Monday, December 18, 2006

ARTS/West Classes and December Events

So, I know this is pretty much the email I just sent out but, come on, my name is not Dianna Prince!

Dec. 18, 19 at 7:00 pm (this is tonight and tomorrow night!) The Studio for Young Actors presents A Christmas Carol. Tickets are available at the following locations: O'Betty's Red Hot, Schoolkids Clothing, Artifacts Gallery, Mountain Laurel Gifts, and The Hyacinth Bean Specialty Florist for information

Dec. 31st, 6pm-9pm, Dinner of Swords presents Noise Show/Potluck Dinner: Happy New Years. Come for some good clean noisy fun. Nonalcoholic event but it is over early…Experimental Music encouraged, experimental food, not so much.

ART WORKSHOPS at ARTS/West with Terry Fortcamp.
WHEN: Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 2007.
TIME: 3:00pm-4:30pm
AGES: 9-16
TUITION: $15/Workshop (Supplies included) or $100 for all 8
CONTACT: Terry Fortcamp at (740) 664-2330
Please prepay by January 9. Class is limited to 12
MUSIC TOGETHER® at ARTS/West with Laura Nadeau
WHAT: Music and Movement classes for newborns through age 5 and the adults who love them.
WHEN: Saturdays, January 13-March 24, 2007 (no classes on 3.17)
TIME: 10:00am-10:45 or 11:00am-11:45am
AGES newborn-5 with adults
TUITION: $120 for first child, $85 for siblings, First time registration fee: $5
CONTACT: Laura E. Nadeau at (740) 592-5955,
Call before January 6, 2007 to register your family
For information about other Music Together locations, visit or call:, 1-800-728-CMYC

For a complete listing of classes, workshops, and meetings please call our office during office hours of 1-4 at (740) 592-4315.

What some of our friends are doing:
There is an exciting line-up of winter classes available from the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Arts Center: Please contact Nicole Tartoni, Education Director, to register for their workshops. Phone: 592-4981 or Email: Please check it out.

The Kennedy Museum of Art presents its latest exhibition catalogue, "Weaving Is Life", published in partnership with the University of Washington Press. This companion publication to KMA's current exhibition of the same name contains beautiful, full-color reproductions of key weavings featured in the exhibition, as well as first-hand narratives of Navajo artists and academic perspectives on Navajo weaving. For information on how to order this and other KMA exhibition catalogues, call Beth Tragert at 740.593.1304 or go to

If you’ve made it this far here is our Holiday Wish List (some items more ambitious than others):
Dish soap and sponges
Xerox Machine
Computer with printer
Wireless Intercom system
Legal Size notebooks
Crayons and Coloring books
Tea and Coffee
Coffee maker

The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents. ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and culture of our town

Friday, December 15, 2006

Que, Sera, Sera

Good news everyone, we got a new phone with an answering system! So, go ahead and give us a call. I am "working" on writing some grants so I might not answer, just so you know.

Looking for something to do this weekend that isn't shopping? Come and see OVST's production of Ama and the White Crane. This is your last chance: Friday, Dec. 15th at 7 pm and Saturday, Dec. 16th at 2 pm and 7 pm. Go to for tickets and information.

On Monday and Tuesday at 7 pm the Studio for Young Actors present the beloved classic A Christmas Carol. "Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. " (my favorite line from the book.) Tickets are available at the following locations: O'Betty's Red Hot (are you kidding me with those hot dogs! I eat there at least twice a week), Schoolkids Clothing (I used to work there, back in the day), Artifacts Gallery (it always smells good in there), Mountain Laurel Gifts (have you seen all the new stuff they have) and The Hyacinth Bean Specialty Florist (isn't is nice how the sun reflects off of the vases?) for information.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

technical difficulties

Hey kids, guess what? Give up? Our garage sale answering machine has given up the ghost, so if you call, that is what is up. Please send us an email: to leave us a message.

SORRY! Will remedy this as soon as we can. If you have a phone with an answering machine that you would like to donate... please do! Thanks.

