Arts & Entertainment

St. John Medical Center unveils student art project

UH St. John Medical Center extended an invitation to several area high schools to participate in a thought-provoking art project. Students were asked to share their perspective on interpreting interpret compassion.

Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville was the first to respond and their art piece will be unveiled Wednesday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the walkway between the hospital and Building 2. This painting will be displayed for several months.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:03 PM, 05.26.2017

Clague Playhouse's season wraps with satirical farce

Clague Playhouse will close its season with "Incorruptible, A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages." In this bawdy farce written by Michael Hollinger, the clever satire pokes gentle fun at a group of 13th century monks trying to survive by selling relics – bones of saints – to any church which will buy them.

The problem is they don't have enough dead saints to go around, so they become quite innovative in order to continue their business. The story is set in a monastery in Priseaux, France, and has monks, a one-eyed minstrel, a nun, a young woman and her pesky mother – not to mention lots of dead bones!

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.16.2017

WWAC launches scholarship awards

Following four years of fundraising, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council initiated the awarding of scholarships to Westshore graduating seniors planning to pursue studies in art-related fields. Samantha Ann Illius from Westlake High School and Leah Borzak from North Olmsted High School each received a $500 scholarship from the WWAC.

Illius, who earned a 4.6 high school grade point average, will attend Baldwin Wallace University this fall, majoring in creative writing and theater, with a minor in French. In her recommendation of Illius, Westlake High School English teacher Kimberly Sullivan said, “Anything Samantha does, it is to the best of her ability. She never hesitates to do more than what is asked of her.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Art historian puts Gothic cathedrals in the spotlight

The knowledgeable and engaging art historian, Sean Crum, will enlighten and entertain his audience on “The Glory of the Gothic: the Great Gothic Cathedrals” on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library.

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring Crum’s presentation, which will review the development of Gothic cathedrals of late Middle Ages in Europe as masterpieces of art, architecture and engineering. His ability to colorfully present information and elicit smiles enables Crum’s audience to absorb and enjoy his topic.

Gothic architecture references a style of architecture used in Western Europe between the 12th and 15th centuries. Pointed arches, flying buttresses, and high curved ceilings characterize this style. A visit to a gothic cathedral would be a common item on an itinerary for European tourists.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.02.2017

BVCT's staged readings continue with 'The Twelve Pound Look'

Bay Village Community Theater will perform the next reading in its 2017 “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]" series with a performance of J.M. Barrie’s "The Twelve Pound Look."

Written in 1910, Barrie (more famously known for penning "Peter Pan") takes a thoughtful and humorous look at women’s rights in early 20th-century England.

On the eve of his knighthood, Harry Simms is full of the great things he considers he has achieved. A typist has been hired to answer the messages of congratulations. She turns out to be his former wife, Kate, now a freelance typist hired by his current wife. When Harry and Kate meet, the fireworks begin!

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 05.02.2017

Lights, camera, action: Tri-C grads make movie magic

Two Westlake residents — Brian Bowles and Stephanie Chrin — used training at Cuyahoga Community College to land behind-the-scenes jobs filming "White Boy Rick," a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey now shooting in Cleveland. Bowles is working as a set production assistant while Chrin is a casting production assistant.

Both earned certificates earlier this year from Tri-C’s Film Crew Training Workshop. The College created the intensive five-week course to build the workforce needed to support Northeast Ohio’s fast-growing film industry.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts show features preschool art

Highlighting the work of BAYarts' preschool programs, "A Lifetime of Art Begins Here" art show is on display now through May 8. The children with works in the show are ages 3-6, which is a prime creative time. Visitors are welcome to come see the show, Monday through Saturday, from 9-5 p.m.

The BAYarts preschool classes are offered in areas of ceramics, studio art and music therapy. They are taught by a group of preschool teachers. The curriculum stays mindful of Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards, and makes use of hands-on activities that encourage gross and fine motor skills. Other areas of importance are the development of social skills, movement, creativity and fun.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.02.2017

Jazz Brunch hit all the right notes

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council attracted a large gathering for its Jazz Brunch on April 23 at Westwood Country Club where the guests enjoyed fantastic music, socializing, delicious food and drink, as well as prizes galore. The proceeds of the event benefited the Westlake-Westshore Scholarship Fund.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts' Storytellers series features serendipity talk

Serendipity is when things happen by chance in a way that is especially good for you. Lizbeth Wolfe (owner of Metta Flows Yoga & Art Studio) will be giving a free talk at BAYarts on Earth Day about this life-affirming concept and how it extends to all of our lives.

