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.

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 Hager. She lives in Meigs County, Ohio, and specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Hager 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!

Sunday, Oct, 13, 11am-12:30pm: Qoya Movement Workshop. Qoya combines the wisdom of yoga, the wildness of expressive dance, and the freedom to expand your capacity to feel good. A 90-min Qoya session with a gentle and fun series of 13 core components framed by a different theme and musical playlist designed to help you reconnect with the physical sensation of truth of your body. Dance your relationship to inner wisdom and remember how it feels to LOVE YOURSELF. $25 cash at the door or $20 in advance. More Info @ Qoya: The Wild Power of Self-Love

Thursday, Oct, 17: Third Thursday Square Dance Social. Square Dances are back at Arts West starting Oct 17th, with Caller Joe Burdock and musicians Matt McElroy & Friends!  Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm.  This dance features Avalanche Pizza by the slice so come hungry. BYOB (with valid ID). More Info @ Square Dance Social and Jam$6 Suggested Donation. 

Friday, Oct. 18, 8-10:45pm: Masquerade Drum Circle. Wear a mask or show up in full costume for a night of drumming and dancing. All levels and ages welcome. Put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Drum, dance or just listen and take it in. There is a place in the circle for everyone. 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.). Suggested Donation $5-$10.  More Info @ Masquerade Drum Circle

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4pm: Fizzie Friends Preserved Food, Drink and Pickle Exchange!​
Bring 2 or more jars of preserved food or drink (ferments, pickles, jellies and jams, or homemade beer or wine).  1 jar goes on the potluck table and the rest are to exchange.  After tasting the items and disussing the preservation processes, participants can exchange their jars for those brought by others. Free Admission. More Info @  Fizzy Friends Preserved Food, Drink and Pickle exchange!​

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: Reception for Tina Fisher's, "Oh, Deer! I've Lost My Head", Art Exhibition. For this show Fisher, a professional photographer based in Corning, Ohio, dabbles in mixed media photography with an eerie twist on mundane activities. Her work will be on display Oct. 1 - Nov. 27. The reception will feature live music. Free Admission

Sunday, Oct. 27, 3-5pm: BASSics, A Hands on Workshop in Upright and Electric Bass. A beginner friendly introduction to upright and electric bass. Visiting musician Barbara Rosner, of Kentucky Wild Horse will lead Upright Bass Basics with instruction in hand position, playing in jams, ideas for practicing and how to improve. Mike Makosky, Athens local, of Apple and Moon, Goodbye Goats, and Unmonumental will lead Electric Bass Intro, teaching amp basics and volume, hand position, playing with others, and more. Both teachers have over 20 years of playing and teaching experience.For ages 16 and up. $12 Suggested Donation. Pre registration is required to assure we have enough basses!  To sign up please visit https://stuartsoperahouse.org/ or email Tessa Evanosky at artswesttech@gmail.com. More Info at:  Intro to Upright and Electric Bass  


NOVEMBER 2019
Friday, Nov. 1, 5-8pm & Saturday, Nov. 2, 11am-6pm: Horse of a Different Color Art Supply ExchangeA benefit for Arts West and the PRISM Youth Art Program. Clean out your crafting closet and get your gold, silver, or bronze ticket(s) to exchange for an item or items of equal value.  Schedule: Oct. 14 - Nov. 2 - Drop off new or gently/partially utilized supplies to Arts West (Mon-Fri 11am-6pm - or call for extended hours); Nov 1, 5-8pm - Members Night (free entry for members); Nov. 2, 11am-6pm - Public Exchange ($10 admission; free entry for members). To volunteer please contact Tessa at artswesttech@gmail.com. More Info @ Horse of a Different Color Art Supply Exchange.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-9pm - Ratha Con Game Night at Arts West. Join the Ratha Con crew for their Game Night held at Arts West. Learn to play D&D or join in one of their great board games. Experienced DnD players are welcome to bring their own (Players Handbook rules only) Level 1 Characters. New players can roll up a new character with the GM or use one of the pre-made and ready characters. More info @ Game Night - Arts West  

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.

Thursday, Nov 14, 7pm: Gaelynn Lea Special Performance at Arts West. Presented by OU Performing Arts Series & Arts West. "Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie." (Jeremy Ylvisaker). Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and has been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes.  So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries - she's graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.” (Jess Wolfe, Lucius) In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir that she plans to release in 2022. Free and Open to the Public. More info @ Gaelynn Lea (special add-on)  

Friday, Nov. 15, 9-10:30am: CANCELLED-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, 8-10:45pm: Drum & Flow 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6-9pm - Ratha Con Game Night. Join the Ratha Con crew for their Game Night held at Arts West. Learn to play D&D or join in one of their great board games. Experienced DnD players are welcome to bring their own (Players Handbook rules only) Level 1 Characters. New players can roll up a new character with the GM or use one of the pre-made and ready characters. More info @ Game Night - Arts West  

