Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Arts West News & Events


Placemaking in Athens
with Amory Park Film Screening
CreativeMornings/Athens: Muse
Folk Art Medicine Show
Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee 


 
Placemaking in Athens with Amory Park Film Screening
Thursday, Sept. 26th, 6pm, at Arts West

FREE admission

Program:
- "Making the Place" documentary screening about Armory Park creation
- Global Placemaking Initiatives Overview
- Placemaking in Athens Discussion and Brainstorm 

More Info at: Placemaking in Athens
CreativeMornings/Athens: Muse
Friday, Sept. 27th, 9-11am, at Arts West
CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the local creative community with a focus on networking and inspiration. Free coffee and light breakfast included.

Speaker: Keith Phetlhe
Presentation:
Weaving my Basket of Heritage & Displacing Postcolonial Musings

The event is FREE, with RSVP required. 
FREE Tickets & More Info at: 
https://creativemornings.com/talks/keith-phetlhe 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
KEITH PHETLHE is a Ph.D Candidate in the African Literature and Film Studies at Ohio University, School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He is a poet, politician,  literary critic & translator, academic and educator from Botswana. His recent publication is The Abomination, a postcolonial Setswana novel. He is founder of Poetry Society-UB and has performed in many international platforms. He is the editor of an upcoming multilingual poetry anthology Harvested Requiems. His poems have been translated into Spanish and published in prominent media outlets. He is a visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Freestate in Bloemfontein South Africa. 

ABOUT THE THEME
September’s theme is Muse: “Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas.”  The Dubai CreativeMornings chapter chose this month’s exploration and Shahul Hameed illustrated the theme. 

Folk Art Medicine Show
Saturday, Sept. 28th, 2-10pm, at Arts West
This event features a marketplace of folk art that carries a medicinal thread, demonstrations on distillation, live plants, herbal remedies, yoga, tarot readers and massage, along with other free classes & workshops, as well as food & beverages and live music. Nixtamalized will be vending food, Little Fish will have beer, and Herbal Sage will be selling tea. The time frame was extended to 10pm so that Brother Hill can take the stage to close out the evening.

The People's Pop Up aspires to host events that promote connection and engagement with the community through exploration, learning and networking with the folk art medicine that resides within these hills.

Class Schedule, Vendors and Details at: Folk Art Medicine Show   
Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee
Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2-4pm, AT STUART'S OPERA HOUSE
Megan Bee is an Athens County songwriter. Her 2017 studio album Like a Canyon received The Ohio Music Awards Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album. It also won her a finalist spot in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition.  In presenting Workshop #8 of the Musical Lending Library series, Megan will cover Writing Prompts, Brainstorming, Metaphors, Basics of Melody, and Co-Writing!  This beginner friendly workshop is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants should bring pencil and paper and be ready to write!

$12 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

More Info at: Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee  
Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Arts West News & Events


Pints with a Purpose for Musical Lending Library
Drum & Dance Circle
Coming Soon: Folk Art Medicine Show


Pints with a Purpose for the SEO Musical Lending Library

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4-10pm
at Devil's Kettle Brewing, 97 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH


The Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library is the September recipient for Devil's Kettle Brewing's Pints with a Purpose Fundraiser!

Grab a few friends and join us for some delicious brews at Devil's Kettle -- and for every pint ​sold​, $1 will be donated to the SEO-MLL to support access to instruments, music lessons and music education in this region. 


The Muscial Lending Library hosts a 1st Thursday beginners' String Jam at Arts West, and has provided a workshop series for topics such as square dance calling, guitar repair, songwriting, banjo, fiddling, full drum kit playing, W. African drumming, intro to jazz and more. The library also takes a traveling "Instruent Petting Zoo" to public libraries and local festivals to give area kids more opportunities to try something new. 

Music enriches life and has the added bonus of improving kids' academics.

The SEO Musical Lending Library is a project of Arts West, Stuart's Opera House and the Federal Valley Resource Center, with lending branches at each location.

Thank you to Devil's Kettle for choosing to support our organization.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For More Info Visit the FB Event: Pints with a Purpose for the SEO Musical Lending Library 



Drum Circle
Friday, Sept. 20, 8-11pm, at Arts West  

A night of drumming and dancing! All levels and ages welcome. Instruments are available to borrow but supplies are limited so arrive early!

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 to help support the space.  Free Parking on the street and in the lot.  Food & Bevs allowed. B.Y.O.B (w/Valid 21+ I.D.)

This is an environment where folks can put the worry of their day away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. Even if you have never played an instrument, feel free to pick one up and participate in the sound!

This group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month, September-March.

For More Info Visit FB Event: Arts/West Drum Circle 

Coming Soon: Folk Art Medicine Show
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2-10pm, at Arts West
Free Admission

This event features a marketplace of folk art that carries a medicinal thread, demonstrations on distillation, live plants, herbal remedies, yoga, tarot readers and massage, along with other free classes & workshops, as well as food & beverages and live music. Nixtamalized will be vending food, Little Fish will have beer, and Herbal Sage will be selling tea. The ending time was extended to 10pm so that Brother Hill can take the stage to close out the evening.

