Friday, October 20, 2017

ARTS/West now accepting clothes for
The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange! 

Clean out your closet for a good cause this November at the Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange benefit for ARTS/West! 

The 2017 fall edition of the event will have exchange days on:
Thursday, November 2nd: 6-8pm for ARTS/West members' night
Friday November 3rd: 5-8pm
Saturday November 4th: 10am-6pm

To participate, now through Thursday November 2nd, bring unwanted clothes to ARTS/West during business hours to receive a golden ticket that allows unlimited items on the exchange days. If you bring clothes on the exchange days, you will get a regular ticket, & you may take as many items as you brought, additional items $1. Thursday, November 2nd is ARTS/West members’ night, which is open to all current or new ARTS/West members, with a $15 entry. Entry is $15 on Friday, November 3rd, & $10 on the 4th. Once entry is paid, you may return to the event as many times as you want because entry is only paid once. Free for children 12 & under!
ARTS/West is located at 132 West State Street in Athens Ohio.

For more information or to volunteer:
Emily Beveridge:
ARTS/West @ 740-592-4315.

ARTS/West Business Hours:
(Hours are often extended for evening classes, call for additional hours)

Come marvel at the massive amount of gently used clothing that you can get your paws on at the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange benefit for ARTS/West!
Two Great Jazz Performances Sunday October 22nd

School of Music Faculty Chamber Recital is Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis'. Birth of the Cool will include School of Music faculty and will feature guest artists Terry Douds on bass, James Moore playing the trumpet and Kyle Slemmer with a Baritone Saxophone. 

Entry is free!  

Come by and enjoy an evening of music, organized and performed by graduate assistant Seth Alexander of Ohio University. 

Entry is free! 

Seth is pursuing his masters in Music Performance, with an emphasis on Jazz Studies- this recital is a representation of the work he has done at OU on drum set, vibraphone, and hand drums. The recital will feature collaborations with percussionist Greg Becker, pianist Bobby Lucas, Ryne Siesky on trumpet, Will Horner on trombone, and the Ohio University Jazz Percussion Ensemble. It will also feature original compositions, arrangements of jazz standards, and traditional festival music.

Food: Fluff Bakery & Catering 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Herbs for Digestive Health

Thursday October 19th from 6 - 8pm 

Come learn about herbs you can use to relieve acute and long-term gut problems.

Many of us are affected by occasional or chronic digestive issues- from simple indigestion, to heartburn and bloating, to IBS. In this class we will learn some basics of how the digestive system works. We will cover some common gut problems and many herbs you can use to improve gut health and feel better! 

We will be talking about herbs that can help with: 
●Acid reflux, heartburn 
● Pain, cramping 
●Constipation, diarrhea  
●Food sensitivities 
●Gallbladder issues 
●Gastritis, ulcers, and more 

$20-30 sliding scale. Cash or check only, please.

Register at:

or by calling 740-274-9494
*Coming up in November - Herbs for Respiratory Health*
Front & Center: Ablaze with Color! 

Front & Center returns to ARTS/West on Saturday, October 21st at 12pm. Front & Center is completely free and provides children with an open stage for solo and ensemble music acts. This month, we will be featuring an ensemble group of singers from the Calliope Feminist Choir. A fun Saturday afternoon activity for the whole family!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waltz Workshop / Contra Dance 
at ARTS/West

Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed

5:00-6:30 - Introductory Waltz Moves Workshop with Dale Shirer
6:30-7:30ish - Potluck Dinner
7:30-8:00 - Beginners Contra Lesson
8:00-10:00 - Contra Dance, Dale Shirer calling with The Contrarians

Attend any or all of the events

Waltz Lesson by donation 
Contra Dance $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family

For more information visit or 
call 740-590-4102

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Well Beings
by Greg Vovos
A Play Reading

Join Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble in conversation with the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions "Standing Together: Fighting Our Community's Opioid Epidemic" event
ARTS/West and Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble present
a Staged Reading of Greg Vovos' play
Well Beings 
written by Greg Vovos
directed by Brian Evans
Jack Benken, Lisa Buch, Carson Cerney, Daniel C. Dennis
Janice Paxson Evans, David Haugen, Emily Prince
Neal Timlin, Aidan Tracy & lorraine wochna
Well Beings traces the journey of three heroin addicts at various stages of recovery. Looming over all these characters is the Gravedigger who buries the dead. This sometimes absurd, sometimes all-too-real drama examines one of the biggest crises facing our society today.

