Posted 4/17/2014 / Labels: Happenings
Save the Date!
Dining for the Arts
Cocktail Party Fundraiser
for the Ashtabula Arts Center
will be held
Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m.
at The Estate at Coffee Creek
1591 State Route 45, Austinburg
$60 per person
Call the arts center at
for reservations or information
you can purchase tickets online at
Fabulous foods and conversations can be enjoyed
at the Ashtabula Arts Center's "Dining for the Arts" fundraising dinners. Patrons and friends of the arts center serve as volunteer hosts of individual dinner parties which are held throughout the year. These hosts generously provide a delicious meal, paying all the costs for the event for a limited number of guests. Past dinners have ranged from Italian dinner parties to Indian cuisine, from fish fries to grilled delicacies, from dockside boating fare to tapas and wild game, from a classic steak dinner to perfect pairings with wine.
Each guest pays a per person fee (prices vary) to attend the dinner party of their choice with the proceeds benefiting the Ashtabula Arts Center. These events are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to sign up as a guest. Registration is required for all dining events.
At our April 26 cocktail party, guests have the opportunity to enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while looking over all of the dinner events and menus scheduled for the coming year. Guests can then register for the dinner(s) of their choice. Payment is due at the time of registration. Those who do not attend the cocktail party can register for any dinners that are not sold out beginning Monday, April 28 by calling the arts center.
For more information, contact the Ashtabula Arts Center at (440) 964-3396.
Posted 4/17/2014 / Labels: Dance
Ballet Theatre Ashtabula presents
The Edges Between...
The Edges Between... features new works by Clover Robinson, Meghann Stell, and Shelagh Dubsky. Each piece reflects the passion and vitality of our dancers and spans from the abstract to the traditional.
Clover Robinson has set her fresh and innovative new work Sail to music by Awolnation. The piece explores the energies that exist in the mind and the universe and the edges between them. Clover’s work explores the unusual, with a resounding beat and unique stylized movement that pushes the dancers to reach new depths.
Meghann Stell’s newest work Feel Again is set to music by One Republic. It examines the joy of finding the people in your life that spiritually lift you at every turn. Her other work, Woven Apart in Unison, is set to music by Kai King and symbolizes a group of separate individuals who through time and circumstances, become whole.
Other works include duets and full ensemble pieces including Diamonds, a neoclassical ballet set to the exquisite mathmatical harmony of Karl Jenkin’s famous music that was adapted and used for DeBeer’s diamond advertisement campaign.
One of the more unusual duets, Emotional Equilibrium, choreographed by Shelagh Dubsky, features interesting lifts, balances, and counter-balances that challenge the way audiences think about dance.
For sheer fun, Mango Tango showcases the company with a cool Latin groove. Inspired by the
passion of tango and the flirtatious sound of the mandolin, a full cast brings you a taste of exotic fun.
Other works on the program include a romantic Cinderella pas de deux, a joyful romp to the uplifting music of Vivaldi, and other comtemporary pieces representing the grace and beauty of dance.
Come and join us for an unforgettable experience celebrating the poetry and power of dance that the entire family will enjoy!
Posted 4/17/2014 / Labels: Director's Desk
never arrive! A couple of things are on my mind, and the first is our wonderful cadre of volunteers. After a few months on the job, it’s my belief that we at the arts center might organize ourselves a little better in terms of how we communicate with our volunteer corps and use their time. I’m always looking for ways we might best utilize technological tools like e-mail and social media to communicate with our many friends, while still using a print newsletter to convey key information about upcoming events. Sadly, a recent computer virus wiped out a good bit of our data, including several volunteer lists with contact
information, which we are in the process of reconstructing. By the time you read this, we will have held at least two volunteer meetings to get suggestions and talk a little bit about how the arts center can be a better partner.
If you are a volunteer here at the arts center or want to become one—whether working onstage or backstage; assisting with box office, ushering, and concessions; making and serving food for receptions and dinners; lending a hand with with costumes, sets, lights, or props; keeping our facilities and grounds in good condition; or delivering jack-of-all-trades whatever-needs-to-be done-services—please make sure that we have your current contact information. And if you are unable to make our meetings, please feel free to call Pam Hammond or me at any point with any comments you may have. We value your advice as well as your time commitment.
