Friday, April 10, 2020

Arts West Updates

April is National Poetry Month, and here we are, sequestered, sheltering in place, practicing social distancing: how can we celebrate poetry together? Join Athens' Poet Laureate Wendy McVicker online Mondays at 10 a.m., on Facebook, for Silver Linings Moments: Wendy will present a poem that she hopes will bring joy and comfort to listeners in these challenging times. A poem is one consciousness speaking to another, one mind, one heart. Thus we connect, one by one, voice to ear to spirit, even when our bodies can't meet. 

Link to Silver Lining Moments Facebook Page:

Everyone is feeling a bit more like a house cat than ever before, as we all shelter in place for the pandemic. What better way to pass the time while connecting to community than to participate in the Cat Art Online Show, produced in partnership with Arts West and Casa Nueva! The show had originally been planned as a two month, two location, in person show at both Arts West and Casa Nueva for the months of April and May. However, this show has 9 lives, and it's new format will hopefully make it even more accessible to the whole community! Please look for updates, as we plan on having information about donating to the Athens Humane Society through this event.


-Create cat art in any medium, and post images of your work to the Cat Art Online Show facebook page.

-Make sure to label your posting with the artist's name, title, and medium(s)

-The deadline to post is Tuesday, May 5th (Cinco de Meow!)

-We plan on hosting gallery shows in 2021, so please hold on to your work for next year's extravaganza!

Link to Cat Art Show Online Facebook Page:

As we continue to shelter in place, Arts West wants to offer an opportunity for the community to celebrate our beautiful county through photographs! Arts West typically begins accepting photographs for the contest in September, but this year we are opening the submission process early. Go outside and begin the quest for the perfect photo to submit to For the Love of Athens!

For the Love of Athens Submission Guidelines:

For the Love of Athens is a photo exhibit that focuses on images of people, places or things in Athens County. Photographs can be taken with traditional, digital and smart device methods. Any photographic method is welcome! Chosen photographs will be displayed in the For the Love of Athens Exhibit in the Arts West galleries tentatively for the month of February, 2021.

You could win prizes!
Awards go to top 3 photographs chosen by our juror + an audience choice award during the art opening that can be voted on by anyone attending the opening.

Tentative Art Opening - Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 5-7pm

About Our Juror:
The 2021 For the Love of Athens juror is Erin LaBelle. Erin is The Athens Photo Project’s Social Enterprise Photography Coordinator. She has been a photographer for 25 years.
Entry Deadline - Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Entry is free!

Guidelines for Submission
Take some fun, creative photos of your favorite people, places or things in Athens County. They can be straight forward, interpretive, color or black & white. The subject matter must be in Athens County, but the artist does not need to be from Athens County to submit. All ages are welcome to submit.

Email your entry or entries to: (limit of 5 entries please)
In the subject line write “LastName_number (1-5)” (your name)
In the body of the email please include:
* Full name
* Email address
* Phone number
For each photo include:
* Title of photo + give each photo a number please (1-5)
* Medium (type of camera or cellphone used)
* Price or designated as Not For Sale (NFS)
* Your age (if a minor)

Submit up to five photos on Instagram with the hashtags:
* followed by another hashtag directly afterwards - either #1, #2, #3, #4 or #5
* Please, keep photos separated and not one after another in the same post.
* In the body of text please provide your email address, the title of the work, the medium (type
of camera or cellphone used), and the price or designated as Not For Sale (NFS)

Link to For The Love of Athens Facebook Page:

Monday, March 16, 2020

Arts West News

Arts West Events and Programs are Currently in a Holding Pattern
Arts West is Closed to the Public Until Further Notice
Virtual Cat Art Show

(Because we all need pictures of kittens and flowers right now!)
Hello Arts West Friends and Supporters,

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the recommendations made by the CDC and the State of Ohio, and the response of the City of Athens, it is necessary for Arts West to close its doors for the time being.

