Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SATB "Twas the night before Christmas"

SATB Choir will be having a Christmas Concert on December, 13th at 7:30pm, held at ARTS/west. The Concert will benefit ATCO Vocal Chorus and Passionworks Studio, while celebrating this magical season with music and art. Bring your friends and family out for this exciting holiday event!

Suggested Donations are 10$ for individual and 15$ for a family.




Don't forget to join the event on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/events/440436986004654/

Saturday, December 08, 2012

A Christmas Carol


MILLER AVENUE SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION

There will be construction on Miller Avenue on MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th. The crew is expected to be on-site Monday through Friday from approximately 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, weather dependent, until the project is completed. Traffic will be maintained on Miller Avenue during the project, but there will be times when traffic is flagged through the work zone. ARTS/west parking lot may not be available during this time. Please call ARTS/west in advance for available parking spots.

The Miller sidewalk project includes constructing a street level sidewalk and a retaining wall. The project also includes relocating the existing steps, required to connect the proposed sidewalk to the existing sidewalk; striping and signage improvements will also be completed.

The City of Athens apologizes for any inconvenience that may be incurred during this work. Questions or concerns may be directed to the City of Athens Engineering and Public Works Department, 740-593-7636.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Seeking new Program Specialist

Applications are available for the position of
Program Specialist at ARTS/West.

Please pick up applications at City Hall (8 E. Washington St.) or at ARTS/West (132 W. State St.) and submit them to City Hall no later than Friday, Dec. 21, by 4:00 p.m.

Email City of Athens Human Resource, Claudia Reagan at creagan@ci.athens.oh.us for questions.




Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Front & Center THIS Saturday with SPECIAL GUESTS



On Saturday, December 8th, FRONT AND CENTER will be returning to ARTS/west for its monthly musical event with special guest:
Appalachian Ohio Storytelling Project.
Appalachian Ohio Storytelling Project is a non-profit organization that produces storytelling, art and performance events throughout the Appalachian region.

Appalachian Storytelling Project singer Susanna Holstein, will also be performing in concert at ARTS/west, January 19th, where all of the proceeds from the concert will benefit UCMs "Twice Weekly Meal Program." So come out and support this talented group!

The show will take place from noon to 1:00 pm for school aged kids, but all are welcome! The second half of the event is open for any child in the audience that would like to come on stage and showcase their talents. Make sure not to miss this interactive and fun-filled musical event!

Check out Appalachian Ohio Storytelling Project here!
https://www.facebook.com/AppalachianOhioStorytellingProject





Monday, December 03, 2012

Factory Street Studio's Winter Dance Celebration

Factory Street Studio will be having their Winter Dance Celebration at ARTS/west on Friday, December 14th. The concert will begin at 7:00pm-10:30pm.
Tickets are now available for pre-sale at Factory Street Studio.
$10 for adults and $8 for students.
The concert will be featuring new student choreography by:
CKC, performances by Tech 3 Jazz, Hip Hop 2, and Tech 5/6 Ballet.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Benefest is BACK

Benefest will take place at The Union, November 30th at 9pm
FEATURING:
MELK
www.myspace.com/melkfeckingrules

SMALL STEPS
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QACaG2ZU6-0&feature=related

THE GROVE
http://thegroveband.com

AND MIDWEST REVIVAL
www.facebook.com/TheMidwestRevival


All proceeds made at Benefest at the Union will be donated to ARTS/west and The Gathering Place. So come bring your friends for a good time and a good cause!









Monday, November 26, 2012

Reappearance from The Local Girls!


The Local Girls will be returning to the stage at ARTS/west on
Sunday, December 9th at 3:30pm for their Annual Community Christmas Concert.
Last seen on November 10th, this talented trio performed for the Front and Center Program singing familiar and original pieces. A member of the audience also received the honor of a special birthday song performed by The Local Girls themselves!
We look forward to having this melodious group of woman for a second time around and hope you and your friends join us for this musically enchanting afternoon. You don't want to miss this fun-filled holiday event!

The Local Girls blog can be seen at http://thelocalgirls.blogspot.com/





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Artisitc success

Art faculty member at Ohio University Lancaster, Rachel Clark, held a painting workshop on Saturday, November 10th. Kid's ages 6-13 arrived to the class with great enthusiasm for this creative and informative opportunity. The participants got to show off their artistic talents while learning everything from different brush techniques to the process of painting their own self-portrait!

To check out Rachel's online portfolio visit
http://rachelclark.org/home.html















Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Appalachia RESIST!

Anti-fracking activists,Appalachia Resist! will be hosting a panel discussion on fracking in Southeast, Ohio at ARTS/west on Friday, November 16th at 7:00pm.
Panelists include Nathan Johnson of the Buckeye Forest council, Teresa Mills an injection well expert, Natalie Kruse, assistant professor this quarter in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and a member of Radical Action for Mountain Peoples Survival(RAMPS).

This event kicks off Appalachia Resist!s first ever ACTION CAMP, and promises to be an informative and inspirational evening. A weekend of workshops will be held in Amesville at the old Amesville Elementary on November 17th and 18th from 9:00am-6:00pm.