7pm, Friday, October 13, 2017
132 W. State Street
Athens, OH
Suggested Donation: $5/adults; $2/students; $10/family

After the reading, audience members will have a chance to speak with playwright Greg Vovos about his process writing the play

A quote from the playwright:
“Theater allows us to tell the stories of our communities in a way like nothing else can. And in this case specifically, it gives our communities the opportunity to come together and witness the struggles that people face when they are caught in the grip of heroin and opiate abuse. When a group of strangers are assembled in a room, playing witness to the events unfolding in front of them, they gain not only a better understanding of the truth of the character’s struggles, but also a greater sense of empathy. From there, conversations naturally begin and our community can come together to support each other. As one recovered addict once said to me, it is only through sharing our stories that true healing can occur. What better place to do so than in the theater?”

More info at:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ohio Brew Week Presents 
Friday, Sept. 29th 5-10pm 

It's that time of the year!

Join us at ARTS/West for Ohio Brew Week Oktoberfest

Beers, bands, food & fun

Sample a variety of food from local vendors
while enjoying Ohio-made brews & ciders

Multiple Brewing
Little Fish Brewing Company
Devil's Kettle Brewing
West End Cider House
Jackie O's Brewery

5-7: Moonville Station
7-8:30: Ben Davis Jr.
8:30-10: DJ Axcess

Friday, September 29, 5-10pm

Token style setup for beer pours similar to Brew BQ and Last Call

This is a family friendly event

check it out on FB right here
Stimson Avenue Mural Call for Art
Deadline Extended

Original Deadline: September 15, 2017: Proposals DUE (Receipt Deadline)
Extended Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Proposals DUE (Receipt Deadline)
November 5-11, 2017:  Percent for Art Ad Hoc Art Selection Committee Review: Review
                Results Announced

Spring Installation: TBD by Artist

Mail/hand deliver applications to:
                                “Stimson Avenue Mural Project”
                                132 West State Street
                                Athens, Ohio 45701

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Streamline Your Wardrobe & Spend Less on Clothes!

Coming up Oct. 2nd at 6:30pm

A Wardrobe Workshop with Sarah McGrew
New Ways to Organize & Keep Costs Low

This is a workshop for women who want to streamline their wardrobes
 and make getting dressed a snap

Participants will leave with the ability to: 
Create 72 outfits from 12 items of clothing
Spend less time and energy getting dressed
Add accessories to individualize outfits
Plan productive shopping experiences

Monday, October 2nd 6:30-8:00pm at ARTS/West 
(132 West State Street, Athens,OH) 

Tickets are $15 and the class size is limited to 25 people.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sitar Concert Coming This Weekend!

Sunday, September 24th at 1pm 

ARTS/West presents
Afternoon Raga, a sitar concert featuring J.J. Gregg

Suggested donation at door: $5 for individuals, $2 for students, or $10 for families

ARTS/West is located at 132 West State street in Athens, OH

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Athens Area Fiber Faire - Sept. 30th & Oct 1st!

Saturday, September 30th 10am-5pm
Sunday, October 1st 12-5pm
@ The Athens Community Center
701 East State Street Athens, Oh

This year's event will feature adult classes throughout the weekend in knitting, drop spinning, crochet, dying, wool appliqué & needle felting
Special guest comedian, Mary Miller of Knitted Knockers
Vendors selling supplies & accessories that relate to fiber arts
 Demonstrations of both contemporary and historic techniques
An exhibit of knits for kids & babies
A raffle, food vendors, and much more!

For more information please visit the Athens Area Fiber Faire on Facebook or, or contact us at  Registration for classes will be handled by the instructors and walk ins are welcome as well.
For class times & descriptions please click here.