Wolfe has provided creativity, community and yoga in hospitals, schools, museums and more. "Art and yoga can meet each of us where we are on our journey. It can teach us patience, passion, compassion and resiliency. By being present with ourselves we can be present for each other, and create a more loving world."

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.18.2017

BAYarts' advanced cartoonists exhibit work

"The sole purpose of cartooning or illustration is to tell a story," says Jim "Rev" Giar, BAYarts' advanced cartooning instructor. "In this class we explore not only telling a story, but expressing individuality through the use of illustration techniques which can be applied in any medium." The class, designed for high school students with a strong foundation in drawing and cartooning concepts, meets every Thursday evening throughout the year.

With a focus on perspective, drawing the human figure, placing it in an environment and, of course, storytelling, students participate in class critiques as they work together, discuss each other’s work and support one another’s growth. Giar is an award-winning comic book artist and one of the founding members of the Rust Belt Monster Collective, a collaborative group of six artists whose work is on view on the sides of BAYarts buildings. The group creates a new panel each year at BAYarts' Art & Music Festival in June and can be seen across northeast Ohio major festivals throughout the summer.  

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.18.2017

Jazz is main course at WWAC brunch

Three outstanding musicians will provide a gourmet serving of jazz at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday, April 23, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River. In addition to fine food, guests will be treated to the blended sounds of the bass by Ann Gilbert, piano by Dan Maier, and drums/percussion by Bill Marx.

Condensing the musical profiles of these exceptional musicians, does not diminish their weight. Gilbert is the principal bassist with Cleveland Pops, Akron Symphony and Blue Water Chamber Orchestra. Maier is a former member of Blood Sweat and Tears and is currently a member of the North Coast Jazz Collective. Marx, who has his own jazz ensemble, plays in area big bands, local orchestras and Brazilian ensembles.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:20 AM, 04.04.2017

Five voices transport Porter Library audience

At the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library on March 28, five Cleveland Institute of Music voice students did a wonderful job transporting the audience to different worlds in the opera scenes they performed.  Their voices were enhanced by the vocalists’ exceptional acting, especially in scenes with more than one person.

Daniel Fridley had great fun as Don Giovanni’s servant listing all the girls Don Giovanni had “conquered” in his book. Renée Richardson’s powerhouse of a voice gave Margarita’s torment extra emotion in a selection from "Mephistopholes." Coraine Tate wonderfully captured Gershwin’s bluesy jazz style in “My Man’s Gone Now” from "Porgy and Bess." Jennifer Robbel reprised her role as the maid Despina from "Cosi fan Tutte" with a delightfully fun aria. Caroline Bergan’s emotion, coupled with her vocal control and dynamics in her aria, captivated the audience during her aria as Micaëla from "Carmen."

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:16 AM, 04.04.2017

Aquarelle Watercolor show at Porter Library

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society returns to the Westlake Porter Public Library gallery for its annual art show of original watercolor from April 1 through April 28. The Society art show consists of paintings by 13 members of the Society and most of the paintings are for sale by the members. The art gallery is open every day that the library is open.

The Aquarelle Society was organized in 1996 and today the membership consists of 18 local watercolor artists. The 50 paintings on display are the works of Linda Borton, Phyllis Firalio, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Annabelle Keller, Suzanne Kizzen, Robert Parry, Barbara Swasey, Jenne Vetrone, Nan Wendrowski, Annebelle Keller and Kay Bees. 

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.04.2017

Diana Brewer redecorating BAYarts by hand

As special events manager at BAYarts, Diana Brewer knows certain things that come with the job of coordinating about 30 weddings each year in the historic Fuller House. For instance, it's not surprising to see her fiddling with electric cords as she installs new sparkle lights to project on the ceiling of a romantic gazebo, nor is it surprising to see Brewer move around displays of candles on tiered tree-ring slabs.

These skills come with the territory, and she has an extensive background of working events. In fact, it is why she was hired to coordinate the special events at the arts campus, and her reputation speaks for itself.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.04.2017

CIM stars will shine in free opera preview

The magnificent voices that captivated audiences at the Cleveland Institute of Music throughout its past season will perform excerpts from some of the world’s most popular operas on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has presented the FYI: Opera program free to the community for 26 years.

