Yoga at the Arena – a conversation

As construction progresses and we get closer to unveiling the new spaces at The Arena, we are excited to feature a series of video interviews of key personnel at the Wembley talking about their impressions of the new space and what they are most excited about.

This week, our Fitness Director, Colleen Ryan, shares her take on the new Yoga studio in the Arena!

Stay tuned for more vides from other familiar faces at Wembley coming soon!

The Cleveland Challenge is here!

Do you consider yourself one of the best doubles players in Cleveland? Come on out and prove yourself at the Cleveland Challenge this weekend! Or cheer the teams that play!

The following divisions will be played:

Women’s Flights – 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0
Men’s Flights – 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5
Mixed – 9.0

Wembley plays two matches, at home on Friday, April 22 with the women starting us off at 6:30 PM and at Western Reserve on Sunday, April 24 at 3 PM.

Come out to play or to cheer the club players on!

Artist spotlight: Barbara Martin

Featured artist at the Wembley Club

If you have visited he club any time over the past couple of months you are sure to have seen some of the works of local artist Barbara Martin. Barbara Martin's artwork perches on the walls now through May 23rd, 2022.

As always all of the art on display is available for sale; the details of pricing and how to purchase each piece is listed near the art work hung on our walls.

Become a Member of the Geauga Arts Council and submit your work to be displayed in one of our Art in the Mart Venues!


Alice Mullins

Here is Barbara Martin in her own words

"Like many artists, I dropped out of school due to a lack of money. I moved to New York City and took a job as a “fetch-it girl” for Sherry Suris. She was putting together a master photographer's calendar for her partner, the photographer, W. Eugene Smith. They lived in a loft on 23rd Street. It, the loft, was a mess; I was in heaven. I got to see first-hand how a real, working, famous artist lived. Unfortunately, soon after, Sherry and Eugene moved to Arizona where Eugene later died."

"I completed my BFA, but still needed another job, and although I had never taken a graphic design class in my life, I learned very quickly that design firms would pay good money if you could draw a straight line. I could. I found work at a place called Chartmakers, then in the cartographic department at The New York Times. Soon, I was promoted to Assistant Art Director for the "Science Times" and "Weekend" sections. It was challenging work, but I learned a lot. I went on to freelance at Time, Harper’s and Discover magazines. Late one summer, Bob Eisner (formerly of The Times) called to see if I was interested in joining the art department at Newsday. I jumped at the chance and worked with a fascinating group of whip-smart, talented people for several years. I am grateful to all the people in New York that helped me find my way."

​"Life in New York City is challenging, and after nine years I tired of the struggle. My family and I returned to Ohio where I worked at several design firms. Eventually, I began to rethink my life as a graphic designer. I went back to school and got my master’s degree in Special Education. I taught for the next 27 years. In addition to working as an intervention specialist, I also taught art, earning National Board Certification in 2009."

"I gradually began exploring the art scene in Dayton, Ohio. I got to know various artists and looked closely at their work. After much self-reflection, I returned to my own artmaking. I developed my own “visual language”, my artistic “voice” if you will. I opened a studio and began to produce art regularly. In the spring of 2019, my teaching career came to an end when I retired and moved, kit and kaboodle, to Cleveland, Ohio. It took the better part of six months to get my studio (and the rest of the house) up and running, but now I have a wonderful studio space with good light, heat, and air conditioning. It overlooks a beautiful, wooded lot. We have a resident blue heron and plenty of deer stroll through our yard on a regular basis. I spend considerable time in my new studio, and when I am not there, I am exploring new galleries, and making new art friends. Life can be so good at times. I am filled with gratitude."

The Man in the Arena

The Man in the Arena

“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt. There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world. Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are.

The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength. It is war-worn Hotspur, spent with hard fighting, he of the many errors and valiant end, over whose memory we love to linger, not over the memory of the young lord who “but for the vile guns would have been a valiant soldier.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

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Wembley Waves summer swim team registration at the Wembley Club

Can you hear the birds? Can you feel the warmth in the air? Hopefully this is not yet another “False Spring” followed by “3rd Winter” that North East Ohio is famous for.

