Thursday, September 02, 2010

Have a great weekend

Fall is less than 20 days away, the leaves are just about ready to change, OU move-in starts today, the streets are packed, and we're gearing up for (if I may say so) a very impressive season here at ARTS/West.

Transition time for sure so we wish our intern Katie all the best of luck-- she is embarking on her grown-up journey and will now be found interning at the Cleveland Playhouse. God speed Katie! We already miss our own "basement cat" Nate but we know he will be the best Lost Flamingo President and wish him the best for the up-coming school year. Jess and Drew will stay with us for awhile and Ashley just plain trapped! We have all just about lost our minds! We're taking "doing more with less" to heart! So look what we have coming up!

Aquabear continues our concert series at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio with an amazing evening of music......

The Black Swans (columbus, ohio)

Bird and Flower (columbus, ohio)

Caitlin Kraus (athens, ohio)

Monday, September 13th at 8pm (sharp) doors open at 7:30pm

only four bucks- all ages / no alcohol

To find out more about the Aquabear Legion and what we do visit or send us an e-mail at

Women of Appalachia Project presents "Women Speak" A celebration of female literary and performing artists

September 16, at 6 p.m. the Women of Appalachia project will present "Women Speak, Autumn 2010", an evening of story, poetry and song, in the ARTS/West performance space. The event is the third presentation of spoken artistry, presented by the WOAP, created and performed by women living in Southeast Ohio.

Founder/curator of the project, Kari Gunter-Seymour points out that many people have an image of an Appalachian woman, and they look down on her. The Women of Appalachia Project encourages participation from women of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to come together, to embrace the stereotype, to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her. This fall's event will highlight the work of 13 writers, singers and performers, from Athens, Meigs, Hocking and Morgan counties, providing the community with a unique opportunity to experience a very intimate glimpse inside the lives and culture of each artist.

"Spoken art is by its very nature a transient art.," says Gunter-Seymour. "Seconds after the artist's thoughts are spoken, they are just that quickly gone. Yet in that quiet powerful moment we may hear something that tickles across our senses, like it belongs to us - translating the spoken into the visual within our minds."

The presentation is scheduled from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m, with a reception immediately following. ARTS/West is located at 132 West State Street in Athens, Ohio 45701. Call 740.592.4315 for directions or questions about the facility. Donations in support ARTS/West will be accepted at the door, but not required.

For more information about "Women Speak, Autumn, 2010, go to


Adrienne Appell . Story

Colleen Carow. Song

B A Code . Poetry

Amy Coombs . Story

Cathy Cultice Lentes . Poetry

Kari Gunter-Seymour . Poetry

Anita Martin Manderfield . Story

Sandra Masada . Poetry

Jennifer McClung . Poetry

Wendy Mcvicker . Poetry

Joyce Richardson . Poetry

Sherri B. Saines . Poetry

Kris Williams . Poetry

ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. is hosting a screening of the local independent film of The Other House, directed by Steve Fetsch and produced by Amy Abercrombie, on September 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets to the film screenings are $4 and may be purchased at the door.

The novel, The Other House, was written by Rebecca Hooper Eastman sometime before 1937, the year of her death. Seventy years later, it was privately published by her granddaughter, Amy Abercrombie, and is now an independent, full-length movie. Based on the Holdens and the Hoopers, the story centers on a beautiful young woman forced to flee to the South when a young man dies in a duel over her. She moves in with her sister in Walpole, NH where she encounters colorful relatives, two villains, and a handsome young architect who wins her heart.

The result of two years of filming in the culturally-rich Athens, OH is a striking motion picture that will surely please movie-goers everywhere. "The novel and the movie have dominated my life for nearly twenty years," admits granddaughter Abercrombie. "And I am so grateful to all who contributed to making the movie so fine." She adds that she wishes the entire country could see it and she plans to enter it into as many film festivals as possible.

For more information about the book and movie, including photographs, you can visit the website: