Fairmount Dance Company

The Fairmount Dance Company, directed by Kate Webb, performed at Quicken Loans Arena before the start of the Cleveland Cavaliers game last Monday night. The dancers who performed are high schoolers from Geauga County.

Fairmount welcomes new exhibition

Fairmount Center for the Arts announces a new watercolor, sculpture and mixed media art exhibition: “Transformation of a Heart,” by artist Christine Siarka. The exhibition opens March 23 and includes a free reception from 6-8 p.m. and a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 11 at Fairmount Center for the Arts, 8400 Fairmount Road in Russell.

Ms. Siarka will also offer a special workshop, “Art Speaks,” on May 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. In the workshop, participants will use prose, poetry and music as they talk to art pieces. There is a $15 fee for this program. To register for the workshop, contact Christine Siarka at 216-372-4498.

For more information about this show or any of Fairmount’s multi-arts programs, please call 440-338-3171 or visit www.fairmountcenter.org.

Fairmount speaker series

Fairmount Center for the Arts, 8400 Fairmount Road in Russell, announces the third program in its speaker series program. On March 24, Fairmount will welcome The Musical Theatre Project featuring Bill Rudman and his program “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Musical Theatre.” This free community event begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

This series is designed for adults but is family friendly, and refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested for this free event and may be made at 440-338-3171 or via email at info@fairmountcenter.org.

Cleveland Orchestra concert preview

The Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., will host Cleveland Orchestra’s Dr. Rose Breckenridge on April 2 from 7-8 p.m. to preview the upcoming Cleveland Orchestra spring season. She will focus on the concert with three tone poems from Czech composer Smetana’s symphonic cycle Ma Vlast (My Country). Conductor Semyon Bychkov will lead the Severance Hall performances on May 9, 10 and 11. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Gongs in the Gallery

Gongs in the Gallery is presented by Carol Marchione of Floating Lotus, certified sound healing practitioner, and special guests Karen Ollis and Beverly Weaver on April 5 from 6-7 p.m. at be.gallery, 14 Bell St. in Chagrin Falls. Release tension and energetic blockages and experience deep relaxation guided by the therapeutic sounds and vibrations. Preregistration is required and limited to 25 people. Cost is $25. For registration or more information, visit begallery.com or call 844-234-4387.

Meditation in the Gallery

Spiritual therapist and intuitive healing expert Dana Chaisson will be guiding guests in meditation with the theme of “awakening” for spring on April 7 from 12-1 p.m at be.gallery, 14 Bell St in Chagrin Falls. Advanced registration is required and limited to 20 people. Cost is $25. For registration or more information, visit begallery.com or call 844-234-4387.

Sunday jazz series

Venture to Paris Underground at Paris Room, 7 N. Franklin St. in Chagrin Falls, and enjoy a four-course meal with a pre-selected entrée and a cash bar while listening to live jazz music by Joe Hunter and Daris Adkins April 7 at 5 p.m. Paris Room will provide an intimate, speakeasy type of atmosphere. For more information and tickets, call 440-247-9700 or visit chagrinarts.org/events.

Historical Society presents new exhibit

Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum presents Whirligigs, Whammy Doodles and other Folk Art. Come take a look at the new exhibit in the Museum Gallery from March 12 through April 29. The exhibit features works by local artist Max Barnard, as well as other whammy doodles and whirligigs in the museum’s collection. The exhibit is open museum hours, Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Save the date for Arts Bash

Get fired up as we celebrate the arts at the “Fire Up! Annual Performing Arts Bash” at Pine Lake Trout Club, 17021 Chillicothe Road in Chagrin Falls, on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be honoring community leader Gary Gottfried, recipient of the Joan Brown Campbell Award for Arts & Culture, and Honorary Chair is Chagrin Falls Fire Chief Frank Zugan. Tickets include dinner, wine, raffle prizes, live entertainment and more. More information will be announced soon.

Fairmount moves forward with gift

Fairmount Center for the Arts received an award from the Figgie Foundation which has allowed the organization to complete payoff of its mortgage.

“This gift is another way which the Foundation is honoring Matthew P. Figgie,” shared Board President Rick Solon who knew the late Mr. Figgie since 1975. “Matthew helped Fairmount Center for the Arts get back on solid footing both operationally and financially and this payoff was part of the commitment he wanted to make to ensure the arts remain part of this community for generations to come,” Mr. Solon continued.

Mr. Figgie was the former board president and a Cleveland philanthropist and business leader who passed away unexpectedly in August 2018.

Executive Director Jeannie Fleming-Gifford completed all official paperwork last week to complete the mortgage payoff transaction. The organization will have a public celebration marking this milestone later this spring.

Under board and Ms. Fleming-Gifford’s leadership, the organization has shown significant growth in enrollment and revenue. Enrollment was up 54 percent and revenue has had an increase of more than 97 percent from the fall of 2018 compared to the fall of 2017.

“In the short time I knew Matthew, he was one of the most generous souls I have ever met, and the impact of this gift certainly will move Fairmount forward in its work in the arts. We are truly grateful,” shared Ms. Fleming-Gifford.

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