Arts & Entertainment
BAYarts' initial (optimistic) response to the COVID-19 news was to remain open – a request by many students and families – even if local schools closed, providing a sanctuary for the community to gather. But of course, as the information about the virus became more grim and restrictions were rolled out, the doors were closed and financial cuts had to be made with the hope that the organization will reopen on solid footing in time for the usual summer “Stay-cation” that locals have come to love.
This is where the true meaning of community shines: everyone, including (unpaid) staff members, faculty, board and volunteers have been devising ways to engage students and keep the community intact.
The annual BAYarts Juried Exhibition is once again hung in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts this March.
The judges this year were Cleveland artists John W. Carlson and Shari Wilkins.
Part of the BAYarts community for 10 years, John W. Carlson currently teaches Figure Drawing and The Basics and Beyond courses. Prior to judging, he revealed the diversity of the work was exciting. "As in most juried shows, it’s just plain difficult because there is so much good work and limited space in which to show it."
Bay Village Community Theater is excited to announce its 2020 season!
New this year will be a children’s theater production May 16 and 17 at 1 p.m., with auditions to be held in April for children ages 7-14. Directed by Judith Mazur, the two short plays, “Standing By” and “Romeo and Juliet’s Excellent Relationship,” both deal with school relationships. “Standing By” addresses schoolroom bullying and how various children handle the situation. “Romeo and Juliet’s Excellent Relationship” is a spoof on Shakespeare’s classic tale set in a classroom.
The theater also will continue its free “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]" series held the third weekend of even-numbered months. Next up is “A Wife for a Life” in April, followed by “Dragnet” (June), “Wurzel-Flummery” (August), “Sorry, Wrong Number” (October), and “The Shop Around the Corner” (December).
"An Act of the Imagination" by Bernard Slade is a masterful suspense tale involving a successful mystery writer Arthur Putnam (played by Robert Hawkes), whose latest work has strangely turned into a romance – a vivid and adulterous romance. His son Simon (Nate Homolka), his second wife Julia (Mary Alice Beck), and his editor Holly (Lainne Davis) marvel at the truthfulness of the work, remarkable since it is inconceivable that he could ever have had such an affair.
Enter a woman, Brenda (Jenny Erbs), intent on blackmail: it appears that Arthur has been trysting away from home. Death stalks: the other woman disappears and evidence incriminates Arthur in her murder. There is a conspiracy to do Arthur in, a conspiracy that entails cunning, deceit and ingenious plotting. The cast also features Kirk Brown as Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt and Pam Matthews as Brooke Carmichael and is directed by Rose Leininger.
The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westlake Performing Arts Center. The concert will be led by guest conductor Renchang Fu, the conductor of the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. He is traveling to the United States from Germany to conduct the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a cultural exchange with the orchestra's music director, Dr. Victor Liva.
The concert will feature Shuai Wang, a member of the faculty of Cleveland State University, performing Brahms' Piano Concerto No 1. Also being performed is Lu's "Good News from Beijing" and Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.
On March 12, the FYI: Opera program offers the gift of listening to great music and outstanding voices from the Oberlin Opera Theater. This event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and is provided free to the community by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.
Director of Oberlin Opera Theater Jonathon Field will bring three singers who are featured in Oberlin’s upcoming full production of Mozart’s "Cosi fan Tutte." These voices are Anthony Anderson, bass; Rosamund Dyer, mezzo soprano; and tenor Gabriel Stefanides.
Oberlin Music Director Tony Cho will accompany the singers on the piano. In addition to three arias and a duet from “Cosi,” Field promises other selections from opera’s classical repertoire will be performed.
After November’s hit of "Oklahoma!", the Westlake High School Demon Drama Club is back in March with another amazing, fun-filled musical! "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" tells the story of six elementary/middle school students who are competing in a contentious match for the top prize at their county spelling bee.
The show will be directed by high school choir director Jennifer Butler and stars students Madeline Mogyordy, Jaden Beekman, Corinne Wilson, Casey Cipollone, Elliot Lockshine, Kari Adkins, Cami Wilson and Ollie Roberts, as well as high school teacher Christina Mars.