The March 28 program will preview CIM’s upcoming Spring Scenes presentation. CIM Opera’s artistic director, David Bamberger, said the Westlake performance will include portions of such well-beloved works as "La Bohème," "Don Giovanni," and "Porgy and Bess."

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.21.2017

BAYarts juried show winners unveiled

With nearly 300 pieces of art received, the BAYarts juried show was a popular choice for submissions this year. Judges Kristen Cliffel and Daniel Levin spent hours looking over each piece, seeing which would make it to inclusion. And the result is a spread of art in many mediums gracing the entire first floor of the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts.

Cliffel, a Cleveland Arts Prize winner, enjoyed the judging process. "Jurying an exhibition is always so exciting because you get to see such a breadth of work that is being produced, sometimes by artists you are familiar with but many times, by artists that you haven’t seen."

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.21.2017

Free essential oils talk at BAYarts March 18

For those seeking rewarding activities that are valuable in education, check out the newly launched BAYarts Storytellers series. They are a collection of free talks that highlight passionate speakers.

The initial session, March 18 at 10:30 a.m., will be "An Essential Journey" with Kimberly J. Go as she shares the story of her journey over the past 25 years of integrating essential oils into both her personal and professional lives. She brings a unique profile with more than 25 years' experience as a clinical counselor and school counselor.

Throughout the morning, Kim will talk about the safe use of essential oils and attendees will have the opportunity to experience them firsthand. The presentation will be both educational and anecdotal as she highlights the experiences she has had.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.07.2017

Rising star is 'easy to love'

When Dan Hoy performs he wraps his talented and natural performance with a genuine love for the music and presents it to his audience with obvious affection. The audience at Westlake Porter Public Library on Feb. 21 caught Hoy’s bouquet of talent and enthusiasm from his first note and responded with rapt attention and wholehearted applause. 

Hoy was featured in the “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital,” a program that has been sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council for the past five years. A third-year student in the prestigious BW Music Theatre, Hoy has an impressive performance record, which he validated to his audience.

From Hoy’s opening number, Sondheim’s "All I Need Is the Girl," an enjoyable evening was promised. His phrasing and interpretation of "If Ever I Would Leave You" by Rodgers & Hammerstein was excellent. He sang "Maria" from "West Side Story" with great feeling and Porter’s "Easy to Love" with a smooth ease. His rendition of "Why God, Why?" from "Miss Saigon" was terrific. Hoy’s program included varying tempos including "Jailhouse Rock," one of Elvis’s signature hits, which spotlighted the abilities of Alyssa Thompson, his talented piano accompanist. Thompson is a BW senior studying music direction in the Music Theatre program.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.07.2017

BAYarts gallery exhibit: Liz Maugans is watching you

People-watching has long been a popular past time, likely even practiced in the earliest civilizations. It's a current activity of Bay Village artist Liz Maugans, who has has taken to cataloging those she's sharing space with in public arenas. Spinning her theories and fleshing out scenarios, Maugans gives life to these otherwise throwaway moments in her exhibition: "The City Pool & People at Church."

The key, it seems, is about the artist and subjects being in a state of organic loosening of both mind and body. "It is a hodge podge of moments in my life where I am actually calm," said Maugans. "These drawing opportunities are most exciting to me because people don't know they are being observed. The subjects I am drawing are also relaxed and in repose and this is an optimal situation for quick drawing like this."

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.07.2017

Non-traditional string quartet to perform in Rocky River

Carpe Diem is not your ordinary string quartet! This boundary-breaking ensemble will present the fifth concert in the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 58th season on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically glorious sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Members of the quartet are Charles Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola; and Carol Ou, cello.  

Carpe Diem’s programming reflects its passion for not only traditional quartet repertoire, but also for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet champions, with fervor, the music of living composers. It has commissioned, premiered, and performed works by a broad spectrum of composers including Frank Bennett, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Gunther Schuller and quartet member, Korine Fujiwara. In its March 20 concert, Carpe Diem will perform Ms. Fujiwara’s fiddle suite "Montana," along with Russian composer Sergei Taneyev’s Quartet No. 9 in A major, and Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” in C minor.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.07.2017

Annual Green & White Revue returns March 24, 25

The Westlake High School PTSA proudly presents the 32nd Annual Green & White Revue on March 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The emcees for this year’s show are Emily Schordock, Jeremy Schwochow and Jeremy McCabe.

