April is Arts Month in Westerville and it's the perfect time to salute and be inspired by the talented musicians, artists and writers in our community.

CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information from the Arts Council of Westerville, the print and earlier online version of this column listed an incorrect date for the Westerville Art Hop.

April is Arts Month in Westerville and it's the perfect time to salute and be inspired by the talented musicians, artists and writers in our community.

This month, the Arts Council of Westerville will honor the district's elementary- and secondary-student artists at receptions, as well as award the winners of the 13th annual Celebrate the Arts writing contest.

From the engaging art hop and milestone concert band show to the art auctions and art-centered 4th Friday, Westerville is the place to spring into the arts in April.

Westerville Art Hop

Uptown will transform into an art gallery from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for the first Westerville Art Hop.

Artists will exhibit and demonstrate their works at more than 30 participating locations that include local shops and actual galleries. Pick up a map, visit all of the stops and be entered into drawings for $25 gift cards to Uptown restaurants. This event is sponsored by Uptown Westerville Inc. and Arts Council of Westerville.

See participating artists and locations at uptownwestervilleinc.com.

Band's 30th season

To celebrate its 30th season, the 75-member Westerville Concert Band, with music director/conductor Larry Klabunde and assistant conductor Victoria Straub, will welcome back past conductors to take turns at the baton: co-founder Tim Jameson (1989-2001), Don Clark (1996-99), director emeritus Richard Suddendorf (2001-2013), Jennifer Cabral-Hever (1999-2012), and Jeff Shellhammer (2014).

Enjoy the free concert and reception at 4 p.m. April 7 at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

An Artful Affair

Silent and live auctions of high-quality artwork created and donated by local artists, along with live music and strolling appetizers will be featured at An Artful Affair from 7 to 10 p.m. April 27 at the Lakes Golf and Country Club, 6740 Worthington Road.

The Westerville Education Foundation hosts this event to fund academic initiatives benefiting students.

Tickets and details are available at artfulaffair.info.

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

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April 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.

April -- Photographic artist Rob Mandell, display of diverse imagery created with digital photography, ranging from landscapes and still life to abstract imagery, at Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

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

April -- Westerville School District Art Show, elementary exhibit, April 2-14. Reception: 1 to 2 p.m. April 14. Secondary exhibit, April 16-28. Reception: 1 to 2 p.m. April 28. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

April 3-28 -- Pressed Flower and Plant Art Exhibit, works by Antonia Bojanina. Meet the Artist: 2 to 4 p.m. April 14 at Innis House, Inniswood Metro Park, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Through April 19 -- Senior Art Exhibitions, weekly exhibitions and receptions by graduating art majors, April 22 through May 10. Also featured: Otterbein Artists-in-Residence Exhibition: Alumnae Susanna Harris and Anna Kamphaus '18. 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.

Through May 1 -- Land in Flames by Vitor Mizael, exploring issues of Brazilian national identity, at Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall (first and second floors), 27 S. Grove St. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Through April 27 -- Paraiso Tropical (Tropical Paradise) by Rosana Pauli, addressing 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. Wednesdays through Saturdays 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. 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.

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.

April 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 at 310 W. Main St.

April 5 -- 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: scissors. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 6 -- Westerville Art Hop, 2 to 6 p.m. Uptown. Artists at more than 30 locations, presented by Uptown Westerville Inc. and Arts Council of Westerville.

April 6 -- String Theory, 7 to 10 p.m. Musicians with vocal harmonies perform classic '50s through '80s rock including Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, CCR and Eagles. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; April 7 at 2 p.m. -- Curtain Players present "Doubt, A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley. A Catholic nun at a 1960s Bronx school accuses a priest of molesting a studentin this play intended for ages 13 and older. Tickets available at curtainplayers.org or by calling 614-360-1000. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena.

April 7 -- Westerville Concert Band 30th Anniversary Concert, 4 p.m. Free, with donations accepted. Reception follows. Westerville Central High School auditorium, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

April 8 -- Bad Art Night, 4 to 5 p.m. Students ages 11-18 will create ridiculous art and present their "worst" effort for a chance to win a prize at Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 8 -- Art Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adults will explore various art forms at this stress-free session. A guest artist will guide participants in replicating a featured piece. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 8 and 22 -- Writing Critique Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Share work in progress in this informal, peer-led group. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 9 -- Acting Out Reading Series: "Water by the Spoonful," 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq war struggles to find meaning and purpose within his family and community. Free. Otterbein University, 1 S. Grove St., Towers Hall, third floor.

April 10 -- 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.

April 11 -- Poets Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley, 7:30 p.m. Spoken word poetry performance by headliners on their only Ohio stop. Otterbein University, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street. A book signing and reception will follow the performance.

April 13 -- Long Tall Deb and Colin John, 7 to 10 p.m. Vocals by Deb with Texas/Mexico border roots and guitarist Colin who blends Hawaiian with blues and soul. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 15 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville. The public is invited. Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L.

April 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 at 310 W. Main St.

April 15 -- The Story Circle, 7 to 9 p.m., professional and amateur storytellers will engage and entertain with tales of life, history and culture. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Walk-ons encouraged. Third Mondays at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free: java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 16 -- 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.The public is invited. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 16 -- Sip & Sketch Sip, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Magnified Flower using acrylic paint on canvas. 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.

April 17 -- 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.

April 20 -- The Castros, 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning Westerville singer/songwriter duo Marco and Sara Castro perform originals and creative covers. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 23 -- Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 p.m., presenting artist will be announced on website, westervilleartleague.com, and Facebook. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 24 -- Self-Publishing for Beginners, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Determine a budget, timeline and marketing plan. Part 2 is set May 22. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

April 26 -- Westerville 4th Friday: Spring into the Arts, 6 to 9 p.m. Street vendors, food carts, live entertainment, children's activities. Arts Alley, presented by the Arts Council of Westerville, features Passport to the Arts for children on the lawn at Hanby Elementary.

April 26 to May 17 -- Joy of Spring, fifth annual exhibit featuring the works of studio artists and Parkside Village artists. Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. April 26. David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, 7 W. Main. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.

April 27 -- An Artful Affair, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lakes Golf and Country Club. Tickets and details at artfulaffair.info

April 27 -- Jim Volk, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Virtuoso guitarist will perform his melodic-hybrid style of picking comparable to Kottke, Keaggy and Tommy E. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

April 29 -- Westerville Public Library, Meet the Author Series: Sharon M. Draper, 7 to 8 p.m. National Teacher of the Year and five-time winner of Coretta Scott King Literary Award will read from her newest release "Blended," about bi-racial, 11-year-old Isabella. Book sale. Library meeting room. 126 S. State St. Free registration at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.