Old Time String Jam Essentially Athens Book Launch Ukulele Workshop w/Laura Nadeau
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a guest "leader" each month. December's guest, local musician, Morgan Hager specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. She plays fiddle, guitar and banjo. Bring an instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. More Info @ 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam
Sunday, Dec. 8, 6pm: Essentially Athens Ohio Book Launch. Join the writers, and fine artists for an evening of merriment, readings, discussions, and book signing. Over one hundred poets, essayists, storytellers, songwriters and fine artists have come together in this very special collection celebrating all that is the heart and hearth of Athens, Ohio. The work is raw, honest and steeped in all things Athens; from the foothills to the stadium, from uptown to throughout the county. Books will be for sale, for cash or check only. Free Admission. More Info @ Essentially Athens Ohio Book Launch
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4pm: Ukulele for the Holidays! Everyone can be a ukulele player! This workshop will focus on tuning, strum patterns, and chords, and participants will learn a few easy holiday tunes with Laura Nadeau. Ages 8 and up! More Info @ Ukulele for the Holidays!
Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7pm: Art Opening for A Solo Show by Jessica Ashley. An artist with an emphasis on landscape and animal acrylic painting, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2014. Based out of Middleport, Ohio, she has been adding to her already large body of work, creating a bunch of new paintings of all different sizes for this upcoming exhibition. Ashley's work will be featured in both the upstairs and downstairs galleries, and on display December 3rd-January 3rd. Come check it out! Free Admission. More info @ Jessica Ashley Solo Show
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm: Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond, an S.A.T.B. Choir Concert. Join us for a musical journey to the stars! A benefit for the John Glenn Astronomy Park, presented by SATB: a different kind of choir. SATB’s mission is to create powerful and inspiring music in partnerhsip with social justice organizations and bring support and awareness to their causes. The John Glenn Astronomy Park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing the wonders of the sky. Set in the Hocking Hills of rural southeastern Ohio, the park offers one of the few areas in Ohio where the night sky can still be seen in its near pristine state. Suggested Donation: $10 per person / $15 per Family. More Info @ Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4pm: 2019 Holiday Craft Swap. Bring your handmade items and swap them out for a cash-free, swapping good time! Participants bring X number of homemade, giftable items and arrange them on tables at Arts West at 2 pm. Once the swap begins, everyone roams around, taking the same number of items that they brought themselves. Items of lesser value can be bundled (to balance out with more labor or resource intensive items). The swap is run with a spirit of fair trading and community celebration, and it provides a great way to share your talents and wares! It's also a holiday celebration, so feel free to bring snacks or cookies to share. It's helpful to respond on Facebook if you plan to attend, but not required. More Info @ 2019 Holiday Craft Swap
Become an Arts West Member or Renew Your Membership
Whether you're renewing, becoming a member for the 1st time, or just want to support your local community arts center, now is a great time for it. With perks like free entry to the Cat's PJs Clothing Exchange, the ability to borrow instruments from our Musical Lending Library and a free hour of rental time (or more depending on the level of your pledge), it's a win-win when your tax deductible contributions help us keep improving our facility and expanding our programming. Thanks! More Info @ Arts West Membership
Please Note: Arts West will be Closed November 27th & 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Square Dance Social & Jam Harvest Moon Benefit Concert For the Love of Athens Contest Arts West Membership
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam Caller T-Claw from Elkins, WV, and band, The Corndoggers will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm. $6 Suggested Donation.
Friday, Nov. 22, 7-10pm: Harvest Moon Benefit Concert for the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN). With music, dancing, and local Celebrity Karaoke Performances for Peace and Justice! Featuring: Amethystone, Megan Bee, Steve Zarate, Walk the Ridge, and special guests the Athens Justice Choir and the Unitarian Fellowship Choir. Beer on tap from Jackie O's and other refreshments. Suggested Donation $5-20.
For the Love of Athens Submission Guidelines Entry Deadline - Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - Entry is free! Selected Photographs will be announced on January 6th, 2020
For the Love of Athens is a photo exhibit that focuses on images of people, places or things in Athens County. Entries can be taken with traditional, digital and smart device methods. Any photographic method is welcome! Chosen photographs (30-35 pieces) will be in the For the Love of Athens Exhibit in the Arts West galleries for the month of February, 2020.