2017 Fiber Faire Class List
To register, please contact the instructor via email. 
(Note: drop in spots will be available for some classes without registration) 

Drop Spinning with Heather De LaPena and Helene Willson
Saturday September 30 from 3pm to 4pm
Sunday October 1 from 2pm to 3pm 
In this class you will learn the basics of how to make your own yarn using the portable, affordable, and versatile drop spindle.  Learn the parts of the spindle and the mechanics of turning fiber into yarn, then take some time to practice with the guidance of experienced spinners.  Spindle kits containing a Turkish spindle and practice roving will be available for $25, or you may bring your own supplies. This class is offered on both days of the faire and are 1 hour each .Each of these classes has a limit of 7 people. Money for supplies will be payable to Heather. Please contact her by email at

Basic Knitting with Nadine Borovicka
Saturday September 30th from 11am to 1pm
Sunday October 1st from 3pm to 5pm
Nadine Borovicka learned to knit and crochet from her Nana at the age of ten.  She picked the crafts back up in 2006 and hasn't looked back.  
Students taking this class will learn the basics of knitting.  This includes basic materials, terminology, casting on, knitting, purling, increases, decreases, and casting off.  The class will begin with the basics of teaching these techniques without trying to make anything.  This will allow the student to learn the process and work through experimentation without "ruining" a project.  As students feel they have a grasp of those techniques, they will move onto their first projects.  Students will need a pair of size 8 single point needles, one skein of 100% cotton yarn.  These can be bought beforehand by the student or from the instructor.  Students are also welcome to bring yarn and patterns they would like to receive advice on (difficulty level, terminology explained, etc.) If you do not bring your own materials, the materials fee of $10.00 will be payable to the teacher at the time of the class. Each of these classes can have 7 people. Please contact Nadine to register for the class at 
Beginning Crochet with Katie Evans
Saturday September 30th from 1pm to 3pm
This class will offer instruction on beginner crochet. Students will learn a simple baby bib pattern teaching single crochet, slip stitch, chain stitch, increase and decrease, joining a second color and crocheting a border. Supplies will be offered by the teacher and the materials fee is $10.00 per student. There are 7 spaces for this class. Please contact Katie to register for her class at

Wool Appliqué with Mary Roediger
Sunday October 1st from 12:30 to 2:30
Natural and renewable, wool is a wonderful fiber and easy to work with. This class will look at the history of wool appliqué work and penny rugs. You will learn the stitches used for  wool appliqué and use them to create your own pincushion with wool fabrics and threads.
This class can have 10 people and the cost of the class is $5.00 for the materials.
Please contact Mary Roediger by email at

Fiber Dying with Marti Dolata
Sunday October 1st from 1pm to 4pm with a break.
In this class students will learn the basics and some intermediate skills for dying fiber and yarn. Marti will provide the instruction on color choice, materials, fiber options and brief history of natural dying. Student will be producing their own dyed items in class so dress accordingly. The material fee for this class is $25.00 and this can be payable to Marti on the day of the class. Students who wish to take this class as a lecture but not participate in dying may pay just $5 for handouts. Please email Marti to register for the class at  

Beginning Needle Felting with Missy Whaley
Saturday September 30th from 10:30 to 12pm
Missy will be teaching a simple doll/ animal needle felting workshop. We will look at nursery rhymes, pick one, make a felted doll or animal that will accompany a demonstration of how to tell the rhyme with a child. This class will be good for teachers, parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents as well as people interested in beginning felting. Fee to cover materials are $10.00 and this can be paid at class to Missy on that day. Please email Missy to register for this class at

Monday, September 11, 2017

Moon Tunnel Literary Reading Series 

On Friday September 15th, ARTS/West will host
the first installment of this year's 
Moon Tunnel Literary Reading Series
which will begin at 7:30pm

Moon Tunnel is a reading series featuring the work of Creative Writers from Ohio University's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2017-18 Academic year and is sponsored by the OU English Dept.

Cave Man Play 

Wednesday September 13th at 8pm
@ ARTS/West 

In Athens for one night only! At Arts West with the Up All Night String Band!


Rocky and Dandelion are the first Cave-people to adopt agriculture. Douglas is the first domesticated animal. Together, they have prepared a presentation for you, the other Cave-people, to tell you all about the joys of agriculture. Agriculture is really great. You’re going to love it.