The following previously advertised March 2020 events have been cancelled or postponed as noted:
-Cat Art Show Call for Art- We'll no longer be having people drop off their work. This event will be transformed into a virtual show, in partnership with Casa Nueva, in which folks will photograph and post their Cat Art. More info will be forthcoming.
-Square Dance Social and Jam of Thursday, March 19CANCELLED
-Drum Circle Music Jam of Friday, March 20: CANCELLED
-Amethystone Album Release Party of Saturday, March 21
-The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange of Thurs-Sat, March 26-28: POSTPONED- New Dates TBA

NOTE: Our April 2020 events will likely also be cancelled or postponed. Info on our blogspot Home page and Upcoming Events page, as well as our Facebook page will be updated regularly.

Weekly Classes & Activities on hold until further notice:
-Self Care, Healing & Protection - Mondays, 6-7:15pm (Free for Veterans)
-SATB Choir Rehearsal - Tuesdays, 5:00-6:15pm (Sept - May)
-ITS Bellydance (Improvisational Team Style) w/Eliot - Tuesdays, 6-7pm
-West African Drum - Tuesdays, 7-9pm
-Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing, Wednesdays - 7:15-8:15pm (Sept 19 - Dec 19)

Youth & Children's Programs on hold:
-PRISM LGBTQ Youth Arts Program - Mondays (when ACSD is in session), 3-5:30pm. Arts West is not able to host this program until the schools have re-opened. Organizers are currently planning the next action steps to continue providing support for the students in different ways. For more info please email:; or visit: Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program
-Afternoon Arts Classes for Kids (K-5) - Monday-Thursday (when ACSD is in session), 3:45-5:15pm. Arts West is not able to continue this program until the schools have re-opened. Anyone who has already paid for Spring session will be refunded for dates that we're not able to have the classes.

In addition, the SEO Musical Lending LIbrary will not be open during this time (usually open Tues/Thurs 2-7pm). If you currently have an instrument out on loan you may hang on to it for the time being. Please email us if you're moving or have another extenuating circumstance in which you need to return an instrument before we're able to re-open.

We're grateful for all the ways in which this community embraces and supports Arts West as a gathering place for the arts in this town. And we'll miss seeing everybody!

Any questions or concerns please feel free to reply to this email or to

Stay Safe and Healthy, and go make some art as we weather this storm.


Emily Beveridge
Program Spcialist
Arts West
Arts, Parks & Rec Dept
City of Athens
Job Openings at Arts West- The City of Athens is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Coordinator for Arts West. This is a part-time position at the Arts West facility of the City of Athens, Arts, Parks and Recreation Department. Knowledge in theater, music, and/or visual arts and experience with community customer service preferred. Hours will include some nights and weekends.
Folks with an arts background or strong interest in the arts who would like to be involved with planning, coordinating and carrying out events and programs at Arts West can apply online, or email for other options. More Info @ Arts West Program Coordinator

Monday, March 09, 2020

Engineering & Public Works will be at this meeting to discuss the Union Street project. We'll also discuss the camera lending library project, plus QuickPicks and other community service events.

Arts West News

Arts West Job Openings!
Square Dance Social & Jam
Drum Circle Finale
Amethystone Album Release Party
Job Openings at Arts West- The City of Athens is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Coordinator for Arts West. This is a part-time position at the Arts West facility of the City of Athens, Arts, Parks and Recreation Department. Knowledge in theater, music, and/or visual arts and experience with community customer service preferred. Hours will include nights and weekends.

