Preparations are underway for the second Westerville Art Hop, an art-filled day set for 1 to 5 p.m. April 18.

Artists will be in stores and gallery spaces throughout Uptown Westerville and on the grassy courtyard at City Hall, exhibiting, selling and creating art for the public. Attendance at last year's event was estimated at over 1,500 people. Uptown Westerville Inc. and the Arts Council of Westerville are inviting artists to apply for spots.

For guidelines, visit artscouncilofwesterville.com and UWI on Facebook.

Award, grant recipients

At their annual reception, Arts Council of Westerville members presented the Arts Supporter of the Year award to the Community Artists of Westerville, formerly the Westerville Art League.

For 62 years, the group has kept the tradition of creating visual art in a variety of media, showcasing speakers and sponsoring artists at exhibits and displays such as Arts Alley at the Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Fridays and the Westerville Art Hop. Also awarded were two Arts Education Grants: Julie Rathje's submission to bring Storigami, a program of Asian folktales and origami paper folding, to Hanby and Emerson students and Mary Lee DeWitt's project for theater students at Westerville North High School to attend state conference workshops on playwriting, puppetry, dance and college auditions.

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

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March Art Exhibits and Programs

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.

March through April -- Art by Cheryl Lyons, oil and acrylic pieces, at Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St.; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March -- Artwork by Laura Darcy at Cardinal Pizza, 10 E. Main St.

March through April -- Exhibit by Community Artists of Westerville, Quest Conference Center, 845 Pulsar Place.

March 3-30 -- Evelyn Burke: Oil, Acrylics and Watercolor at Innis House main room, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Meet the Artist reception: 2 to 4 p.m. March 15. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

March 4-22 -- Westerville South High School Painting 2 and 3 Classes Exhibit at Innis House library, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. 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. 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.

Through May 3 -- "Interwoven" by Anita Maharjan at Otterbein University, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. The exhibition of three-dimensional woven installations merges traditional Nepali weaving methods with contemporary western materiality.Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle 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.

March 1 -- Lil' Red and The Rooster, 3 to 5 p.m., award-winning duo presents classic and original blues, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 3 -- Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 3D Mandalas, Good Vibes Winery, 2 S. State St. 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.

March 5-8 -- Westerville North High School Theatre presents the musical "Mamma Mia," 7 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 8 at 950 County Line Road. Tickets for reserved seating are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the school beginning an hour before curtain on show days or online at https://westerville-north-theater-department.ticketleap.com/.

March 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.

March 6 -- Budding Artists, 2 to 3 p.m., 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: paper. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

March 7 -- Rick Barr, 7 to 10 p.m., performer and songwriter presents eclectic mix from country and classic rock to blues and folk, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 11 -- WACkY Art Workshop, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Road. Art class that expands creativity and self-expression for children ages 7-12 offered through the Arts Council of Westerville on the second Wednesday of each month. Request more information at wacyart@gmail.com. Register at artscouncilofwesterville.com.

March 11 -- Faculty Recital: "Patchwork" with Hild Peersen, clarinet; David Stefano, bassoon; and Suzanne Newcomb, piano, 8 p.m. , Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University, 170 W Park St. The program includes Beethoven, Reichenauer, Bernstein and more. Free and open to the public.

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

March 14 -- Tunes & Tales: "Kate and the Beanstalk," performed by the Westerville Symphony and narrated by the Westerville Public Library, four performances, at 126 S. State St. After each performance, musicians will offer an instrument meet and greet for children ages 3-8. Free registration is required at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.

March 14 -- Shane D. Wilson, 7 to 10 p.m., N'awlins flavored jazz, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 15 -- Otterbein Singers present "Pop! Goes the Opera!," 8 p.m. at Church of the Master, 24 N. Grove St. The 35-member choral ensemble will perform selections from "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon" and hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Admission is free. Donations will benefit the Friends of the Courtright Library.

March 16 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m., Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L. For details go to artscouncilofwesterville.com.

March 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, 310 W. Main St.

March 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.

March 18 -- Sip & Sketch., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Good Vibes Winery, 2 S. State St. "Drip Art" 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.

March 18 -- Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution, 7 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Discover the hopes, desires and destinies of seven women during the French Revolution with E. Knight, USA Today bestselling author of historical women's fiction. Register at westervillelibrary.org.

March 19 -- Art Lab, 4:15 to 5 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Children ages 6 to 8 will explore art styles and learn about artists. All materials provided. Register at westervillelibrary.org.

March 20-22 -- Opera Theatre: "Speed Dating Tonight!" by Michael Ching, at Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University, 170 W Park St. Tickets at the door or online before the performance.

March 20 through April 5 -- Curtain Players presents "Fireflies," Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. When a retired schoolteacher living a quiet life alone meets a smooth-talking drifter, it sets the whole town talking. Tickets for the event are available at curtainplayers.org.

March 21 -- Publish Your Writing 101, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Writer Jamie Lyn Smith offers this interactive workshop for writers of all levels and genres. Register at westervillelibrary.org.

March 24 -- Community Artists of Westerville Meeting (formerly Westerville Art League), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., members art-critique session, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

March 25 -- Self Editing: Strategies for Writers, 7 to 8 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Author and English teacher Terry W. Ervin II will offer strategies for getting writings ready for an agent or editor's consideration. Register for the event at westervillelibrary.org.

March 25 -- Otterbein Music Department welcomes Guest Artists: Hinge Ensemble, 8 p.m., presenting "Drifting Metal" with clanging metal, reverberating wood, robot percussion and mechanistic process, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University, 170 W Park St. Featuring works by Philippe Hurel, Chaya Czernowin, Louis Andriessen, Bjork, and Dan VanHassel. Free and open to the public.

March 26 and 27 -- Painting Seminars with Jill "Jillybean" Fitzhenry at Heart of Ohio Tole. For information and to register, email ironwood@bright.net. Deadline is March 1. View projects at heartofohiotole.org.

March 26-29, April 2-4 -- Otterbein Theatre presents "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," co-produced with Otterbein Department of Music, Fritsche Theatre in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets at otterbein.edu/theatre-performances.

March 28 -- The Castros and J. T. Hillier, 7 to 10 p.m., singer/songwriter husband and wife duo have toured Ohio, New York and Germany and singer/guitarist Hillier plays clubs in town, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

March 28 -- Heart of Ohio Tole monthly meeting and painting with Jill "Jillybean" Fitzhenry. For information and to register, email ironwood@bright.net.

March 30 -- Guest Artist: Daniel Neer, vocalist, with Suzanne Newcomb, piano, 8 p.m., performing "Water Music," featuring the effect of oceans, lakes, rivers and streams as captured in songs by British and American composers, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University, 170 W Park St. Free and open to the public.