Sheppard's parents lived in the house when it was in its original location on the east side of Bay Village, prior to being sent down a barge on Lake Erie for relocation in the mid-'80s.
It's hard to believe when you see his largest canvases, but John W. Carlson once had his art studio in his Bay Village garage. He shared it with the garden tools and other garage stuff and it had no heat. But he never let Mother Nature or the guilt he felt over the unused lawn mower deter him, producing some of his best known early work. In fact, one of his favorite mediums is house paint, so it all seemed to work.
That was then; today John works in a well-lit, spacious studio in the Arts and Crafts building in Cleveland, but he's never lost his loyalty to BAYarts community where he teaches adult drawing classes, attends gallery events and supports fellow artists. This month, he will bring together some of these artists when he curates an exhibit in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery.
It'll be the perfect night for a Moondance, but only if you have tickets to the event. On Sept. 13, BAYarts will host their annual Moondance event. Tickets are now on sale, and you are encouraged to purchase yours as soon as you know you'll be attending. BAYarts' Executive Director, Nancy Heaton, says the event always sells out and tickets are not for sale at the door.
The event hosts 10 of your favorite local eateries, so you'll be well fed. There will also be open bars with Great Lakes beer and Euro Fine Wines, as well as music by Joe Bell and the Swing Lizards. My personal favorite addition to the night? The glowing twinkle lights, of course. Together, all of these components help create the dreamlike atmosphere that makes this a buzzworthy event.
Thousands of visitors from across the region enjoyed beautiful weather and a serene setting as they browsed more than 200 artist and craft booths nestled among the trees on the St. John Medical Center campus July 11-13. Now in its 21st year, the festival is a popular mid-summer highlight.
Why do we love Bay Village? One reason is because it offers a delicious small-town atmosphere, especially during the summer months.
Picture this perfect Sunday evening in Cahoon Park: The lake breeze is picking up and blowing through the slats of your reclined lawn chair. The sky is turning different shades of gold and rose and people are beginning to arrive around you, exchanging pleasantries and spreading out their picnic blankets on the grass. You close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you – birds chirp, the leaves rustle, children laugh, and suddenly there’s music. You chuckle under your breath because the scene unfolding in front of you is just too perfect.
This June, the BAYarts campus was under the law of the Wild West, as the annual Girls Summer Camp began. The popular camp is a four-day event that takes place twice during the summer, with 132 girls in each course. The first day of registration saw a landmark 264 girls sign up for the event. If you can't read between those lines – this is a popular festivity among the young, artistically-inclined female artists in our midst.
Activities that filled the six-hour days included painting on authentic barn wood, creating self-portrait "Wanted" posters, lessons in square dancing, getting the chance to sew a real Western skirt, and even creating a ceramic horse of their very own.
The BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery is now hosting the artwork of Martin O'Connor. A 1990 graduate of Westlake High School, O'Connor has remained a local resident. His oil paintings for his series, simply and astutely titled, "New Work", are all portraiture.
Gallery director Eileen Stockdale says of O'Connor, "He has an artistic insight into design and composition but he is also disciplined about the technique of portraiture and oil painting. When he combines all of this, he has a very sophisticated approach."
The exhibition runs throughout the month of July, and the opening reception takes place on Friday, July 11, from 7-9 p.m. Live on stage will be He-Chaw Funk. Interestingly, a member of this self-described "dark hillbilly rock" band is one of the subjects of O'Connor's portraits.
An art workshop in the attic. Well an atelier doesn’t have to be in an attic but I like to think of it that way. An atelier is an artist work group, where one teacher mingles among the artists and helps individuals with their paintings. Atelier 252 isn’t really an attic, but it is the sunny third floor room of the Bay Presbyterian Church (the 252 in the name comes from the street number of the church).
What began some 20 years ago in the home studio of Virginia Cascarilla has evolved from a group of art students to a community of caring artists. Under Ginny’s mentorship and guidance, students have the opportunity to learn from her talents and expertise. Each Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will find us there, usually 8 to 10 artists, painting landscapes and portraits in oil.
The Huntington Playhouse season continues with a production of the musical “Catch Me If You Can” which opens on July 10 and plays through Aug. 3. The musical is based directly on the very popular Tom Hanks and Leonardo DeCaprio movie of the same name.
A young boy, not even out of high school, becomes an expert check forger, airline pilot, doctor and lawyer making millions of dollars along the way, all the while being chased by an FBI agent. The fascinating thing about this story is that it is true!Frank Abagnale Jr., the main character in the musical, even sent a good luck card to the Huntington cast at the beginning of the rehearsal period!
Aliens and duct tape? They go together better than you'd think. A group of young artists from BAYarts walked in The Avon Heritage Duck Tape Parade on Father's Day weekend, and successfully scored a second-place ranking.
This is only the second year that BAYarts has participated in the festival, and in the previous year they garnered the title of "Most Creative."
Students ages 8-14 from the Spring Duck Tape class at BAYarts worked diligently under the guidance of teacher Melissa Moon, adhering to the 2014 theme of "Out of this World!"
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.