Folks with an arts background or strong interest in the arts who would like to be involved with planning, coordinating and carrying out events and programs at Arts West can apply online, or bring a resume to Arts West. We are open Monday - Friday 11am-6pm. More Info @ Arts West Program Coordinator
Thursday, March 19, 6-9pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social & Jam. Caller Joe Burdock and band the Possum Queens will offer an evening of lively old time music. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Come dance or stop in just to listen. Bring friends, a good attitude & a beverage of choice (with valid 21+ ID). Open String Jam at 6pm, followed by Dancing 7-9pm. $6 Suggested Donation. More Info @ Square Dance Social and Jam 
Friday, March 20, 8-10:45pm: Finale Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming & dancing, open to all levels & ages. The circle is not limited to drums. Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. 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. If you've never played an instrument, feel free to borrow one and participate in the sound!  $5-$10 Suggested Donation. This is the last Drum Circle for this particular series. More Info @ Grand Finale Drum Jam at Arts West
Saturday, April 25, 7pm: Amethystone - Album Release Party & Charity Art Auction. It's an Amethystone album release celebration for “The Alchemist”! Featuring special guest DJ and Emcee, B-Funk Brandon Thompson. Come out and hear "The Alchemist" performed in its entirety! Local Artists Chris Monday, Kasey Jones, and the Passion Works Crew will be on hand creating original works of art, including a collaborative piece with which all can participate, to be auctioned off to benefit Stuart's Opera House, Live Healthy Appalachia, and Passion Works. Free Admission & Refreshments! All Ages Welcome! And there will be Merch! More Info @ Amethystone - Album Release Party & Charity Art Auction

Monday, March 02, 2020

Arts West News

Old Time String Jam 
OPEN Movement Workshop
Arts West is Hiring!
Cat's Pajamas
Volunteer Schedule
Thursday, March 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. The leader will play, call chords and help new players follow along. 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
Sunday, March 8, 2-4:30pm: OPEN Movement Workshop. Join Cleveland-based performance artist and movement educator Marcia Custer for a workshop open to all. OPEN Movement is a judgement-free, individually-centered, therapeutic class. It's a place to stretch, strengthen, and center your mind, body, and creative practice. Includes a range of somatic techniques. OPEN Movement holds space for and celebrates all bodies, all levels, all identities, always! This month, the workshop will be focused on individual movement education and structured play with others! Fee: $20. Register by emailing Capacity is limited, but a certain number of folks need to be registered in order for the workshop to happen. More Info @ Athens Workshop: OPEN Movement + Play
Arts West is HIRING for PART-TIME positions!
The 2020 Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange Benefit for Arts West is currently seeking volunteers! Below is a list of available shifts for the event preparation, the actual event, and the cleanup.
Available Volunteer Shift Dates & Times:
Sunday March 22nd: 5-8pm
Monday March 23rd: 6-9pm
Tuesday March 24th: 2-5pm
Wednesday March 25th: 5-8pm
Thursday March 26th: 5-8pm
Friday March 27th: 5-8:30pm
Saturday March 28th: 9am-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-6pm
Sunday March 29th: 11am-2pm

Please email our 2020 CPJ Volunteer Coordinator Aspen Handy with a few shifts that will work for you (in order of preference) at She'll then send you a confirmation email with the time(s) you're scheduled to volunteer. A reminder email will be sent a few days before your shift date(s) as well. Note: If you wish to come to the exchange at times other than your shift, you must pay entry, and follow customer rules.

Clothing exchange donations are currently being accepted at Arts West, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm (call for additional hours). Drop-off by Thursday the 26th to receive a golden ticket.

More Event Info @ Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange

Let's make this Cat's Pajamas the best one yet!! Many Thanks!
Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Arts West News
West Side Chat
w/Arian Smedley 