The show runs at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center from March 20-22. Tickets are $7 at the door. Come out and see this hilarious and talented cast, and maybe get an opportunity to participate on stage in the show!
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is thrilled to welcome back Spencer Myer, piano, and Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone, for an evening of art songs and solo piano on Monday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. Their program will feature works by Beethoven, Debussy, Barber and Bolcom.
An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer is well known to northeast Ohio audiences. He studied at Oberlin College Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in 2005. He has served on the faculties of conservatories at Baldwin Wallace University and Oberlin College. Since his time in Ohio, Spencer Myer has become known as one of the most important American artists of his generation, having reaped critical acclaim from around the world. He has won many international prizes and competitions and has numerous recordings including Bolcom's Piano Rags, and Brahms' Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Brian Thornton.
"In September of 2018 I legally changed my name to Max Lukas Markwald and began painting myself once a month for a year as a way of documenting my gender transition." So begins the artist statement accompanying Markwald's latest exhibition at BAYarts, titled "Skin."
The show boasts large-scale oil paintings where Markwald showcases "obscured portraits" as a way of "hiding in full view." To accomplish this they are cropped, darkened, or perhaps show only the back of the head. One piece has fabric over the entire face, while another shows only a splay of hairy legs. The details shown are all quite masculine. "Painting a self-portrait series became a way for me to come out professionally," he explains. "I wanted to be male passing in all of the paintings, and obscuring the portrait became a natural way to achieve that."
The Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club is bringing back the Westlake art festival this year! Plans are already underway for the Rotary host the festival on Saturday, July 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Westlake Porter Public Library in cooperation with the Westlake Public Schools.
The Rotary is looking for top artists in Northeast Ohio to participate in exhibiting their creativity and unique artwork in a quality summer festival. In addition to artists, the Rotary is welcoming Northeast Ohio business sponsors interested in supporting this premier summer event.
"Catch a Rising Star" is a unique musical preview of budding talent ready to blossom that will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
For the eighth year this exceptional program, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and offered free to the community, will showcase the talents of a senior student in Baldwin Wallace University's prestigious music theater program. Sydney Howard, who will perform on Feb. 18, is a "Rising Star" completing her studies in the BW program.
Pam Mills is displaying her exhibition, "Wanderlust: Faces from Places," this month at BAYarts in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. In it, she shows candidly captured moments from all over the world, inviting viewers to join in her spirited wandering.
Mills has always been fond of travel and started her adventures early in life. "Living in the U.K., European travel was pretty accessible. My first trip, I was 16 ... I was invited by my Auntie Olwen who had bought a villa on the island of Menorca. That was the start of my wanderlust! She is 94 this spring and has traveled the world until six years ago. I hope I can continue in her footsteps!"
Catherine of Aragon was Queen of England from June 1509 until May 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Henry’s elder brother, Arthur.
The daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was 3 years old when she was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales. They married in 1501, but Arthur died five months later. Catherine subsequently married Arthur’s younger brother, the recently ascended Henry VIII, in 1509.
This month, BAYarts has an exhibition that hits close to home. In "Finding My Home, Finding Myself," photographer Emma Wolpert displays images taken on a return visit to Huazhou, China. It was there that she was abandoned at a bus stop and taken to an orphanage.
The orphanage Wolpert was taken to is called Huazhou Social Welfare Institution, founded back in 1930. Prior to 1995, children had to live there until age 18 when they got a job, or else they stayed at the orphanage. But in November 1995 the orphanage allowed some of the children to be adopted. That April, Wolpert was adopted (at 8 months old) and then raised in Bay Village.
It is August 1959, France, in a home for retired military men, where World War I vets Henri (played by Bob Goddard), Philippe (Ron Newell) and Gustave (Robert Hawkes) pass their days gossiping, reminiscing and exasperating one another with harebrained schemes to escape.