A new play in which we are given an opportunity to go back to the moment when humanity had a choice. One path led us towards global warming, institutionalized racism, and snapchat filters. The other path led mostly to being eaten by tigers. Is it time to admit that we chose wrong?

From the creators of “Toby Johnson Was My Best Friend in Junior High”, Eternal Cult presents:


A new play by Savannah Reich
With original music by Douglas Vento.

Starring Jon Cole, Matt Eaker, Savannah Reich and Douglas Vento.

Additional direction by Chenda Cope. Choreography by Kimberly Richardson. Costumes by Emily Cross, props by Dalia Shevin.

ON TOUR Aug 29 - Sept 16th.

$10 suggested at the door.

Promo video at

Developed with support from The Playwrights Center and The Glitterbox Theater.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Contra Dance: 
Saturday, September 9th

Saturday September 9th from 7:30pm – 10:00pm
 there will be a contra dance hosted by the
 Southeastern Ohio Traditional Dance Society

 Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed!  

Kim Thompson will be calling with tunes by the Sandy Tar Brothers

A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-10pm

Admission $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family

More info at or 740-590-4102

ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts
132 W. State St, Athens, OH

ARTS/West will be closed for Labor Day:
Monday, September 4th 


Thursday September 7th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm there will be an art opening for the ATHCO Women's Art Guild at ARTS/West. (132 West State) This event is free and open to the public. The art show will be on display at ARTS/West September 7th - 22nd.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Music Together Classes for Ages Birth to 5 years - Starting Sept. 8th & 9th!

Fridays at 9:10am & Saturdays at 10:10am for 10 Weeks

With local musician & music educator Laura Nadeau

Coming to ARTS/West:

Knitting in the Round
Knitting class taught by 
Nancy Baur and Nadine Borovicka!

This is a ten week course for beginners and intermediate knitters: 
September 12th-Novemebr 14th on 
Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm.

Fees: $50 for ten weeks, $7 for one day

For this new class students will learn the art of knitting in the round. They'll learn how to use double point needles, circular needles and how to read patterns made for circular projects. The projects will include a cup cozy, a cowl, a hat, finger-less mitts and socks. Students will be expected to work on projects in between classes and materials are not included. 
ARTS/West Green Room 132 West State St. Athens, OH

For questions or signing up please contact Nancy Baur at

Monday, August 14, 2017

ARTS/West Presents:

A Broadway Showcase

 Friday, August 25th at 7:00pm

ARTS/West 132W. State St. 
Athens, OH

Suggested Donation $5 Per person

An Evening of Broadway Music 

Showcasing the talents of our fabulous local singers!

Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and ARTS/West

Music gives a soul to the universe, 

wings to the mind, 

flight to the imagination and 
life to everything. 

Monday, August 07, 2017

This week at ARTS/West:

Brytt McGuire
Art Opening at ARTS/West
Friday, August 11th 6:30-8:30pm

The Exhibition is on display
August 11th-31st

"My style is heavily influenced by films and music, ranging from horror movies to animated feature films, heavy metal or symphonic rock to classical or acoustic instrumentals...

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I would like to describe it as sort of like a yin yang type of effect on how my work develops. I love the balance. It's such an excellent outlet and a great way to utilize your imagination and really express yourself. I just love what I do."

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Next Week at ARTS/West:

Open Dance Night

Thursday, August 10th 7:00-9:00pm at ARTS/West

Come have fun this summer. Come to contra dance and learn something new.

Want to Dance? - Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is necessary. No partner needed.

Image may contain: 1 person, dancing, shoes and indoorDancers - Anyone is welcome to teach some dancing. 

Bring appropriate recorded music. 

Musicians - You are welcome to play any kind of dance music.

Bring a Friend. Bring a water bottle and/or personal snacks.

Admission by Donation.

Questions? Contact Adriane at

Athens Ohio Area Contra Dance 
The Athens Ohio area Contra Dance (Non-profit organization SEOTDS) is a fantastic way to have fun, meet people, dance and listen to great live music. 
You don't need to come with a partner or experience.

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt.
 Dance like nobody's watching.
 -Satchel Paige