Thursday, January 08, 2015

ARTS/West To Host Shirey Photo Exhibit

Bryan Gibson

Updated Wed, Jan 7, 2015 2:52 pm
Photo Credit: 
Zanesville Museum of Art
Jim Shirey of Athens, "Cucullaria" (photograph)  
ARTS/West will host an opening for featured artist Jim Shirey this Friday, Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Shirey's exhibit will hang in the performance space through Jan. 31.
Shirey, who recently won the First Place Photography Award at the 70th Ohio Annual Exhibition in Zanesville, is an Athens-based photographer whose work tends to focus on wildflowers indigenous to Southeast Ohio.
During his time as a math professor at Ohio University, Shirey’s interest in a different hobby led him to start practicing photography.
"I was taking pieces of rotten wood out of the forest and making sculptures out them and I photographed them," he told WOUB in 2013. "I got more interested in the photography than the wood."
Now retired and living in the Athens County countryside, Shirey's art is influenced by his surroundings, as he notes in his artist's statement:
"We moved into an old farmhouse long ago. In the years following we grew gardens, raised fruit trees, and hiked through the wildlife area adjoining our property. Our boys grew into strong men and went their ways, leaving us with the memory of the natural world we shared as a family. That included the wildflowers growing in odd places, some so tiny they could fit on a pinky nail. During the warm seasons I capture their images when the air falls still and the light is gentle."
Refreshments will be provided at Friday's event, which is free and open to the public. For more information about Jim Shirey's work, visit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ARTS/West offices closed December 25-26 and January 1

ARTS/West wishes you and yours a  
happy holiday!

The ARTS/West offices will be closed on December 25-26th in observance of the holiday.

The offices will be open Monday-Wednesday, December 29-31, 10am-4pm and closed New Years Day, Thursday, January 1st.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ARTS/West Presents: A Holiday Concert to Benefit the Athens County Food Pantry

ARTS/West Presents

A Holiday Concert to Benefit the Athens County Food Pantry

Sunday, Dec. 21st


The program will feature all the most beloved musical holiday favorites, as well as music to inspire and uplift, from classics to the popular, performed by world class singers and musicians from the Athens area. Admission is free, but we will be accepting monetary donations to benefit the Athens County Food Pantry. (No canned goods or food stuffs; the pantry can do much more with money) Refreshments will be served at intermission. Audience reaction in the past has been enthusiastic, with many expressing that this event is just the thing to put you and your family in the Holiday Spirit. Come out to enjoy the most beautiful sounds of the Season, and contribute to a most worthy cause.

Friday, December 19, 2014

ARTS/West T-shirts are in!

For more information, please call 740-592-4315. T-shirts are available as a first come first basis during office hours (M-TH, 10am-4pm) and before/after performances.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ARTS/West Presents: Athens County Community Singers Christmas Concert

ARTS/West Presents:
Athens County Community Singers Christmas Concert
Friday, Dec. 19th

The Athens County Community Singers, formally the ATCO Vocal Choir, is a choir for “all voices”, those with and without disabilities. Selections will include favorites such as “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Blue Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” to name a few. The concert will include solos, special instrument accompaniment by choir members themselves. Audience members will also get a chance to join in the festivities with sing-a-longs with the choir. This group is a non-profit organization and donations are always welcome.

$10 suggested donation at the door