The Arts Council of Westerville Inc. and Meza are pleased to offer a series of Sip & Sketch classes which include a monthly wine tasting and an informal art lesson in a variety of media instructed by local area artists and art teachers. Each class is completely unique -- exploring different mediums and art forms. No previous experience necessary, just come ready to let your creativity flow!

Sip & Sketch returns to Meza

The Arts Council of Westerville Inc. and Meza are pleased to offer a series of Sip & Sketch classes which include a monthly wine tasting and an informal art lesson in a variety of media instructed by local area artists and art teachers. Each class is completely unique -- exploring different mediums and art forms. No previous experience necessary, just come ready to let your creativity flow!

For a $15 fee you will sample five wines and nibble on appetizers as you create your own individual masterpiece! It's a great opportunity to learn about wine and art while socializing with old and new friends.

Dr. Jan Fedorenko, mixed media artist and principal of Hanby Magnet School will lead an "Impressive Images" session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

The session will incorporate the use of acrylics and layered mediums to create an impressionistic view of fall. Focus on nature and fall colors will contribute to the creation of a completed acrylic painting at the end of the session.

Advance registration is required. Contact Meza at 614-259-3101 or by email at vinomeza@gmail.com.

Senior photography exhibition

Discover who won the annual Westerville Senior Center Digital Photography Contest at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Westerville Community Center. See all of the hundreds of entries, view the 45 winners, interact with the judges, learn who won Best of Show, submit your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award, and enjoy free refreshments provided by Friendship Village of Columbus.

Westerville Symphony 'Pairings'

Join the Westerville Symphony for an enchanting night of wine and music pairings, featuring Mozart's Gran Partita Sept. 20 at the Lakes Golf and Country Club. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction followed by Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson offering his unique insights on one of Mozart's most beloved serenades, performed by musicians from the Westerville Symphony, while Sommelier Jerry Siegel introduces a variety of wines, each accompanied by masterful preparations from Lakes Chef James Decke. Tickets are available through the Westerville Symphony website, at info@westervillesymphony.org or by calling 614-899-9000.

'Passport to the Arts' and 'Westerville Rising Stars'

2013 Year of the Arts continues with "Passport to the Arts" Sept. 21 at Alum Creek Park, sponsored by Nationwide Children's Hospital. Join us for a variety of free hands-on activities throughout the day.

Art experiences offered include, from 10 a.m.-noon for Grades 5 and below; 1-3 p.m. for Grades 6 and above: Theater and movement; drumming; Group guitar lessons; musical petting zoo; karaoke; make-it-and-take-it arts; and dance.

The day will conclude with "Westerville Rising Stars" at 5 p.m. on the Alum Creek Amphitheater stage. This talent contest is open to youth residing within the Westerville City School District in grades 9-12.

Contestants will compete for cash prizes and public appearance opportunities. First, second and third place awards will be presented. Contestants may be a solo up to a group of six in vocal music, instrumental music, dance, drama or any combination thereof.

Applications are available at the Westerville Community Center located at 350 North Cleveland Avenue.

For additional information contact Laura Horton at 614-901-6512 or laura.horton@westerville.org.

Phyllis Self, recreation operations superintendent for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.