The talent and variety show will feature talents of all kinds from Westlake schools students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school.  Some of this year’s acts include vocal, dance, folk & rock bands and comedy. This is a one of a kind show for the city of Westlake!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

Bay alumni invited to participate in bowling competition

Bowling is fun in your spare time! All Bay alumni as well as friends and family of alumni are welcome to join in the fun!

Bay Alumni Madness will be a light-hearted bowling competition event among Bay High graduation classes and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Lanes. Bowl with classmates, friends or family. Knock down pins for your class or your friend's or family member's class. The class with most pins wins! The class raising the most funds will hold the King Pins title for the year.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

Community theater almost ready for 'Almost, Maine'

The good news is that not only is the Bay Village Community Theater going to transform Parkside Hall at St. Barnabas into the fictitious town of “Almost, Maine,” but they will do it without breaking the bank. With the help of The Interlake Steamship Company, The Bay Village Foundation, supportive local businesses and some generous individuals it looks like we will open our doors and be in the black and not the red.

Now the last task is to find 500 residents of the community who wouldn't mind being absolutely delighted for an evening. If you know someone who can use a night out, likes a good laugh and doesn't mind being surprised – direct them to baytheater.yapsody.com to purchase a ticket to see “Almost, Maine.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017

Call for entries: BAYarts' 2017 juried show

Professional and amateur artists, 18 years and older, are once again invited to submit work to BAYarts' juried show that occurs this March.

This year, Kristen Cliffel and Daniel Levin get the honor of selecting the work. Juried awards are given out, as are cash prizes.

Judge Kristen Cliffel is a ceramic sculptor, who has work in many public and private collections, including, University Hospitals, Metro General Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Hahn, Loeser and Parks LLP. With residencies both in and out of the United States, Cliffel enjoys seeing work from artists of every sort. "I look forward to seeing all of the amazing work that is being created in this region. Jurying an exhibition is always so exciting because you get to see such a breadth of work that is being produced, sometimes by artists you are familiar with but many times, by artists that you haven’t seen."

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017

Dispel winter gray: catch 'Rising Stars'

For the fifth year, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre in Recital.” This year’s musical program takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and features the talents of two Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre students.

The vocal and dancing talents of Dan Hoy will be showcased by the piano accompaniment of Alyssa Thompson. Hoy is a third-year Music Theatre student. His performance credits include "West Side Story," "Saturday Night Fever", "A Chorus Line," "Pippin" and "Cabaret." He was the featured dancer with NBC in the 85th and 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.07.2017

Two free concerts to feature Cleveland Orchestra brass trio

After presenting the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in October and Les Délices in November, Rocky River Chamber Music Society returns in February with not one, but two concerts! Both will feature The Cleveland Orchestra’s second-chair brass players – an ensemble with the playful title, “Factory Seconds Brass Trio.” Both concerts will take place in the outstanding acoustical environment of the sanctuary at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River. 

The Society's first concert in 2017 will be its biennial children's concert to be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m.  This interactive children’s concert with Factory Seconds Brass Trio will highlight French composer Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone," and will also include storytelling, audience participation and artwork. This 45-minute concert is appropriate for ages 3 and up.  

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.07.2017

BAYarts nods to Woody Allen film

On Friday, Feb. 3, BAYarts will once again host two opening receptions for two art exhibitions: "Interiors" (featuring work inspired by the Woody Allen film of the same name), and a student show for oil and acrylic paint.

Inside the BAYarts Sullivan Family gallery, "Interiors" will display a show of women artists curated by Karen Petkovic, artistic director of BAYarts. The artists participating in the show were asked to interpret the same theme loosely based on the idea that the physical environment we create for ourselves is representative of one's own psychological interior. Petkovic was initially inspired by the set design in Allen's 1978 film. The film is known for the way the apartments and homes mirror the emotional limitations of the characters, which is what Petkovic honed in on for the exhibition.

"Initially when I started thinking about the show two years ago, it was in a very narrow way – based on what I was going through and the work I was starting at that time. I had some life changes and realized that the inside of my home had evolved to represent those changes. Once I invited the participating artists to interpret the theme I was struck by the diverse way they interpreted it. The work in the show will showcase the unique approach each artist took in a number of mediums including installation work."

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.24.2017

Buzz building for 'Almost, Maine' production

There has been a flurry of activity around Bay Village Community Theater's first full-length theatrical production “Almost, Maine.” Rehearsals, set building, advertising, fundraising are all happening concurrently.

