Everyone who loves the arts is invited to the "The Art of It All!" reception planned by the Arts Council of Westerville for 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21.
As part of the festivities, the fifth annual ACW "Supporter of the Arts in Westerville" award will be presented and the winners of the Arts Education Grants will be introduced.
The celebration also will include hands-on art and T-shirt booths, music and refreshments.
For details and reservations, contact artscouncilwesterville@ gmail.com.
Writers of all ages and genres are reminded to submit their entries to the 14th annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest by the deadline of Feb. 24.
For contest guidelines, visit artscouncilofwesterville.com.
Art league's new name
As the Westerville Art League has seen increased membership, the organization wishes to grow and maintain a controlled message in the social media environment.
To accomplish this, the group has rebranded itself as Community Artists of Westerville.
For more information, visit communityartistsofwesterville. org.
Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.
February 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 email@example.com.
February -- Art by Community Artists of Westerville, 24 accomplished local artists displaying watercolors, oil, digital and photographic art, at Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
February -- Street Art Against Hate, sticker art boards containing anti-hate messages created by 400 street artists worldwide, at Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
February -- Artwork by Marsha Stalker and Carolyn Hamilton, at Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St.
Feb. 1-9 -- The 34th Annual Quilt Show presented by Columbus Metropolitan Quilters, at Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Members will be on hand Saturdays and Sundays to talk with visitors at Innis House. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Feb. 10-29 -- Photography by Doug Askew, at Innis House, Inniswood Metro Gardens. A Meet the Artist reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23.
Through Feb. 14 -- "Provocateur" by Jim Bowling, exhibition exploring the interconnection of surface and form to create narratives addressing themes ranging from personal reflections to political criticisms, at Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, 33 Collegeview Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Through April 23 -- "Toils of Delight" by Youdhisthir Maharjan, at Otterbein University, the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. A reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. March 19, with artist remarks at 5 p.m. Conceptual printmaker Maharjan deconstructs and weaves text-based artwork recalling the artistry of the Newars-indigenous people of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Through May 3 -- "Interwoven" by Anita Maharjan, exhibition of three-dimensional woven installations merges traditional Nepali weaving methods with contemporary western materiality, at Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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.
Feb. 1 -- String Theory, 7 to 10 p.m., acoustic rock band plays classic 1950s-'80s rock, at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Feb. 4 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Good Vibes Winery, 2 S. State St. "Collage Hearts" using mixed media. Casual art session with no art experience necessary. Fee includes personal instruction, art supplies and two glasses of wine. Register at artscouncilofwesterville.com. Walk-ins welcome.
Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 -- Reader's Theater, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children ages 8-11 will read aloud from funny scripts, hone acting skills then perform for friends and family. Attend all four sessions. Register at westervillelibrary.org.
Feb. 7 -- 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.
Feb. 7 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 4 to 6 will explore artistic styles, mediums and techniques while focusing on art as process. This month's theme: crayons. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.
Feb. 7, 8, 14-16, 21-23 -- Curtain Players presents "Falsettos," at Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. In a large, eccentric, and dysfunctional but loving Jewish family in 1970s New York, Marvin leaves his wife and young son, lives with another man and experiences complications in this production for ages 13 and older. Tickets at curtainplayers.org
Feb. 8 -- Meet the Author: Amanda Flower, 3:30 to 5 p.m. USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of over 25 mystery novels will discuss her latest books, "Matchmaking Can Be Murder" and "Verse and Vengeance." Audience question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. Register at westervillelibrary.org or call 614-882-7277.
Feb. 8 -- MEEK Quartet Valentines Show, 7 to 10 p.m., performance of folk, country, Americana, gospel and cowboy/western using four-part harmony with puns, props and more, at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Feb. 9 -- Grassahol, 3 to 5 p.m., high-energy band performs covers and originals of bluegrass, Americana, country and folk, at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Feb. 9 -- Curtain Players, auditions for "The Spoon River Project," adapted by Tom Andolora and directed by Damon Barnett, at Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with auditions at 7 p.m. Audition form and details at curtainplayers.org/auditions.
Feb. 12 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m., share an original song or meet this music community, every second Wednesday at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Feb. 13-16, 20-22 -- Otterbein Theatre presents "School for Scandal," a comedy of manners, set in 1777 England, at Fritsche Theatre in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove. Tickets at otterbein.edu/theatre-presentations.
Feb. 15 -- BluesSwing, 7 to 10 p.m., performance featuring the blues and popular song roots of American music, at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Feb. 16 -- Guest Artists: PANdemonium 4 Flute Quartet, 2 p.m., at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W Park St. Teacher-performer professionals based at universities across Ohio have performed at National Flute Association annual conventions and in seven different states. This event is free and open to the public.
Feb. 17 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m., at Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L; artscouncilofwesterville.com.
Feb. 17 -- 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.
Feb. 18 -- 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.
Feb. 19 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Good Vibes Winery, 2 S. State St. "Blue Tribute" using acrylic on canvas. Casual art session with no art experience necessary. Fee includes personal instruction, art supplies and two glasses of wine. Register at artscouncilofwesterville.com. Walk-ins welcome.
Feb. 21 -- The Art of It All! reception, hosted by Arts Council of Westerville, 6 to 8 p.m. Request details and RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 22 -- Folk Ramblers, 7 to 10 p.m., vocalist/guitarist Bill Cohen and banjo player Carl Yaffey present '60s folk music, at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Feb. 23 -- Young Persons Concert: "A Musical Tour of the USA," presented by Westerville Community Bands, at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal. Starting at 2:15 p.m. in the commons, there will be a Westerville Big Band performance and instrument "petting zoo" for children. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium, the Westerville Concert Band and District High School Honors Band will present American music. Free.
Feb. 23 -- Otterbein Choir Winter Concert, 3 p.m., at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W Park St.; free and open to the public.
Feb. 23 -- Otterbein String Orchestra, 7 p.m., at Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W Park St.; free and open to the public.
Feb. 24 -- Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest entry deadline. Submit original writing to email@example.com by 9 p.m. Contest guidelines are available at westervillelibrary.org/contest.
Feb. 25 -- Community Artists of Westerville meeting (formerly Westerville Art League), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Caitlin McGurkse, with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State University, will speak.
Feb. 25 -- Art Lab, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., at 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.
Feb. 29 -- R.J. Cowdery, 7 to 10 p.m., singer, songwriter and guitarist will appear at Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; For more information, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.