We are about 86 days from Memorial day and for those of you who like to plan out the whole summer; Wembley is recruiting for its summer swim team! The Wembley Waves is a fun experience for swimmers of all ages and skills levels. We have daily swim team practices with morning and afternoon options to choose from. Swimmers can attend swim team practice during or after summer camp hours. The fee includes access to all practices and swim meets. The swim meets are scheduled every week and include home and away meets at local neighborhoods and clubs.

Come join the Wembley Waves team! It is more fun here!

You can get more info and register online on the website or email for more information!

Personal trainer, Erin

Our own Erin Hagen repping at Arnold Festival this weekend!

We are wishing great success and the best of luck to Erin Hagen who is off to the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend in Columbus Ohio! She is participating in the Pro bench bash starting at 2 PM on Saturday! You can also view the whole event on Pay-per-view on Fanmio.

She will be competing in the 56kg division. Erin will go up against 25 of the best powerlifters who have been invited to compete. These include powerlifters across all weight divisions, ages and genders. She will be attempting to build on her success from winning at Nationals last June!

Did you know that in between competing in powerlifting tournaments and driving her kids around to various soccer and baseball practices and games; Erin also teaches fitness classes at Wembley and runs a successful personal training program!   Come join one of her sessions to experience getting trained by a National Champion!

Wembley tennis teams repping at State Championships this weekend!

This weekend, the NEO district hosts the 2021 Combo Ohio State Championships.

NEO will be represented by two Wembley teams: The 6.5 Women’s team captained by Andrea Ayyappan and the 6.5 Men’s team captained by JP Ayyappan.

Please drop by to cheer the teams on at Western Reserve Racquet and Fitness club at 11013 Aurora Hudson Rd, Streetsboro, OH 44241

The men’s team is scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM, while the women’s team is scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday at Noon. Please note that matches can be called up to 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.

Go Wembley! We hope to see you there!

Presidents’ day at the Wembley Club!

If your kids have Friday and Monday off for the Presidents Day holiday; make the most of your extended holiday weekend with visit to the Wembley Club.

We are excited to announce special presidents’ day weekend hours for the Wembley Club pool! The pool will be open from 7AM to 8PM on Friday and 11AM – 8PM on Monday!

Bring the kids, bring a friend (guest charges apply) and make some time to also check out some group fitness classes or book a court for a round of tennis or pickleball while you are here!

See you here soon!

Artist spotlight: Alice Mullins

Featured artist at the Wembley Club

If you have visited he club any time over the past couple of months you are sure to have been captivated by one of the many animal-themed images hanging on the walls. These works or art are a product of local artist Alice Mullins.

As always all of the art on display is available for sale; the details of pricing and how to purchase each piece is listed near the art work hung on our walls.

Become a Member of the Geauga Arts Council and submit your work to be displayed in one of our Art in the Mart Venues!

Alice Mullins

Alice is a highly creative and vibrant artist who resides in the Chagrin Falls Area. MC Art Studio currently represents a selection of Alice's art
work, located at 1208 Bell Rd. Chagrin Falls.

She offers all levels of paint & tie dye workshops at the studio, and will also be offering private & small group Art Therapy sessions. She earned her BFA at University of Cincinnati, and has her Masters in Art Education from Cincinnati as well as a Masters in Psychology-Art Therapy from Ursuline College. Her artwork is inspired by a deep love and respect for animals, nature, and Native American teachings, storytelling and wisdom. Her beautiful tie-dyes are inspired by the peace, happiness, fun, and smiles from the 60s! She feels privileged to create many custom animal paintings that are in homes all over the U.S. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Wellington Florida and locally in Ohio.

Alice loves teaching, painting, and inspiring artists of all ages. She ran the paint workshops and tie-dye sessions for multiple years at “Dazzle” in Chagrin Falls called, “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. She has been a vendor for over 20 years at art shows, festivals, and arts and crafts shows in south Florida and Ohio.