Upcoming Events


Events occur at Arts West unless a different location is indicated. For questions or details call Arts West at 740-592-4315 or email artswestathens@gmail.com.

AUGUST 2019
Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a different special guest "leader" each month. This week's guest is local musician Jaie Devore. Jaie specializes in old time fiddle tunes from WV and will share 2 to 3 of those tunes. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 

Friday, Aug. 2, 5-7pm: Old Haunts: Barry O'Keefe Art Opening (upstairs). As part of a double art opening, Barry will be visiting Athens from Richmond, VA, to say hello, and show us his new body of work, Old Haunts, in the Arts West Upstairs Gallery. Barry graduated with his Masters in Printmaking from Ohio University several years ago. Since then he's created notable artworks in the Athens, Ohio, area including the Nelsonville Brick mural, and the recently painted leather-bound book mural near the Nelsonville Public Library. His work focuses on community building, activism and histories, and this particular exhibit features a lot of prints. Check out his work and listen to some live music by Ted Harris at Arts West on August 2nd! The show will be on display August 2nd-28th. FB Event Link: Old Haunts: Barry O'Keefe Art Opening

Friday, Aug. 2, 5-7pm: Crumbles: Luke Boyd Art Opening (downstairs).
As part of this double opening, Luke will have his new show on display downstairs along with a plethora of cakes to eat for FREE. He is an artist and baker, with a recently acquired Masters in Painting and Drawing from Ohio University. Luke is interested in fostering shared human experience and building community through baking and painting. Cake as a subject matter and as a dessert helps him connect with people of different backgrounds and experiences. The cakes illustrate different human emotions and conditions. Luke is intrigued by the relationships, conversations, and personal interactions that can result from sharing cake. His work will be on exhibit August 2nd-28th. You can check out more of Luke's art at: https://lukejboyd.com/. FB Event Link: Crumbles: Luke Boyd Art Opening

Saturday, Aug. 3, 10-11am: West Side QuickPick August. One more QuickPick before classes resume in the fall! Let's help put our best foot forward through this clean-up effort. We'll meet at ARTS/West and split in to groups to cover a few streets this time. You don't need to bring anything besides yourself-- gloves, bags, and implements will be provided. Bring your friends and family, and please help spread the word!

Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28, 6-8pm: Come Dance to Our DrumsWednesday Evening Drum & Dance classes. Lawrence Greene will teach some rhythms from 6-6:45 and Jordyn Henderson will lead the dance and movement from 6:45 to 8:00. $10/wk

Thursday, Aug. 8, 6pm: Athens West Side Community Association Meeting. The Athens West Side Community Association meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Arts West performance space at 6pm. All West-Siders are encouraged to attend. Students are welcome - it's your community. For more info or to join the email list please contact: athensWCA@gmail.com.  

Saturday, Aug. 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 for membership, the seo musical lending library and afternoon arts classes for kids. FB Event with More Details: Athens Community Arts & Music Festival

Tuesday, Aug. 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! This year's winter concert 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 are 5-615pm every Tuesday and the concert is Saturday, Dec 7, at 7pm, at Arts West. FB Event Link: First Rehearsal - Fall 2019SATB Choir FB Page: SATB - a different kind of choir  

Saturday, Aug. 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. Here's your chance to see it on the big screen. (18+/Suggested Donation of $5/BYOB).

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2-4pm: Basic Soldering & Guitar Repair Workshop. As part of the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library workshop series, Erick Colemen and Matt Clouston double up for this Stew Mac sponsored event. The workshop will cover the basics of electrical soldering and will build a better understanding of how an electric guitar works (or why it dosen't). Please bring a soldering iron if possible. Participants may also bring a broken guitar and if time allows the instuctors will help diagnose the problem.  $12 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). FB Event: Basic Soldering and Guitar Repair Workshop

Monday, Aug. 26, 3-5:30pm: Welcome back PRISM community hang out. School is 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! FB Event Link: Welcome back PRISM community hang out - Prism will continue on Mondays, 3-5:30pm, Aug. 26 - Dec. 16 (when school is in session). PRISM offers community, art programming, support, networking, musical lessons, books and library, snacks, cooking lessons and more. All LGBTQI+ youth and allies welcome (ages12-18). Brought to you by United Campus Ministry in collaboration with Arts West, this program is FREE.

