Upcoming Events

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

August 2018
Thursday, August 2nd from 5:30-8:30pm: State Street Arts Walk - This is a  monthly (1st Thursdays) free evening of art & surprises on State Street, featuring local artists, musicians & food. Venues include: Arts West, SEO History Center, Casa Nueva & Passion Works Studio. Free Admission. 

Arts West Gallery Exhibit for August - On display through August 31st: 
Art of the JAM: Expressions from Athens Ohio Roller DerbyAthens Ohio Roller Derby is showcasing the artists of the league. Current skaters, veterans, referees and Non Skater Officials have their artist skills, craftmanship and talents on display at the Arts West Gallery.

Thursday, August 9th from 5:30-8:00pm: Poets & Writers Read-Around- Poets, storytellers, musicians – all are welcome to an evening of food, fellowship and spoken word. Bring a story, song or poem, a covered dish and friends! Plates, cups, napkins, etc. provided. Free Admission. Facebook Event

Friday, August 17th from 8:00-11:00pm: 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 a suggested donation of $5-$10. Facebook Event

Friday, August 17th & Saturday, August 18th at Various Uptown Venues: 1st Annual Athens Community Arts & Music Festival! A weekend of Arts & Music presented by the Athens Municipal Arts Commision & the City of Athens, with LIve Music on Union St. (btw Court & Congress), Sat. Noon to 9pm; An art opening at the Uptown Parking Garage, Fri 5:30-7:30pm, local artisan vendors, music at Jackio's, Casa Cantina, Donkey Coffee and The Union and much more!.  Facebook Event

Tuesdays, August 28-October 30, 5:30-7:30pm: Knitting/Crochet Class with Nadine & Nancy! Learn the basics of knitting and/or crochet. Classes can be taken separately or as a course. Students will learn fundamentals of each craft and will receive instructions for several projects. Beginners welcome! Fees:  $30 for 5 weeks or $6 for one day (drop ins welcome). For more info or sign- up Contact Nancy Baur at nancylinneabaur@gmail. Facebook event: Knitting/Crochet Class

September 2018 
Sunday, September 2, 6:30-9pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance! *Dances have moved to Sunday Nights!*  1st Sundays. Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by the Sandy Tar Brothers w/ Kim Thompson calling.  All dances will be taught! Admission by Suggested Donation: $10, $3/student, 10 & under free.  Beginners’ Lesson 6:30pm; Dance 7-9pm. More info contact 740-590-4102 or athenscontradance@gmail.com. Facebook Event

Tuesdays, Sept. 4-October 30, 5:30-7:30pm: Knitting/Crochet Class with Nadine & Nancy! Learn the basics of knitting and/or crochet. Classes can be taken separately or as a course. Students will learn fundamentals of each craft and will receive instructions for several projects. Beginners welcome! Fees:  $30 for 5 weeks or $6 for one day (drop ins welcome). For more info or sign- up Contact Nancy Baur at nancylinneabaur@gmail. Facebook event: Knitting/Crochet Class

Tuesdays, September 4-December 18, 7-9pm: West African Drum Class with Lawrence Greene! Develop a foundation of rhythm by learning to play djembe and djun djun drums from the Mande tradition of West Africa, and experiment with other small percussion instruments. Bring a djembe if you have one!  For more info contact Lawrence at ugataseeds@gmail.com

Wednesdays, September 5-December 19, 6-8pm: West African Drum Class for Beginners with Lawrence Greene! Develop a foundation of rhythm by learning to play djembe and djun djun drums from the Mande tradition of West Africa, and experiment with other small percussion instruments. Bring a djembe if you have one!  For more info contact Lawrence Greene at ugataseeds@gmail.com

Thursdays, September 6-December 20, 5:30-6:45pm: Belly Dance Class with Ellie Olin! Thursdays, September 6-December 20, 5:30-6:45pm: Belly Dance Class with Ellie Olin! Open your heart, body and mind to unaccustomed rhythms and movements. Empower yourself to celebrate your body through a dance that embraces the womanly form. Belly dancing is an exciting way to tone and strengthen your core, build confidence and have fun!  For more info please email artswestathens@gmail.com or call Arts West at 740-592-4315

Thursday, September 6, 5:30-8:30pm:  Art Opening for My Truth is Raw: Jessica Beckford's Solo Show with live music by Stu Hayes. Symbolic imagery through acrylic on canvas and found object alter installations. This event is part of 1st Thursday State Street Art Walks. Refreshments. Free admission, 5:30-8:30pm  (and exhibit will be up all month)

Thursday, September 6, 5:30-8:30pm: State Street Arts Walk - This is a  monthly (1st Thursdays) free evening of art & surprises on State Street, featuring local artists, musicians & food. Gallery hop your way down State Street. Venues include: Arts West, SEO History Center, Casa Nueva & Passion Works Studio. Receive an Art Walk Passport at any of the venues the night of the event to earn prizes! Free Admission. 5:30-8:30pm. State Street Art Walk FB Page

Friday, September 21, 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, September, 21, 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. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10. 

