The 12th annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest is accepting entries.

The Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion invite writers of all ages to submit original works in any genre (short story, poem, etc.) and on any topic.

First organized in 2007 by the Arts Council to mark April as "Celebrate the Arts" month in Westerville, the contest encourages and rewards literary artists. First-place finishers, judged in five age/grade categories, will see their work in print in this newspaper during April, and the first, second, third place and honorable mention entries will be published by ThisWeek online. Winners will receive their prizes and be invited to read from their work at a reception for family and friends. Contest entries are gathered in a published book.

The Friends of the Westerville Public Library provide sponsorship assistance. Contest guidelines are available online at westervillelibrary.org/contest.

Authors can submit their work at artscouncilwesterville @gmail.com. Deadline is March 1.

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

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January 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.

Through January -- Quilts displayed by My Very Own Blanket. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

Jan. 27 through Feb. 4 -- The 32nd Annual Quilt Show, quilts by Columbus Metropolitan Quilters, Innis House, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Members will be present to answer questions on 27th and 28th; 614-895-6216.

January and February -- Featured artist: Watercolor artist John Cameron, Java Central Gallery, 20 S. State St. Cameron displays throughout central Ohio and is past president of both Arts Council of Westerville and the Westerville Art League; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 2 through May 6 -- "Sttories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present." Reception: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings combining traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms, and patterns to create vivid landscapes and cityscapes, Roush Hall, Fisher Gallery, 27 S. Grove St., otterbein.edu.

Jan. 8 through Feb. 9 -- Otterbein Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition. Reception: 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 11. Works explore themes of storytelling and identity through global, local, and personal contexts, Miller Gallery, 33 Collegeview Road, otterbein.edu.

Jan. 10 through April 28 -- "Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee's World." Featuring the storytelling prowess of Tariq Tarey's photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman (class of '06), Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. , otterbein.edu.

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

Jan. 5 -- Color Me Calm for Seniors, 1 to 2 p.m. Relax 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.

Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 --- Puppet Workshop, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Ages 9-12 will make a puppet, explore puppetry and practice scripts for a performance. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.

Jan. 4 -- Script Review: "The Trip to Bountiful" by Horton Foote, 6:30 p.m., Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. An aging widow moves away from her son and daughter-in-law to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. Performances March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 6, 7, 8. Auditions: 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Information at http://curtainplayers.org/auditions/

Jan. 6 -- Bohemian Highway, 7 to 10 p.m. Folk quartet 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.

Jan. 7 -- Meet the Artist: Elizabeth Biglen, open house and view mixed media art, 2 to 4 p.m., Innis House, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 614-895-6216.

Jan. 7 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster, 3 to 5 p.m. Award-winning duo performs '40s-50s and original blues and jazz. Vocalist Westerville native Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet, one of France's best blues guitarists. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 8 -- Writers' Circle, 7 to 9 p.m. A group of diverse writers are led each month by a rotating group of talented moderators. This month: discussion on what differentiates "great" and "good" writing. Bring examples. Also, goal-setting for the year. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 9 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Casual art session with instruction in personalized works of art. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

Jan. 10 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk. Bring an original song to share or come just to learn and to meet this music community. Every second Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 11-13 -- Simply Staged: Albee Fest, 8 p.m. Curtain Players collaborates with other central Ohio stage companies to present staged readings of three Edward Albee plays. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena; tickets: curtainplayers.org.

Jan. 13 -- Folk Ramblers, 7 to 10 p.m. Sing along as vocalist/guitarist Bill Cohen and banjo player Carl Yaffey perform favorites by Peter, Paul and Mary, Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan and more. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 15 -- 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.

Jan. 15 -- Make a Fandom Mug, 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 12 to 18 will decorate and take home a coffee mug to rep their favorite fandom or showcase original artwork. While supplies last. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org

Jan. 16 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd. Suite L.

Jan. 16 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Share work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic. westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

Jan. 17 -- Arts Education Grant Deadline Extended. Westerville teachers are encouraged to submit their ideas for a project or program that integrates the arts into other areas of learning. To apply, visit the Arts Council website, artscouncilofwesterville.com, and see Partnerships.

Jan. 18 -- The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling, 7 to 9 p.m. Five professional "tellers" from the Storytellers of Central Ohio. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Third Thursday of the month, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 19 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 4-6 will explore different artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process. January theme: snow paint. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.

Jan. 19 and 20 -- Festival: Celebration of Student-Imagined Works, 8 p.m. Plays, musicals, monologues, songs and dance produced, directed, designed and acted by theatre and dance majors. Free. General admission seating. Otterbein University Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

Jan. 20 -- #ALLIN: Connecting the Community, Lighting the Way, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Resource fair will connect differently-abled persons with art and recreation opportunities around Columbus. All ages. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

Jan. 20 -- Steve Stanley, 7 to 10 p.m. Singer/guitarist/songwriter whose vocals resemble Neil Young's won the 2015 Ohio Music Award for "Adult Contemporary Song of the Year." First-place winner in the adult category at the Ohio Theatre's 2017 talent contest. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 25 -- Artistic Expressions: Abstract, 3 to 4 p.m. Ages 8 to 12 will view and discuss works of abstract art, then create art in a similar style. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.

Jan. 27 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster, 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning duo performs '40s-'50s and original blues and jazz. Vocalist Westerville native Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet, one of France's best blues guitarists. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 29 -- Curtain Players Script Review Session: Exit the King, by Eugene Ionesco, 6:30 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. In Ionesco's most accessible Absurdist drama, it's King Berenger's dying day and also the last day of the universe. Review the script and ask questions. Attendance is not required to audition. Open audition scheduled for Feb. 11 at the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse; production@curtainplayers.org or 614-360-1000.

Jan. 31 -- Alumnus Recital: Andrew Kovaleski, saxophone, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Otterbein University, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.