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.

January 2019
Sunday, Jan. 6, 4-9pm: January Contra Dance Workshop & Dance Party. 4pm Workshop- “Becoming Everyone’s Favorite Dance Partner”;  5:30pm Potluck dinner; 6:30pm beginners lesson; 7pm evening contra dance with Gaye Fifer calling and music by Jeanie and the Dreamers. Attend any or all events. The workshop and dance are both admission by suggested donation (suggested donation for the dance is $10 or $3 for students).

Mondays, Jan. 7 – May 20, 2019 (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm: The PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program. PRISM is an after-school arts program that creates a safer space for LGBTQA+ youth to be, explore and express who they are. FREE.  

Sunday, Jan. 13, 3-5pm: 2nd Sunday Family Contra Dance. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. Kids and adults dance together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time.  Suggested Donation $3/dancer.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 7-10pm: 3rd Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians the Allegheny Hellbenders from Charleston, WV, will bring us an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Featuring: A Cake Walk with 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. $6 Suggested Donation.

Friday, Jan. 18, 8-11pm: 3rd Friday 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. Admission is suggested donation of $5-$10. 

Friday, Jan. 25, 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 2018-19 Academic year. FREE & open to the public!

Friday, Jan. 25, 7-9pm: Luke Boyd's "Crumb Coat" Art Exhibit Closing Reception. Crumb Coat: The thin layer of frosting that traps stray cake crumbs and prevents them from popping up in your finished cake.These paintings recall, preserve and embellish sweet memories. These desserts represent the events, people and time for which they were created. They are nostalgic. Join us for cake, beverages and MORE CAKE. Free admission. Exhibit is up now through Jan. 31st.

February 2019
Sunday, Feb. 3, 7pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance. Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by The Up All Night String Band with Adriane Mohlenkamp calling.  All dances will be taught! Suggested Donation $10, $3 for students, 10 & under free. Beginners Lesson 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30-8:30pm: "For the Love of Athens" Photo Exhibit Opening Reception. For the Love of Athens is an annual photo exhibit at Arts West for photos of people, places or things in Athens County. Photos can be taken with traditional, digital or smart devices. Chosen photographs will be in the For the Love of Athens Exhibit in the Arts West galleries February 7 - March 1, 2019. Free admission. (Submission deadline 1/11 - details at: https://www.facebook.com/artswestgallery)

Sunday, Feb. 10, 3-5pm: 2nd Sunday Family Contra Dance. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. Kids and adults dance together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time.  Suggested Donation $3/dancer. 

Friday, Feb. 15, 8-11pm: 3rd Friday 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, Feb. 21, 7-10pm: 3rd Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians Tessa Dillon and Friends, will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Featuring: A Cake Walk with 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. $6 Suggested Donation.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-4pm: SEO Musical Lending Library Workshop Series. Liz and Lynn Shaw will present the first workshop of the Musical Lending Library Workshop Series. It will be a combination group fiddle lesson and lecture. Seasoned musicians and great teachers - you won't want to miss it!  

Wednesday Feb. 27th, 8-11pm: An Evening with Jonathan Richman. Writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, Richman has gathered the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics. In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. His cohort Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, AZ. Jonathan and Tommy continue to record, write music together and tour across the US. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathan’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget. Presented at Arts West by Stuart's Opera House. Tickets $22 in advance or $25 at door. Click for Facebook Event or Tickets.

March 2019
Sunday, March 3, 7pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance. Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by Stump Juice Trading Co. w/Adriane Mohlenkamp calling.  All dances will be taught! Suggested Donation: $10, $3/student, 10 & under free. Beginners Lesson 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, March 7, 5:30-8:30pm: Cat Art Opening Reception and Silent Auction. Community show of exhibited and donated feline drawings, paintings, 2D works. Proceeds to benefit Meowterspace Cat Rescue and Arts West, both located on the Westside of Athens, Ohio.  Free admission.  

Sunday, March 10, 3-5pm: 2nd Sunday Family Contra Dance. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. Kids and adults dance together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time.  Suggested Donation $3/dancer. 

Friday, March 15, 8-11pm: 3rd Friday 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, March 21, 7-10pm: 3rd Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock and musicians to be announced, will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Featuring: A Cake Walk with 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. $6 Suggested Donation.