The show will be directed by Chris Bizub, a Program Reservationist at French Creek Theatre who received a bachelor's degree in theatre from Baldwin Wallace College in 2009, and is working to complete a master's in arts administration from the University of Akron. An avid movie enthusiast, Chris owns 1,500+ DVDs and spends much of his free time acting and directing in the Cleveland/Akron area. Chris is currently appearing in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” under the direction of Fred Sternfeld.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.24.2017

Bay Village Community Theater seeking donations, sponsors for first play

Chosen as the first full production of the Bay Village Community Theater, "Almost, Maine" offers a lot for our organization to be excited about. It consistently sells out and in 2014 was the most-produced play in North American high schools for the third time in the last five years.

The New York Times called it "a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) ... [and] a touch of good-natured magic realism.”

Almost, Maine, is a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States – it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of the town will never be the same. Almost, Maine: It’s love. But not quite.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.10.2017

BAYarts SOUPer Bowl to benefit programming

The latest BAYarts benefit will keep you well fed. For those unfamiliar with what a SOUPer Bowl is, it's just as it sounds.

For a $10 ticket, visitors get a drink, crusty bread from Breadsmith of Lakewood, a handmade bowl (crafted in the BAYarts ceramic department) and, of course, soups. The event will be a bit of a soup cook-off, with caterers, private chefs and restaurants all offering their best recipes. Votes will be tallied as the day progresses. Want to prove your soup is a winner? Email Pam Mills, pam@bayarts.net, to get involved. 

Tickets for the Feb. 4 event are expected to sell out, and can be purchased by calling 440-871-6543 or online by visiting the bayarts.net "upcoming events" page. The event will be open between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with an ability for ticketholders to stop by any time during that span.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.10.2017

Conclusion drawn: artists' workshop a total success

The return of a respected artist to Westlake High School on Dec. 8 was “bread cast upon the waters.” And for Martin O’Connor his return to the place where his talents were honed proved to be a satisfying and rewarding experience.

Several weeks ago, Jean Driggs, Westlake Westshore Arts Council president, contacted WHS art teacher Kelly Atkinson to propose that a visiting artist spend a day with art students. Following some discussion and meetings, the WWAC proposal was accepted and O’Connor, a 1990 WHS graduate, was commissioned to conduct the day-long workshop. 

Art students recognized to have exceptional abilities were invited to participate and 27 students, from all four grade levels, enrolled for the day-long workshop.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.13.2016

BAYarts spotlights watercolor in January

BAYarts will start the new year off with an adult student exhibition from the watercolor classes of Bernie D'Ettorre. It will have an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 6, from 7-9 p.m., and run until Jan. 28.

D'Ettorre was once taught by Diane Boldman, for whom the BAYarts Education gallery is named. As a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, D'Ettorre has won several awards at all levels that include the "Best of Show" ranking.

She began teaching at BAYarts around 2010, and this show will feature her intermediate/advanced students. No specific theme will be employed. Instead, D'Ettorre says they will choose their best pieces of work from a number of subjects.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.13.2016

WordStage to perform at Westlake Porter Public Library

"Thy breath be rude," William Shakespeare famously told winter in "As You Like It," invoking a common complaint about the season: winter is cold, windy, bleak and awful. Five centuries later, poets have much the same complaints. WordStage celebrates the season with a performance of Winter Words on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

WordStage Literary Concerts is dedicated to the presentation of works with special literary, historical and musical merit, employing professional local artists whose talents will illuminate the texts and music of some of the most fascinating and remarkable figures in the realms of history and the performing arts. Using letters, diaries, recorded conversations and contemporary chronicles, underscored with musical compositions of the era, a WordStage performance entertains, informs and educates audiences who love literature, the humanities and the performing arts in their purest form.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.13.2016

BVCT ends staged readings with Christmas theme, announces March show

Bay Village Community Theater is ending its 2016 "All the World's A Stage[d Reading]" series on a holiday note. BVCT will be performing two readings that will bring audiences back to simpler times: Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

We will be reading both pieces at Mojo's Coffee and More, 600 Dover Center Road, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Admission is free. We will also be reading at O'Neill Healthcare's Main Lounge, 605 Bradley Road. "A Christmas Memory" will be read on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. "A Child's Christmas in Wales" will be read on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Admission is also free and the general public is encouraged to attend the readings at O'Neill. Free tickets to all readings are available online at baytheater.yapsody.com.