For more information, to view the schedule and to register visit: http://appalachiaresist.wordpress.com/


Monday, November 12, 2012

Annual Exotic Market Sale

MANY MOONS returns to ARTS/West for their annual sale!

Exclusive items that will be featured:
Jewelry, wood and metal sculptures, textiles, sacred objects and unusual gift items.
All items have been personally selected from travels to
INDIA, NEPAL, THAILAND and BALI
You won't find these items anywhere else!

The sale will take place in the basement of ARTS/west
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17 from 10:00am-6:00pm and
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18 from 1:00pm-6:00 pm


Join us for some fun and exotic shopping!
Sri Menakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu in Southern India

Monday, October 29, 2012

Front and Center welcomes The Local Girls





Front and Center, a free music event for school aged kids is back again! Returning every second saturday of the month, November 10th from noon-1pm, we will welcome The Local Girls to the stage. The second half of the event is an open stage for the kids so come show off your talent or just enjoy the show!

Meet THE LOCAL GIRLS




In beautiful three-part harmony Mimi Hart , Brenda Catania & Gay Dalzell come together as the members of the singing group 'The Local Girls.' The Local Girls have had the privilege of performing at the White House, Hillary Clinton's birthday celebration and have created their own CD dedicated to Ohio University, titled "Four Year Heaven."

Visit The Local Girls website at http://thelocalgirls.weebly.com/

Visit The Local Girls blog at http://thelocalgirls.blogspot.com/





Learn to paint with Rachel Clark THIS Saturday!


Artist and educator,Rachel Clark was born in Fairfax, California and currently lives in Athens, Ohio. She teaches art classes at Ohio University, Lancaster. Rachel received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from University of Tennessee. In 2009 Rachel was honored with a 2nd place title in the Art 09 International Competition and 5th place in the OHIOCENTRIC, OSU Urban Art Space both in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information and artwork visit http://rachelclark.org/home.html


Rachel is holding a painting workshop at ARTS/west for children ages 6-13 from 10-11:30am

Rachel will be demonstrating a variety of exercises in gestural brush mark making and non-realistic, exaggerated colors. Come learn the process of painting the portrait, or self-portrait! Watercolor , acrylic and pastels will all be utilized during this workshop.




The fee is 25$ at ARTS/west on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th

For inquiries contact: Rachel Clark Clarkr5@ohio.edu 740. 594. 2816

Monday, October 22, 2012

AMC Road Show Auditions




There will be open auditions for AMC's Road Show. The audition is for anyone ages 18 & up on OCTOBER 29TH from 3-7pm. Finalists will have the privilege of working with a team of Hollywood professionals and winners will receive CASH PRIZES.All talent is welcome to audition! For more information visit

http://www.athensohio.com/events/special-events/amc-road-show-auditions

Meet Jim Shirey


Jim Shirey was born in Hobart, Indiana on April 12,1943. He received his PhD from Purdue University in philosophy and mathematics and currently teaches at Ohio University. Not only is he a professor in the mathematics department at the university but he also is a talented photographer with an eye for beauty in nature. Shirey has a knack for discovering and capturing diverse wildflower and landscapes at their finest. His work showcases the beauty of many diverse plants found throughout Ohio's own fields and forests. These images will entice you in with their divine colors and textures.





To explore more of Jim Shireys work visit http://www.jimshireyphoto.com

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"The Flowers of Winter" Opens Tomorrow

On Monday, October 22, from 5-7 p.m., we're unveiling works by our latest featured artist, Jim Shirey. Jim is a retired professor of mathematics who has an incredible knack for capturing minute patterns, shapes, and colors in nature that might escape the ordinary eye. Come by and relax after work, enjoy some fine photography, and get a chance to meet the artist.

And if you can't come by tomorrow, don't worry; Jim's work will be on display at ARTS/West until December. You won't want to miss the chance to see this stunning collection.

Monday, October 15, 2012

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED



Want to get involved and help support ARTS/west performing arts center?
We have an opportunity available for any volunteers that would like to help paint the stage next Wednesday (Oct. 17) at 9 a.m. Any and all help would be deeply appreciated.
Also, ARTS/west needs help with the membership drive, which will be on Thursday, October 18th from 5-7:30pm.
CONTACT Jesse Pyle at jcpyle1@gmail.com if interested.


NOTICE: Construction on Miller Avenue

Safe Routes to School Project, Sidewalks on Miller Avenue, Project 262
The City of Athens has secured D.V. Weber Construction, Inc. to complete the Safe Routes to School Project to construct a sidewalk on Miller Avenue, between Walker Street and West State Street. D.V. Weber is planning on beginning construction activities on Miller Avenue on Tuesday, October 16 - construction is expected to be completed by late November.

The project includes constructing a street level sidewalk and a retaining wall. The project also includes relocating the existing steps, required to connect the proposed sidewalk to the existing sidewalk, and completing striping and signage improvements.

During construction there may be times when sections of the roadway will be flagged for traffic. No interruptions to Arts West Programs are planned because of the construction.

