Monday, April 23, 2007

An Appalachian Spring Evening

There is an incredible amount of terrific stuff happening in May! This is the one I got written-up first! Come to everything!!!

ARTS/West, Athens Community Gateway to the Arts, is pleased to partner with Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council to present “An Appalachian Spring Evening” on May 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM.

The evening will feature the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis: ". . . a husband and wife team who serve up an entertaining combination of love songs, bluegrass, folk, country and popular music (often injected (infected?) with a healthy dose of humor) on the guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer and Celtic harp, along with a strong and pleasing vocal blend." . . . or so their brochure says and, The Boys O’ The Hock- Athens County Celtic Band. It will also feature Living History Characters: Maria Ewing Martin & Bertha Levion and the documentary: A Forest Returns: The History of the Wayne National Forest, for more details @ www.littlecitiesofblackdiamonds.org

Tickets for the evening’s event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Haffa’s Records, O’Betty’s Red Hot, from Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council 1-866 394-3011 or, the ARTS/West office.

The event is sponsored in part by the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, a regional organization that is collecting, interpreting and preserving the history, natural environment and culture of the former Hocking Valley Coal Boom region of Athens, Hocking, Perry and Morgan Counties that was highly impacted by a boom-to-bust mineral extraction era over a century ago and is still living out the legacy of that period today.

The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents. ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and culture of our town.

ARTS/West is supported by: The City of Athens: Arts, Parks and Recreation Department, The Athens Municipal Arts Commission, The Ohio Arts Council. ARTS/West has received support from: The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Athens Foundation, O’Bleness Foundation, The Hocking Valley Bank, and Olympian Founders.

The evening activities will take place at the ARTS/West facility located at 132 W. State Street. Limited parking available.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

From our friends at OU School of Theater

VIDEO PHONES AND VIOLENCE SELF INCRIMINATION AND MYSPACE/FACEBOOK/WEBSITES A FORUM

Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater – Kantner Hall Friday April 20, 2007, 12:10 – 1:00 pm

The School of Theater will be producing the World Premiere of Laura Jacqmin's new play Happyslap at the end of April. The characters in this play engage in happy-slapping, described by CNN as "the youth fad of filming violent acts -- which most often they have provoked themselves -- and spreading the images on the Web or between mobile phones."
A forum focusing on this cultural phenomenon and similar, less violent notions, permeating our students
(Why post a picture of yourself smoking pot in your dorm on your facebook/myspace page?)

Join us with your lunch and your thoughts.

Thanks in advance to our special guests: Professor Stan Alost, Associate Dean Patti McSteen and Professor Tom Vander Ven

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Town Meeting on the Arts

Athens Municipal Arts Commission Hosts A Town Hall Meeting on the Arts

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission will host its annual Town Meeting on the Arts on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:45pm at ARTS/West.

Members of the Athens Municipal Art Commission will present an annual report of the arts and introduce initiatives for 2007, including presentations on:
Percent for Art
Public Art
Local Mural Legislation
the Athens Uptown Arts Market.

“Athens has long been recognized as one of top art communities in the country, and this meeting is way for us to continue to value and honor the arts not as a luxury, but as an integral part of life in Athens”, says Carol Patterson, City Council member and Chair of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission.

The public is invited to attend, and the program will include an opportunity for community input and suggestions. In addition, the Studio for Young Actors will offer a sneak peak rehearsal of their upcoming performance of "Annie Jr".

Refreshments will be provided.

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission is an agency of the city government that represents the city's commitment to the arts by promoting accessibility, participation and appreciation of the arts.

So, I have been straightening up all day for our guests. I have annual reports available for your perusal, a flier of up-coming events, a survey, etc. We would love to have you tonight!

Friday, April 06, 2007

April 2007

What's going on in April, you say? A lot. Say, did you notice that our blog is a whole year old? Someone should bring it some cake and leave it with me. But, that's not why your here, this is:
ARTS/West April Events

April 13-14 & 20-21: 8:00 pm ACTORS’ MOVEABLE THEATER proudly presents Impossible Marriage by Beth Henley. Throughout this widely funny and moving comedy the characters struggle heroically with the impossibility of finding an allegiance between their civilized duties and primitive desires. For tickets call 740-592-3823;
berryfraze@columbus.rr.com

April 14, 12-1 pm 'FRONT AND CENTER', a community open stage event for young people. The first half of April's 'Front and Center' (formerly called Kid's Music Club) will showcase your own COMPOSITIONS, no matter how simple or elaborate, whether sung or played on any instrument. Prizes will go to participants. It is always amazing to hear the tunes that kids make up themselves, even if you are not yet into composing. In the second half of the hour you are welcome to perform any pieces, whether solo or duet or ensembles. Come one, come all to "Front and Center'!!!

April 17, 6:45 pm TOWN MEETING. The Athens Municipal Arts Commission will host its annual Town Meeting. Come and have your voice heard as the Arts Commissions presents an over-view of 2006 sponsored events including: Art Market and Athens County Quilt Discovery and introduces such 2007 initiatives as: Percent for Art, Public Art, Mural Legislation, Art Market 2007, etc. Plus a sneak peak of Annie Jr. presented by The Studio for Young Actors. This event is catered and free and open to the public.

April 22, 7-8:30 pm DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE for information call Robby at (740) 593-6717 or email Sherron at
sherroncourneen@aol.com

April 29: 6-9pm Dinner of Swords presents NOISE SHOW WORKSHOP and pot luck dinner. $2. Check out
www.myspace/artwestnoiseshow.com

For a complete listing of classes, workshops, and meetings please call our office during semi-regular office hours of 1-4 at (740) 592-4315 or go to
www.myspace.com/artswestathens.
HUMBLE PLAY: Appalachian new play festival applications are available in the office or by emailing artswest.ci.athens.oh.us. APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until July 2, 2007.
PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically. There are three categories this year including: “Playwright”, “Company”, and “Youth Division.” Each division has a separate application and application fee. All applications must be postmarked on or before July 2, 2007 Check out the Humble Play my space at
www.myspace.com/humbleplay

Many thanks to The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Athens Foundation, O’Bleness Foundation, The Hocking Valley Bank, The Ohio Arts Council , our Olympian Founders, individual donors and the time donated by our army of volunteers, for making this possible.

The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents. ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and culture of our town

Also, from our friends at the Dairy Barn:

The Dairy Barn wish list for their Summer Camp: If anyone has the following items that they wish to donate to the Dairy Barn for our summer art camps please let me know…we try to reuse and recycle as much as we can!, Pantyhose/Nylons-(can have runs in them), Dry Cleaner Wire Hangers, Brown Paper Bags for Groceries, We be doing Earthworks and will need some dirt, straw, sand-if you have any please let me know and we can find a place to store it for camp, Cardboard boxes-larger the better! 2x4s-we will be cutting them into sections for sculpture bases so any lengths are good and they can be painted, Magazines, Flower seeds (any extras from planting this spring?), Metal garbage can for ceramics firing...and wood chips (Pit Fire Materials), Cleaned out 5 Gallon Buckets, Milk Jugs-Gallon size with the dents in the sides (two indents on either side of handle)
Bring by whenever you can…and leave in front of my door if I am not here.

Nicole Tartoni
Education Director

The Dairy Barn Arts Center
8000 Dairy Lane
P.O. Box 747
Athens, OH 45701-0747
Phone: 740-592-4981
Fax: 740-592-5090