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam. Caller T-Claw from Elkins, WV, and band, The Corndoggers will offer an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Needed. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing at 7pm. $6 Suggested Donation. More Info @ Square Dance Social and Jam

Friday, Nov. 22, 7-10pm: Harvest Moon Benefit Concert the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN). Music, dancing, and local Celebrity Karaoke Performances for Peace and Justice! FeaturingAmethystone, Megan Bee, Steve Zarate, Walk the Ridge, and special guests the Athens Justice Choir and the Unitarian Fellowship Choir. Beer on tap from Jackie O's and other refreshments. Suggested Donation $5-20. More info @ Harvest Moon Benefit Concert

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24: Many Moons-Travelers' Treasures Sale.
(Downstairs at Arts West) An exquisite shopping experience of items personally gathered through travels to Thailand ~ India ~ Bali~ Nepal ~ Guatemala ... Includes: Jewelry ~ Textiles ~ Wood and Metal Sculptures ~ Sacred Objects ~ Unusual Gift items ... and more. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-6pm (happens simultaneously with Prints-Plants-Pots sale upstairs).
More iInfo @ Many Moons: Travelers' Treasures 

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24:  Prints, Plants & Pots Sale. To be held in the Performance Space of Arts West, a truly unique shopping experience, with handmade printed artwork, live plants, and ceramic work, all created or grown by local artists or horticulturalists. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-6pm (happens simultaneously with Many Moons sale downstairs). More Info @ Prints, Plants & Pots Sale 

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2-4pm: Accordion Basics with Morgan Hager. Presented by the SEO Musical Lending Library AT STUART'S OPERA HOUSEMorgan learned to play accordion to become her own one woman band.  Now she is coming to Nelsonville to teach others to do the same.  Workshop will cover bass lines on the buttons, melodies on the keyboard and how to put the two together!  Please register so we make sure we have enough accordions, and let us know if you're bringing your own! $12 suggested donation optional with registration. More Info @ Accordion Basics with Morgan Hager

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. December's guest, local musician, Morgan Hager, specializes in fiddle tunes and waltzes from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Hager plays fiddle, guitar and banjo. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the musical lending library. All levels & ages welcome. BYOB (w/valid 21+ ID). Free admission - donations appreciated. More info @ 1st Thursday Old Time String Jam

Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7pm: Art Opening for A Solo Show by Jessica Ashley. A fine artist with an emphasis on landscape and animal acrylic painting, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2014. Based out of Middleport, Ohio, she has been adding to her already large body of work, creating a bunch of new paintings of all different sizes for this upcoming exhibition. Ashley's work will be featured in both the upstairs and downstairs galleries, and on display December 3rd-January 3rd. Come check it out! Free Admission.
More info @ Jessica Ashley Solo Show   

Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm: Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond, an S.A.T.B. Choir Concert. Join us for a musical journey to the stars!  A benefit for the John Glenn Astronomy Park, presented by SATB: a different kind of choir. SATB’s mission is to create powerful and inspiring music in partnerhsip with social justice organizations to bring support and awareness to their causes. The John Glenn Astronomy Park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing the wonders of the sky. Set in the Hocking Hills of rural southeastern Ohio, the park offers one of the few areas in Ohio where the night sky can still be seen in its near pristine state. Suggested Donation: $10 per person / $15 per Family. More Info @ Stars, Astronomy, & Travel Beyond  

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4pm: 2019 Holiday Craft Swap. Bring your handmade items and swap them out for a cash-free, swapping good time! Participants bring X number of homemade, giftable items and arrange them on tables at Arts West at 2 pm. Once the swap begins, everyone roams around, taking the same number of items that they brought themselves. Items of lesser value can be bundled (to balance out with more labor or resource intensive items). The swap is run with a spirit of fair trading and community celebration, and it provides a great way to share your talents and wares!  It's also a holiday celebration, so feel free to bring snacks or cookies to share. It's helpful to respond on Facebook if you plan to attend, but not required. More Info @ 2019 Holiday Craft Swap  

Sunday, Dec. 8, 6pm: Essentially Athens Book Launch. Join the writers, and fine artists for an evening of merriment, readings, discussions, and book signing. Over one hundred poets, essayists, storytellers, songwriters and fine artists have come together in this very special collection celebrating all that is the heart and hearth of Athens, Ohio. The work is raw, honest and steeped in all things Athens; from the foothills to the stadium, from uptown  to throughout the county. Books will be for sale, for cash or check only. Admission is FREE. More Info @ Essentially Athens Ohio Book Launch 

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4pm: Ukulele for the Holidays! Everyone can be a ukulele player! This workshop will focus on tuning, strum patterns, and chords, and participants will learn a few easy holiday tunes with Laura Nadeau.  Ages 8 and up! More Info @ Ukulele for the Holidays! 

Thursday, Dec. 20, 8-10:45pm: Winter Solstice Drum Jam. A night of drumming and dancing, open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Flow artists as well as any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. $5-$10 Suggested Donation. More Info @ Winter Solstice Drum Jam



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


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