The City of Athens apologizes for any inconvenience that may be incurred during this work. Questions or concerns may be directed to the City of Athens Engineering and Public Works Department, 740-593-7636.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Front and Center is having special guests!




'Front and Center' is a free music event for school age kids which is held the second Saturday of every month in September until May from noon to 1pm.
SPECIAL GUESTS and first performers of Front and Center, Mark Burhans and Hilarie Burhans will be returning to the stage October 13, 2012!





Mark Burhans plays fiddle and Hilarie has been a state champion banjo player for many years. They are a Hot Point String Band and play for Contra dances and have recently started a jazz band as well.


The second half of the show kids, a solo or group act are welcome to take the stage and show off their talent or just listen and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio

Returning for its seventh year, the Humble Play promotes the art of playwriting and new play development. The Humble Play invites playwrights to submit their work. All the plays are reviewed and then three are selected for staged readings. Directors and actors assemble to present the words of each script, as much for the playwright as for the audience, and afterwards all participate in discussing the play.


Meet the playwrights


MENTOR PLAYWRIGHT Y.YORK from Cincinnati, Ohio will be giving a lecture on new play development !

October 4, 2012
Woof premiered last fall in Houston and won Houston’s “Buzzy” award for best new play. Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly premiered in Milwaukee in October and will be reprised in Nashville this winter. Late in the Game was workshopped at the 2012 New Harmony Project, and two other new plays premiere in Seattle and Philadelphia in April. Y is the author of many produced and published plays and the recipient of a lot of awards, grants, and prizes, and is always grateful and a little surprised when success comes calling. A member of the Dramatists’ Guild and alumna of New Dramatists, Y still lives with Mark Lutwak to whom most things are still dedicated. For current news and all the rest: www.yyork.com

Donna Hoke from East Amherst,New York

Flowers in the Desert

October 4, 2012 at 7PM
Writer, editor, crossword puzzle constructor and playwright, Donna Hokes work has been produced in cities from New York to Los Angeles. She also has work produced in Manchester, England, Seoul and Korea. Donna Hoke is a member at Road Less Traveled Productions, Chicago Dramatists and International Centre for Woman Playwrights and the Western New York representative for the Dramatists Guild.
Check her out at Donnahoke.com

Kevin Kautzman Austin, Texas

Dream of Perfect Sleep

October 5, 2012 at 7PM
Originally from North Dakota, Kevin Kautzman is a playwright pursuing his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin focusing on playwriting and screen writing.
Audiences in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas have all seen his work. Kevin was honored with awards from the International Student Playscript Competition and Repertory Theatre of Iowa's Alpha Project for his play Coyote.
See more of his work at www.kevinkautzman.com !

Kenley Smith from Bent Mountain, Virginia



Empires of Eternal Void

October 6, 2012 at 7PM
New to Nashville, TN, Kenley Smith began working on his play Empires of Eternal Void at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. He also was artistic director for Studio Roanoke, Virgina's not-for-profit theatre. Kenley earned an M.F.A. in Playwriting and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing, from Hollins University. Kenley directed two full-length plays at Studio Roanoke: His very own The New Testament and Ben R. Williams’ Man With Wings. He has also won awards from Mountain State Press and the Abingdon (VA) Highlands Festival.

You don't want to miss this weekend full of talent!













Thursday, September 06, 2012

Front & Center Begins This Saturday

‘FRONT & CENTER,’a free music event for school age kids at Arts West, begins this Saturday, 12 - 1 p.m. Front & Center will take place every second Saturday of the month between this Saturday and May of 2013. This Saturday features special guest pianist Isaac Zika. The second half of the event is an open stage, free for any kids to share instrumental or vocal music if they choose to participate. Or, just listen and enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Art Workshop Next Week

Art Workshop - Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 - 8:30 pm - Framed Art Card Collage Workshop for individuals 10 and older - contact 591-2939 or email attedragon@yahoo.com for more information and to register ($10 per person).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Andrea Stern: "The Mermaid's Tale": Tomorrow, 5 - 8 pm

Art Opening - Wednesday, August 29, 5 - 8 pm for Andrea Stern's new work, "The Mermaid's Tale". A collection of works that incorporate painting and collage techniques. Go to andreasternart.blogspot.com to get a sneak peak of her underwater landscapes. Light refreshments to be served. Contact ARTS/West for more information.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Little Women: The Broadway Musical - Aug. 16-18, ARTS/West

Scene One Theatre is producing a performance of Little Women: The Broadway Musical at ARTS/West beginning Thursday, August 16th until Saturday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at the door. Don't miss the opportunity to check out this great adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. All are welcome!

It's a boy!

Program Specialist Emily Prince gave birth to a son at 5:05 a.m. yesterday morning. His name is Walter Henry Prince, and the strapping lad weighed approximately seven pounds at birth. Warm congratulations to Emily and her family from everyone in the Athens arts community!

Friday, August 03, 2012

Mozart On The Green - 8/7/12 - 7pm - ARTS/West

ARTS/West Presents - Mozart On The Green as part of the Ohio University Chamber Music Festival Concert Series. Tues. August 7, 7-8pm. Free Admission - Donations Encouraged. http://www.outreach.ohio.edu/mozart/schedule.html

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Community Yoga 8.5.12

Community Yoga 8/5/12

Sunday June 10th ARTS/West Community Yoga 3:45-5. 
Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind.

