The Power of the Arts free workshops will offer adults opportunities to experiment with the qualities of the arts that transform, heal and express.

Taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. March 9, the workshops are presented by the Arts Council of Westerville in partnership with the city of Westerville and VSA Ohio, with grant assistance from the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

Following a brief introductory session on the benefits of the arts, attendees will participate in two 45-minute sessions of their choice. Interactive sessions include: Music Moves, focusing on the connections of movement and music to relaxation, reflection and interpretation; Artfully Yours, using watercolor techniques to promote emotional growth and healing; Voices of Expression, showing how writing translates personal expression through storytellling, poetic response and free-thought writing; and Responding to Music, demonstrating how the rhythm of a song can stimulate brain waves, bring joy and stimulate memories.

Register for two workshop choices online at artscouncil ofwesterville.com or email artscouncilwesterville@gmail. com by Monday, March 4. The workshops will be held at Hanby Elementary School, 56 S. State St.

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

March 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.

March and April -- Photographic Artist Rob Mandell, diverse imagery created with digital photography, ranging from landscapes and still life to abstract imagery. Public reception: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March -- Sticker Artists Against Hate at Java Gallery, art created originally in Berlin and Paris with images from international street/sticker artists, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March -- Paintings by Mariangel Scavo and Civil War display by Patrick Garrity, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 6-31 -- Watercolor art by Judi McGee and Michael Rayer. Meet the Artists: 2 to 4 p.m. March 17. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Innis House, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road.

Through March 14 -- 22nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Joanne Stichweh, juror, at Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, 33 Collegeview Road. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

March 18 through April 19 -- Senior Art Exhibitions, weekly exhibitions and receptions by graduating art majors, at Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, Otterbein University.

Through May 1 -- "Land in Flames" by Vitor Mizael, exhibit exploring issues of Brazillian national identity and plays against literary traditions that blend fact and fantasy, at Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall (first and second floors), 27 S. Grove St. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Through April 27 -- "Paraiso Tropical (Tropical Paradise)" by Rosana Pauli. Pauli's work addresses the process of colonization and slavery in Brazil, to understand the legacies of colonialism and racial constructions in the present, at Otterbein University, the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday during the university's academic year.

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

March 1 -- 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 at 310 W. Main St.

March 1 -- Deadline to submit entries for Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest, 13th annual sponsored by Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and Friends of the Library. See guidelines at artscouncilofwesterville .com. Send entries by email to artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com.

March 2 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster, 7 to 10 p.m. Vocalist Jennifer Milligan from Westerville and Pascal Fouquet, renowned blues guitarist from France, perform at Natalie's and at Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 5 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Celtic Designs using oil pastels and watercolor. Instructor Jan Fedorenko. 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.

March 7 -- The Philosophy of Photography, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 126 S. State St. Local photographer Gary Gardiner will offer ways to improve technique. Registration required by visiting westervillelibrary.org or calling 614-882-7277.

March 8 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 4 to 6 will explore artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process and not finished product. This month's topic: glue. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 9 -- Luke Mossburg, 7 to 10 p.m. Country singer/songwriter who is a favorite locally and in Nashville, performing with TJ Wright on keyboard, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 13 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and meet this music community. Every second Wednesday at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 13 -- Art Lab, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children ages 6 to 8 will explore art techniques and learn about the artists. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 14-16 at 7 p.m.; March 17 at 2 p.m. -- Westerville North High School Theatre presents "Newsies." More information at mollohak@wcsoh.org

March 16 -- Amhrain, 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate "almost" St. Patrick's Day with this Irish band from Portsmouth as it performs a blend of Irish/Celtic music plus Appalachian hills and East Coast folk, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 17 -- Westerville Symphony presents Vienna and the Symphony, 5 p.m. A musical trip to hear the development of the classical symphony from early Haydn through Mozart and to the dawn of the Beethoven symphonies with James Bates, conductor. Purchase $15 tickets at westervillesymphony.org. Riley Auditorium at Battelle Hall, Otterbein University.

March 18 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. For information go to artscouncilofwesterville.com

March 18 -- 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 the Westerville Senior Center at 310 W. Main St.

March 19 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m. at the 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.

March 20 -- Westerville Public Library Meet the Author Series: V.E. Schwab, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Villa Milano. Interview, audience Q&A, book sale and signing. First 300 guests to arrive receive a free copy of "Vicious." Tickets available at westervillelibrary.org.

March 20 -- Sip & Sketch Sip, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bountiful Bouquets using acrylic paint on canvas. 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.

March 21 -- The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling and Poetry, 7 to 9 p.m. Regional poets and professional "tellers" from the Storytellers of Central Ohio perform their works in a program hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Bring a story to share. Third Thursday of the month at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 21 -- Jazz Combos, 8 p.m., free and open to the public, Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University.

March 22, 23, 29, 30, April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; March 31 and April 7 at 2 p.m. -- Curtain Players presents "Doubt, A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley at 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. A Catholic nun at a 1960s Bronx school accuses a priest of molesting a student in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, intended for ages 13 and older. Tickets available at curtainplayers.org or be calling 614-360-1000.

March 23 -- John Morgan, 7 to 10 p.m. Fingerstyle guru/singer will be joined by pianist Craig Allen, bassist Don Smith, drummer Paul Batchelder and guest singers at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 23 at 8 p.m.; March 24 at 2 p.m. -- Opera Scenes. Students of Otterbein's Opera Theatre program will perform scenes from favorite works such as "Carmen," "Don Pasquale" and "The Marriage of Figaro." Free and open to the public. Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University.

March 26 -- Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Meredith Martin will critique artists' works.

March 28-31, April 4-6 -- Otterbein Theatre presents "Singin' in the Rain," directed by Christina Kirk with musical direction by Lori Kay Harvey and choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane. Co-Produced with the Department of Music. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets available at boxoffice@otterbein.edu or by calling 614-823-1109.

March 30 -- Day of Art for All, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accessible Expressions Ohio invites the public to browse works by artists of all ages with disabilities, cast a vote for the People's Choice Art in person or online at facebook.com/VSAOhio starting March 1 and attend the awards presentation on March 30. An art activity table will be provided by Arts Council of Westerville. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

March 30 -- Dan Heidt, 7 to 10 p.m. Singer/guitarist/songwriter presents story-driven songs similar to James Taylor, John Denver and Jackson Browne at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.