Because of our aforementioned computer virus, our membership campaign is starting a few weeks later than usual, so I’m hoping our current members have received their renewal letters, and that the rest of you will get your invitation letters shortly. There are so many wonderful stories I’ve heard about the arts center over the years, from the students who have studied here and then gotten college scholarships to the economic value we provide in the recruitment and retention of employees throughout the county.
I urge any of you who are reading this who are not yet members to strongly consider joining us. We try very hard to keep our classes and performances affordable, which means we need to raise more than half of our yearly operating costs. Your membership gift is a very important part of helping us to do just that.
Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels: Happenings
A part of the community for sixty years, The Ashtabula Arts Center is a multi-arts facility featuring dance, theater, music and visual arts. From summer kid's camp to ballroom dancing class, the Ashtabula Arts Center offers performances, activities, classes and other programing for all ages and all levels of artistic talents from the beginner to the advanced student. Spend your free time at the Arts Center. It's Ashtabula County's family place!
The Dance department offers classes in classical ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, tap and more. Through its resident performing company, Ballet Theatre Ashtabula, performances of "The Nutcracker" are produced annually. A spring dance concert is also held, showcasing different styles of dance. Fitness classes such as Zumba are offered at different times throughout the year.
The Music department offers a variety of programs, classes and recitals as well as individual instruction in clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, percussion, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin and cello. We also offer voice lessons. “The Good Life,” a community vocal group consisting of area singers, performs annually during the holiday season and in the spring. “The Show-Offs” and “The Starlights” are the Arts Center’s young adult and youth choirs. Each is available for performing in outside venues such as festivals, weddings, parties and more.
The focus of the Visual Arts department is to encourage creative stimulation and thought while providing an opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of creating works of art. A wide variety of classes and workshops are offered including pottery, oil painting, sculpture, woodworking, drawing, knitting, screenprinting and many more. Rotating gallery exhibits feature the works of local, regional and national artists. The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours. Admission to the gallery is free.
Financial aid is available to those in need for classes and workshops.
Take a stroll around our website. We're sure you'll find something fun for you and your family to do! And once you join us, we know you'll never want to leave!
Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels: Happenings
~ Gluten Free ~
~ Biodegradable ~
~ Made in the USA ~
~ Non Toxic ~
Allison Anderson, Ava Anderson Consultant 440.474.3774
Contact her to order, host, or for business opportunity.
Arts Center Begins New Partnership
with Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
(Allison Raymond Anderson, Consultant)
While I'm a big believer in the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," I've grown a bit alarmed about the toxins that have come to surround us in all aspects of our lives. I was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago and need to live a gluten-free life, which means not just in the food I ingest, but the products I put on my skin. So I've become a big label-reader, and I've had my eyes opened to the toxic ingredients in conventional products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, and cleaning supplies that have been linked to all kinds of ailments like cancer. I've also learned from a number of friends with kids and grandkids that they have become increasingly concerned with the allergies and sensitivities afflicting their young ones.
In a response to recent data concerning potential health risks from antibacterial soaps, and in an effort to provide a healthy environment for families at the arts center, Allison Anderson will supply organic hand soap and hand sanitizer to be used by all who learn, play, visit, and work here. The organic hand soap is free of triclosan, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, parabens, and synthetic dyes and fragrances, and the hand sanitizer contains a blend of organic essential oils, including neem oil and tea tree oil, both lauded for their antibacterial properties. These products are biodegradable, so not only are they safe for people, but they're safe for the environment, too. Allison is passionate about educating the community on the dangers of toxic chemicals, and we look forward to using these safe products under our roof. Please see her ad for contact information if you'd like to learn more about it.
Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels: Volunteer
Monday, April 21 from 7 - 9 p.m.
May 9-11, 16-18: Ballet Theatre Ashtabula presents The Edges Between...
~We will need helpers to sweep, rake, clean chairs, etc. Please bring rakes, brooms and other cleaning items you might have.
May 31: Rummage Sale for the Arts in Straw Hat Theatre:
~ We will need sales floor workers and concessions stand workers. Sign up in 2 1/2 hour shifts or work all day if you wish.
Art Opening Receptions:
June 13: Kimberly Pyle Rood
July 18: Mardi Snyder
August 8: Don Tiitto
~We will need donations of hors doeuvres, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, etc. for each of these events.
Straw Hat Theatre:
June 13-15, 19-22, 26-28: Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.
July 5 and; 6: A Dream is a Wish in Concert plus Princess Tea
July 5 and 6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-26: High School Musical 2
August 1-3, 7-10, 14-16: Once Upon a Mattress
~We will need ushers, concessions workers, raffle ticket sellers for each performance.
