In celebration of April is Arts Month in Westerville, the Westerville City Schools will highlight the artwork of students in grades kindergarten through 12 at two exhibits in the community.

In celebration of April is Arts Month in Westerville, the Westerville City Schools will highlight the artwork of students in grades kindergarten through 12 at two exhibits in the community. Also in April, literary artists who are finalists in the Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest, sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and Westerville News & Public Opinion, will be honored at receptions.

For enjoyment by the public, selected works in the elementary division grades K-5 will be on display at the Westerville Community Center April 12 through the end of the month, with a reception planned by teachers and the Arts Council for students and parents from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Artwork created by students in grades 6-12, the secondary division, will be on display April 12 through the end of April at the Westerville Public Library. Parents and students will be welcomed at a reception at the library, also on April 26, from 3-4 p.m. School Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg will greet families and recognize student accomplishments at both events.

Writers whose entries were selected as first-, second-, third-place and honorable mention in five age/grade categories will gather with friends and families at two receptions on Sunday, April 12, at the library. They will receive their prizes and be invited to read from their work. Grades K-5 at 2 p.m.; and grades 6-12 and adult writers at 3 p.m. The first place entries will be published in an April edition of the News & Public Opinion, and all finalists will see their work published online at ThisWeekNews.com/Westerville.

Do you know an artist -- visual, literary, performing or other? This month, be sure to take a moment to say thank you for making your life brighter!

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

April 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.

Through April 14 -- "Looking Back: A Retrospective of the Work of Photographer Kojo Kamau." Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. 614-823-1792.

Through April 24 -- Spirits in Stone: Contemporary African sculpture from Zimbabwe. Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine Street, 614-818-9716.

Through April 24 -- Senior Art Exhibitions, Weekly exhibitions by graduating art majors. Otterbein University's Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Road, 614-823-1792.

Through April 26 -- "Luminous Landscapes in Ceramics & Encaustic Painting." Works by Carol Snyder & Kellie McDermott. McConnell Arts Center, Main Gallery, 777 Evening St., Worthington, 43085, mcconnellarts.org, 614-431-0329.

Through May 2 -- Westerville Art League Artists, Java Gallery. Works by eight artists in watercolor, oils and acrylic. Java Central, 20 S. State St. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 1 -- Registration opens for The Uptown Art Camp. Professional instruction in drawing and painting for artists ages 8-16 of all skill levels and experience. Artists work in an artist's studio and experience a gallery exhibit featuring their own art. Download application at uptownartcamp.com or register in person at David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, 7 W. Main St. M-F, noon-5 p.m.

April 3 -- The Make Believe Box -- Play in a Day, 12-4 p.m. Ages 5-7 explore costumes and theatrical devices to create their own dramatic adventures. McConnell Arts Center. 614-890-6820 for cost.

April 3, 4, 10 &11 at 8 p.m. April 12 at 2 p.m. -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winner, a wealthy southern patriarch faces impending death and manipulates his family, as his children squabble and mislead in desperate attempts to secure the family inheritance. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena 43021. Tickets $17, $15 for students and senior citizens, online at curtainplayers.org or 614-360-1000.

April 4 -- The Detours. Oldies and originals by an entertaining duo, 7-10 p.m, Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 7 & 15 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. First Tuesday and third Wednesday. $20 includes wine tasting, art supplies and instruction. Advance registration at vinomeza@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

April 8 -- Otterbein Percussion Ensemble, 8 p.m. Wide array of music for percussion-tuned and non-tuned. Otterbein Marimba Band will play. Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St. Free and open to the public.

April 11 -- Jim Volk. World class guitarist, 7-9:30 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 12 -- Nationwide Children's Starry Night, 2-6 p.m., Interactive STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) for children and adults. Food trucks. Sponsored by Westerville Partners for Education. Free. Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Road. For more information contact Julie at 614-657-3028.

April 17 -- Budding Artists, 2-3 p.m., Children ages 4-6 will focus on art as process rather than finished product. April medium: Paint. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Register online at westervillelibrary.org or at 614-882-7277 ext. 5.

April 18 -- Family Painting Workshop, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Fee covers all supplies and canvas panel. mcconnellarts.org 614-431-0329.

April 18 -- Christopher Gatsby. Talented singer/songwriter, with pianist/guitarist Jake D'anieri, 7-10 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 20 -- Paint Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No experience necessary at this simple, stress-free session for adults. Artist and youth librarian Becky O'Neil will guide participants in replicating the night's feature painting. Supplies and refreshments provided. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Free. Register online at westervillelibrary.org or at 614-882-7277 ext. 4.

April 21 -- Meet the Authors: National Poetry Month, 7-8:45 p.m. Westerville Poetry Group members will share selections from their published books. Readings, book sale and signing. Open mic. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 2164.

April 22--May 20 -- "Spring Again: 175 years of Beauty, Grace & Wisdom." The art of Joye Tilton and Georgia Wagner. Acrylic on canvas paintings by the artists whose combined age is over 175 years. David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, M-F, noon-5 p.m. davidmyersart.com

April 22 -- Wind Ensemble: Student Concerto Soloists, Otterbein Department of Music, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. otterbein.edu/music

April 24 -- Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday: Uptown Alive, 6-9 p.m., Historic Uptown Westerville. 100-plus street vendors, food carts, live entertainment, kids' activities. Arts Alley, north of Hanby Magnet School, features hands-on art activities for children, and art by members of Westerville Art League. visitwesterville.org.

April 25 -- Combined Choirs, Otterbein Department of Music, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. otterbein.edu/music

April 25 -- Intro to Storytelling Performance, 1-4 p.m. Professional storytellers lead families in developing their stories and important memories. mcconnellarts.org 614-431-0329 for cost.

April 25 -- The Bead People. Excellent '60s pop/rock group, 7-10 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 26 -- Westerville Symphony Ron Lykins Masterworks Series III, 5 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The season finale features the conclusion of the Brahms symphony cycle with his epic Fourth Symphony, and also includes two popular Beethoven compositions: The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op.43, and his famous Triple Concerto (the concerto for violin, cello and piano in C major), featuring three members of Otterbein's Qube Quartet: Suzanne Newcomb, David Edge and Cora Kuyvenhoven. Tickets $25. westervillesymphony.org/events or call 614-899-9000.

April 28 -- Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 p.m. Artist of the month: Award winner Barbara Rores. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.