Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement of Arts West, depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each time. This month's guest is local musician Morgan Haggard. Haggard lives in Meigs County, Ohio, and specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. She plays fiddle, guitar and banjo, and is looking forward to sharing these insturments with September's jam participants. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All ages and levels welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated.
Imbricated: A Survey of Work from Three Institutions Instrument Petting Zoo at Glouster Library Afternoon Arts Registration Still Open
Friday, Sept. 6, 5-7pm: Opening Reception for Imbricated: A Survey of Work from Three Institutions. The Ohio University printmakers have joined together with Kent State and Ohio State Universities to create a body of work surrounding the word 'Dissent.' The title "Imbricated" refers to the discrete but overlapping nature of the experiences of students working from a common regional perspective, but through different academic and personal lenses. The exhibit will include a selection of OU printmakers' personal works, as well as a collaborative exchange portfolio. The show comes together at Arts West in tandem with Althea Murphy-Price's visit to the OU School of Art & Design, and featues a giant print sale (an opportunity to acquire unique art at a fair price that benefits Arts West and the OU Printmaking program!).
Free Admission. Exhibit on display at Arts West Sept 6-26.
Althea Murphy-Price is an American artist and associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. A prestigious figure in printmaking and the art world at large, her work “contemplates the power of hair as a signifier of cultural self-identity.” Her visit will occur the first week of September 2019, where she will be working with OU students to create an edition of hand-made prints.
Thursday, August 29, 5-7pm: Ice Cream Social at Glouster Library Features the SEO Musical Lending Library Instrument Petting Zoo. Hand-cranked ice cream, live music and yard games in the Glouster Public Library's backyard, with old timey music by the Corndoggers.
Glouster Public Library, 20 Toledo St., Glouster, OH - 740-767-3670
There's still time to sign up for Afternoon Arts at Arts West! There are still some open spaces and registration has been extended to Sept. 6th (or until full).
"Last Call" Film Screening (Union Documentary) Fearless: Women's Journeys to Empowerment CreativeMornings/Athens: Justice
Saturday, August 24, 7-9pm: The Last Call (Union Documentary) 2nd Showing at Arts West. For all those folks who missed the premiere, CC pictures LTD. and Arts West are proud to present "The Last Call", a feature length documentary about The Union (for ages 18+). Here's a chance to see it on the big screen. Suggested Donation of $5 (BYOB with valid 21+ I.D.).
Thursday, August 29, 6:30-9pm - Fearless: Women's Journeys to Self-Empowerment. A spoken word event. In seeking a way to provide women a platform on which to be heard, and inspired by the #MeToo movement, editor Cat Pleska, for Mountain State Press, collected essays, stories, and poems from 30 women throughout Appalachia. Each wrote about her most challenging moment and how she learned to not just endure, but also to win. Curated by Athens Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, this event will include readings from the book as well as an open mic for other "fearless" poems. Donations for Arts West the night of the readings will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.
Friday, August 30, 9-10:30am: CreativeMornings/Athens: Justice. CreativeMornings is a monthly inspirational and networking breakfast for the Athens creative community, with complimentary coffee & inspiration. August’s theme is #CMjustice! Chosen by Creative Mornings' Bratislava and illustrated by Simona Čechová.
This month Patrick McGee, recently retired trial attorney, alchemist and musician, will explain how King Richard the Lion Hearted, the Diggers, and the Dagda’s harp have illuminated his path and inspired his search for justice over the years.
Athens Community Arts & Music Festival SATB Choir Welcomes New Members Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids
Saturday, August 17, 11am-10pm: Athens Community Arts & Music Festival on Union St. A celebration of the arts on W. Union Street between Congress and Court Streets! The ACAMF features live music, artisan vendors, poetry, dance, improv, theater and film, as well as non-profit arts organizations (including Arts West) with arts activities and exhibits. Plus Kiser's BBQ and Jackie O's beer! Main stage is on W. Union St. (between Congress & Court). Other live music venues include Casa Cantina, The Union and Jackie O's, after the main stage festivities wind down. This is a FREE, and a ZERO WASTE, and a bicycle-friendly event.