Monday - Thursday, starting Aug. 26, 3:45-5:15pm: Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids
Offered in two 8 week sessions, Aug 26 - Dec 19. Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Links for Unit 1 (1st 8 week session) registration, class descriptions and instructor bios:
Mondays: Theater Class with Janai Travis http://apm.activecommunities.com/athensrec/Activity_Search/2445
Tuesdays: Visual Art (3-D) Class with April Felipehttp://apm.activecommunities.com/athensrec/Activity_Search/2446
Wednesdays: Music Class with Lawrence Greene http://apm.activecommunities.com/athensrec/Activity_Search/2447
Thursdays: Visual Art (2-D) Class with April Felipe- http://apm.activecommunities.com/athensrec/Activity_Search/2448

Thursday, Aug. 29, 5-7pm: Ice Cream Social at Glouster Public 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.  Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30-9pm: Fearless: Women's Journeys to Self-Empowerment. A spoken word event. In seeking to lift women's voices, 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 overcame it. Curated by Athens Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, this event includes readings from the book as well as an open mic for other "fearless" poems. Light refreshments. Free Admission - Donations appreciated. 

Friday, Aug. 30, 9-10:30am:  CreativeMornings/Athens: Justice. CreativeMornings is a monthly networking breakfast for the Athens' creative community, with free coffee and inspiration. Everyone is welcome! This month's coffee and breakfast will be provided by Fluff Bakery. This month's main speaker, Patrick McGee, 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. Admission is FREE. Register at: https://creativemornings.com/talks/patrick-mcgee-the-alchemy-of-justice. More info on the theme at: https://creativemornings.com/themes/justice

SEPTEMBER 2019
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 month. September'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 welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 

Friday, Sept. 6, 5-7pm: Opening Reception for “Imbricated”, an Art Exhibition featuring the work of students from Ohio University, Kent State, and Ohio State University. "Imbricated" refers to the discrete but overlapping nature of the artists’ experiences, as students working from a common regional perspective, but through different academic and personal lenses. The show will include personal works, as well as a collaborative exchange portfolio, which includes Althea Murphy Price, focused around the theme of "Dissent". The show will be on display Sept. 6-25. Free Admission. 

Saturday, Sept. 7, 12-6pm: Pop-up Plant Sale! A variety of indoor tropical plants as well as a few outdoor landscaping plants. Also, there will be Ohio-made stained glass, and prints by Athens artist Hannah Sickles. Part of double sale with Print Sale listed below.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 12-6pm: OU Print Sale! Hosted by the Ohio University School of Art & Design Printmakers, 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"). Part of double sale with Plant Sale listed above.

Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30pm: Moon Tunnel, A DIY Reading Series. It's Moon Tunnel time once again, with dazzling works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Ohio University Creative Writers, Melanie Ritzenthaler, Derek JG Williams, and ZoĆ« Bossiere. Feel free to arrive early to congregate with the lovely OU Creative Writing crowd.  BYOB (with valid 21+ I.D.). The Moon Tunnel Literary Reading Series is sponsored by the OU Dept. of English. This series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs and will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2019-20 Academic year. Free Admission.  

Saturday, Sept. 14, 11am-12pm: Musical Lending Library Instrument Petting Zoo at the Paw Paw Festival Kids Tent. Partners in the SEO Musical Lending Library program, Arts West and Stuart's Opera House will be at the Paw Paw Fest 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.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4-10pm: Pints with a Purpose for the SEO Musical Lending Library at Devil's Kettle Brewing. The Southeast Ohio Musicial 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 -- 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. 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. Thanks to Devil's Kettle for choosing to support our organization. Seeing you there! For More Info Visit:  Pints with a Purpose for the SEO Musical Lending Library

Friday, Sept. 20, 8-11pm: Third Friday Drum Circle. A night of drumming and dancing. All levels and ages welcome. This is a space where you can put the worry of your days 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 borrow one and participate in the sound! Free Parking on the street and in the lot.  Food & Bevs allowed. B.Y.O.B (w/Valid 21+ I.D.)  3rd Friday of the month, Sept-March.   More Info @ Arts/West Drum CircleSuggested Donation of $5-$10 to help support the space. 

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2pm: Afternoon Raga with J.J. Gregg, Sitar. An afternoon concert with accomplished Sitar musician, J.J. Gregg. He's traveled the world studying and playing the sitar, and now teaches others as well. For More Info Visit: Afternoon Raga with J.J. Gregg. To get a preview of the show, take a listen at: soundcloud.com/jjgreggSuggested donation: $5 per adult, $2 per student, or $10 per family. 

Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-7:30pm: Placemaking in Athens. Let's talk about Placemaking! 
Screening of "Making the Place" documentary about Armory Park creation; Global Placemaking Initiatives Overview; Placemaking in Athens Discussion and Brainstorm. Free Admission.

