Now is the time to ensure a seat at the outstanding performances and productions planned for the 2019-20 season.
Season subscribers to Westerville Symphony, Curtain Players, Otterbein University Theatre and more are able to relax, knowing that they won't miss out on any presentations.
Why take advantage of the subscription packages? You'll be guaranteed excellent entertainment and have the satisfaction of supporting the arts in Westerville.
Here is something of interest to those who love to sing. The Westerville Community Choir has entertained audiences at the Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Fridays, the Westerville Tree Lighting, Columbus Choralfest and in concerts, since its formation in 2016. The group's focus is on building community through song, fostering strong singing technique and having fun.
For details on becoming a part of the group, visit artscouncilofwesterville.com.
Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.
September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
September through October -- Said Oladejo Lawal, award-winning paintings, including portraits, feature vibrant colors and unique motion. Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
September -- Sticker Artists Against Hate. Java front lobby. 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.
September -- Senior Center Photo Contest Exhibition at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
September -- Artwork by Don Wilkins at Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St.
Through Dec. 6 -- Exhibit by Patti Warashina: Conversations in Clay. Public reception: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, Art & Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Road. Exhibit open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 614-823-1792.
Through Dec. 6 -- Exhibit by Akio Takamori: The Passenger. Public reception: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, Otterbein University, 7 S. Grove St. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 614-823-1792
Through Dec. 6 -- Exhibit by Jun Kaneko: Dot in Space. Public reception: to be determined, Oct. 25, at Otterbein University, Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Exhibit open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 614-818-9716.
September -- Nature-Themed Artwork by Arts Council of Westerville. Meet the Artists Reception: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Innis House, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Exhibit hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle 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 at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 3 -- WACkY Art Workshop, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Art opportunities that expand creativity and self expression for children ages 7 to 11 offered through the Arts Council of Westerville on the first Tuesday of each month. Request more information at email@example.com. Register at artscouncilofwesterville.com.
Sept. 5 -- Redbird Faculty Jazz Combo at Otterbein, 8 p.m. Doug Neel, guitar; Richard Lopez, piano; Chris Berg, bass; and Michael Yonchak, drums, will perform favorite standards and contemporary pop and jazz tunes. Free and open to the public. Old Bag of Nails Restaurant, third floor, 24 N. State St., Uptown Westerville.
Sept. 6 -- Uptown Friday Night: Pop Uptown, 6 to 8 p.m, Cruisin' Uptown Westerville.
Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. -- Curtain Players presents "Leading Ladies" at 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. In this comedy for all ages, two Shakespearean actors attempt to gain a fortune by passing themselves off as women. Tickets at curtainplayers.org.
Sept. 6 -- 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.
Sept. 7 -- String Theory, 7 to 10 p.m. Acoustic rock band plays and harmonizes on classic '50s-'80s rock including Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, CCR and Eagles at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 8 -- Curtain Players Auditions for Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," 7 p.m. Registration at 6:30 p.m. Audition form available at curtainplayers.org/auditions. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena.
Sept. 8 -- Guest Artists: Daniel Neer with Camarata Trio, 7 p.m. Neer, a baritone, and the Camarata Trio will perform chamber music for voice and piano trio at Otterbein University, Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Free and open to the public.
Sept. 8 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster, 3 to 5 p.m. Award-winning blues duo with vocalist Jennifer Milligan from Westerville and blues guitarist Pascal Fouquet present fun and upbeat blues/jazz at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 9 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
Sept. 9 -- Author Visit with Michelle Houts, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The award-winning author of 11 books for young readers will share the story behind her latest picture books "Sea Glass Summer" and "Silent Swoop," at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Audience Q&A, book sale and signing will follow.
Sept. 11 -- 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 that gathers every second Wednesday at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 13 -- Uptown Friday Night: Arts, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pop-up art activities for children in Uptown Westerville, free; artsinuptown.com.
Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21 and Oct. 4, 5, 18 and 19 -- Uptown Ghost Story Tours, 7 and 9 p.m. Slightly theatrical, largely historical and entertaining walking tour of a dozen Uptown Westerville sites, presented by Uptown Westerville Inc. and Good Medicine Productions. Tickets at uptownwestervilleinc.com/ uptown-ghost-story-tours.
Sept. 14 and 28; Oct. 5 and 19 -- Writing and Appreciating Short Stories, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Retired professor and self-published author Peter Saunders will lead participants in analyzing short stories, structuring a story and completing a draft. Attendance at four sessions is required. Register at westervillelibrary. org or 614-882-777.
Sept. 16 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L. Everyone welcome; artscouncilofwesterville.com.
Sept. 16 -- 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.
Sept. 17 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m. Share your work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic. Everyone welcome. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 19 and 20 -- Floral Oil Painting Seminars with Sharon Hamilton at Heart of Ohio Tole. For information and to register by Sept. 6, email email@example.com. View projects at heartofohiotole.org
Sept. 19 -- Meet the Author: Zadie Smith, 7 p.m. Bestselling author of "White Teeth," "On Beauty," "NW" and "Feel Free" will speak and welcome questions. Mix-and-Mingle Reception: 5:15 p.m. sponsored by Westerville Library Foundation. Tickets for author visit and reception at westervillelibrary.org.
Sept. 19-22, 26-28 -- Otterbein Theatre presents "Chicago" at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets at 614-823-1109 and otterbein.edu/ theatre-performances.
Sept. 19 -- Art Lab, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children ages 6 to 8 will explore a variety of art styles and artists. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Sept. 20 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 4 to 6 experiment with various styles, mediums, and techniques while focusing on art as process. This month's theme: chalk. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.
Sept. 20 -- Uptown Friday Night: Rockin' Uptown, 6 to 8 p.m. Musicians perform indoors or out depending upon weather. Additional venues host musicians every Friday evening. Facebook.com/shopuptownwesterville.
Sept. 21 -- Heart of Ohio Tole monthly meeting and painting, 10 a.m. Registered attendees will be invited to painting session that follows. To register, email ironwood@ bright.net.
Sept. 21 -- Avalon Nine Trio, 7 to 10 p.m. Acoustic version of the classic rock/folk/roots group performs music by Bob Dylan, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 22 -- Otterbein Department of Music Faculty Recital: Steve Wedell, viola, and Suzanne Newcomb, piano, 2 p.m. "Stories Without Words" will feature works by Frank Bridge, Dmitri Shostakovich, Alan Hovhaness and Ernest Bloch; free at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.
Sept. 24 -- Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Meredith Martin, local artist and gallery owner, will offer critiques of artwork presented by members.
Sept. 25 -- Frank Proto, bass and Tim Berens, guitar, 8 p.m. Otterbein University Department of Music welcomes guest artists Proto, a Grammy nominee known worldwide for his orchestral compositions, and Berens, whose pops orchestra arrangements are played in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Free and open to the public at the Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.
Sept. 27 -- Mount Carmel St. Ann's Westerville 4th Friday, Arts Council of Westerville presents country singer/songwriter Luke Mossburg and his band, plus the Eric Clemens and Co. band, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at City Hall stage. Arts Alley, presented by the Arts Council, hosts hands-on art for children, live music stage featuring pop/oldies duo Caroline and Dad, and original art on exhibit. Union Savings Bank parking lot and lawn at Hanby Elementary School.
Sept. 27 -- Artists of Parkside Village Exhibit, seventh annual presentation of original works by residents of Parkside Village Senior Living community. Opening reception set for 6 to 9 p.m. at David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, 7 W. Main St. Exhibit hours: noon to 5 p.m. weekdays; davidmyersart.com.
Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. or Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. -- Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos Dance Performance. Dancers of all ages from Manzanillo, Mexico, to be featured. For ticket information, visit Facebook page @westervillecommunityculture.
Sept. 28 -- Jim Volk, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Guitar, vocals and improvisational medleys with dynamic style, artistry and energy. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Sept. 29 -- Community Culture Celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. Family-friendly event celebrating diversity that will include music, entertainment, ethnic foods trucks, educational activities, games and crafts; free at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.
Sept. 30 -- Happy Little Painting, 4 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Teens will channel Bob Ross by creating an original 8-by-10 painting of nature and will receive a certificate. Register at westervillelibrary .org.