The Cultural Arts Division, housed at the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center, offers programs, courses, and special events throughout the year to support and encourage the development of cultural arts in our community.
The Cultural Arts Division also supports organizations including the Basketry Guild, Garden Club, Quilters Guild and the Wildwood Singers.
To help support cultural arts in the Mentor community, Wildwood Cultural Center offers a membership program, that provides special discounts and promotions to members.
Courses in art, drawing, painting, cooking, writing, music, language and more are offered throughout the year. Classes are available for preschoolers, children and adults.
Mentor’s Community Arts Commission assists Cultural Arts through fundraising and through events such as the [unveiled] Lake County Art Contest. This juried show was created in 1993 to highlight the accomplishments of Lake County artists. It was originally named to honor the woman who started the show, Dorothy McNamara Maloney, who was a gifted artist and teacher. The art contest is held every September and is limited to Lake County residents only. Cash awards are given in several categories.
The Cultural Arts Division also coordinates many special events throughout the year including the Little Princess Valentine’s Dance, Mentor Farmers Market, Music at the Manor, Wildwood Fine Arts & Wine Festival, Mentor Cruise In, Mysteries of the Manor Trail hayride, Santa’s Wild Workshop in the Woods event and the annual Wildwood Holiday Craft Show. The Center also assists our clubs with events such as WinterWeave, Wildwood Singers Spring and Holiday concerts, Garden Club Plant Sale, and the Quilt Guild’s Small Quilt Show & Auction.
Wildwood Garden Club
The Wildwood Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of each month, September through May at Wildwood Cultural Center. Members are active in the planning, planting and maintaining the gardens around the Wildwood mansion. Members also learn and create at seminars and special programs sponsored by the club. Call (440) 974-5735 for more information.
Wildwood Quilters Guild
The Wildwood Quilters Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7- 9 pm. The Quilters welcome new members. For more information, call Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735.
The Wildwood Singers have been inexistence for over 20 years. They perform at civic functions, cultural events, and special programs for many groups and organizations. Under the direction of David Debick, who studied as a piano major at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and has written many choral and instrumental arrangements, the Wildwood Singers meet on Tuesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. at Wildwood. New members are always welcome!
For scheduling performances, or for more information, please contact Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735.
Wildwood Basketry Guild
The Wildwood Basketry Guild was formed to help stimulate an interest in the art of basketry. In holding to its mission, the guild often has weaving projects at monthly meetings, puts on Winter Weave www.winterweave.com each February, and holds basketry workshops during the year.
The guild currently has 40 members and meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Wildwood. Don’t miss the fun and friendship of this weaving group. For additional information, please contact Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735.