The play is a softly heroic treatment of three war heroes for whom death is a familiar presence. They decide to take on one final adventure – granted, an impossible and faintly ridiculous adventure – before the outside world completely forgets them.
After years of touring Europe, Asia and South America, the Phaeton Piano Trio is making its first tour to the United States where it will perform at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Frick Collection in New York City, and the San Jose Chamber Music Society in California. Notably, between New York and California, the Trio will also perform at the Rocky River Chamber Music Society! The Trio will play classic works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák on Monday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.
Stay tuned for the expanded 2020 BAYarts calendar this winter, thanks to renovations on the former Playhouse.
"The new Hearth Room and patio have enabled us to offer year-round events," says BAYarts Creative Programming Director Pam Mills.
BAYarts Events Coordinator Karry York agrees. "The Hearth room has given us a new space with greater capacity. It allows for more and bigger events."
Looking for peace and calm in the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle? Bay Village resident of 25 years, Eliza Wing has the answer in her recently published book, "Just Breathe: A Simple Guide to Mindful Meditation."
Wing, who is a longtime meditator and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, teaches workshops and classes in the area. When asked about how long it took to for her to become proficient in meditation, Wing is careful to emphasize that there's never a finished perfect product. "It sort of presupposes an 'end state,' so it's a tricky question."
Courtesy of curator and local artist Scott Kraynak, "The heART of Cleveland" is coming to BAYarts for the holiday season. The exhibition is based on the book of the same name, which was released last year. Artists from the current book, as well as a future book, will be featured.
It was at the Grand Canyon that Kraynak came up with the idea for the project. "I was just thinking about home, which was a common occurrence, and thought about all the great features of the city, but even more so, thought about all the great artists born and bred in Cleveland." This lead to the idea for a book of Cleveland artists of "all styles in all fields who are from the city."
Each year, BAYarts opens up its doors wide for the holiday season. It all kicks off with the Holiday Shop Open House on Nov. 23 and continues through December.
Artistic Director Karen Petkovic loves the handmade and local aspects of the shop. "We are so proud of our Northeast Ohio artists and love that we have the ability to showcase them in our shop throughout the year and provide more space for them to do what they do for us during the holidays."
This year, Kili Watson-Samad of My Turquoise Kitten will be offering whimsical jewelry like no other, featuring mini items made into earrings. Bringing in repurposed handbags and accessories is Girl's Best Trend, who finds that neckties work as the perfect purse strap. Petkovic says, "They're always original works, beautifully designed and executed."
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council hosted its FYI Opera event at Westlake Porter Public Library. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Conservatory of Music-Opera Theater, presented opera students Colin Anderson, Maggie Kinabrew and alumnus Andrew Lipian. Tony Cho, music director, accompanied the singers. Mr. Anderson is a bass baritone; Ms. Kinabrew is a soprano; Mr. Lipian is a counter-tenor.
The three promising singers performed arias from their upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Benjamin Britten’s 20th century opera adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play.
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to feature West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s spectacular Holtkamp Organ in an evening of works for the trumpet and organ on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.
Artists will be Judith Saxton, trumpet, and Timothy Olsen, organ, who have collaborated as a duo for over a decade while colleagues at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They have commissioned pieces for their duo through competitions and connections. Both artists have extensive experience in music education, presenting master classes, and appearing in concerts throughout the United States and the world.
On Oct. 15, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presented JoAnn DePolo, of JoAnn DePolo Studios and Gallery in North Olmsted, at Porter Library.
At a museum, visitors walk around an exhibit to see the progression of an artist’s work. At Porter Library, visitors only had to sit as DePolo revealed her journey. She did a wonderful presentation about beginning to draw at a young age, then began again while raising four boys and has been painting ever since.
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was opening in Cleveland in 1995, DePolo rode the wave of the city’s excitement and began painting famous rock 'n' roll stars like John Lennon and Yoko Ono onto rocks. She sold 140 painted rocks that summer.
