Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Striving: Artwork by Ryan Spellman - Art Opening


Striving is a collection of paintings, found objects, art, digital art, and more. The opening reception will be held on Wed., Aug. 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm, free & open to the public. The exhibit will be available until September 1st during semi-regular business hours, 10am-4pm, Mon-Thurs, & during special events, please call 740-592-4315 to schedule a time. "Art has always been central to my life. Some of my earliest memories involve monster themed step-by-step drawings I found in books from the library. Art became a type of meditative therapy for me in my youth. I would sit listening to music as I filled sketchbooks with ideas for hours as a teenager (some of which I have to this day). The importance of creation only grew for me, becoming a deep form of expression. There is a whole universe inside each of us, and I feel artists are able to pull some of their own universe out into the world in many different ways. At the core, that is what all of this is for me." - Artist, Ryan Spellman


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rough House Theater Company's Ubu the King

ARTS/West will be hosting a special one time only show of Ubu the King, presented by Chicago's Rough House Theater Company. The show will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, August 1st, with tickets priced at only $10! Please note that this performance is for ages 16 and above. Athens is only one stop on Rough House Theater Company's tour, as they will be visiting 7 other cities across the Midwest and East Coast. Ubu the King is based on Alfred Jarry's 1896 masterpiece of absurdo-surrealism, elaborately retold with original music and over 60 stunning hand-crafted puppets. In this new adaption by artistic director Mike Oleon, Ubu the King bring Jarry's seminal satire to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hand of 5 power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne - and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized by designer Grace Needleman, Rough House's Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular. You won't want to miss it!

About Rough House Theater Company:

Rough house Theater Company is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. Rough House creates theater that captures the heart through the eye. Rough House shows use puppetry, music and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. The company aims to invigorate audiences and inspire fellow artists through work that is rigorous, adventurous, and jubilantly weird.
Through educational programming, cultivation of work by emerging and established artists, and broadly accessible performances, Rough House seeks to bring new life to puppet theater in Chicago, and to invigorate a spirit of cross-disciplinary artistic experimentation within an ever growing, diverse community of artists.
Born in 2012 in a dilapidated storefront of Chicago's Congress Theater, Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival, Open Eye Figure Theater's Toy Theater After Dark Festival, and Chicago's International Physical Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Rough House has toured across the United States, performing in auditoriums, galleries, bars, lotion factories, funeral homes, punk houses, and the woods of Appalachia.
Rough House is a 501(c)3 organization.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Athens Rock Camp for Girls Final Concert 2


ARTS/West presents the final concert performance from Girls Rock Camp on Sunday, July 17th at 2:00pm. This is a performance you do not want to miss! This week long camp introduces self-esteem builders through music creation and performance. The Girls Rock Camp also offers workshops and technical training while creating leadership and encouraging social change. The girls form bands, learn to play instruments, write music and show off all their hard work by the end of the week. $5-20 suggested donation at the door, concert begins at 2:00pm, doors open at 1:30pm. For more information please contact athensgirlsrock@gmail.com or artswestathens@gmail.com.

Athens Rock Camp for Girls Final Concert 1


ARTS/West presents the final concert performance from Girls Rock Camp on Saturday, July 16th at 7pm. This is a performance you do not want to miss! This week long camp introduces self-esteem builders through music creation and performance. The Girls Rock Camp also offers workshops and technical training while creating leadership and encouraging social change. The girls form bands, learn to play instruments, write music and show off all their hard work by the end of the week. $5-20 suggested donation at the door, concert begins at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm. For more information please contact athensgirlsrock@gmail.com or artswestathens@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Share Your ARTS/West Experience

Please take two minutes out of your busy day to fill out a review of ARTS/West for GreatNonProfits.org. Just 10 reviews distinguishes us as a top rated nonprofit! Thank you! Please click the following link: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/arts-west-1

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Dhot-ta (short stick) Class with Dr. Maung Gyi

Join Dr. Maung Gyi at ARTS/West for a Dhot-ta (short stick) Class on Sunday, July 17th from 7:30-9:30pm. $10-15 fee collected at the door. Stick around for pizza and a social hour with Dr. Gyi until 10:30pm. In ancient times, there were primitive methods of taking care of oneself, especially joint and muscle pain. One of the simplest methods used by SHUDRAS (slaves and servants or menial and manual workers) involved working tools to ease their stresses. Dhot-ta used a short stick (farm tool) to: 1. stretch out tight or knotted muscles 2. press at body parts (accupressure) 3. gather internal energy through breath to calm the body and mind before and during self treatment. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ARTS/West Closed on Monday, July 4th


ARTS/West will be closed on Monday, July 4th as we celebrate independence day. We hope you enjoy the holiday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ARTS/West Presents: Athens Old Time Square Dance Social


Come out to ARTS/West on Friday, July 8th from for a night of evening entertainment. Shake it the old fashion way to the fine fiddling of Matt Mcelroy and the gang and the calling of Joe Burdock. There will be snacks but bring your own adult beverages. Party starts @ 7pm (come early if it's your first time) or just come hang out, socialize and listen since it's only $6! Also, we will once again have an old fashion soda bar and snacks provided by Twist One Up!

Emily Beveridge 80s Poster Art Opening and Exhibit

Come out to ARTS/West and marvel at the 80s night collage posters for the DJ Barticus 80s Nights at Casa, created by Emily Beveridge. For the first time they will be available to purchase, and in a full sized poster format! Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, July 7th from 6:30-8:30pm and will feature refreshments as well as a live DJ set of 80s tunes performed by DJ Barticus himself. The show will be on display in the ARTS/West Gallery Space from July 7th to August 3rd and will be available during regular business hours (M-TH, 10am-4pm), during special events, or call 740-592-4315 to schedule a time.



ARTS/West Presents: Community Yoga with Becky Anderson


Come out to ARTS/West on Sunday, July 3rd for the monthly session of Community Yoga! Classes are always on the first Sunday of the month, noon-1pm and free for ARTS/West members (for as little as $30 a year you can become a member!) or a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Contact ARTS/West at 740-592-4315 for more information. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Classes are taught by Becky Anderson.