Come and see OVST's production of Ama and the White Crane this weekend, Saturday (tonight)at 7:00 and tomorrow, Sunday at 2:00. There are additional performances next weekend, Dec. 15, 16 at 7:00 and Dec. 16 at 2:00. Go to for tickets and information. Don't call here though, because we turn the phone off during the show and you can't leave a message.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Ama, guitar, art class

Hey kids, the Community Center bulletin comes out tomorrow in the Athens messenger, check out our page and take some classes. We will also offer knitting and crochet in February and Terry Fortcamp will be teaching an after-school art class in January. Scott Grady's guitar class has moved to Monday's so just give us a call for the latest.

The tech crew of OVST's presentation of AMA AND THE WHITE CRANE is working away this morning, the show opens for school children on Monday! You will see some old friends in this production and make some new ones, I even make a cameo! If you are not a school child you can still see the show at the public performances on December 8,9, & 15, 16 at 7:00 pm and December 9, 10, & 16 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children. Go to the OVST website, or call (740) 593-0070 for more information. This production is sponsored by Ohio University, Athens County Convention and visitors Bureau and the Athens Foundation.

Happy winter (which seems to be coming in even now!)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Athens Holiday Arts Showcase

The Uptown Arts Market
Scheduled for Thursday, November 30th

A special Athens Holiday Arts Showcase will take the place of a December Market Sundays this week.
The Athens Holiday Showcase hosted by the Hidden Treasures Neighborhood and the Athens Municipal Arts Commission is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th, running from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.
The Holiday Showcase market will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Athens Uptown Business Holiday events. Local art and food vendors will be under a heated tent at the corner of East State and Court Streets.

This month’s event includes a cider press for apple cider making, local musicians and holiday carolers. Holiday kid’s activities include gift wrapping and ornament making with guest artists. Athens Uptown merchants holiday raffle with up to a $1,000 in local prizes and gift certificates will begin Thursday afternoon and run through December 15th. Free parking is available in the City Parking Garage.

The Athens Holiday Arts Showcase celebrates the best of Athens handmade and homegrown. Customers will find a wide array of jewelry, bags and apparel, health and beauty products, woodcrafts, quilts, photography, paintings, house-wares and specialty foods. The market is held the first Sunday of every month, sponsored by the Athens Municipal Arts Commission and the Hidden Treasures Neighborhood of retailers.

Vending fees are very affordable and all interested artists and food vendors are encouraged to participate. Market Sunday vendors can contact market manager, Carol Patterson or Leslie Schaller at 592-3854 or by email at to reserve a vending space. All vendors must have a current vendor’s license to participate and only sell home-grown or hand made items. Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and displays. For more information on Hidden Treasure Neighborhood special events please call 594-5276 or email

Monday, November 20, 2006


Happy Thanksgiving! I think we will be taking the day off! I know, how can you take a day off? I may take off Friday, too. OVST isn't, they will be here rehearsing for Ama and the White Crane.

So, what is the next big thing you say, AMA of course check the OVST website . Also, next week Scott Grady will be teaching his guitar class starting Nov. 28th. Please call (740) 592-5875 for more information.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Thanks, quilters

The Athens County Quilt discovery was a smashing success! We now know we need to hold another one but first, we rest.

We saw at least 85 quilts, hosted 27 "storytellers" had several guests and almost 30 volunteers running around all day creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere for our quilters and guests.

Coming up, like I said, we rest.

Seriously though, next up: Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents Ama and the White Crane followed by the Studio For Young Actors' presentation of Christmas Carol.

Many meetings and rehearsals through the week. Call and leave a message or send us an email:

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

What's happening tomorrow?

Citizens For Our Neighborhoods, CFON is a community group seeking to preserve and enhance community andquality of life in Athens. CFON will meet on Wed. November 8 from about 7:00 to 9:00, that will be lead by Milt Greek.

And then on Thursday, November 9th, 7:30 pm The Athens Music Club presents The Coolville Hot Club (formerly known as the Gadjo Kings) return to the stage once again.

And then! Quilt discovery!!! Athens County Quilt Discovery: Members of the public are invited to bring their quilts--and share their stories for an oral history project--to ARTS/West, where quilt and textile experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd will examine them and offer information about their patterns, fabrics, and styles. While all quilts are welcome, those made before 1950 and have a connection to the Ohio Appalachian Region--either brought here or made by a resident--will be of particular interest. We will, however, look at as many quilts as time allows. A quilt history form will be filled out for each quilt and a documentation label will be registered at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. Please call 592-4315 to register in advance if at all possible.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


I can't believe that the last post was October 17th. I must say I'm a bit embarrassed, but we have been busy. (that was me, blushing)

This week is big, big, big and starts tomorrow!