Classes are free for A/W members or donation based for non-members. Contact us or Laura Post at theholisticmama@gmail.com for more info. 
Not a member?  Membership forms can be found HERE

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Girls Rock!

Tonight is the final showcase for the Athens Rock Camp for Girls!  Doors open at 7pm show's at 7:30.  Facebook event HERE


ABOUT ROCK CAMP
Athens Ohio Rock Camp For Girls is a one week, day camp. Girls will learn an instrument, form a band, write songs, and perform a show at the end of the week. Self-defense, stage presence, flyer making, booking shows, 4 track recording and other elective classes are also offered.

MISSION

The Athens Ohio Rock Camp for Girls builds self esteem through music creation and performance. By providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills.


Through community support and monetary donations, we are committed to keeping Athens Ohio Rock Camp for Girls as low cost as possible to enable participation for individuals from all economic backgrounds.


Monday, July 09, 2012

APE Center announces 2 more camps!

APE: Tomorrow is Today: Dance Camp for Teens
  • What: Partnering with the Athens Dance Collective and guest choreographer, Megan Payne participants learn repertoire, improve dance technique and choreograph and perform original choreography for social change!
  • Who: Open to Dancers/ Movers 12-17yo.
  • Cost: $215
  • When:  August 6th-10th 9am-4pm @ Factory Street studio
Performance August 11th 7pm

APE: Youth Voice: Performance Camp for Teens
  • What: Partnering with OU's Environmental Theatre Brigade participants practice delivery, physicality and script writing while crafting an art performance for social change.
  • Who: Open to youth 12-17yo.
  • Cost:  $185
  • When: August 6th-10th 9am-4pm @ ARTS/West
Performance August 11th 7pm
 
The Youth Voice/tomorrow is today camps are for students who have a developing global perspective and are capable of focused, thoughtful  engagement and creativity.

Registration forms for Youth Voice available HERE


Arts Mean Business!

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission,  in conjunction with Americans for the Arts has released the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study conducted in 2011, which presents quantitative data supporting the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture in Athens County as well as nationwide. 

Please join us for a public presentation of the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study and learn how you can benefit from advocacy and new strategies in wide-area marketing of the arts. Help support the local economy!

Public Presentations on:
  •     Monday, 7/9/12 City of Athens, City Council Chambers  at 7PM
  •     Tuesday, 7/10/12 Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville at 6PM
  •     Thursday, 7/12/12 ARTS/West in Athens at 6PM 
Want more information? Check out our video 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Highschool Stage Combat Workshop!

Check out this AWESOME opportunity being offered by the Ohio University School of Theater!

Highschool Stage Combat Workshop
June 25 — June 28, 2012

The Summer Stage Combat Workshop at Ohio University is an introduction to creating the illusion of violence for stage and screen. 

This workshop will:
  • Cover the basics of safely performing stage combat.
  • Teach fundamental skills that promote safety and dramatic effectiveness.
  • Teach specific techniques in multiple theatrical weapons such as broadsword, knife and single sword. 
Short scenes will be developed and presented on the last meeting day for family and friends.

Residential with meals (4 Days, 3 Nights): $350
Commuter with meals: $275
Commuter with no meals: $175

Students must be at least 15 years old and/or entering their sophomore year
in high school. A separate course is offered for college students.


INSTRUCTORS:
Brian Evans is an Assistant Professor in the School of Theater at Ohio University. He is a certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. Brian has choreographed for Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Monomoy Theatre and numerous colleges and universities. He has taught at regional and high school workshops across the country.

Tonya Lynn is a freelance actor, fight choreographer and teacher based in Pittsburgh,
PA. She is an Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight directors and has also trained with the United Stuntmen’s Association. Tonya particularly enjoys providing young actors with an introduction to the field of stage combat. She has taught at workshops across the country.

For more information, contact Brian Evans at evansb1@ohio.edu
or 323-397-4952.

Sponsored by School of Theater




Friday, June 08, 2012

Art and Mind

Saturday 6/9 at 2:00

The Appalachian Progressive Education Center will be presenting the culmination of their week-long theater camp. I'm going to go out on a limb here to tell you it's brilliant.


Sunday 6/10 at 3:45 ARTS/West Community Yoga 3:45-5. 

Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind.

Classes are free for A/W members or donation based for non-members. Contact us or Laura Post at theholisticmama@gmail.com for more info. 

Not a member?  Membership forms can be found HERE

Sunday, 6/10 at 7:00 pm "The Mondragon Experiment," Screening and Community Discussion
Casa Nueva presents an informative and inspirational 57 minute film about the history of the International Cooperative Movement. Come celebrate 2012, the International Year of the Cooperative by educating yourself and getting inspired with us! Community discussion to follow hosted by Casa Nueva worker-owner, Sarah Fick. Find the facebook event HERE

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Community Yoga 6/10/12

Sunday June 10th ARTS/West Community Yoga 3:45-5. 

Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind.

Classes are free for A/W members or donation based for non-members. Contact us or Laura Post at theholisticmama@gmail.com for more info. 

Not a member?  Membership forms can be found HERE

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Humble Play: New Play Festival in Appalachian Ohio

2012 Call for Submissions

ARTS/West, The Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, and The Corporation for the Performing Arts announce applications for HUMBLE PLAY: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio

ARTS/West, Athens community gateway to the arts, 132 W. State St., is partnering with the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, the Corporation for the Performing Arts and the Athens Community to present the 7th Annual HUMBLE PLAY: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL OF APPALACHIAN OHIO, this coming October 4-6, 2012, and they are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights.

Acknowledging gifted writers with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works October 4-6, 2012.

The 2011 Festival featured: playwright mentor Raymond Hardie; The Charity Fish Fry Tinikling Show by K. Biadaszkiewicz (Michigan); What Ever Happened to Baby Abby by Merri Biechler (Guysville, OH); The Ohio University School of theater presents Midnight Madness; An Unlikely Hero by Lawrence DuKore (New York, NY); Death Squad by W.R. Smiddie (Pomeroy, OH)

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work of playwrights from across the nation and will, in turn, highlight the actors and directors of our Appalachian region through play development/production in our area, at the ARTS/West facility during the festival. We accept full-length, one acts, musicals, ten minutes, i.e. your best work.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted from March 9 to June 1, 2012.

Applications are available HERE and at the ARTS/West office, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH, and by requesting one via EMAIL

Submission Fees accepted through our pay pal account:





Title of Play Submitted






We only accept electronic submissions via email and there is a $5 application fee.

Many thanks to the The Ohio Arts Council and the Humble Play Committee for making this festival possible.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Man Forever this Saturday at ARTS/West

Photo borrowed from Metropulse


Dark Circles Records presents Man Forever this Saturday, June 2nd at ARTS/West.

Man Forever is the ambient percussion-based project of Kid Millions, the drummer of Oneida.

“When Kid Millions plays the drums, it’s all about stamina. He has built a career on percussive longevity, bashing away at his instrument for hours on end with fury and expert precision. For 13 years he has been the anchor of the Brooklyn band Oneida, whose songs mix hypnotic Minimalism with skull-rattling metal and tend to hit their pulsating stride only around the 15-minute mark," writes Ben Sissario of The New York Times.

Also performing will be:
Alchemelion: Chris Lee's keys-based solo project 
AND 
Dead Winds of Summer: Electronic/guitar ambient mass
WITH
a possible stripped-down performance by Valleyboys.

"Man Forever is inherently awesome because it is a non-improvised performance involving musicians that have likely never worked together, collaborating on a piece that was put together by an excellent composer, said Chris Lute. "I also think it's important to note the emphasis on texture and timbre in Man Forever over melody, and the freedom that gives the piece."
Lute plays with Valleyboys and was one of the integral players in bringing Man Forever to Athens and ARTS/West.

Come see the Brooklyn-based Man Forever and other performers at 5 p.m.

The show is free but donations will be taken and records will be available for purchase!

Make sure to join the Facebook event here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bye Ashley. Hello Janice.

It seems like such a long time since young Ashley Johnson joined our team as an intern back in 2007.  Since then she has served as a technician, stage manager, production manager, producer, founding team member of Creative Endeavors Workshop and finally our Events Coordinator back in 2009 (is that right!).  Ashley helped develop and launch our Volunteer Service Program.  She literally wrote the Facilities Handbook.  She has also formalized our rental contract and invoicing process.  She's a gem.  Why all the praise?  Well, the time has come for her to move on from Athens.  We will miss her terribly, but wish her all the best!

However it's not all bad: Janice Paxson Evans has joined the ranks at ARTS/West. You may have seen Janice as an actor with Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, a mom volunteering at West Elementary, or a worker bee selling paw paw products for Integration Acres at the Paw Paw Fest. Her juggling act has just expanded to include the Events Coordinator position previously held by the inimitable Ashley Johnson. Therefore if you’re looking to rent space at ARTS/West for your event or performance, Janice will now be the one to help you make that happen.

Love,

Emily

Saturday, May 26, 2012

For our friend Steve



 Dear Friends,

I often get wrapped up in all that we're doing and all our art events and my life and my schedule and I forget about the individuals and the artists who are working so hard to put these things together.  Their passion, their creativity, and their live's blood. 
 
This week we lost a friend.  Steve Fetsch has been a huge part of ARTS/West and the creation of our events and our community arts.  Steve played an integral part of our first community art collaboration "Angels and Wings" directed and choreographed by Missy Whaley in 2007.   He taught videography in community workshops, documented the entire process, designed the media presentations, and was a supportive member of the team.  I was honored to meet him during the process and I was honored to thenceforward call him friend.
  
Steve continued to turn up here and there as director of photography of films that were screened, as a collaborator through the Athens Children's Museum, and most recently we began working on a new project, an adaptation of the film "Duck Soup."  The last time I saw his was full of 70 minutes of laughter and I'm happy to remember Steve this way.