The People's Pop Up aspires to host events that promote connection and engagement with the community through exploration, learning and networking with the folk art medicine that resides within these hills.

For class schedule, vendors and details visit the FB Event: Folk Art Medicine Show   

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Arts West News & Events


Moon Tunnel Reading Series 
Musical Lending Library at Paw Paw Fest
J.J. Gregg Sitar Concert
Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee

Moon Tunnel, A DIY Reading Series
Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30pm 
It is Moon Tunnel time once again. Come out to kick off this season in the Arts West basement space. We will hear dazzling works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Ohio University Creative Writers, Melanie Ritzenthaler, Derek JG Williams, and Zoƫ Bossiere.

Feel free to arrive early to congregate with the lovely OU Creative Writing crowd.
BYOB (with valid 21+ I.D.)

Free Admission

For More Info Visit: Moon Tunnel - September 13, 
2019
Musical Lending Library Instrument Petting Zoo
at the Paw Paw Fest!

Saturday, Sept. 14, 11am-12pm, at the Kids Tent
Partners in the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library program, Arts West and Stuart's Opera House will be at the Paw Paw Festival with the Instrument Petting Zoo. Children will have an opportunity to touch play and interact with a variety of musical instruments.

For More Info Visit:
 Paw Paw Schedule
                   

Afternoon Raga with J.J. Gregg, Sitar
Sunday, Sept. 22,  2pm

Join sitar player J.J. Gregg for an afternoon concert!

Suggested donation: $5 per adult, $2 per student, or $10 per family

More about J.J.:
J.J. Gregg’s lyrical and meditative sitar playing relaxes and rejuvenates listeners, young and old alike. He recently released a new album – opening up – in April 2018 . He has performed in India, Japan, Thailand, and throughout the United States. Nineteen years ago, J.J. moved to Pune, Maharashtra, India on a study abroad program and met internationally renowned sitar player Ustad Usman Khan.  Since the year 2000, J.J. has studied sitar and South Asian Classical music under Khan’s guidance. Based in Salem, OR, J.J. teaches private sitar lessons in the Willamette Valley, and teaches sitar in the music department at Whitman College, and continues to increase productivity in his organic garlic patch. 


For More Info VisitAfternoon Raga with J.J. Gregg, Sitar

Want a preview of the show?  Take a listen at: soundcloud.com/jjgregg

Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2-4pm

Megan Bee is an Athens County songwriter. Her 2017 studio album Like a Canyon received The Ohio Music Awards Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album. It also won her a finalist spot in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition.   She brings us Workshop #8 in our musical lending library series and will cover Writing Prompts, Brainstorming, Metaphors, Basics of Melody, Co-Writing and more!  This beginner friendly workshop is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants should bring pencil and paper and be ready to write!

$12 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

For More Info Visit: Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee

Thursday, September 05, 2019

OU Print Sale at Arts West!


Saturday, Sept. 7, 12-6pm

Looking for some unique and affordable art to decorate your walls? The Ohio University School of Art & Design Printmakers will be hosting a print sale this Saturday from 12-6pm! There will be a vast array of original artworks by students and faculty, for which funds raised will go towards the printmaking program (currently #10 by the U.S. News "Best Printmaking Programs"). At the same time, a plant sale will be taking place in the Arts West Downstairs lobby and gallery, so if you really want to spruce up your house, now is your chance! Get some art and some plants this Saturday at Arts West!

More info at FB Event: OU PRINT SALE


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Arts West News & Events


 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam

Pop-Up Plant Sale!
Afternoon Arts Class Registration 
1st Thursday Old Time String Jam - Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-8pm.
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 local musician Morgan Hager will lead the jam. Hager is a multi instrumentalist who has been playing old time string music for the past 10+ years. She specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. Child care will be provided at this jam so parents can play too. All ages and levels welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 


FB Event with More Details: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam
Pop-Up Plant Sale! Saturday, Sept. 7, 12-6pm.  There will be a variety of indoor tropical plants available, as well as a few outdoor landscaping plants. Also, there will be Ohio-made stained glass, and prints by Athens artist Hannah Sickles. At Arts West.

FB Event for More Info: Pop-up Plant Sale!

REMINDER: There are just a few days left to sign up for the 1st 8 week session (Unit 1) of Afternoon Arts Classes at Arts West!
For Ages of Grades K-5.
Registration extended to Sept. 6th.

Class Scedule:
Monday - Thursday, 3:45-5:15pm

For the Fall semester the classes are offered in two 8 week sessions that together will run Aug 26 - Dec 19. Same plan for Spring semester. Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Students can be enrolled for 1 or more classes. Registration links for Unit 1 (1st 8 week session):
MondaysTheater Class with Janai Travis

TuesdaysVisual Art (3-D) Class with April Felipe
WednesdaysMusic Class with Lawrence Greene
ThursdaysVisual Art (2-D) Class with April Felipe

For more info please contact Arts West Program Specialist, Emily Beveridge
at 740-592-4315 or 
ebeveridge@ci.athens.oh.us