Friday, Sept. 27, 9-10:30am: CreativeMornings/Athens. CreativeMornings is a monthly networking breakfast for the Athens' creative community, with free coffee and inspiration, as well as new themes and guest speakers each month. Everyone is welcome! Free Admission.  Registration encouraged.  

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2-8pm: Folk Art Medicine Show. The People's Pop Up’s first Folk Art Medicine Show. Featuring a marketplace of folk art that carries a medicinal thread, demonstrations on distillation, live plants, herbal remedies, tarot readers, massage, food & beverages and live music,  the event aspires to promote connection and engagement with the community. Free Admission. 

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2-4pm: Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee. Athens County songwriter, Megan Bee 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! For More Info Visit: Songwriting Workshop with Megan Bee$12 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

OCTOBER 2019 
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-8pm: 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam. In the parking lot or basement depending on the weather, a beginners' style slow string jam with a special guest "leader" each time. October's jam will be led by local musician Joe Burdock. Burdock lives in Glouster, Ohio, plays fiddle, banjo and guitar, and specializes in Kentucky fiddle tunes. He's been teaching music lessons in Athens, OH, for the past four years, calls the occassional square dance and is looking forward to leading October's jam. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 

Friday, Oct. 11, 7pm: Moon Tunnel Graduate Literary Reading Series. Sponsored by Ohio University Dept. of English, this series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2019-20 Academic year. FREE & open to the public! 

Thursday, Oct, 17: Third Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock, and special guest musicians will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Includes desserts by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Doors at 6:30pm, Dancing starts at 7pm. $6 Suggested Donation. 

Friday, Oct. 18, 8-11pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. $5-$10 Suggested Donation.  

Friday, Oct. 25, 9-10:30am: CreativeMornings/Athens. CreativeMornings is a monthly networking breakfast for the Athens' creative community, with free coffee and inspiration, as well as new themes and guest speakers each month. Everyone is welcome! Free Admission.  Registration encouraged. 

Friday, Oct. 25, 5-7pm: Closing Reception for Two Art Exhibitions, featuring Tina Fisher & Erica Magnus with the theme of spooky, Halloween-filled October. For this show Fisher, a professional photographer based in Corning, Ohio,  is dabbling in mixed media photography with an eerie twist on mundane activities. Magnus is a professional artist for children’s books as author and illustrator, as well as for film and television as a concept and creature design artist. Their work will be on display October 1-25. The art closing event will feature live music. Free Admission

NOVEMBER 2019
Thursday, Nov. 7, 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 month. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels and ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 

Friday, Nov. 8, 7pm: Moon Tunnel Graduate Literary Reading Series. Sponsored by Ohio University Dept. of English, this series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2019-20 Academic year. Free & open to the public.

Friday, Nov. 15, 9-10:30am: CreativeMornings/Athens. CreativeMornings is a monthly networking breakfast for the Athens' creative community, with free coffee and inspiration, as well as new themes and guest speakers each month. Everyone is welcome! Free Admission. Registration is encouraged.  

Saturday, Nov. 16, 8-11pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. $5-$10 Suggested Donation.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock, and special guest musicians will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Includes desserts by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Doors at 6:30pm, Dancing starts at 7pm. $6 Suggested Donation. 

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24: Many Moons presents, Travelers Treasures. An annual holiday show and shopping event featuring personally collected gifts, textiles, jewelry, and more from Nepal, India, Bali, and Thailand. Sat. 10am – 6pm / Sun. 12-6pm. Free Admission. 

DECEMBER 2019
Thursday, Dec. 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 month. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels and ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. 

Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7pm: Art Opening for A Solo Show by Jessica Ashley. Ashley is a landscape and animal acrylic painter with a large body of work. Her art of all different sizes will be on display in the upstairs and downstairs galleries for the month of December. Free Admission. 

Saturday, Dec. 7, 7pm: S.A.T.B. A Different Kind of Choir Concert. A benefit for Arts West and for the John Glenn Astronomy Park in Logan. Songs selections with theme of space and the stars. Free Admission. 

Sunday, Dec. 8, 3pm: Holiday Craft Swap. Come on out for NO CASH holiday swapping! Bring x number of homemade, giftable items, and leave with x number of items made by other community crafters! Arrive at 3 p.m. to set up; swapping starts at 3:15 p.m. and goes until all items are gone. Feel free to bring a holiday snack to share! No fee for entry, bring the number of items you wish to swap. 

Thursday, Dec. 20, 8-11pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. 



*More events get added all the time so keep checking back*


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