You could win prizes! Awards will go to top 3 photographs chosen by our juror + folks attending the opening will be invited to vote for an audience choice award. Exhibit Opening - Friday, February 7, 5-7pm
Guidelines for Submissions Take some fun, creative photos of your favorite people, places or things in Athens County. They can be straight forward, interpretive, color or black & white. The subject matter must be in Athens County, but the artist need not be from Athens County to submit. All ages are welcome to submit.
EMAIL Email up to 5 entries to: email@example.com (limit of 5 entries please) In the subject line write: “LastName_number (1-5)” (your name) In the body of the email please include: * Full name * Email address * Phone number For each photo include: * Title of photo + give each photo a number please (1-5) * Medium (type of camera or cellphone used) * Price or Not For Sale (NFS) designation * Your age (if a minor) INSTAGRAM Submit up to 5 photos on Instagram, each one separately with the hashtag: * #fortheloveofathens * followed by another hashtag directly afterwards - either #1, #2, #3, #4 or #5 * Please, keep photos separated and not one after another in the same post. * In the body of text please provide your email address, the title of the work, the medium (type of camera or cellphone used), and the price or Not For Sale (NFS) designation
Become an Arts West Member or Renew Your Membership
Whether you're renewing, becoming a member for the 1st time, or just want to support your local community arts center, now is a great time for it. With perks like free entry to the Cat's PJs Clothing Exchange, the ability to borrow instruments from our Musical Lending Library and a free hour of rental time (or more depending on the level of your pledge), it's a win-win when your tax deductible contributions help us keep improving our facility and expanding our programming. Thanks!
Drum & Flow Jam on Saturday! Travelers' Treasures Market & Prints-Pots-Plants Sale Accordion Basics Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 16, 8-10:45pm: Drum and Flow Jam. A night of drumming and dancing. All levels and ages welcome. Put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Drum, dance or just listen and take it in. There is a place in the circle for everyone. If you have never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound! Free Parking on the street and in the lot. Food & Bevs allowed. B.Y.O.B (w/Valid 21+ I.D.). 3rd Friday of the month at Arts West. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. More Info at: Drum and Flow Jam
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24: Many Moons-Travelers' Treasures Sale (Downstairs at Arts West) An exquisite shopping experience of items personally gathered through travels to Thailand ~ India ~ Bali ~ Nepal ~ Guatemala ... Includes: Jewelry ~ Textiles ~ Wood and Metal Sculptures ~ Sacred Objects ~ Unusual Gift items ... and more. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-6pm. More iInfo @ Many Moons: Travelers' Treasures (happens simultaneously with Prints, Plants & Pots sale upstairs)
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24: Prints, Plants & Pots Sale The first ever Prints, Plants & Pots Sale to be held in the Performance Space of Arts West! A truly unique shopping experience, the focus will be on handmade printed artwork, live plants, and ceramic work, all created or grown by local artists or horticulturalists. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-6pm Prints: Bobcat Print Club (Ohio University Students & Faculty) Plants: Seeds & Things; Moxahala Micro Farm More Info @ Prints, Plants & Pots Sale (happens simultaneously with Many Moons sale downstairs)
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2-4pm: Accordion Basics with Morgan Hager Presented by the SEO Musical Lending Library AT STUART'S OPERA HOUSE. Morgan learned to play accordion to become her own one woman band. Now she is coming to Nelsonville to teach you to do the same. Workshop will cover bass lines on the buttons, melodies on the keyboard and how to put the two together! Please register so we make sure we have enough accordions, and also let us know if you're bringing your own! $12 suggested donation optional with registration. More Info @ Accordion Basics with Morgan Hager
Reminder:Gaelynn Lea's Special Performance is this Thursday. Nov. 14, 7pm at Arts West
Presented by OU Performing Arts Series & Arts West Free and Open to the Public - Doors Open at 6pm "Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie." (Jeremy Ylvisaker) Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and has been on the road ever since playing her signature mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. More info @ Gaelynn Lea (special add-on)
Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!
1st Thursday Old Time String Jam Gaelynn Lea Special Performance For the Love of Athens Photo Show Poet Laureate Request for Proposals
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam In the parking lot or basement of Arts West depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each month. November's jam leaders are Hilarie and Mark Burhans, local musicians with plenty of expertise to share. They're knowledgable about many instruments, they've toured nationally with their various bands and have taught for many years (along with owning Restaurant Salaam!). Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels and ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated.