~We will need set builders and painters and artistic painters for various projects throughout the summer.
~ We will need costume sewers throughout the summer.
June 13, July 5 and August 1: Straw Hat Theatre Opening Night Soiree
~We will need donations of hors doeuvres, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, cookies and other finger food desserts for each of these events.
June 23-July 11: Multi-Arts Day Camp Session #1
July 21-August 8: Multi-Arts Day Camp Session #2
~We will need helpers to work with the children and help them with music, dancing and craft projects.
Concerts on the Lawn:
June 25: featuring “Broadway Babies to Broadway Ladies” with Kimberly Godfrey and Caitlin Woerner accompanied by Debra Fleming
July 9: featuring singer-songwriter Alex Bevin
July 23: featuring “Remember Then” tunes from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
August 6: featuring Irish Tenor John Hoyle
~We will need workers for our concession stand.
Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels: Happenings
Posted 4/15/2014 / Labels: Theatre
Presented on stage September 19 - 21
Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Auditions will be held July 14 & 16 from 6-8 p.m. “Cattle call” auditions are first come, first served. All children who enroll will participate in the production. Auditions are held to allow children to experience the whole process of participating in a theatrical production and also to give the director an idea of your child’s level of ability at the beginning of the class. You may attend one audition date of your choice. Classes/rehearsals will begin on July 21 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. plus “tech week” rehearsals daily from Septembrer 14-18. Children must be able to attend all classes/rehearsals and all show times.
$85 session fee/$76.50 member rate. Registration and prepayment required. (440) 964-3396
Posted 4/15/2014 / Labels: Music
Posted 4/13/2014 / Labels: Current Classes
All classes must be paid at the time of registration unless otherwise noted, and can be made by cash, check, or Visa/ Mastercard (a $2 service fee will be applied to all credit card payments). Members receive a 10% discount on class fees. Lab, materials and/or model fees are excluded from this discount. Any additional fees are noted. When registering make your membership known.
Registration prior to the first day of class is required in order to obtain an accurate number of students with which to hold a class. A minimum number of students is needed to hold a class. When necessary, a class will be canceled 24 hours prior to the starting day of the class. Classes and lessons are open to all people regardless of race, sex, religion, age, disability or national origin.
If a class must be canceled, registered persons will receive appropriate refunds. Persons desiring to withdraw from a class must do so before the first class session. If you drop a class after the first class has met, but before the second class meets, you will receive a refund for 75% of your tuition. There will be no refunds after the second class has met.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Scholarships and financial aid are available to help defray the cost of classes for eligible students. Applications may be obtained at the Ashtabula Arts Center front desk during business hours or from the appropriate class coordinator. Applications are due one week before classes begin.
Please Note: By registering yourself or your child for a class/workshop at the Arts Center, you hereby waive and release all rights and claims for damages you or your child may have against the Arts Center and its employees. The Arts Center will not be responsible for injuries suffered by yourself or your children during classes, workshops or activities sponsored by the Arts Center. In addition, you also give the Arts Center and its employees the right to use you or your child’s photograph with or without you or your child’s name, for purposes such as advertising, publicity, and public presentations.
Posted 4/07/2014 / Labels: Visual Arts
“The 2014 Kiwanis
Art Scholarship Competition”
April 11 - May 2
The Ashtabula Arts Center gallery will be filled from wall to wall with the inspiring artworks of area students during April’s annual Kiwanis Competition which has become a favorite with visitors to the Arts Center.
The competition is open to students in grades 7 - 12 in the Ashtabula Area City School District and Buckeye School District, including private and home schooled students. Any work produced during the 2013 - 2014 school year is eligible. Students should submit their entries through their teacher or directly to the Arts center. Entries should be delivered to the arts center on April 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. All entries will be displayed in the arts center gallery thoughout the month of April.
The competition was established over 20 years ago by the Ashtabula Kiwanis Club as a way to encourage and recognize outstanding talent and achievement in the visual arts. Entries are judged and scholarships are awarded, which allow winners to register for a class of their choice at the arts center. The cost of the class is paid for by a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ashtabula. More than 300 scholarships have been awarded in the history of this competition.
Contact Visual Arts Coordinator Meeghan Humphrey at (440) 964-3396 for more information.
Posted 4/07/2014 / Labels: Volunteer
Posted 4/03/2014 / Labels: Happenings
for the Easter holiday on April 18 - 20.
