Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Athens Community Arts & Music Festival
~To be held Uptown at Multiple Venues~
Friday, August 17th, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, August 18th, Noon-9pm

A Weekend-long Celebration of the Arts and Music of Athens! 
Presented by The Athens Municipal Arts Commision and the City of Athens, along with the Hocking College School of Music.

Friday, August 17th (5:30-7:30pm), at The Athens Uptown Parking Garage
Athens Photo Project Youth Wheat Paste Exhibit Opening Reception
"Me and Mine"
Featuring live music from Large Mouth Brass Band and food vendor Holy Guacamole.

Saturday, August 18th (12-9pm), Union Street Main Stage (brought to you by Hocking College School of Music)
WESLEY BRIGHT and THE HONEY TONES, Mourning (A) Blkstar,
Adam Remnant Band, Hellnaw, Mobile Home, Stella, Ugata West African Drum & Dance, OVST, and more!

Saturday's Union St. line-up includes local and regional music, art, poetry, and dance on the main stage; Food vendors, Dr. May's Thai Kitchen and Cajun Clucker, and a beer garden (run by Stuart’s Opera House) featuring Jackie O’s beer; And the street (Union St. btw Congress & Court) will be lined with Athens Art Guild vendors selling local creations, and local non-profit arts organizations hosting art activities and info tables.

The weekend will also feature LIVE MUSIC at Casa Cantina, Donkey Coffee, Jackie O’s and The Union! (schedules coming soon)
With: Large Mouth Brass Band, No Plastic Flowers, Coal Cave Hollow Boys, County Pharaohs, Slugg, Weird Science, Mobile Home, Red Lake, Slagpile, Caitlin Kraus, Slackluster, Peach Fuzz, Bret Anderson, Steve Zarate, Tail Winds, and many more.

The 20-year ACMF tradition continues with live music all over uptown Athens. Proceeds from these stages benefit Stuart’s Afterschool Music Program, Arts West and The Gathering Place!

More details at Facebook Event
Thanks for supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!


Drum & Music Jam at Arts West

Friday, August 17th, 8-11pm

Come join us for a night of drumming & dancing! The space is open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums, any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Parking is free on the street and in the lot. Bring your own refreshments - food and beverages (I.D. Required if bringing alcoholic beveages).
Where/When: Arts West, 8-11pm
Admission: Suggested Donation of $5-$10 to help support the space

This is a safe space where you can come to be your truest self. This is an intimate environment where you can put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. There are no rules to participating in the sound. Even if you have never played an instrument, pick one up! There are plenty to borrow. 

This group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month at Arts West, 8-11pm

Check out the event on Facebook as well: click here

Any questions contact Arts West at 740-592-4315

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

**Sadly this had to be CANCELLED**

Stay tuned for future dates!

Herbal Topicals Workshop!

in partnership with

The Appalachian School of Herbal Medicine

at Arts West, Saturday, August 18th, 1-4pm

This class is the final class in a series of three Herbal Medicine-Making classes taught by herbalist Hannah Stewart through the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine.

Hannah has five years of herbal experience, including an apprenticeship with Lauren Genter of Ancient Roots Botanicals, years of intensive self-study, and her current apprenticeship with clinical herbalist Caty Crabb of Wildfire Herbs and the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine. 

Each Medicine-Making class will be a three-hour hands-on workshop in the performance space of ARTS/West in Athens, OH. You will leave with a valuable handout, an herbal remedy of your own crafting to enjoy at home, and the confidence to make more products on your own.

HERBAL TOPICALS will be a thorough exploration of herb-infused products that you apply to the skin for moisture, protection, and healing. In this class, Hannah will demonstrate and explain the process of making:

-powerful herb-infused oils using several different methods, including the intermediary solvent extraction method 
-healing salves made with herbal oils and beeswax 
-nourishing herbal lip balms 
-moisturizing & healing herbal lotions and creams 

Workshop attendees will participate in a DIY Massage Oil Station, where they will get to choose from an assortment of ingredients to blend their own luxurious herbal oil to enjoy at home! 

$25-40 sliding scale, including the cost of all materials. 


To register, email hannahlynnstewart@gmail.com

Last day to register: Thursday, August 16th 

facebook event - CANCELLED

Monday, August 06, 2018

Poets & Writers Potluck Read-Around
Thursday, August 9th 5:30 - 8:00pm

For more info call Arts West at 740-592-4315 or follow the Facebook Event

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

with Athens Ohio Roller Derby (AKA the Hell Betties!)