We plan to continue the staged reading series in 2017; we will be announcing a partial list of performances by the end of the year.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.29.2016

BAYarts Holiday Shop opens for the season

The annual and much-anticipated BAYarts Holiday Shop kicks off the season with an open house weekend on Nov. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Alongside the usual shop offerings, BAYarts has expanded the experience with their "Deck the Walls" gallery experience of affordable art on display that can be purchased right off the walls. And as always, there will also be the Fuller Coffee Kiosk serving handmade pastries and warm drinks, including the special Hot Chocolate bar. 

Vibrant new shop manager Linda Goik is bringing many new artists into the shop, as well as including the traditional favorites. Look for: Toot Sweet Soap Shack's natural sugar scrubs, stuffed animals by Whimsy Folk, original watercolor illustration by Angela Oster, beaded earrings by Arts Paradis, wooden home decor pieces by The Crafty Buggar, photography by Al Fuchs and Larry Kasperak, and printed goods by Fourfishink.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:43 AM, 11.15.2016

Ohio Views at BAYarts

BAYarts is hosting a closing reception for the Christopher Leeper and Dan Knepper's exhibition, titled "Ohio Views: Light & Shadow." From sky-filled vistas of western Ohio to the rolling hills and woodlands of the Northeast, this exhibit highlights the bond of friendship, plein air painting and the diversity of the Ohio landscape.

Join us for the reception on Friday, Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m. at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.01.2016

Two melodic courses served to FYI: Opera audience

The expectations of regular FYI: Opera attendees are consistently met and exceeded by the expertise and depth of talent showcased by the Cleveland Institute of Music. But a double serving of lyrical dessert was served to the audience at Westlake Porter Public Library when the Westlake Westshore Arts Council presented its Oct. 4 program.

CIM Opera artistic director David Bamberger announced the first half of the program would be a “Song Fest of Favorites” followed by a preview of the CIM’s upcoming production of two one-act operas.

The audience was quickly captivated by the commanding performances of the “Song Fest,” which included four arias from four of opera’s greatest hits. Merav Eldan, mezzo-soprano, sang Stephano’s aria from Gounod’s "Romeo and Juliet"; Soprano Renée Richardson brought Puccini’s "Turandot" to life; Jennifer Robble, soprano, sang the aria of Oscar, the page from the Verdi’s "A Masked Ball"; and Xiaoyang Zhang, baritone, ended the Song Fest with an aria from Donizetti’s "Don Pasquale," a perfect antidote to tragic opera. The fifth voice, Carmen Michael LoPresti, a tenor, sang a 1932 composition by American composer Earnest Charles titled "My Lady Walks in Loveliness."

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.18.2016

Halloween characters

I didn’t realize some years ago when I made our Halloween pumpkin Batman’s head that I was taking on a new hobby and an annual tradition. Lincoln’s head followed, and then over the next years, the Joker, Spiderman, a Ghost and others. Making "Toy Story’s" Woody required a full body, beginning a new stage of my creations.

SpongeBob SquarePants showed up the following year. After him, I regretted the decomposition of my figures and switched to using artificial pumpkins so they could be saved. SpongeBob was converted and became the first of permanent figures that followed.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.18.2016

BAYarts and BVECPTA connect again

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA kicked off their season with a meeting at BAYarts. This marked the second year the BVECPTA attended the arts campus as a group event.

For the evening, BAYarts programming director Erin Stack hosted a presentation that included information about the art options for preschool-aged children. Other BAYarts preschool teachers were also on hand to meet with the parents.

After the introductions and presentations were delivered to the 30 mothers of the BVECPTA in attendance, wine, cheese and s'mores were available at the outside bonfires.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.18.2016

BAYarts delivers environmental monsters exhibit

Venerated Cleveland artists Laura and Gary Dumm will be showing an exhibition at BAYarts this October, titled "Here There Be Monsters." Within the series of acrylic paintings, film villains meet current environmental concerns for an apt collaboration.

Humans are set up to embody the classic roles such as Frankenstein's monster, the Creature (from the Black Lagoon) and Dr. Jekyll with Mr. Hyde. The destruction being wreaked includes genetic engineering, animal extinctions caused by compromised habitats, and (of course) the monumental concern of climate change.

The piece "Frankenstein's Bride" is featured in "Scream of the Butterflies," which won Best of Show in BAYarts' Annual Juried Show of 2016. And the Bay Village campus is well suited to the environmental matters at hand.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:05 AM, 10.04.2016