Monday is an all day workshop put on by Acenet called Regional Flavor, Identifying New Marketing Opportunities for your Business. It starts at 9:00 am and wraps up at 5:30 pm. They are always comming up with new ideas over there on Columbus Rd. It is such a fantastic resource for individuals to get a start with great business ideas.

Citzens for our Neighborhoods will meet on Wed November 8 from about 7:00 to 9:00, that will be lead by Milt Greek.

Thursday is our first event by the Athens Music Club stop on by for an evening of Gypsy/Jazz music from The Coolville Hot Club (formerly known as the Gadjo Kings) return to the stage once again to perform this week on November 9 . Often described as a "Django Reinhardt Tribute Band" its the only band in town playing authentic renditions of hot gypsy jazz from the 1930's and 40's, with a little Appalachian flavor and Rock n' Roll sensibility thrown into the mix. Members of the band: Art Werger and Jeff Carr on guitars; Mark Burhans on violin; John Douglas on bass. Music starts at 7:30.

And on Saturday, November 11 the long awaited for QUILT DISCOVERY
The community is invited to bring in quilts pre-dating 1950 and have them documented using the information already known by the owner and what quilt experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd can tell us using thier knowledge of color, pattern, and fabrics. It will be a fascinating day of decorative arts history with a hats off to the hard work of quilters long ago. I love dreaming about fabric being bought and patterns planned so many years ago....... The quilts that are brought in will be documented, photographed, and oooed and awed over with Ohio University Press compiling the info for a future book! Come take a look, whether you have quilts or not, just stop on by!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Huge Weekend

Broadway Babylon is rehearsing away tonight! We also have APT rehearsing The Diary of Ann Frank, Angels and Wings pot luck rap session, the Athens Community Relations Commission AND an OVST meeting! All of this after the ART/oberfest committee was busy preparing and hanging some FANTASTIC art work.

For tickets to Broadway Babylon (opens Friday) please call 740-592-3823. Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door. The show is at 8PM and runs Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28, 2006.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation there is no admission charge for ART/oberfest. Come and celebrate the talent of your Athens neighbors this Saturday and Sunday from 2PM-7PM.

The Ohio Arts Council is holding a public reception Thursday, October 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center, 331 Richland Ave. It is open to the public. Please follow this link to register:

On Friday ART/West hosts the Ohio Arts Council for a public meeting: Friday, October 20, 9 a.m.-noon ARTS/West 132 W. State St. Follow this link to register:

Let's show our strong support for the arts!

For all other information you can call the office 740-592-4315. Thank you so much to the Athena Grand Website for hosting our ad. Please let us/them know that is where you found the blog.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

I got the pre Artoberfest jitters......

This week is my pre-Artoberfest weekend, today I made raffle tickets, called artists, and sent out e-mails. Things are looking good for the weekend, lots of music for the stage, quite a selection of styles, and lots of artists responded to the gallery space. If people start bringing in thier work tomorrow we will get right on to hanging it.

How many of you are here (at the blog) because of the Athena Grand website???? I use that website all of the time for checking movies, it is so great that they are making advertising space available to the community. We can see if we are getting more hits because of the stat counter but it would be nice to know if you are comming from the website link......
Later today the Actors Movable Theatre will be moving in to ARTS/West to start techs for Broadway Babylon. Lots of local celebrities in that one, I don't know how Robin Barnes will hold out with a stage show at night and a radio show in the morning.. Come on down and see the show, should be a load of fun.

Remember that there are directions to ARTS/West listed in an earlier blog ( when this blog was just a baby) so just click on over here next weekend and see whats happening.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October Events

14th, 11am- 12pm Kids Music Club for kids of all ages special guests: Tammy and Walter Baumgartel on vocal harmonies second half of hour is for kids to perform for each other

20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 8 pm The Actors’ Moveable Theater presents Broadway Babylon by Peter De Pietro. Directed by Carol Patterson. Starring: Carol Ault, Robin Barnes, Jeroch Carlson, Jennifer Edwards, Gordon Petty, Celeste Sexton, Roger Wells. Tickets $10 in advance / $12 at the door, CALL (740) 592-3823. Use your visa or MasterCard to hold reservation. This production is sponsored by The Hocking Valley Bank