ARTS/West is seeking donations of hand made paper but more importantly stories, poems, letters, drawings, etc. to help us celebrate the life Steve Fetsch.  A memorial service is being held on June 2 at The Dairy Barn.   We will be collecting your art, stories, letters, poems, etc. that we will display at the memorial and then bind them in a book to give to his two children.
 
Ideally we will have enough paper here at ARTS/West to allow people to pick up paper there and either join us at the memorial with their completed memories or drop them off here at ARTS/West.  We will also have paper available at the memorial service for people to share there.

Please feel free to email us, send us text documents, or whatever makes you comfortable.  
Please share this with whomever you feel is appropriate.  ARTS/West will be closed on Monday but we will be open Tues.-Fri. 10-4.  We currently have a limited supply of handmade paper, and are seeking more.  

Thank you,

Emily


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ratha Con (Athens' first Comic Con) 5/26/12


Ratha Con (Athens' first Comic Con) 5/26/12 (this event does not take place at ARTS/West!)

Ratha Con Schedule of events

Saturday, May 26th

10 am - 12 pm:
Athens Public Library 30 Home St. Athens. 
Panel Discussion with Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Chris Monday and Carl Wyckaert. Discussion will explore the past, present, and future of comics and graphic novels with comic artists and the collector whose collection is part of The Dairy Barn's Beyond Words exhibit.  This is the opening event of Ratha Con.

12 pm - 7 pm:
Athens Community Center 701 E. State St. Athens
ARTS/West presents a day of comics, sci fi and fantasy at the Athens Community Center.  There will be comic artists, panel discussions, vendors, gaming, displays, Steampunk Ballet, Kiser's BBQ Shack and much, much more.   

7 pm - 9 or 10 pm:
Humans vs Zombies moderated tag
Athens Community Center grounds 701 E. State St. Athens. 
HvZ: Athens is presenting a short game behind the Community Center after Ratha Con.  Register to play at HvZ: Athens' table during Ratha Con (12 pm - 7 pm)

Addmission is $6 or $5 with a coupon from The Wizard's Guild or a ticket stub from The Avengers film or Vampire Cowboys' performance.

Ratha Con is the first comic convention to be held in Athens, Ohio. Like many other comic conventions, Ratha Con will have a variety of comic and pop culture-related entertainment and activities.  

The Con will feature merchants in the form of comic book shops The Wizard's Guild and Super-Fly Comics & Games selling their wares, comic artists such as Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, and Ken Eppstein meeting fans and selling their work, and Kiser's BBQ Shack selling food. 

Ratha Con will provide entertainment in the form of three panel discussions throughout the day on topics like comics to film and Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta, games of 1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons as well as two Magic: the Gathering drafts, and a performance by the Steampunk Ballet. Ratha Con will end with a game of Humans vs. Zombies played in the grounds behind the Community Center.  

Ratha Con is a new experience for Athens and a miracle to anyone who loves comic conventions but doesn't like to or cannot travel to experience them. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the start of Ratha Con and help keep the comic convention in Athens for years to come! 

For more information:

www.rathacon.blogspot.com 

Check out the story from WOUB HERE

But that's not all!

Beyond Words: The Art of the Graphic Novel 

“Where Literature and Visual Arts Meet”-Carl Wyckaert

Please join The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center (Dairy Lane, Athens Oh) for the opening reception Friday, May 25, 2012 from 5-7pm. Mr. Wychaert will be giving a gallery talk about his collection on Friday, May 25, 2012 from 1:00pm-3:00pm and at 1:30pm and 3:30
pm on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2012.

The exhibition will feature works from the personal collection of Belgian Collector, Carl Wyckaert. His collection is original art from graphic novels by 44 international graphic novel artists, including:

  • Kent Williams
  • Teddy Kristiansen
  • Alex Ross
  • Ben Templesmith
  • Jae Lee
  • Bilal
  • Joel Parnotte
  • Dave McKean
  • Bill Sienkiewicz
Admission
$5.00 General
$4.00 Students and Seniors
Free for Dairy Barn Members and Children under 12

On Exhibition Summer 2012: May 26 - September 9, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

"Feeding Community" Final Art Exhibition & Local Food Party

Throughout spring quarter, Ohio University alums and current student writers + artists have explored sustainability issues, toured local food establishments, volunteered at a local farm, and learned about the arts of paper and book-making.

The end result? A handmade book highlighting six local and organic food producers: Integration Acres, O'Chocolate, Shagbark Seed & Mill Co., Green Edge Gardens, Good Earth Farm, and King Family Farms.

To celebrate all the hard work that went into creating this book, you're invited to our FINAL EVENT Tuesday, May 22, 2012 featuring free local appetizers from Casa Nueva and Fluff Bakery, the exhibition of our handmade book, and local music. Local food producers will be our guests of honor!
  • 7:30-8:15 p.m.--Music from Adam Remnant & Kelly Latimore + local refreshments & book pages on display
  • 8:15 p.m.--Official welcome & Thank yous from Danielle & Becca
  • 8:20 p.m.--Papermaking/printmaking art students and project writers explain their creative process.
Come out to help us revel in the unique and vital food community we have here in Athens! Copies of the book will be for sale (with proceeds going to the farmers' market and ARTS/West). Please spread the word!

