Monday, January 15, 2018

Just a Jar Gallery Show &
Closing Reception

Show on Display: January 3 - 26

Closing Reception & Artist Talk: January 26 6-8pm 

@ ARTS/West 132 West State  Athens, OH

JustAJar is a collaboration between Sara (design) & Bobby Rosenstock (press) based out of Marietta, Ohio. They use old technology and new to create unique work--They can do everything from web design and logos, to custom illustration, woodcuts and letterpress printing for any project. They do it all because they love it all. 

 At the “We’ll Take What We Can Carry” art reception, Bobby Rosenstock will be displaying an array of hand printed artworks, posters and woodblocks he's created over the years at JustAJar Design Press. Additional work will be for sale at the closing event Friday, January 26th from 6-8pm. Bobby will begin the reception with an artist talk and then the Rattletrap String band will perform their signature bluegrass music to top off the night.


Friday, January 12, 2018

ARTS/West Closed Monday, January 15th 
for MLK Day Holiday

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Herbs for Liver Health 

Thursday, January 18th 6-8pm

at ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, Oh

It’s the New Year! Join Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist to learn about how the body’s main organ of regeneration and detoxification works, and the role herbs can play in promoting liver and whole body health. 

We will be talking about herbs that can help with:

●liver support and detoxification
●pelvic congestion
●multiple chemical sensitivities
●acne, eczema, and allergies
●healing inflammation
●reducing cholesterol 
and much more!

The liver plays an incredibly huge role in maintaining our body’s wellbeing. Come and learn some basics of liver function and holistic liver health! We will talk about the role of the liver in digestion, detoxification, hormonal and skin issues, and overall health. Interested in learning how to protect your liver from chemical and toxin damage? What herbs help resolve liver inflammation? Can herbs be useful in liver disease? What role does the liver play in allergies and eczema? Join Caty while she discusses herbs that cover all of these issues and more!

$20-30 sliding scale (Cash or check)

Sign up at:, by calling 740-274-9494, or stop by the Wildfire Herbs booth at Athens Farmer’s Market on Saturdays 9am-noon inside the mall.

You can find us on Facebook at Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine, or follow us on Instagram at @appalachianohio_herbschool

Monday, January 08, 2018

For The Love of Athens Submission Deadline:
Saturday, January 13th @ 5pm

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Contra Dance Workshop

Saturday, January 13th 5-10pm
 at ARTS/West

Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. 

5:00-6:30 - 
Contra Workshop: There's More to Life Than Swing & Twirl
6:30-7:30ish - Potluck Dinner
7:30-8:00 - Beginners Contra Lesson
8:00-10:00 - Contra Dance, 
Darlene Underwood calling with Hen of the Woods

Attend any or all of the events. More information or 740-590-4102. Contra Workshop by donation. Contra Dance $7/adult, $/students, $15/family.
January Family Contra Dance

Sunday, January 7th 3-5pm
@ ARTS/West 132 W. State  Athens,Oh
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. This event will have kids and adults dancing together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer. More information at or 740-590-4102

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ARTS/West Will be Closed:
December 23rd 2017 - January 1st 2018

Happy Holidays, & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Call for Proposals:

Athens' Poet Laureate 2018 

Request for Proposals
Project Name:  Athens' Poet Laureate 2018
  1.  I.RFP Project Summary 
The City of Athens has allocated  $2000.00 for the appointment of a Poet Laureate for a term of 1 year.
Art as defined by the committee:  At its core, Art is a product of human creativity that is aesthetically pleasing and can encompass diverse methodologies and mediums.  Art can refer to the visual arts including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography, can encompass applied arts that may include architecture and landscaping, and decorative arts that may be functional in nature.  Above all, any work that falls within the definition of Art must exhibit quality of concept, execution and craftsmanship
RFP SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  All submissions must be hand-delivered or received no later than January 19th, 2018 at the ARTS/West office located at 132 W. State St.  Athens, OH 45701. Submissions may be sent electronically to  
Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) Background:  AMAC establishes ad hoc committees to consider all arts projects.  It is such a committee that has been formed for this project.  After reviewing submissions and interviewing candidates, this committee will make a recommendation to AMAC, who will present the recommendation to the City Council.
III. Project Description:
A. Overview:  The prospectus is centered around the selection of a Poet Laureate to represent the City Of Athens
B. Specifications:  The Poet Laureate will write and present in person at a minimum of 6 events of local importance such as national holidays, local celebrations or award ceremonies, special school events.  Proposal submissions should reflect the broad spectrum of the population of Athens. It is suggested that you use THE ESSENCE OF ATHENS as an inspirational source.  
C.  Budget:  The budget recommendation is for $2,000 per year.  This amount is to include expenses incurred by the poet.
IV. Selection Process:  Selection will be made by  an  AMAC ad-hoc committee consisting  of 3-4  members from the poetry community and one from AMAC.  The finalists will be selected according to the proposal, prior work, and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  The selection committee will convene, review the applications, interview finalists , and recommend an appointment as Poet Laureate.  
The Selection Committee reserves the right to issue a second call to artists if the proposals submitted do not demonstrate the factors listed below. The committee also reserves the right to reject all proposals.    The following factors will be considered when reviewing submissions:
Quality of body of work
Appropriate for and reflective of the community of Athens
The selected poet's proposal  will be forwarded to the Athens Municipal Arts Commission which will accept or reject the recommendation.  If accepted AMAC will present the recommendation to the Athens City Council. The poet selected will then enter into an agreement with the City of Athens.  The job performance will be overseen by  Safety Service Director.
V.  Project Timeline: (The committee reserves the right to change the timeline without notice.) 
Dec. 15, 2017:  Notification/Announcement to Artists
Jan 19, 2018: Proposals DUE (Receipt Deadline)
Committee to review proposals the week of Jan 22-26. 
AMAC Ad-Hoc Committee  to meet with finalists for interviews and presentations of samples of candidates work during week of January 29 – Feb. 2.  
   By February 14th, 2018:  Results Announced
February 15, 2018:  Commencement of tenure 
VI. Application Requirements:
A.  Delivery:  Mail/hand/electronic deliver applications to:
Poet Laureate Project 
132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701
B. Presentation -  Application Content:  To be effectively reviewed for consideration, the application should contain a portfolio including
1. Selections from your Body of Work
2. Professional Resume/ Vita
3. Professional References - At least three professional references who have an intimate knowledge of your work.  Letters of support are to be supplied by two of these.  Letters can be submitted electronically.  Include complete address and phone/email for each reference.
4. Optional Relevant Experience and Qualifications Support Information:   Up to three selections of supporting materials (reviews, news articles, essays, etc,)
5. Project Proposal (Not to exceed two pages):Describe your overall concept for a year tenure as Poet Laureate, outlining the relevance to the city of Athens, etc. 
6. Self Addressed Stamped Envelope S.A.S.E.:For return of materials.  Only submissions with a S.A.S.E. will be returned; all others become the property of AMAC ad-hoc Committee.  The Art Selection Committee and its consultants assume no responsibility for loss or damage to submissions.
VIII. Project Contact:
Carol Patterson, AMAC Chairman   740 541-3728