Oberlin Opera Theater will present a preview of its upcoming production of Benjamin Britten’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the FYI: Opera program on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Westlake Westshore Arts Council sponsors this event at Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and offers it free to the community.
However, this 2019 event is steeped in history. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" was written by Shakespeare in the late 1590s. Almost four centuries later, in June 1960, Britten's opera based on Shakespeare’s play, premiered.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, fans of anime, comics, video games and movies are invited to BAYarts for the first annual BAY-CON. This family-friendly (free) comic and art convention will be packed with activities and vendors. Students of BAYarts will be featured in an art show of their work during the event.
Jeff Ritchie, a teacher at BAYarts, has been instrumental in the day and he talks about the event with great excitement. "Some of the students will do free sketches for visitors," Ritchie explained before elaborating on the activities. "There will be a trivia contest, pumpkin decorating, a chance to draw with one of the teachers of BAYarts, and panels with local artists and comic book creators!"
Sacred Conversations will continue at Dover Congregational UCC with a presentation of the one-act play, "Bound Together," on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The play is about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper who was born in 1825, a "free woman of color" when others of her race were enslaved. Frances was an extraordinary "person of color" – poet, abolitionist, essayist, public speaker, journalist, suffragist and published novelist.
"Bound Together," written by local playwright, Kelly Boyer Sagert and directed by Dave MacKeigan, explores Harper's life, revealed while she and Hannah, a fictional white nurse with her own history, are caught in a blizzard in Harper's home. Debra Rose stars as Frances and Judy MacKeigan plays the role of Hannah, a poor Southern white woman who has lived a different sort of life.
Join Bay Village Community Theater for a scary good time when they present a staged reading of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Adapted and directed by Preston Postle, Irving’s 1820 tale is considered one of America’s first ghost stories … and its scariest.
Featuring the talents of Jenny Erbs, Zack Mitchell and Ben Saylor, performances are Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, 605 Bradley Road; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Parkside Hall, 468 Bradley Road. Performances are free!
Each year, not long after I take in the various figures my wife, Elaine, and I have out on our driveway and porch in October for Halloween, I’m asked who I will be making next. My short answer always, “I don’t know.” I don’t give any thought to that until the following spring, usually after some sort of inspiration.
This year the great success of the last Avengers movie encouraged me to make Ironman, and a request by our great-grandson, 5-year-old Stephen, prompted me to make a second figure, his favorite – Black Panther. Before these, I was able to make Linus to join my Peanuts family. Linus was completed in time to join all my figures on display at Porter Library in May.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will examine the world of Islam through art during a “Learning for Life” lecture series program Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Westshore Campus.
The event will highlight key themes of Islamic art while inspiring greater cultural understanding of the world’s second-largest religion. The presentation is part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Art to Go” program. The interactive session will allow participants to handle actual art objects while discussing the significance of the works, as well as materials and techniques used by the artists.
Five years ago, I joined an enthusiastic team of volunteers at BAYarts. Through many enjoyable hours spent at the Fuller House and Sullivan Galleries, I met artists and antiquarians, readers and philosophers, nature lovers and gardeners, all connected by their shared passion for the arts.
Wanting to expand my involvement in the exciting educational scene at BAYarts, I discussed the possibility of beginning creative writing classes for both adults and children with BAYarts Executive Director, Nancy Heaton. I envisioned courses dedicated to writing as a way of further enriching the already vibrant and diverse selection of classes available to the public. Prior to my years spent as a stay-at-home mom to my three, now almost grown children, I had the privilege of teaching English at Bay Middle School. I always enjoyed working collaboratively with art teachers Gloria Wilder, Sherri Bauer, and Ruth Purdy, to make the study of literature and writing more accessible, and creatively inspiring.
Join Bay Village Community Theater for golf and humor when they present the comedy, "The Ladies Foursome." The playwright, Norm Foster, has been called the "Canadian Neil Simon" and his plays have been described as "humor with a heart."