21st-22nd, 2pm-7pm ART/Oberfest – Sponsored by the Westside Community. Performance, visual and culinary art celebration. Thanks to a generous, anonymous donation this event is FREE. Celebrate the arts and meet your neighbors. Relish in the talent of the Athens Community! The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

29th, 6pm-9pm Noise Show/Potluck Dinner Last Sunday of every Month, 6:00 p.m. sounds from the forefront of experimental music. Admission: $2.00 donation

Artists in Communities project “Angels and Wings”
Tuesday 17th, 6 PM pot luck and near death experience rap session. Free
Date TBA in October, Film and Audio Workshop led by Stephen Felch. There is a suggested donation fee of $20.00
(The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This project is also sponsored in part by The Athens Foundation, the Athens Friends meeting and ARTS/West. If you would like more information please contact Missy Whaley at

Quilt Discovery: November 11th Athens County Quilt Discovery: Members of the public are invited to bring their quilts- and share their stories for an oral history project-to ARTS/West, where quilt and textile experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd will examine them and offer information about their patterns, fabrics, and styles. While all quilts are welcome, those made before 1950 and have a connection to the Athens County Region-either brought here or made by a resident-will have precedence; we will however look at as many quilts as time allows. For each quilt, a quilt history form will be filled out and a documentation label attached. Please call 592-4315 to register in advance.

For a complete listing of classes, workshops and meetings please call our office during office hours of 1-4 at (740) 592-4315.

Community Dance Project Explores “Close to Death” Experiences

Missy Whaley
Project Leader, Dancer and Choreographer

Angels & Wings: Community Dance Project Explores “Close to Death” Experiences

The Athens community is invited to participate in the creation of a dance theatre piece investigating close to death experiences. Through intensive oral history work, video and dance, participants will develop a relationship with a community member who has had an experience with death, and will create a solo work to be woven into a final evening-length piece to be performed in the spring.

“Close to death” is meant to be interpreted according to the subject’s point of view. For example: Has someone you love had cancer? Has your lifetime pet passed away? Have you been to war? Have you been with someone as they died? Anyone seeking to express their creative voice or share their story is welcome to participate. Experience is not necessary.

Potluck rap sessions and video and dance workshops are offered throughout the months of October and November at ARTS/West, and are open to the public, including those not involved in the project.

“Angels and Wings” is presented in partnership with ARTS/West, Athens Friends Meeting and the Athens community. Funding by Athens Foundation, ARTS West and the Ohio Arts Council.

About Missy Whaley: Since 1989 when Melissa Whaley started her dance company, MinDCollision, her intention has been to bring art and the artistic process directly to communities. She has created several solos, duets, and trios, and her participants are often a blend of professionals and non-trained community members. Melissa’s work explores the use of dance, words, music and film to present a rich multi-layering of images and experiences that capture the diversity and complexity of the human spirit.
“I see myself as the person holding [Angels & Wings], but it will take shape and form as other people’s energy goes into it. I will, with commitment and work, allow it to be created, but I don’t want to control it. Together we’re creating art for a bigger purpose.”

For interviews or additional information contact Missy at 740-797-7107 or

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


This week applications are due for participation in ARToberfest 2006!!

Last year there were over 40 artists that participated......
ARToberfest will take place on October 21 and 22 from 2-7 throughout the entire building. The stage will be booked with performers, downstairs will have a gallery show, craft room for families and lots of food, even our parking lot will be buzzing with demonstrations, raffles, booths and food. Did I mention that this is a free event, thanks to a matching grant from the OAC and a very generous anonymos donor!!!

Friday the 13th is the day we will start scheduling the applicants and hanging the art. Pretty ominous, huh?
We are keeping our fingers crossed for great October weather but there is plenty to do inside if our wishes don't come true.
This is a great time to see what your creative Athens neighbors are up to....... (without looking in their windows)
Hope to see you there.
BROADWAY BABYLON presented by Actors Movable Theater will begin performances on October 20, 21 come see this interactive comedy starring some very familiar faces (and voices! ) of Athens..........