Thursday, Nov 14, 7pm: Gaelynn Lea Special Performance at Arts West Presented by OU Performing Arts Series & Arts West Free and Open to the Public - Doors Open at 6pm "Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie." (Jeremy Ylvisaker)
Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and has been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. The singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries - she's graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.” (Jess Wolfe, Lucius) In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir that she plans to release in 2022.
Friday, Dec. 14: For the Love of Athens 2020 Submission Deadline The For the Love of Athens Photo Contest & Exhibition is on! Send up to 5 photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org or enter through Instagram #fortheloveofathens and add a number #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 for your chance to be selected into the 2020 show! The deadline is Saturday, December 14th at midnight. This year, 35 photographs will be selected by a juror to be displayed in the Arts West upstairs and downstairs galleries for the month of February.
Submission guidelines will be added to our Arts West Facebook Page and the For the Love of Athens: Photo Contest & Exhibition Page, however, some of the guidelines have changed. This year selected photographers must print and frame their photographs. Black frames are a requirement, and matting is optional but highly encouraged. Photographs will also be required to be placed in frames no smaller than 12x14 (no 8x10s!). Printed photographs may include a white border to fit this requirement, and as always we encourage photographers to try to source locally for printing services and frames.
Monday, Dec. 2, 5pm: Entry Deadline for Athens Poet Laureate Proposals The City of Athens and the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) is seek-ing its third Poet Laureate. AMAC encourages project submissions from candidates that embrace poetry and explore its place in the community. This honorary 2-year position commences February 1, 2020. The Poet Laureate is an advocate for the arts and fosters a love of poetry and literature among the diversity of all residents. A $2000 per-year honorarium will be awarded to the selected poet. The poet will be selected by an ad hoc committee of 3-4 members from the Athens poetry community and one representative from AMAC.
Factors considered when reviewing submissions: - Ability and willingness to fulfill the roles of the office - Appropriateness of poetic project - A 3 year residency in the Athens area, involvement in the cultural life of the community, and plans to remain in the community throughout the Poet Laureate tenure - Must be at least 18 years of age - Demonstrated commitment to and passion for poetry - An attitude of embracing the opportunity to engage in civic discourse - A history of literary excellence, including a publication history
The City of Athens is committed to the non-discriminatory treatment of all persons regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national orgin or ancestry, marital or familial status, religious belief, age or disability.
See full prospectus on the City's AMAC web page (in the left column): http://www.ci.athens.oh.us/313/Athens-Municipal-Arts-Commission
Entry deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2019
Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!
Tina FisherArt Reception Horse of a Different ColorArt Supply Exchange Afternoon Arts Unit 2 Registration
Friday, Oct. 25, 5-7pm: Art Reception for Oh, Deer! I've Lost My Head For this exhibit Tina Fisher, a professional photographer based in Corning, Ohio, dabbles in mixed media photography with an eerie twist on mundane activities. The reception will feature refreshments and live music by Caitlin Kraus. Fisher's work is on display Oct. 1 through Nov. 27, with the reception about mid-way through.
Oh, Deer! I've Lost My Head is an analog collage series, reflecting the solo journey through various facets of the human condition. This collection was constructed by combining three separate components (head, body, background) to create one new image. No digital imagery or digital manipulation was used in the creation of these works. Elements of each collage were meticulously hand-cut from magazines destined for the recycle bin and placed in frames sourced from local thrift stores.
Friday, Nov. 1, 5-8pm & Saturday, Nov. 2, 11am-6pm: Horse of a Different Color Art Supply Exchange. A benefit for Arts West and the PRISM Youth Art Program. Clean out your crafting closet and get your gold, silver, or bronze ticket(s) to exchange for an item or items of equal (estimated) value. Drop off new or gently/partially utilized supplies to Arts West, Oct. 14-Nov. 2 (Mon-Fri 11am-6pm - or call 740-592-4315 for extended hours); Members Night - Fri, Nov. 1, 5-8pm (free entry for members); Public Exchange - Sat, Nov. 2, 11am-6pm ($10 admission; free entry for members). To volunteer please contact Tessa at email@example.com.
Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids - Unit Two Registration Still Open Fall 2019 programming offered in two 8 week sessions, Aug 26 - Dec 19. Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Links below for Oct 28-Dec 19 registration, class descriptions and instructor bios: