Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Arts West News & Events

Calling Poets, Storytellers, Songwriters 

Please Join Us for a Poets & Writers Read Around & Potluck
Thursday, May 30, 5:30-8pm
Free of Charge - Donations and Potluck Dishes Encouraged

YOU ARE INVITED! Poets, storytellers, musicians – all are welcome to an evening of food, fellowship and spoken word. Bring a story, song or poem to workshop,
a covered dish tto share, and friends!  Plates, cups, napkins, etc. provided.
Spirits are permitted (with valid 21+ ID)

 Hosted by Athens Poet Laureate: Kari Gunter-Seymour and Arts West

More Info at: 
Poets & Writers Read Around & Potluck

Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Arts West News & Events

Square Dance Calling Workshop
at Stuart's Opera House 

OVST Summer Camp Registration

Square Dance Calling Workshop
at Stuart's Opera House

Sunday, May 26, 2-4pm
followed by a Square Dance in Stuart's lobby, 5-7pm

Want to be a Square Dance Caller? Or just learn a few easy dances to call?
Workshop #4 in the Southeast Ohio Musical Workshop Series is for you!

Old time musician and Caller Joe Burdock will teach some basic calls as well as how to call with a live band. All participants will have the opportunity to practice with a group and try calling solo.

Workshop to be followed by a Square Dance in Stuart's Opera House lobby
Workshop 2-4pm; Square Dance 5-7pm

All experience levels welcome

Tickets $12-$22 at May 26 Calling Workshop or at door (no one turned away)
More info at Square Dance Calling Workshop!

OVST Youth Summer Camps 2019

June 3-21 at Arts West, 9am-12pm / 12-4pm


Session 1: Grades 1-6, Monday-Friday, June 3-21, 9am-12pm
"Find your inner SUPER HERO" - 
Final free show for family and friends on June 21 at 11am. Participants will explore creatively with workshops and the performance
of an original script by Faith Knutsen.
Cost: $200 (3 weeks, AM) - Inquire about scholarship assistance if needed.

Session 2: NEW!! Afternoon session, June 3-21, 12-4pm
Campers bring brown bag lunch. We make, build, sew, decorate crafts for the camp show. Stagecrafts and games for kids whose parents need that full day option.
: $200 (3 weeks, PM) - Inquire about scholarship assistance if needed.

Session 3: Teen Camp. Grades 7-12. Monday-Friday June 3-21, 12-4pm
"I Hope I Get It!" -
 Final free show for family and friends on June 21 at 2:30pm.This glittering performance will show off the work campers have done to become "triple threats" at auditions (singing, dancing and acting). Focuses on building skills and confidence in theater work. A tech track is also available. Professional workshops will help campers build their own "company". This is a great camp for students who want to try theater or to polish their skills. All skill levels welcome.
Cost: $200 (3 weeks, PM) - Inquire about scholarship assistance if needed.

For more information or an application contact Carol Patterson  at or 740 541-3728.
 OVST Suymmer Camps
Online Registration: OVST Youth Camps 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Arts West News & Events

Square Dance Social
GentleBirth Workshop
After School Program

3rd Thursday Square Dance Social 

Thursday, May16, 7-10pm

Athens Old Time Presents:
Caller Joe Burdock with special guest band Kentucky Wild Horse will offer up an evening of lively old time music! 

$6 suggested donation. Dancing starts at 7pm.
No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude,
& an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID).

Come to dance or just enjoy the music!

Featuring Desserts by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods

Facebook event at: 3rd Thursday Square Dance Social

Childbirth Education Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 9am-3pm
Sunday, May 19, 9am-1pm

This is a two day GentleBirth workshop
at Arts West

Saturday, May 18th, from 9am to 3pm , and Sunday, May 19th from 9am to 1pm.

GentleBirth Workshops provide expectant moms and partners easy to learn brain training techniques including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sports Psychology and Medical Hypnosis along with tools, information and techniques to prepare for the most positive birth possible.

The cost is $250 per couple.

Expecting mothers are welcome to bring their partner or whoever will be supporting them during labor and birth. Participants can also bring a pillow/yoga mat/etc to be comfortable during the relaxation exercises.

Lunch will be included on Saturday, as well as snacks on both days.

This price also includes a 30 day subscription to the GentleBirth app.

Facebook event and contact info at: GentleBirth Workshop
Registration Link: Click Here

Arts West After School Program
Registration Open

Arts West After School Program
Now open for registration!

2019-2020 School Year, Monday - Friday, School Dismissal - 5:30pm

Featuring Creative Writing, Theater, Music and Visual Art instruction from local artists

Arts West will host an inclusive arts based after school program for children grades Kindergarten through Fifth. Enrollment for the program aims to serve up to  25 children. This program will focus on art forms such as visual art, theater, music and creative writing, as well as teach the art of Appalachian storytelling.

At Arts West 132 West State Street

For more information please contact Arts West program Specialist, Emily Beveridge: or 740-592-4315

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Arts West News & Events

Calliope Feminist Choir Concert
Calling Workshop Registration

Calliope's Spring Concert this week!
Come join us for a powerful program of song and connection, with musical guests Guinevere Jacobs, Greg Bikowski, Kelly Cooke and Dan Dennis, as well as wonderful ASL interpreters, Loraine Rogers, Caitlyn Holbrook and Paige Fuentes.
A reception follows each concert

Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 4:30pm

TICKETS available at The Farmacy until day of concert and at the door
SLIDING SCALE $15-30, limited income $2-10
Reserved accessible parking available on request (e-m: by day prior)
Overflow parking at Athens Middle School

Visit or Calliope's Spring Concert (FB Event) for more info. 

Square Dance Calling Workshop at Stuart's Opera House
Sunday, May 26th, 2-4pm

Want to be a Square Dance Caller?
or just learn a few easy dances to call?