We will reopen April 21at 9:00 a.m.
Directions from the WEST (Mentor, Painesville, Cleveland)
I-90 or Rt. 20 to Rt. 45. Turn left; follow Rt. 45 until it ends at Rt. 531. Turn Right. Proceed approximately .9 miles to Martini’s. Veer right onto Atlantic Street - this turns into West 13th Street just before Kent State University. Kent State is on the left. The Arts Center is two blocks past Kent State on the right hand side of the street.
Directions from the EAST & SOUTH (PA, Conneaut, Youngstown)
I-90 to Rt. 11 North, follow until it ends. Turn left onto Rt. 531. Follow 531over the lift bridge to top of the hill. At the traffic light, turn left onto Lake Avenue. Continue past the McDonald’s on the left. Pass the Shell Gas station on your right. The next street is West 13th Street. Turn right. The Arts Center is past the third stop sign on the left.
Posted 4/03/2014 / Labels: Happenings
Posted 4/02/2014 / Labels: Theatre
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
New this year! Thursdays and Sundays at 7 p.m.
For tickets or subscriptions : (440) 964-3396
13 - 15
19 - 22
26 - 28
Directed by MaryAnn Kline
Based on the play by J.M. Barrie
A Dream is a Wish in Concert
Sat. & Sun., July 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
in conjunction with
Castle on a Cloud Entertainment
Kids can meet and greet their favorite princesses!
Join us early for Princess Storytime and Tea both days at noon. $8 ea.
July 5 and 6
10 - 13
17 - 20
24 - 26
Directed by Kimberly Godfrey
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie by
1 - 3
7 - 10
14 - 16
Directed by Stephen Rhodes
Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller,
and Marshall Barer
Adult $ 16
Child age 12 and under $11
Or save $2 per ticket when you purchase tickets in advance. Advance sale tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. for Thursday and Friday performances or by noon on Saturday for Saturday and Sunday shows. All ticket sales are final.
Straw Hat 2014 season subscriptions
are now on sale
A subscription to Straw Hat Theatre gives you four discount admissions to this season's spectacular shows. Use one admission at each of our four shows or use all four admissions at one performance. The choice is yours! Compare our prices with those of neighboring theaters. You won't find a better entertainment bargain anywhere. And as always, AAC members save 10% off of our already low prices.
On sale through June 15.
How many of each would you like?
Adult _____ @ $50 ea.
Adult member rate _____ @ $45 ea.
Senior _____ @ $42 ea.
Senior member rate _____ @ $37.50 ea.
Student _____ @ $42 ea.
Student member rate _____ @ $37.50 ea.
Child _____ @ $30 ea.
Child member rate _____ @ $27 ea.
Subscription(s) Total ________
Grand Total ________
Payment type: Cash___ Check___ Credit___
Visa, Mastercard, or Discover
Credit Card #_____________________________
Expiration date ____________ V-code_______
Cut out and mail to:
Ashtabula Arts Center
2928 W. 13 St., Ashtabula, OH 44004
2928 W. 13th Street
Ashtabula OH 44004
Posted 4/02/2014 / Labels: Happenings
The Arts Center is in need of donations of the following:
White copy paper
Blank CD-R’s or RW’s
2" Masking tape
Pink Pearl Erasers
Clear plastic storage bins for our costume loft
Please do not bring
toilet paper, ball point pens or pencils.
cuts of fabric (3 yards or more)
12" chop saw
20 gal. or larger shop compresser
Posted 4/01/2014 / Labels: Music
The Ashtabula Arts Center offers individual music instruction in a number of different areas. Lesson times are scheduled at the convienience of the student and the teacher.
Violin and Cello
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
Clarinet and Saxophone
A Note About Suzuki Violin for Children Age 4 and up
Instruction in violin, viola, & cello is offered by Dr. Carol Linsenmeier using the nurturing teaching method developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Students may begin to study on child-sized instruments as young as 4 years of age. Teaching methods especially adapted to young children are used. Parents are an essential part of the process as they attend their child's private lessons and practice with the child at home. Students also attend a weekly group class. Cost of the group lesson is $5 per week in addition to the private instruction fee. Group lesson for this session is on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for our annual Straw Hat clean-up day on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. We will need people to rake leaves, put up the tent sides, put out the picnic tables, sweep the theater and more! If can volunteer, call the arts center at (440) 964-3396 and sign up! Wear work gloves and work clothes.