Mentor Cultural Arts

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 Center is also the meeting place for the Creative Artists Association.

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 children and adults.

Mentor’s Community Arts Commission assists Cultural Arts through fundraising and through events such as the Dorothy McNamara Maloney Memorial Art Contest and Show. This juried show was created in 1993 to highlight the accomplishments of Lake County artists. It was renamed to honor the woman who started the show, and who was also a noted artist and teacher.  The event is held every September and is limited to Lake County residents only, 18 years and older. 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, Summer Concert Series, Wildwood Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Mentor Cruise In, Great Pumpkin Hunt, City of Mentor Fall Bridal Gala and the Holiday Display & Craft Show. The Center also assists our clubs with events such as WinterWeave, Wildwood Singers Spring and Holiday concerts,  Garden Club Plant Sale, Porcelain Treasures Show, and the Quilt Guild’s Small Quilt Show & Auction.

The Cultural Arts Division at Wildwood Cultural Center supports many clubs and organizations.

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.

Wildwood Singers
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 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.

Creative Artists Association
Creative Artists Association is a not for profit organization established in 1952. It is comprised of artists and those who appreciate art from primarily Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties in Northeast Ohio.

Our purposes are:

  1. to promote art education through workshops, speakers, demonstrations and scholarships;
  2. to provide artistic fellowship for area artists, creating an avenue for support, encouragement, growth and inspiration;
  3. to provide marketing tips and information about upcoming show & exhibit opportunities, gallery openings, art collectors and market trends;
  4. to educate our local community about art and to provide opportunities for art collectors and those who appreciate art to connect with our membership.

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, except in December and the summer months when we are in recess. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in our organization is welcome to attend.

A newsletter is distributed to members in the week preceding our regularly scheduled meetings. It focuses on the local art scene informing members of meetings and demonstrations, exhibits and opportunities to exhibit in the area, awards and honors received by members, workshops, classes of interest and other items of interest to the membership.  Email the organization for additional details.  Get a Membership Form here.

Courses offered year-round in art, drawing, painting, cooking, writing, music, language and more. Classes are offered for children and adults. Camps such as Wildwood Theater Camp and Kid Quest camp are offered in the summer. Find a class here or download our full course catalog here.

Wildwood Cultural Center offers a unique membership opportunity to area residents interested in supporting the preservation of the center’s historical value and the continued development of cultural opportunities through the City of Mentor.  The City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center is supported in part by more than 200 members who choose to support the cultural arts in our community. Members of Wildwood Cultural Center receive a 10% discount on all Wildwood sponsored classes, FREE admission to our special events, as well as a quarterly newsletter.  Wildwood members will also receive a 10% discount on all private rentals at Wildwood Cultural Center. For more information on becoming a member of Wildwood Cultural Center, simply complete the form on this page and return to Wildwood Cultural Center. Support the Cultural Arts…the benefits are endless!