Athens DIY Wine, Mead & Venison Competition
Aquabear Noise Show
Double Art Show Opening
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5-6pm: Athens West Side Chat with Arian Smedley. Athens West Side City Council Representative, Arian Smedley will be at Arts West to meet and talk with West Side residents about what they're happy with and what they'd like to see changed in their neighborhood.
Saturday, Feb. 29, 5-9pm:  Athens DIY Wine, Mead & Venison Competition. Athens Do-It-Yourself Shop presents their annual winter contest at Arts West. Sample and judge some great locally homebrewed wine, mead, cider, and delicious venison dishes. $15 for the souvenir judging glass to enjoy all the festivities. Bring 2 bottles (extras always appreciated) or a venison dish to share to get souvenir glass and judge for free. Bring one bottle for a 1/2 price glass. 21 and over ONLY. Please bring ID. There will be live music as well! More Info @ ADIY Annual Wine, Mead & Venison Competition
Sunday, March 1, 4-7pm: Athens Noise Show / installment two. Three hours of sounds, drones, noises, notes, music, and other weird stuff, with performances from Weedghost, Dinner of Swords, David Colagiovanni, Robert McClure, Noise_MF, and more. $5 suggested donation / bring some food to share. Presented by the Municipal Endowment for the Sonic Arts and Aquabear Legion. More Info @ Athens Noise Show / installment two
Friday, March 6, 5-7pm: Art Reception for Savannah Freeman's, "Outside", & Hannah Sickles', "The Everyday".  An exhibit of original hand-made artworks by Savannah Freeman of Moonville Print Shop and Hannah Sickles of Saturday Darlings Studio. The double opening will also feature food, drinks, and live piano from Metra Peterson with vocals from Chelsa Peterson Morahan. Meet the artists and purchase some beautiful art! The show will be on display from March 2nd-26th. Admission for the opening reception is FREE. Artist Statements and More Info @ Art Reception: Savannah Freeman & Hannah Sickles  

Monday, February 17, 2020

Arts West News & Events

The Cat's Pajamas
Clothing Exchange 

Call for Cat Art Entries
Afternoon Arts Spring 2020 Registration
OVST Summer Theater Camp
Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28: The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange.
A Benefit for Arts West! For over a decade the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange has brought countless Athenians the joy of “new” clothes in a fun and community minded way. Clothing and other wearable items can be dropped off at Arts West during our regular office hours of 11am-6pm, Mon-Fri (additional drop-off times may be available during classes or events scheduled beyond office hours. Plesse call for those times).
How it Works:
For a Golden Ticket 
(for unlimited items), bring unwanted clothes to Arts West now through March 26, pay exchange entry only once (either $15 Fri, March 27, or $10 Sat, March 28), and return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee.
For a Regular Ticket (take as many items as you brought, additional items $1 each), bring clothes on exchange days (March 27 & 28), pay entry only once (either $15 Fri, or $10 Sat), and return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee.
For Members Night: Thursday, March 26th, is open to all current or new Arts West members, with no entry fee. Sign up for membership will be available. (Members who attend members night can return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee).
Members Night: Thursday,  March 26, 5:30-8:30pm
Exchange Days: Friday, March 27, 5:30-8:30pm; Saturday, March 28, 10am-6pm
To Volunteer 
please contact Emily Beveridge:
We love our volunteers!
More Info @ Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange  
Now through March 25: Cat Art Show Call for Art. For the 3rd Annual Cat Art Show & Traveling Exhibit! On Display April 3rd-25th at Arts West & April 29th-May 25th at Casa Nueva. Accepting Works now through March 25th​ at Arts West​​. Any members of the Athens, Ohio, community and beyond who want to show-off their cat themed works including painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, graphic design work and photography may submit up to four artworks into Cat Art Show. The exhibit will be on display for approximately two months, April 3-May 25, and at two different venues! The ​​Cat Art Show opening reception ​at Arts West ​tak​es​ place on April 3rd​ and will feature live cat themed music, videos, snacks & beverages. As a traveling exhibit, the ​show​​ will ​transition​ from Arts West to the walls of Casa Nueva & Cantina ​fo​r the month of May. ​Casa will host a Cinco de Meow Art Reception & Fundraiser for the Athens Humane Society on May 5th featuring live music and cat themed drinks.
More Info @ Call for Cat Art: Deadline March 25  
Afternoon Arts Registration is open for Spring 2020 Session!
[UPDATE of 3.13.2020: START DATE OF SPRING SESSION IS CURRENTLY POSTPONED TO APRIL 6TH (subject to change as the situation unfolds)  -  FEES WILL BE PRORATED ONCE CLASSES RESUME, and there will be refunds for the dates that classes could not be held.]   
Dates: Monday, Mar. 16-APRIL 6 - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Last day to register is Tuesday, March 31st.
Offered in 10 or 11 week sessions for Spring 2020. Students in grades K-5 will experience arts instruction in a variety of disciplines. Students can be registered for one or more days per week.

