July 2012 ~ Ashtabula Arts Center News -- your source for information on the Ashtabula Arts Center
Congratulations Summer Camp 2!

Wow!  You did a super job!  We hope to see you again next summer!









Posted on 7/27/2012 — Read More



Straw Hat Theatre presents "Godspell"

“Godspell”

July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2012
All shows at 8 p.m. 

Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music by Stephen Schwartz
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Directed by James Stover

Godspell is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019


Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com




The third show of the Straw Hat season is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.  Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, “Godspell” brings the parables of Jesus to life with a message of kindness, tolerance and love while also boasting a sparkling score filled with well-loved songs. 


Tickets: (440) 964-3396

Adults: $14
Seniors/Students $12
Or save $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance! Advance sale tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. on the day of the show or by Saturday for Sunday shows.


Posted on 7/18/2012 — Read More



In Our Gallery -- July Exhibit

“Pen and Ink” by Doris Jones
On display July 5 - 29
An opening reception will be held
Friday, July 13 from 6:30 - 8:00  p.m.
    Doris Jones was born and raised in England and obtained formal art training at the Bromley Art College in Kent, England.  She worked as a commercial illustrator in London and for the largest department store in El Paso, Texas doing pen and ink drawings of their merchandise.  After moving to the Pittsburgh area, she did advertisment drawings for Kaufmann’s. She also taught art for a number of years in the Wheeling, WV area including Ogelbay Art Institute and Stifel Fine Arts Centre and she has also lectured at Wheeling Jesuit University. Winner of numerous awards, Doris’ work is in many collections both private and commercial including Ohio University, Bethany College, Zanesville Art Museum and Belmont Technical College. She is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Southeast Ohio Watercolor Society, Steubenville Art Association and Lake Shore Artists here in Ashtabula.
    “I also enjoy working in both watercolor and pastel.  Both mediums rely heavily on drawing.  When I work in pen and ink I use a dip pen and black india ink.  I like to work on different surfaces including rice paper and blotting paper and using different pens including lettering pens and crowquill pens -- even a bamboo pen!  This is all fun to try and gives a different look to my work.  Working with any dip pen, I must be careful to test before drawing.  If too much ink is on the pen, it can cause a blot which is almost impossible to remove.  Pen and ink can also be combined successfully with watercolor painting. 


Posted on 7/07/2012 — Read More



Come on out to Straw Hat Theatre!

And enjoy our new benches!





Posted on 7/03/2012 — Read More