The event is free, but donations will be collected for the Athens Farmers' Market and ARTS/West.

This project was partially funded by Arts for Ohio.
 

Monday, May 14, 2012

DEBRIS UPON THE FOREST FLOOR

ANNOUNCING! THE NEW COLLABORATION BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE MISSOULA OBLONGATA AND POLKA DOT DOT DOT!

DEBRIS UPON THE FOREST FLOOR
A PLAY!
Written by: Madeline ffitch (of The Missoula Oblongata)

Music by: Jordan O'Jordan (of Polka Dot Dot Dot)

Designed by: Elspeth Vance (an exceptional weaver)

Directorial assistance: Sarah Lowry (of The Missoula Oblongata)
 
On our lush and intricately constructed world of oak, seaweed, wool, perfume, and plaster of paris, we follow the story of a hockey goaltender who, in 1959, finally got tired of the brutality of his position.  He invented the first hockey mask and wore it onto the ice.  It would be fourteen years before wearing a hockey mask was anything more than a personal choice.  Meanwhile, a mountain-lion circles the perimeter, and the sinister third party attempts to turn nature into a eulogy.  In response, neighbors become friends and seek to regain lost human skill.  We ask you to become our allies, to remember a time when we could run as fast as horses, when our powers of memorization were uncanny, and when we could take photographs with our eyes.

Using found, re-purposed, and salvaged materials from around SE Ohio, and even from as far away as Iceland, this play uses masks, glow-in-the dark macrame, and intricate papercuts to tell the story.  The otherworldly music of Jordan O Jordan draws from a variety of musical traditions, including Appalachian Hambone.


THURSDAY, MAY 17
8 PM
ARTS/West
132 W. State Street.
5 - 15 dollars at door
The play is an hour long and is not aimed at, but is appropriate for, children.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Volunteer Call

Ratha Con is quickly approaching (May 26, 2012), and we need volunteers to help out with the Con. In return, volunteers will get free admission to Ratha Con as well as a free Ratha Con t-shirt!

We're looking for people to help with a variety of tasks including:

  • People to take care of artists' booths when they take breaks
  • A person to help set up the few panels that will be happening at Ratha Con
  • A person to assist the speakers at a panel at the Athens Public Library before noon
  • People to act as general runners
  • People to run admissions into the Con
  • A person to help set up the Con in the morning
  • A person to help tear down the Con in the evening

If you're interested in being a part of making Ratha Con happen, get in contact with us at EMAIL or (740) 592-4315.

Monday, May 07, 2012

SATB Choir concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity

"Sharing All The Building"
 
SATB Choir, a volunteer community choir, has planned an evening of vocal and instrumental music to benefit Habitat for Humanity in Athens County at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio May 10, 2012 at 7:30pm.  The program will include a wide variety of popular and international selections.

Directed by Metra Peterson, the SATB Choir is a group dedicated to making music and connecting with the community by partnering with local non-profit agencies and arranging concerts to benefit them.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry that builds homes and hope for families in need. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates decent, affordable houses alongside its home-owner partner families. For information about eligibility, volunteering, donating, or the agency's ReStore in The Plains, call (740) 592-0032.

Proceeds from the SATB concert will provide funding for Habitat for Humanity projects and support for ARTS/West and SATB.

All singers of high-school age and older are welcome to join SATB. Information about the group is published each quarter in the Athens Community Arts, Parks and Recreation publication listing programs and activities.

"Sharing the Building" concert, May 10, 2012 at 7:30pm at ARTS/West 132 W. State St. (740) 592-4315.  Pay what you Can and Donations will be graciously accepted.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Check out May!

Below and Beyond, 5/4/12, 7:30
Below and Beyond a new play about urban camouflage, immortal jellyfish, natural gas extraction and an underground creek turned sewer. Created by Beth Nixon and Sarah Lowry (of Ramshackle Enterprises and The Missoula Oblongata). With accordion music by Matthew Schreiber. Directed by Donna Sellinger.

Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, maps, and the imagination, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band!

Show lasts approximately an hour and a half and is geared toward adult audiences and kids ages 10 and up.

Doors open: 7:00
Show time: 7:30
Tickets: $5-$15 (sliding scale) available at the door.

Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange, 5/4/12, 6-10, 5/5-5/6/12, 12-6.
The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is back for it's fourth installment of goodness! We all had a great time last year filling the basement of ARTS/West  to the brim with great quality clothes. So let's do that again, shall we? This is also the purrr-fect event for you and your Mom this OU Mom's weekend. Here's the low down on how to participate:
  •  Early donations of clothes can be brought to ARTS/West during normal hours (M-Th 10-4). If you donate early, you will receive a GOLDEN TICKET, which will let you take as many items as you like throughout the event. EARLY DONATIONS CLOSE THURSDAY, MAY 4 at 4:00PM
  • The opening party will be Friday May 4th from 6-10pm. This will be the first chance to participate and get your paws on all the early donations of clothes! Free PIZZA will be available.
  • Regular hours of exchange are 12-5pm on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th.
  • Entry to the exchange is $5 for the entire weekend. You only pay entry once. (all proceeds benefit ARTS/West)
  • You may take as many items as you bring to trade. Each additional item is $1. (unless you donate early)
  • You may participate even if you bring no items to trade.
  • We always are looking to partner with charity groups who may have use for the clothes that remain after the exchange!!!
S.A.T.B. Choir Benefit Concert 5/10/12, 7:30pm
Sharing All The Building

A concert Of Music About Home and heart. Proceeds to Benefit Athens Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:30

Donations for Habitat for Humanity, ARTS/West and SATB will be graciously accepted.