Registration Links:
Mondays - Geek Arts: March 16 - May 18
Tuesdays - Art of Darkness: March 17 - May 26
​Wednesdays - Puppet Design: March 18 - May 27
Thursdays - Solar Powered!: March 19 - May 28
Additional Questions please contact Emily Beveridge at 740-592-4315 or

For this Spring 2020 Unit - Monday will meet 10x and T/W/Th will meet 11x.
$85.00 for 10 week session of 1 class (1 day per week)
$93.50 for 11 week session of 1 class (1 day per week)
$365.50 total for all 4 classes (Mon-Thurs)

Class Descriptions & Instructor Bio:
Mondays: Geek Arts
Dates: Mar. 16 - May  18, 2020 (10 weeks of class​ ​​due to Memorial Day​)
Description: Students will "geek out" with this innovative art class! The focus will be on the creation of games and comics, as well as the development of world building and character design.
Tuesdays: Art of Darkness
Dates: Mar. 17 - May 26, 2020 (11 weeks)
Description: This visual art class will focus on the theme "Art of Darkness". We will be exploring caves, monsters and anything else that thrives in the dark! Utilizing various materials and techniques, students will create projects in both 2-D and 3-D format.
Wednesdays: Puppet Design
Dates: Mar. 18 - May 27, 2020 (11 weeks)
Description: Students will spend time learning about multiple puppet making and performing techniques, and will get to make at least four different types of puppets to take home with them.
Thursdays: Solar Powered!
Dates: Mar. 19 - May 28, 2020 (11 weeks)
Description: Utilizing various materials and techniques, students will create projects that reflect the power of the sun! Art projects will include both 2-D and 3-D format.
Instructor: April Felipe - April is a professional ceramic artist with an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. She has decades of experience teaching classes, at camps, and outreach opportunities for children in the visual arts. She brings a wealth of knowledge, and a delightful energetic sense of humor to her classroom.
Monday - Friday, June 1-19, ​8:30am-4:30pm: ​​​OVST 2020 Summer Camp​.​
​​Ohio Valley Summer Theater​ Presents Another Fun Three Weeks of Theater Magic!​ ​Once again, both a Childrens Camp ​(​rising K-6th grade​)​, and a Teen Camp ​(rising ​7-12th grade​)​​ will be offered​. Both camps run simultaneously and culminate in a final performance ​and reception​ on Friday, June 19th​, at 2:30pm​! ​ Fee is $350 for 3 weeks (includes t-shirt), and ​​campers will need to bring a packed lunch.​

​The OVST​ 2020 Summer Camp ​is​ themed “When I Grow Up”​. Campers will explore basic theatrical concepts and skills led by the camp staff and occasional workshop presenters, along with crafts, games, and the building of a camp show. Campers can choose the theater areas they find most appealing whether it be technical or performance. Campers will gain knowledge and experience in theatrical production in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Campers will spend the majority of the day split into two age groups, youth (1st – 6th grade) and teens (7th – 12th grade). The camp will serve 30 children.

​​Space is limited. Please reserve your spot, make payment and download registration forms at​. ​N​o payments will be accepted during camp hours. All payment​s​ must be taken care of online. ​T​he last day to register​ is​ Monday, May 25, 2020. There are no reimbursements for missed days by individual campers.​

Camp will be held at A​rts ​West​, at 132 West State Street, Athens, Ohio.

​For more info please visit ​OVST 2020 Summer Camp​ or contact​.​ 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Thursday, Feb. 13, 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. Come on out to learn about upcoming community events and ongoing efforts to keep the West Side clean and safe, or bring additional topics/concerns to discuss. All West Siders invited to attend. Students welcome. It's your community. For more info or to receive e-mail updates, please email