The 14th annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest will begin accepting entries on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion invite writers of all ages to submit original works in any genre (short story, poem, etc.) and on any topic.

Organized by the Arts Council to mark April as "Celebrate the Arts" month in Westerville, the contest encourages and rewards literary artists. First-place finishers, judged in five age/grade categories, will see their work in print in this newspaper during April, and the first- through third-place and honorable mention entries will be published by ThisWeek online. Winners will receive their prizes and be invited to read from their work at a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library on April 26 at the library. Winners will receive a copy of all writings published in a compilation book, courtesy of the Friends.

Contest guidelines are available online at westervillelibrary. org/contest. Authors should submit their work at artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com. Deadline is Feb. 24.

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

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January 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.

January -- Art from Westerville Art League, artists from the League will exhibit watercolors, oils and photography at Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

January -- Street Art Against Hate, sticker art boards are on display containing anti-hate messages created by 400 street artists worldwide at Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

January -- Artwork by MahLeah Cochran at Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St.

Jan. 13 through Feb. 14 -- "Provocateur" by Jim Bowling at Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, 33 Collegeview Road. Reception: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 This sabbatical exhibition explores the interconnection of surface and form to create narratives addressing themes ranging from personal reflections to political criticisms. Hours will be 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Jan. 13 through May 3 -- "Interwoven" by Anita Maharjan at Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24, with artist remarks at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition of three-dimensional woven installations merges traditional Nepali weaving methods with contemporary western materiality. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Jan. 15 through Apr. 23 -- "Toils of Delight" by Youdhisthir Maharjan at Otterbein University, the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. Reception: 4 to 6 p.m. March 19 with artist remarks at 5 p.m. Conceptual printmaker Maharjan deconstructs and weaves text-based artworks recalling the artistry of the Newars-indigenous people of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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, talented performers every week at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 3 -- 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.

Jan. 4 -- Long Tall Deb and Colin John, 7 to 10 p.m. at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 8 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m., share an original song or meet this music community at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 10 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 4 to 6 will explore various artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process and not finished product. This month's theme: sculpture. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

Jan. 11 -- Guitarist Jim Volk, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 9-11 -- Curtain Players, presentation of New Works Initiative, 7:30 p.m. at Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Performance readings of original works by local playwrights. Jan. 9: "Little Boxes" by Emily Turner is a theatrical valentine to kindness, empathy and friendship told in a series of vignettes. Jan. 10: "Prima Donna" by Chris Leyva tells the story of the prima donna at the Imperial Opera of Warsaw who risks everything. Jan. 11, for mature audiences only: "Suspension" by Keely Kurtas-Chapman focuses on a woman who discovers a horrific secret about her mother's past. Admission is an offering.

Jan. 12 -- Curtain Players, auditions for "Fireflies" by Matthew Barber, at Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Directed by James F. Petsche. Registration: 6:30 p.m.; auditions: 7 p.m. Audition form and details at curtainplayers.org/auditions.

Jan. 15 -- Meet the Author: Colleen Oakley, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Hear about the world of dream research from Oakley while on book tour for her newest novel, "You Were There Too." Attendees will receive a free copy of the book. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

Jan. 16 -- Drawing Mandalas, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Kathy Rausch, author of "Divine Creativity: The Life Changing Magic of the Mandala," will instruct adults. Registration required at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

Jan. 18 -- Amethystone, 7 to 10 p.m., piano-driven pop-rock quartet from Athens performs original music and various cover tunes at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 20 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L. Get involved in the arts in Westerville; artscouncilofwesterville.com.

Jan. 20 -- 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, 310 W. Main St.

Jan. 21 -- 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 at Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Optional open mic.

Jan. 22 -- A Celebration of Animation, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Author Martin Gitlin will share his criteria for ranking in his book "A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History. " Book sale and signing will follow. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

Jan. 23 -- Art Lab, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 6 to 8 will explore a variety of art techniques and learn about the artists. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

Jan. 25 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster Combo, 7 to 10 p.m., blues band from France will be performing their competition show at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 26 -- Westerville Symphony: Masterworks 2, 5 p.m., acelebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Riley Auditorium in Battelle Hall, Otterbein University. Tickets at westervillesymphony.org.

Jan. 26 -- Bluegrass with Grassahol, 3 to 5 p.m. , bluegrass/Americana band will appear at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

Jan. 28 -- Westerville Art League meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Speaker Joe Nungesser will share information on his pottery.