Art in the Spotlight for 4th Friday Kick-off
While the streets will be filled with food trucks, children’s activities and vendors of all sorts, Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly says the focus will be on the art you will find and the artists who create it.
“Since April is Arts month, take the opportunity to look for garden art and beautifully carved wood among our vendors. Look for hand-made jewelry and other pieces and think about the talent it takes to bring those things to life,” Mihaly said. “Both in the shops and among the vendors, visual arts using all media can be found an appreciated.”
The Arts Council of Westerville will host Passport to the Arts in the Union Saving Bank parking lot, 44 S. State, and the adjacent lawn of Hanby Elementary School. Kids can pick up a passport for keeping track of their visits to stations offering performing and visual arts activities that include: Chalk Art, Gumball Mural, Move and Dance and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, Arts Council President Linda Wilkins said. They can also view original art by professional artists. Wilkins said children with passport stamps from all stations will receive a reward.
At his Studio and Gallery at 7 W. Main St., Westerville artist David Myers will host the artist reception for the 5th Annual exhibit featuring the art of Studio Artists and Parkside Village Artists from 6-9pm. 4th Friday attendees are invited to browse the gallery and watch the artists working. The exhibit will run until May 17th.
In additional to visual art, the performing arts will be well represented, Mihaly said. “We are excited to welcome the Capriccio Youth Choir, which will be performing on E. College Avenue.” Made up of singers from around Central Ohio, its five ensembles will be performing a variety of songs including a song in Somali, a Russian Folk song and John Lennon’s Imagine.
Generations Performing Arts Center will feature groups of dancers on W. College Ave. from 6-7:15pm followed by a performance by ProFencing.
“I’ve been told you will see not only traditional fencing matches, but also a little Light Saber action and some sword fighting, reminiscent of your favorite Hollywood movies.”
April is not only Arts month, it is also National Autism Awareness Month. The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau Music Stage across from Church of the Messiah is proud to feature the band Blue Spectrum. Several members of the group, including the lead guitarist, are on the Autism spectrum. This talented group is well-known around Central Ohio and beyond for their amazing talents.
Be on the look out for other art performances from Good Medicine Productions and the Taoist Tai Chi Society throughout the evening, Mihaly said.
Again this year, the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., will keep its doors open until 9pm on 4th Fridays. On the Library’s front lawn for the April 26th event, attendees are invited to contribute artistic flair to a temporary community mural. In the case of inclement weather, the mural will be moved inside.
The Westerville Bicycle Club invites you to pedal your way Uptown to enjoy the festivities. The Club is sponsoring a free, secure Bike Corral on State St. next to Jimmy V’s Pub, 1 S. State St.
If cycling isn’t an option, Westerville Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Senior Center are sponsoring a free shuttle service from The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Rd., to the WVCB office at 20 W. Main St. The shuttle will run continuously from 5:30pm-8:30pm. That means attendees can park at The Point or the Westerville Senior Center and have a convenient way back to their cars.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays are sponsored by the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau with support from Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, the City of Westerville and the Arts Council of Westerville. They are held the fourth Friday of each month, April through September, in Historic Uptown Westerville and feature food trucks, street vendors, extended hours in the Uptown Shops and restaurants and activities for children.
Road Closure Info
The streets and parking lots normally used for 4th Friday activities will close at 4p.m. and include:
- Home St. and the parking lots on the northeast and southeast corners of N. State and E. Home Streets
- College Ave. from State St. to Vine. St.
- College Ave. from State St. to the City Parking Lot
- Winter St. to the parking lot entrance. Access to the Union Savings Bank drive-thru will be maintained via Winter St.
A barrier placed at Walnut St. will feature “Local Traffic Only” signs for motorist traveling northbound. In addition, the State St. closure will necessitate the closure of:
- Main St. from State St. to the Middlefield Bank drive thru. The drive-thru will remain open all evening during all 4th Friday events.
- Main St. from State St. to the parking areas behind the Uptown businesses/Haywood Alley.
To allow for better traffic flow, no parking will be permitted on Vine St. between Park St. and Old County Line Rd. from 4p.m. to 10p.m. Questions regarding public safety should be directed to Lt. Ron McMillin of the Westerville Division of Police 614-901-9873. The map showing the closures can also be viewed at www.visitwesterville.org.
For more information about Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays, contact John Olivieri, WVCB Interim Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Glenda Mihaly, Marketing Coordinator, email@example.com, or 614-794-0401.