Workshop #4 in the Southeast Ohio Musical Workshop Series is for you!
Old time musician and Caller Joe Burdock will teach some basic calls as well as how to call with a live band. All participants will have the opportunity to practice with a group and try calling solo.

Sunday, May 26, 2-4pm
Workshop will be followed by a square dance in the Stuarts Opera House Lobby
All experience levels are welcome

Tickets $12-$22 at May 26 Calling Workshop 
More info at Square Dance Calling Workshop!

Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Double Art Opening
Friday, May 3, 5-7pm

Main Gallery
Jacob Parker: A Solo Show

Jacob Parker has a series of offset printed artworks on display
in the Arts West Main Gallery (upstairs) May 3rd-30th.

The art opening will feature live music by the Water Witches
plus food and drinks, all free and open to the public!
Be prepared to think deeply about life, love and self-worth in this mind-opening show

Jacob is a printmaker from North Carolina. Working primarily in relief and screen printing, he explores the intricacies involved in personal myth-making and self-identification, and the impact which it has on our interpersonal relationships. He's a big fan of sandwiches, soft rock, and comic books, all for the same reasons.

More Info at FB event: Jacob Parker: A Solo Show 
Check out his portfolio of work @
And follow him on Instagram @

Lower Gallery
(pause): a solo show by Katie Chandler


(pause): poetic paintings about a place of stillness

Katie Chandler is an illustrator & designer from Columbus, Ohio making colorful shapes into compassion and curiosity. They love transforming big ideas into simple pieces and creating calm, inviting spaces. Purpose with playfulness is their jam!
They have made a series of paintings for the Arts West Downstairs Gallery, which
will be on display from May 3rd-31st.

At the opening reception there will be food and beverages, as well as
live piano music from Amy Abercrombie

A portion of sales will also benefit the PRISM: LGBTQ Youth Art Program based in Athens, Ohio. Come check out their work, grab a bite, and support a good cause!

About the Show:
The world likes to shout - be more, be less, go faster, do more, more, more. Seemingly, it thinks we shouldn’t go slow, do nothing, be still, be enough - simply, be.

What if you remembered the bliss contained within you? A you-topia where you are full, quiet and calm, no matter the noise? A pause, any moment you need.

(pause) is series of poetic paintings about a place of stillness. Inviting you to (pause), to remember where you are, who you are, why you are. By the end, you’re sent to play and continue onward, but always knowing your pause is there for you -
exactly as you are.

More Info at FB Event: Pause: a solo show by Katie Chandler
Check out her website: 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Starting May 2nd Arts West and The Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library will host a First Thursday Old Time String Jam

Each month will feature a jam leader who will play, call chords and help
new players follow along. The musical lending library will be open for those
wishing to borrow an instrument.

From 6-8pm, this Free event will take place outside when the weather cooperates or in the downstairs lobby of Arts West. All ages and levels welcome.
BYOB with valid 21+ ID.

This Jam's leader is Joe Burdock. To lead a future Jam contact Tessa Evanosky

For more info visit FB event at
 Old Time String Jam

Join us for the final Moon Tunnel reading of the year this Thursday, at 7:30!

Always an evening of thoughtful and humorous creativity,
come hear the fabulous works of graduating MFAs Sarah Minor and Derek Robbins (and a possible third guest!).
BYOB (as usual - with valid 21+ I.D.), and a grand spread of snacks and drink
will be provided for this finale reading.

Moon Tunnel is a reading series featuring the work of creative writers from Ohio University's graduate programs. The series is held on five separate evenings throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Moon Tunnel is sponsored by
the OU English Department.

Check them out on facebook here: 
Final Moon Tunnel Reading (of the year)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Arts West News & Events

Medicinal Herbs for Home Use
CreativeMornings/Athens: INCLUSIVE
Healing Tones Blessing Performance 
SATB Spring Choir Concert

Medicinal Herbs for Home Use
Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30pm

Taught by Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist, of Appalachian Ohio Herb Clinic and Wildfire Herbs. 

It's spring! Students are invited to come and learn about easy-to-grow plants that can help keep them healthy. Caty will cover 10 safe herbs that are effective for many different health health problems. Instruction will include how to use each plant, what they do in the body, as well as harvest and preparation. Learn how to safely and confidently use herbal medicine at home.

$17-$25 sliding scale

More info at: Medicinal Herbs for Home 

Friday, April 26, 9-11am: CreativeMornings/Athens:INCLUSIVE
“People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.”
Special guest Patty Mitchell will give a presentation titled: Creating Space for Connection, Purpose and Belonging.
CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the local creative community with a focus on networking and inspiration.
Free. RSVP at:

Healing Tones Blessing
Sunday, April 28, 12-1pm

Sliding scale fee of $10 to $20
Eric Thunder Crow Schatz and Shalalea Rainstar Grace offer shamanic sound healing through a unique ceremonial  performance. Together, they utilize several musical instruments including the didgeridoo, Chinese gong, and Native flute to invoke healing energy.

More info at: Healing Tones Blessing
SATB: A Different Kind of Choir - Spring Concert
Sunday, April 28, 4pm - Refreshments to Follow

SATB Choir Presents: 
Suppying All Trumpets and Banjos - Instruments of Mass Instruction
A benefit for the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library and Arts West.
All songs will be about musical instruments in some way. The SEO-MML is open to all visitors Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-7pm and those who become members are able to check-out instruments to take home for one month at a time. The musical lending library sponsors musical workshops and works to make the making of music accessible to all.

The SATB Choir is a community vocal group dedicated to charitable giving through the vocal music arts.  SATB’s mission is to create powerful and inspiring music in partnerhship with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their causes. 

Concert Admission by Donation

More Info:
 SATB Spring Concert