Calliope Feminist Choir 5/19/12, 7:30, 5/20/12, 4:30
2012 Spring Concert. Tickets available from Calliope members, Blue Eagle Music, and Hyacinth Bean Florist.

General admissions sliding scale $10-50; limited income $2-10.

For more information: (740) 818-8444 

Ratha Con (Athens' first Comic Con) 5/26/12
10-12: Panel discussion (Featuring local artists) at Athens City Library (30 Home St., Athens, OH)

12-7: At the Athens Community Center (701 E. State St. short walk from the library) Artist Alley, Comics, Gaming and Collectables, Vendors, Performance, Displays, HvZ, Food Vendors, and much, much more...

Admission: $6

*we have very reasonable rates for artists' and vendors' booths*

For more information: EMAIL

Line-up of a full month of activities and events: www.rathacon.blogspot.com

Community Yoga
Sunday May 13th ARTS/West Community Yoga 3:45-5. Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind.

Classes are (usually) the first Sunday of the month and free for A/W members or donation based for non-members. Contact us or Laura Post  at theholisticmama@gmail.com for more info.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

May 4-6, 2012

We don't know what you've got planned for next weekend but we know you'll include ARTS/West because we will be packing a wallop!

Friday May 4 is not just the opening of the Cat's Pajama's Clothing Exchange we will also be welcoming:
 Below and Beyond a new play about urban camouflage, immortal jellyfish, natural gas extraction and an underground creek turned sewer.
Created by Beth Nixon and Sarah Lowry 
(of 
Ramshackle Enterprises and The Missoula Oblongata)
With accordion music by Matthew Schreiber. Directed by Donna Sellinger.

Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, maps, and the imagination, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band! 

Show lasts approximately an hour and a half and is geared toward adult audiences and kids ages 10 and up.

Doors open: 7:00
Show time: 7:30 
Tickets: $5-$15 (sliding scale) available at the door.

AND! Fourth Annual Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange Benefit will open May 4 from 6-10pm. This will be the first chance to participate and get your paws on all the early donations of clothes! Free PIZZA will be available.
 
Regular hours of exchange are 12-5pm on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th.

The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is a three-day fundraising event for ARTS/West, our community performing arts center located at 132 West State Street, in Athens, Ohio. This year will be the fourth installment of the exchange, that grows in attendance and donations each year it has occurred. The entire basement of ARTS/West was filled with clothing items last year, and many bags of clothes that remained after the event were donated to local charitable organizations.

The premise of the exchange is simple: 
  •     Pay a flat entry fee of $5 that allows you in all three days of the event.
  •     You may take as many clothing items as you bring.
  •     All additional items beyond what the patron has brought will cost $1.
We will be accepting early donations until Thursday, May 3 at 4:00. Anyone who brings donations early to ARTS/West will receive a golden ticket that allows them to take as many items as they like. Because the exchange will occur during Ohio University's Mom's Weekend, as it did last year, we expect a good turnout of Moms at this family friendly event.

Since 2005, ARTS/West has become one of the premiere art venue in Athens. Hosting events such concerts, plays, after school, classes, and art exhibits, ARTS/West truly is an asset to the community. The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange is merely one of many annual events that makes ARTS/West shine.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Other House 4/27/12, 7:00

The Other House, Final Cut, will be shown at ARTS/West on Friday, April 27, at 7:00.  
 
Admission price: $4 suggested donation 

The Other House is taken from the book of the same name, a work of historical fiction by Rebecca Hooper Eastman (1877-1937), a popular writer of her time, and daughter of a major developer of the Brooklyn Museum, Franklin W. Hooper (1851-1914).  The movie was shot in Athens County and features all local actors, including talented children and people you may know.  Directed and photographed by the gifted Steve Fetsch, ably assisted by Isaac Smith.  Don't miss this one!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Sweetback Sisters make news nationally and locally


The Sweetback Sisters (who roll into Athens TOMORROW evening) are generating news both near and far.  Just last month the singing duo and performing sextet was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage for a six-song set.  The set includes the song “Thank You” which the group preformed last year at France’s Festival de Craponne.



The sisters can also be seen on WOUB’s music blog that outlines their Stuart’s Opera House performance last summer and serves as a preview for tomorrow’s show. 


Come see The Sweetback Sisters tomorrow evening at ARTS/West.  Bring your friends, family and honky-tonk lovers.  Doors open at 7:15pm and show starts at 8pm!