Aisha Zawadi recently moved back to Dayton after living in Denver for more than 25 years. She is a former art teacher and professional artist whose art currently hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
As an art teacher. Aisha emphasized creativity and techniques that supported her students' artistic vision. Students worked thoroughly through the artistic process and utilized a variety of mediums. Their experience in class encompassed both realistic and abstract representations. Her hope for her students was that they would be comfortable with fully creating their own artistic vision and they would continue to explore and create throughout their lives.
Aisha has continued to create despite her recent diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 56. Alzheimer's is a decline in brain activity; it usually affects memory, language and decision making and typically inhibits creativity early on in the disease. Since moving back to Ohio, Aisha has found a renewed voice to pair with her creative energy. The exhibition will feature early works along with newer pieces.
From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, a free public reception will be held at the Westerville Community Center providing the perfect opportunity to meet Aisha Zawadi and to discuss her art and techniques and purchase her highly collectible art. Light refreshments will be served.
'Music Man' auditions
The city of Westerville Parks and Recreation Department and Otterbein University will present the Westerville CIVIC Theater production of The Music Man July 31 through Aug. 3. Actors ages 6 and older are invited to audition for the fully staged musical production which will be led by Otterbein alumni, faculty and staff.
Musicians are encouraged to audition for the orchestra which will be conducted by Mark Sholl. Opportunities also exist for builders, painters, seamstresses and backstage crew.
Auditions will be held on May 10 with audition packets currently available at the Westerville Community Center front desk. Audition times may be scheduled by calling 614-901-6512.
Spring public arts tour
The Arts Council of Westerville is proud to announce the 2014 Spring Public Arts Tour will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31.
The tour will encompass the existing public art installations along with the new additions to the public art collection which has been expanded to include the Cobert C. Collins pieces and a memorial sculpture in memory of long-time Westerville resident and arts advocate Jane Denick; plus the newest additions to the annual Midwest Sculpture Initiative.
Docents will be available at several locations to share artist information. Tour maps will be available for pickup at the Westerville Community Center and the Westerville Public Library.
A reception will follow the tour at Parkside Village Retirement Community located at 730 N. Spring Road beginning at 6 p.m.
Participants desiring transportation are requested to contact Laura Horton at 614-901-6512.
May arts events
The Westerville ArtsLine column and calendar is provided by the Arts Council of Westerville and printed as a public service by ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.
May 1 -- Budding Artists, Focusing on art as a process rather than art as a finished product, children ages 4-6 will explore the medium of sculpture. Free. Registration required by going online at westervillelibrary.org or by calling 614-882-7277, ext. 5.
May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 -- The Miss Firecracker Contest, 8 p.m., Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. The story is set in the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven; the time is a few days before the Fourth of July. This production is suitable for ages 13 and up. For tickets and more information visit: curtainplayers.org.
May 2, 9, 16, 23 -- Uptown Friday Nights participating stores stay open until 8 p.m. Presented by the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association. Themes include Cruise Uptown, Arts Uptown and Unplugged Uptown.
May 3, 10, 17, 23, 30 -- Live Music at Java Central from 7 to 10 p.m., 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
May 3 -- Opera Scenes, 8 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Free. Presented by the Otterbein University Department of Music, 614-823-1508.
May 6 -- Sip & Sketch, 6 p.m., Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. The $20 fee includes wine tasting, art supplies and instruction. Advance registration is required by contacting Meza at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
May 7 -- Electro-Acoustic Workshop, 8 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Free. Presented by the Otterbein University Department of Music, 614-823-1508.
May 9 -- Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Free. Presented by the Otterbein University Department of Music, 614-823-1508.
May 10 -- Music Man auditions presented by the Westerville CIVIC Theater. Call 614-901-5612 to book an audition time and for more information.
May 10 -- Masterworks 3 -- A Sea Symphony. Under the direction of Ralph Vaughan Williams presented by the Westerville Symphony featuring the Otterbein University Combined Choirs, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.
May 18 -- Westerville Community Band Spring Concert, 3 p.m., at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., http://westervillebands.org/flyers/flyer%202013-14.pdf
May 27 and June 3, 10 and 17 -- Reader's Theater Troupe. During this four-week workshop, 'tweens ages 8-12 will read aloud from funny scripts, hone their acting skills and, finally, put on a performance for friends and family. Free. Register online at westervillelibrary.org or by phone at 614-882-7277, ext. 5.
Phyllis Self, recreation operations superintendent for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.