Sat/Sun, September 29 & 30 (Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm): The 5th Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire, an Art West event held at the Athens Community Center. Offering something for everyone, with a vast array of fiber related merchandise such as yarn, fabric, supplies, accessories, books, notions, finished goods and tools, as well as classes and demonstrations. FREE admission. Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 12-5pm at the Athens Community Center, 701 E State St, Athens, OH. More info at Athens Area Fiber Faire on  Faceebook

Saturday, September 29, 7pm: I Am That Child. A play about two women's journeys with addiction adapted from the true narratives of students in the Federal Hocking Middle/High School and the people of Athens County. Contains intense, mature content. Admission is limited and free. 

October 2018
Mondays, Oct. 1 – December 17, 6:00-7:15pm: Self Care, Healing & Self Protection
With techniques for body, mind and spirit, this class includes: breathing, mental focus, assisted yogas, internal energy practice, mudra and more from ancient Burmese systems. All levels and abilities welcome. One week per month will focus on personal safety and self defense for interested groups (children, teens, women, LGBTQA+, elders, persons with DD, travelers, activists and other). All genders and non-gender conforming adults (16+) welcome. Suggested fee is $5 to $10 per class. Veterans, active military and loved ones are welcome to attend at no charge. For more info contact Cheryl Cesta of Athens Dakini Bando at 740-594-7452 or cherylcesta@gmail.com

Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30-8:30pm: Seriously Sick Socks Art Opening featuring new and old Seriously Sick Sock designs by Dannette Pratt! Dannette was a featured artist in both Art Doll and PRIMS fall release magizines, both are Stampington Co. publications and can be found locally at JoAnns. Opening reception Includes refreshments. FREE & open to the public!  

Thursday, October 4, 5:30-8:30: 1st Thursday State Street Art Walk. Gallery hop your way down State Street. Venues include Arts West, the Southeast Ohio History Center, Casa Nueva, & Passion Works Studio. Get an Art Walk Passport at any participating venue the night of the event to earn prizes!  This is a FREE evening of art and surprises, featuring local artists, musicians and food.

Sunday, October 7, 6:30-9pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance! *Dances have moved to Sunday Nights!*  1st Sundays. Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by Jeanie & the Dreamers w/ Kim Thompson calling.  All dances will be taught! Beginners’ Lesson at 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $10, $3/student, 10 & under free. 

Friday, October 19, 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, October 19, 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. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10. 

November 2018
Sunday, November 4, 6:30-9pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance! *Dances have moved to 1st Sunday Nights!* Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by Boys of the Hock w/Adriane Mohlenkamp calling.  All dances will be taught! Beginners’ Lesson at 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $10, $3/student, 10 & under free.  . At Arts West, 132 West State St. 

Friday, Novemer 9, 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! 

Sunday,  November 11, 3-5pm: 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.  More information at www.athenscontradance.org or 740-590-4102. 

Friday, November 16, 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 welcome. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10. 

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18: Many Moons Marketplace. An  annual holiday shopping event featuring personally collected gifts, textiles, jewelry, and more from Nepal, India, Bali, and Thailand. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun.1-6pm

December 2018
Sunday, December 2, 3-5pm: 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! Be sure to arrive at 3 pm to set up; swapping starts around 3:15 until all items are gone. Also, feel free to bring a holiday snack to share! 

[NOTE: No 1st Sunday Contra Dance this month - see you in January!]

Sunday, December 16, 7pm: S.A.T.B. A Different Kind of Choir Concert. A benefit for both Arts West and for Athens HOPE, collaborative task force of agencies throughout Athens County that provide programming related to opioid use and abuse. Members include healthcare entities, schools, law enforcement agencies, human services agencies, and public health officials. The goal is to organize a community-wide opioid abuse response across entities, with a focus on prevention, education, stigma reduction, and community activities that support those in recovery.

Thursday, December 20, 7pm: Athens County Community Singers Christmas Concert. A choir for all voices, ACCS always presents a moving performance!

Friday, December 21, 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 welcome. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10.