Art of the JAM: Expressions from the local roller derby community

Thursday, August 2nd, as part of Athens' State Street Art Walk, 5:30-8:30pm at Arts West

Athens Ohio Roller Derby is gearing down for a meet n’ greet with the artists of the league. 
Current skaters, veterans, referees and Non Skater Officials will show off their artist skills, craftsmanship and talents at the Arts West Gallery on August 2nd
Get to know the Betties off the track and learn more about the sport of roller derby!"
Featuring Music Provided by: Black Magic Darlings

The exhibit will be up all month!

For more info please contact Arts WEst at 740-592-4615 or artswestathens@gmail.com
or follow the Facebook event

Athens State Street Art Walk August 2nd! 

The Art Walk venues include:
 Arts West, the SEO History Center Passion Works Studio 
& (usually) Casa Nueva (under construction this month)

free evening of art & surprises on State Street featuring
local artists, musicians & food 
1st Thursday of the Month, 5:30-8:30pm


Arts West: Art of the Jam: Expressions from Athens Ohio Roller Derby, featuring music by Black Magic Darlings
132 W. State St.

SEO History Center: Meta Van Nostran’s Extensive Collection of Quilts
24 W. State St.

Casa Nueva: Casa Nueva will be closed for annual renovations from Sunday, July 29th to Friday, August 3rd. Casa will be a part of the September State Street Art Walk.
6 W. State St.

Passion Works Studio: David Dewey - The Solo Show, featuring an artist talk by David Dewey himself from 6-7pm
20 E. State St.

For more info please contact ARTS/West @ 740-592-4315 or follow the event on Facebook 

Thanks for supporting the arts in our community!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Drum Circle at Arts West

Friday, July 20th at 8:00pm

Bring your instruments and bring a friend 
for a night of drumming and dancing

All levels and ages welcome

Free event but donations are appreciated

For more info visit Facebook event

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 Athens Do-It-Yourself 

Homebrew Keg & Case Competition

July 18th 5-9pm

$15 for souvenir tasting glass and opportunity to judge
 the entries of local homebrewers!  

for more info or to purchase tasting glass in advance for $12 contact:

Athens Do-It Yourself
16060 Canaanville Rd
Athens, Ohio 45701
Get Directions  (740) 594-2349


Brew Week Pints with a Purpose 

Benefit for ARTS/West

July 18th at Devil's Kettle Brewing
Noon to 10pm

The July Pints with a Purpose at Devil's Kettle Brewing will benefit ARTS/West! Come out to Devil's Kettle, and $1 from each pint of beer purchased will go to support ARTS/West

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Athens State Street Art Walk! 
Thursday, July 5th - 5:30-8:30pm

Venues include:
Arts West, SEO History CenterCasa Nueva
Passion Works Studio

This is a free evening of art & surprises on State Street

to be held on the 1st Thursday of the month, 5:30-8:30pm
featuring local artists, musicians & food

Exhibitions for July 5th:
Arts West 132 W. State St.
Fish Guitar: Billy Rhinehart Art

+ Music by The Trio – Mimi Hart, Jim Smailes, John Borchard

Billy Rhinehart is the artist and owner of Fish Guitar the home of unique real art guitars. Each instrument is designed from scratch, hand carved, hand painted, and hand assembled. An array of electric guitars, lap steels, 5-string bass and 6 string baritones’ will be on display.

SEO History Center - 24 W. State St.
Several Exhibits on display including
quiltsbricks, asylum history & a portrait exhibit
1. Locally made quilts on display from textile artists from the period during WWII.
2. “Bricks of Southeast Ohio”, an exhibit of locally made bricks telling the history of one of Southeast Ohio’s major industries
3. “The Athens Asylum, 150 Years of a Healing Landscape” Exhibit contains artifacts, artwork, medical history of the Athens Asylum and focuses on mental health through the decades.
4. “The Stuff of Dreams” Elise Sanford Portrait Exhibit is a unique display of local women posing as one of their heroes.

Casa Nueva - 6 W. State St.
Annual Summer Casa Employee Art Show
A collection of mixed media artworks created by the current staff of Casa Nueva.
Come out to enjoy good company, good food, and great drinks while exploring the local art scene!
Featuring Music Provided by: JJ Reed & Tracy Turner

Passion Works Studio - 20 E. State St.
Balloons! Balloons! Balloons! + hands-on balloon twisting and more!
Jump, walk, come on over to Passion Works for a new twist…balloons! Yes!, you are invited to investigate twisting - make a hat, flower, snake…develop new skills that will change your life and give you powers of spreading joy & delight.

On display will be our interpretation of fancy disco balls that actually were installed at the Nelsonville Music Festival 2018! Starting with round balloons we paper-mached, attached CDs and fabric tassels…yes, we will share our process, secret paper-mache recipe and tricks so you too can reproduce “homemade” disco balls for your next social extravaganza!

For more info please, contact Arts West at (740) 592-4315 or see Facebook event here