The arts in Westerville provide excellent opportunities to celebrate the holiday season.

From the roving production of "Uptown Scrooge" and the multi-church, progressive Christmas concert, to the fully orchestrated holiday music concerts and library atrium and uptown cafe performances, there is plenty to enjoy. Check out the December offerings listed below and start a new holiday tradition.

Grant deadline

To provide support for unique learning opportunities in the arts, the Arts Council of Westerville will award its fifth annual Arts Education Grants in January.

Westerville teachers are invited to submit their ideas for a project or program that integrates the arts into their teaching. Apply at by Dec. 17.

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


December 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

December -- 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.; or 614-839-0698.

December -- Stained Glass by John Paglialunga at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

December -- Artwork by Dick Leavy at Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St.

December -- Photography by Fairfield County Photography Club, at Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Meet the Artists reception: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Innis House. 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.

December -- Works by Student Artists, presented by Westerville City School PTA, at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

December -- Best of 2019 Art Show, works by artists Rob Mandell, Said Oladejo Lawal, Cheryl Lyons, Dick Wood, Justin Dancing Hawk, Kathy Smithson, Barbara Doll and Jim Brundage for viewing and holiday purchase at Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; or 614-839-0698.

Through Dec. 21 -- "Uptown Scrooge" Theatrical Performance, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, interactive walking tour performance of "A Christmas Carol" takes audience members on Scrooge's journey through the streets and shops of Uptown Westerville. The program is intended for ages 4 and up. Purchase tickets at

Through Dec. 24 -- Annual Studio Artists Exhibit and Sale, David Myers and studio artists present original art, photographs, lithographs and notecards, at David Myers Art Studio & Gallery, 7 W. Main St. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and extended holiday hours. Visit

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; 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; or 614-839-0698.

Dec. 5-8 -- Dance Concert: Together Again, Otterbein University, Fritsche Theatre in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. After seven years, Kathy Bartelt, Maria Glimcher, Stella Kane and Tammy Plaxico join together to restage some of their favorite choreography with selections. Tickets at theatre-performances/dance-concert.

Dec. 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, 310 W. Main St.

Dec. 6 -- Otterbein Jazz Ensembles Holiday Showcase Concert, 8 p.m., Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Selections will include jazz standards, classic Christmas carols, Vince Guaraldi favorites and contemporary vocal arrangements of "Believer" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." Free and open to the public;

Dec. 6 -- Westerville Concert Band Brass Ensemble, 6:30 p.m., Westerville Tree Lighting, Westerville City Hall, 21 S State St.

Dec. 6 and 7 -- Christmas for the Generations: A Holiday Spectacular. Full Concerts: 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Dancers and singers present the story of winter and the holiday season. Children's Concerts: 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Dec. 7 featuring shorter and more animated presentations. Tickets at For details call Generations Performing Arts Center at 614-794-3298.

Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22 -- Curtain Players presents "The Mousetrap," Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Agatha Christie's mystery masterpiece portrays strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, and one of them is a murderer. For all ages. Tickets available at

Dec. 7 -- Christmas Open House at Hanby House, 7 to 9 p.m., 160 W. Main St. Hot cider, ginger snaps, music and festive decorations. Performances from noon to 4 p.m. with Gary Puckett, Three French Hens and Civil Disobedience. Visit the home where composer Benjamin Hanby lived before publishing "Up on the Housetop." Free, with donations appreciated.

Dec. 7 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster, 7 to 10 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St. Vocalist Jennifer Milligan from Westerville and Pascal Fouquet, blues guitarist from France, perform '40s-'50s and original upbeat blues and jazz, free; or 614-839-0698.

Dec. 7 -- "Down to the Wire" Show and Sale, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., original artwork on exhibit and on sale with 20% reduction, Sunbear Studio and Gallery, 22 W. Main St. Refreshments and wine available;

Dec. 8 -- Music in the Library Atrium, 2 to 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Seasonal music performed by saxophonist and Westerville resident Ron Fisher.

Dec. 8 -- Westerville Concert Band presents "A Christmas in the Round," 4 p.m., Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. Concert selections include holiday music, sing-alongs, small ensemble performances and a premiere by the new WCB Big Band. Free admission. Cookie, Punch and Santa reception follows the program.

Dec. 10 -- Interactive Movie Night: "Moana," 6 to 7:45 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Families can experience a daring adventure at sea as they sing, laugh and interact with the movie. Children will receive an interactive bag to use. Register at or 614-882-7177.

Dec. 11 --- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m., share an original song or come to meet this music community, every second Wednesday at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; or 614-839-0698.

Dec. 12 -- Art Lab. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 6 to 8 will explore a variety of art styles and artists. Register at or call 614-882-7277.

Dec. 13 -- Soup for Shelter & Progressive Christmas Concert. Soup: 5 to 7 p.m., soup, bread, cookie, beverage and handcrafted bowl for $15, at Otterbein Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. Concert: 7 to 9:15 p.m. at three Uptown Westerville churches. Guides with lanterns lead participants to venues. Soup and concert benefit Westerville Habitat Partnership. Concert tickets at, Westerville visitors bureau and at the church doors.

Dec. 14 -- Signs of Christmas Choir, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Performance of a variety of musical selections in American Sign Language.

Dec. 14 -- Caroline and Dad Holiday Show, 7 to 10 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St. Caroline and Frank Hennebert use harmonies in a diverse oldies show that will include holiday songs, free; or 614-839-0698.

Dec. 15 -- Westerville Community Choir presents Cozy Winter Concert, 2 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, across Hoover Reservoir at 4686 E. Walnut St. Selections will include holiday favorites plus familiar tunes from popular holiday movies. Free and open to the public.

Dec. 15 -- Westerville Symphony presents "Sounds of the Season," 5 p.m. , Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall, Otterbein University, 30 S. Grove St. Selections include "Russian Christmas Music," "Christmas on Broadway," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the "Concert Suite from the Polar Express," plus "The Nutcracker." Tickets at westervillesymphony,org and at the door.

Dec. 16 -- Creative Writing for Seniors, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Share life experiences while developing writing skills. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St.

Dec. 16 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m., Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L;

Dec. 17 -- 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; or 614-882-7277.

Dec. 18 -- Recycled Art, 4 to 6 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 6 and older can drop in to make something beautiful from recycled items.

Dec. 18 -- Sip & Sketch: Winter Birch Trees, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Good Vibes Winery, 2 S. State St. Casual art session with no art experience necessary. Acrylic on canvas. Fee includes personal instruction, art supplies and two glasses of wine. Register at Walk-ins welcome.

Dec. 20 -- Uptown Ice Sculpture Tour, installation at 5 p.m., Uptown Westerville. Illuminated sculptures by Rock on Ice displayed through Dec. 21 and 22, weather permitting.

Dec. 21 -- Shane D. Wilson Christmas Show, 7 to 10 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; or 614-839-0698.

Dec. 22 -- Music in the Library Atrium, 2 to 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Seasonal music plus original compositions and improvisations performed by harpist Trista Hill.

Dec. 28 -- Early New Year's Eve Show headlined by Brady Fulton, 7 to 10 p.m. Java Central, 20 S. State St. Fulton and his band will be joined by Caroline and Dad, the Castros and Starlit Ways, free; or 614-839-0698.