Monday, October 02, 2006

Thank you

I want to thank all of our actors, directors, playwrights and especially audiences who participated ARTCO's 1st ANNUAL Humble Pie: Appalachian new play festival. The audience participation in the talk back is vital to the development of a new play and I hope the playwrights found the comments insightful. Athens does me proud! Pictures and October events coming soon!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Angels and Wings UPDATE

Hi folks
Many people are not available to come to this Saturday's workshop (9.30.06). Steve and I have decided to postpone it and are considering readvertising and reaching out in. Perhaps three sessions. maybe a Saturday later in the day ( shorter amount of time ) and perhaps a evening . Looking for feed back of good saturdays for folks and evening slots 7-9p.m.

For participants I believe these sessions will season your creative process providing you with inspiration and tools.

Thank you

Don't forget about the Humble Pie this weekend!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Humble Pie: Appalachian New Play Festival

Collaboration between Appalachian Regional Theater Company, Studio for Young Actors and ARTS/West
Thursday 9.28, 8:00 pm Valu-Mart by Sean O’Leary directed by Christina "Chica" Salerno

Friday 9.29, 8:00 pm Blue Rock by Charlie Kearns directed by Carolina Conte

Saturday 9.30, 1:00 pm reception
2:00 pm Adventures in Curse Breaking by Laura Werger directed by Sarah Guthrie
8:00 pm That Sheep May Safely Graze by W.R.Smiddie (workshop production)
directed by Gary Molina

Sunday 10.1, 2:00 pm Adventures in Curse Breaking by Laura Werger directed by Sarah Guthrie
4:00 pm Waiting for the Moon by Christopher Dwyer directed by Carolina Conte

Each reading is a suggested donation of $8.00 or $35.00 for a weekend pass. Please call ARTS/West for tickets and information at (740) 592-4315.

This project is sponsored by: The Hocking Valley Bank
additional support from Jagers Funeral Home, Carol Ault, ARTCO and the Studio for Young Actors
Christopher Dwyer is a professional actor that hails from Johnson City, Tennessee. He has a degree from Less McRae College in Banner Elk, NC in Theatre Arts. Some of Chris' favorite roles that he has played are George from "Our Town," Romeo in the NC Shakespeare Festival's educational outreach program "GlobeWorks," and Antipholus of Syracuse in "Comedy of Errors." He wants to thank his family and friends for their support and hopes to see the Humble Pie festival grow in the coming years.

Charlie Kearns has spent some years working with various theatres across America. His reflections have appeared in The LA Times, The Village Voice, The Hollywood Reporter and Zanesville Times Recorder. A portion of his writing/research is archived at The Motion Pictures Academy of Arts and Science’s Margaret Herrick’s Library. Recently, the Ohio Arts Council awarded him a writer’s grant and The Ohio Arts League is presenting his humorous DVD, Berlin Car Chase in their Fall Juried Exhibition at James A. Rhodes State Office Tower through October 6. Blue Rock started in writing workshops sponsored by the Los Angeles Cultural Arts Center and First Stage in Hollywood.

Sean O'Leary is the author of three award-winning plays. BENEATH SHELTON LAUREL,commissioned by The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, premiered inAugust 2005 and was chosen for an "Access to Artistic Excellence Grant" bythe National Endowment for the Arts for a touring production this fall. Twoearlier plays, POUND and RAIN IN THE HOLLOWS, were winners of nationalplaywriting competitions and have been produced more than a dozen times. In2003 Sean was awarded the West Virginia Commission on The Arts Fellowshipfor Drama and he was recently added to The Literary Map of West Virginia.Sean is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and the PlaywrightsForum of Washington, DC. For more about Sean and his plays, visit his website,

William Robert Smiddie Born 1931 during the Great Depression in a Harlan County Kentucky where his mom would drag him out of school when the shooting wars started. She wanted her kids around her in any storm. From Kentucky they moved to middle Tennessee where his father, a union man, would not take work because there were no unions. This sort of thing has influenced him greatly. After five years of high school at McMinnville, Tennessee he graduated only because of basketball. He played guard and never cared who won as long as the game was aggressive and close. (This is important later.) From his first job at a DuPont plant he was drafted during the Korean War, while all his buddies could avoid the draft as their rich fathers sent them off to college. A fact of the draft he has never forgotten. Why him? Why Korean? And why not them?