Arts West will have a booth with a kids activity, as well as info about the southeast ohio musical lending library and afternoon arts classes for kids
Tuesday, August 20, 5-6:15pm: SATB - a different kind of choir - 1st Fall Rehearsal. As they begin to prepare for their winter concert, the SATB Choir welcomes all, whether you've sung with them before or you've never met any of them! The winter concert this year benefits the John Glenn Observatory and features an incredible variety of music from chant to new pieces not yet written. The choir will bring out some old favorites, as they do, and they'll try anything with good spirits and humor. Rehearsals: 5 to 6:15pm every Tuesday Concert: Saturday, Dec 7, at 7pm, at Arts West Possibly additional selections will be performed at the observatory. The choir performs Winter and Spring concerts at Arts West, always as benefits for local (or nearby) charitable causes, and they participate in other community events as well.
Monday - Thursday, starting August 26, 3:45-5:15pm: Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids. Offered in 8 week sessions, students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Students can be registered for one or more days per week.
Class Descriptions & Instructor Bios: Mondays: Theater Unit 1 Dates: Aug 26th, Sept 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Oct 7th, 14th, 21st (8 weeks) Instructor: Janai Travis - Janai Travis is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Acting at the Ohio University School of Theater. She has worked within the Michigan public school system, has been a performing arts instructor for the Kalamazoo, Michigan Parks and Recreation Department summer camps, and is the co-founder Black Arts & Cultural Center Face Off Theater Company. Description: Janai will lead students through interdisciplinary performance activities that theatre, poetry, voice and movement, and storytelling. The goal of this class series is to introduce students to concepts related to diversity and inclusion, while developing their own connections to their culture through creative expressions.
Tuesdays: Visual Art 3-D Unit 1 Dates: Aug 27th, Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct 1st, 8th, 15th (8 weeks) Instructor: April Felipe - April Felipe is a professional ceramic artist with an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. She has decades of experience teaching classes, at camps, and outreach opportunities for children in the visual arts. She brings a wealth of knowledge, and a delightful energetic sense of humor to her classroom. Description: Utilizing various materials and techniques, the students will create projects that focus on 3-demensional arts. Instructor April Felipe will highlight different artists and cultures as students learn through making.
Wednesdays: Music Unit 1 Dates: Aug 28th, Sept 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Oct 2nd, 9th, and 16th (8 weeks) Instructor: Lawrence Greene - Lawrence Greene teaches West African Drumming classes twice a week year round at Arts West. He provides outreach services to educate the region about the history and practice of African drumming. Greene has worked extensively with youth education through home school groups, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, and RAW Camp. Description: This class will focus on rhythm and beat, while students work in a collaborative way to make sound. Lawrence Greene will also introduce students to the history of African drumming.
Thursdays: Visual Art 2-D Unit 1 Dates: Aug 29th, Sept 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th (8 weeks) Instructor: April Felipe - April Felipe is a professional ceramic artist with an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. She has decades of experience teaching classes, at camps, and outreach opportunities for children in the visual arts. She brings a wealth of knowledge, and a delightful energetic sense of humor to her classroom. Description: Utilizing various materials and techniques, the students will create projects that focus on 2-demensional arts. Instructor April Felipe will highlight different artists and cultures as students learn through making.
PRISM Youth Art Program & Basic Soldering & Guitar Repair Worshop
Welcome back PRISM community hang out - Monday, Aug. 26, 3-5:30pm School is soon to be back in session and our PRISM LGBTQA Youth Art Program is back too! Come welcome PRISM back to the West SIde with food, games, and a big group painting project!
Basic Soldering and Guitar Repair Workshop - Sunday, Aug. 25, 2-4pm Erick Colemen and Matt Clouston double up for this awesome workshop brought to you by Stew Mac, our amazing sponsors. This workshop will cover the basics of electrical soldering and leave you with a better understanding of how your electric guitar works (or why it dosen't). Please bring a soldering iron if you have one. Participants may also bring a broken guitar and if time allows we will attempt to find the problem. $12 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)