Set on a golf course, four women gather to play a round in honor of their recently departed friend, Catherine, and over 18 holes, confessions and surprising secrets are unveiled as the women discuss love, sex, children and everything in between. Directed by John Hnat, the play features Kaycee Craig, Margaret Hnat, Mary Manos-Mitchem and Valerie Young.
Both Sharon Pomales and Robert Hartshorn have both always resided near a body of water, and it is this affinity that drew them toward a realism-based gallery exhibition called "Just Add Water."
These award-winning artists, who both currently live in Cleveland, will be bringing underwater scenes of mermaids and sea life, along with lakes, waterfalls, aquariums and more to the Sullivan Family Gallery starting Oct. 11. The mediums in use will be acrylic and oil paints as well as watercolor and pastels. They will all be in a representational style of art, with hyper-realistic details that the artists are renowned for.
Robert Parry is displaying 28 recent paintings in the lobby gallery at Clague Playhouse located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake. Robert’s interest in painting started as a young child and continued into college where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Ohio State University. He also took two years of architecture classes before receiving a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, also from Ohio State University. His professional city planning career spanned 44 years with the last 26 years as the director of Planning and Economic Development for the city of Westlake.
After retiring in 2013, Robert has had time to return to his interest in art, photography and fine art painting. He paints mostly in watercolors on imported paper or yupo and has also painted in oils on canvas. His favorite subjects are scenes with buildings such as European street scenes and old buildings.
The Northeast Ohio Youth Chamber Chorus (NEOYCC) provides choral music performance opportunities for a talented array of students in grades 6-12. NEOYCC enables members to grow vocally in an amazing variety of musical styles: Broadway, spirituals, classics and more.
If you read music, that's great! If you don't, you will be learning music theory as we proceed with weekly practices. All you need is a love and passion for music, singing, performance and competition!
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society opens its 61st season on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Come prepared for a lively evening of Hungarian classical and folk music as presented by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and nationally renowned master of the cimbalom, Alexander Fedoriouk. Music to be performed includes Bartok’s String Quartet #2, Monti’s Csárdás, Brahms’s Hungarian Dance #5, and traditional folk songs from Hungary and Romania.
This concert’s musicians include Emma Shook, second violin of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2001; Katherine Bormann, first violin of the Orchestra since 2011; Stanley Konopka, assistant principal viola of the Orchestra since 1991; Martha Baldwin, cello, who joined the Orchestra in 2001; and Henry Peyrebrune, bass, who joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997.
Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories include talking to spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light.
Mary Ann shows the human side of the paranormal – stories about ghosts told from the perspectives of the ghosts themselves – and teaches us how we can coexist peaceably with the spirits that surround us.
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders (played by Lou Will) can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli (Mark Rabkin) and his hot-blooded wife, Maria (Jenny Erbs), from causing runaway chaos.
The Avon Lake Women’s Chorus is a non-profit organization that welcomes women of all ages and all communities (not limited to Avon Lake residents).
We prepare winter and spring programs to entertain residents of independent/assisted living facilities and clubs/groups in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties. Under the direction of a professional choral director and an accomplished pianist, our upbeat programs feature holiday music, show tunes, old favorites, pop melodies, traditional, whimsical, gospel and rock 'n' roll that get faces smiling and toes tapping!
The 19th edition of the Community of Fine Arts Show is an adventure of delight to the eye and a refreshing lift to the spirit. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is presenting a five-week edition of the 2019 juried art show at Westlake Porter Public Library. On its closing day, Aug. 31, the public is invited to a Meet the Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
In addition to the remarkable art display, free Live Art Demonstrations are being held in the library's lobby on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The scheduled demonstrations are: Aug. 10 – Ink Drawing by Sean Crum; Aug. 17 – Acrylic by Tom Baracskai; Aug. 24 – Watercolor by Ken Marshall. (A Mixed Media demonstration was given by Gail Crum on Aug. 3.)
The 81 art works accepted in this year’s COFA were judged the day before the exhibit opened. The experienced and highly credited judges that made the award decisions were Sharlene Pearl Green, Stuart Pearl and Cathy Welner.