The August calendar is loaded with opportunities to experience art in Westerville.

Residents and visitors can admire exhibits of watercolors and photography; jam with a fingerstyle guitarist; de-stress by coloring; enjoy painting and wine; get tips on songwriting, creative writing, theater, poetry or storytelling; and spend a day listening to jazz performances. Check the listings below for details.

Youth Art Workshops

The Westerville Arts Council for Youth offers WACY art workshops that provide experiences inviting children to stretch their creativity and find the freedom to express themselves. The art lessons for children ages 6 to 12 are taught by an instructor with a degree in fine arts and art education.

Lessons are offered 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the St. Matthew's Think. Pray. Love. House, 30 E. College. For more details, email WACYart@ gmail.com.

Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.

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August calendar of exhibits and 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. Email listings to artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com.

Throughout August -- Watercolors of Darlene Erickson at Java Gallery. Protege of the late James Atwood has paintings hanging throughout Ohio and Florida. Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 1 to 19 -- Art by John Paglialunga, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

July 29 through Aug. 29 -- Innis House: Photography by Chris Brinkman. A Meet the Artist event is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Innis House. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road, 614-895-6216.

Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan, 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Every Friday -- Acoustic Open Mic, 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring 12 or more diverse, talented performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 1 and 16 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Artist Tiffany Arnold presents Summer Skies using acrylic paints on Aug. 1. Artist Amanda McGee leads participants in creating Birds of a Feather using mixed media on Aug. 16. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com or call 614-259-3101. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

Aug. 2 -- Family Concert Series: No Strings Attached, puppet show by Alcott teachers, 6:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 3 -- Drop-In Button Making, 2 to 4 p.m. Ages 6 and older will create a custom pin-back button from magazine images or hand-drawn creations. Bring your own art or use our supplies. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 5, or westervillelibrary.org.

Aug. 4 -- Color Me Calm for Seniors, 1 to 2 p.m. Relax and relieve stress while listening to calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.

Aug. 5 -- Jazz at the Amp: Mac Flava and Matt Marshak, 6:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 5 -- Brady Fulton, 7 to 10 p.m. Singer, entertainer and ukulele player performs a repertoire ranging from '60s pop/rock to Jack Johnson and current songs. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 6 -- Sounds of Summer Concert: Larry Loeffert Big Band, 6:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 9 -- Family Concert: Storytelling with Candace, 6:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 9 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk. Every second Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 11 -- Uptown Friday Night: Arts, 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Uptown merchants stay open until 8 p.m. and feature artist events; uptownwestervilleinc.com.

Aug. 12 -- Jazz at the Amp: Deon Yates and Cindy Bradley, 6:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 12 -- Byron Stripling, 7 to 9:30 p.m. International jazz trumpet virtuoso and singer and Columbus Jazz Orchestra director has performed with Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck at Carnegie Hall. Joining Byron is pianist Micah Thomas. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 13 -- Sounds of Summer Concert: Conspiracy Band, 6:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 14 -- Writers' Circle, 7 to 9 p.m. A dedicated group of diverse writers are led each month by a rotating group of talented moderators. Each second Monday, Java Central, 20 S. State St., java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 15 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m. Share work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic follows discussion. Everyone invited; westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

Aug. 17 -- The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling, 7 to 9 p.m. Five professional "tellers" from Storytellers of Central Ohio will share stories and discuss their craft. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Every third Thursday, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 18 -- Uptown Friday Night: Unplugged, 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Uptown merchants stay open until 8 p.m. and feature musicians on the street and in various venues; uptownwestervilleinc.com.

Aug. 18 -- Classic Movie Series: "Cars," dusk at the Everal Barn at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

Aug. 19 -- Jazz at the Amp Series, noon. Nina Love's Jazzy Side Quintet, Rendition, Tim Dvorkin Quartet, Nichole Davis, Deeptones, NexLevel and Paul Taylor. Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 19 -- Rick Barr, 7 to 10 p.m. Prolific performer and songwriter with vocals and styling of Johnny Cash will play original songs from his CDs, plus country and classic rock, blues and folk. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 20 -- Music in the Gardens: Fiddle Me This, 3 to 5 p.m. Rooted in bluegrass, this quartet uses fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, upright bass and three-part harmony to re-imagine songs of today. Education Pavilion, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road, 614-895-6216.

Aug. 20 -- Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Westerville Symphony, 6:30 p.m. A repertoire of popular classical music will follow a recognition of community members and musicians for their dedication and service. Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

Aug. 21 -- Creative Writing for Seniors, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Develop writing skills through life experiences. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of Westerville Senior Center. Class location: 310 W. Main St.

Aug. 22 and 29, Sept. 5 and 12 -- Readers Theater Troupe, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. During four-week session, ages 8-12 read aloud from funny scripts, hone their acting skills, play theater games and put on a performance for friends and family. Registration required. For more information, contact the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277 (extension 5), or westervillelibrary.org

Aug. 23 -- Love to Color: Adult Coloring Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Use intricately detailed coloring books to de-stress. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.

Aug. 25 -- Arts Alley and live music during Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Hands-on art fun for children. Art for browsing and purchase. Painting, paper art, jewelry by Westerville Art League members. Haywood Alley, 30 E. College. Arts Council of Westerville presents New Orleans Jazz singer Shane D. Wilson and her band Mojo's Muse on music stage near Westerville Automotive on East Main Street. artscouncilofwesterville.com.

Aug. 26 -- Bohemian Highway, 7 to 10 p.m. Contemporary singer/songwriter folk band featuring Beki Test on vocals and guitar, Mike Neely on guitar, mandolin and Irish whistle, Carl Yaffey on banjo, Karl Wohlwend on bass, and Nina Hawranick on vocals. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Aug. 27 -- Script Review: "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley, 6:30 p.m. For actors seeking roles and those wishing to work behind the scenes. Attendance is not requirement for audition on Sept. 10. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Contact: production@curtainplayers.org, 614-360-1000, curtainplayers.org.