Two important facts from the war.
(One.) The Chinese were no different from him. Not one bit.While guarding Chinese prisoners for a month (a little rest from thefront lines) he was court martialed and lost his stripes for playingbasketball with the enemy. But they thought he was pretty good. He was sent to guard a small group of Chinese officers in a smaller compound with no basketball court. Where (two) a red officer who had been educated at the University of Chicago explained to him the exact nature of the town where he was born, Benham Kentucky, which was owned by the International Harvester Company. Cyrus McCormick's coal. His dad`s sweat. Back in the states, a veteran on the G.I. bill he went to college atmiddle Tennessee State University in an effort to better understand the Red Officers account of American History. Graduate school at Iowa State where he is still one course short of the much sought after M.F.A. While working in the welfare department in Nashville he had theprivilege of participating in the Civil Rights struggle by preparing used cars with Tennessee tags for dumb white kids from the North to use to enter the deep South. And while there had a play produced in NYC, which allowed him to meet Tom Hayden in New Jersey. It now seemed to him that he could control his own life, which had finally begun. After which, turning down a organizing job with the Highlander Folk School he moved with wife and kids to Cleveland, Ohio to work with S.D.S. in the inner city. Welfare Rights, Free Clinics, and helping to organize the 1968 police riot in Chicago.From there to the street demonstrations against the only war America has ever lost. Older, quieter, he now lives in Southern Ohio where he makes pottery,writeunfinished plays, sleeps a lot and dreams of Alaska.

Laura Werger is a student at Athens High School. We are so pleased to have her represent the youth division of the Humble Pie in our effort to encourage playwrights and the theater arts in our community.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Angels and Wings workshops

The Athens Community is invited to participate in the creation of a dance theatre piece-investigation close to death experiences. Through intensive oral history work, video and dance, participants will develop a relationship with a community member who has had an experience with death, and will create a solo work to be woven into a final evening-length piece. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This project has received additional support from the Athens Foundation and individual contributions from community members.

ARTS/West to host Series of Workshops for Missy Whaley’s ANGELS AND WINGS community art project. The first workshop is this Saturday, September 23, 2006, from 10am to 4pm. Writer Helen Horn teaches a non-intrusive and honest journaling approach to gathering oral history from subjects. Suggested Donation of $20.00

Dance and Movement workshops will be held September 25th- November 18th, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:30, Saturday s 12:00-1:30. Dancer/choreographer Missy Whaley teaches an eight-week workshop introducing participants to beginning elements of creating phrases of movement, different partnering techniques and the basics of choreography. Suggested donation of $50.00 for whole workshop paid in advance, or $5.00 per class.

Film and Audio Workshop will be held Saturday, September 30, 2006, 10am to 4pm. Videographer/editor Steve Fetsch leads an intensive workshop on recording oral history through video. Topics include use of equipment and how to record without inhibiting your subject. Suggested donation of $20.00.

To register for any or all of these workshops please email Missy Whaley at or call ARTS/West at (740) 592-4315.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Escape of Jane

The Escape of Jane
a story of one woman's escape from slavery

written and performed by
Patricia Thomas

Saturday, September 16, 2006
-------7 PM-------

Tickets go on sale Thursday 9/7/06 at:Blue Eagle Music (40 N. Court Street) and Haffa's (15 W. Union Street)$10 in advance & $12 at the doorStudent door price-$10

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

fall update 9.5.06

If you missed the Improv class presentation you missed some VERY talented kids. My padawans along with Ryan and Maddie were fantastic. We were sorry that Maya was not feeling well but her audience participation was great too. Let me know if you would like to see some more improv, maybe once a month? You tell me.

The fall zooming in. OU starts classes today and we have started construction on a "backstage" bathroom. THANK YOU OLYMPIAN FOUNDERS, this john belongs to you! We should be done in time for Humble Pie and not too messy for our earlier September events. We have something going on almost every weekend this month, a lot of it free, so don't be a stranger.

If anyone knows the Dogstar Video guys, check out their site (I will put a link up latter). They have taped a couple of Noise Shows and if you are feeling shy about participating on the wonder that is the ARTS/West noise show you can watch the movies to acclimate yourself to the experience.

Music Club is about to kick off again, dates later and we have added a one-woman-show, "Escape of Jane" with performer Patricia Thomas, Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 8:00 PM. More info on that later.

Don't forget that Kids in Action1 and 2 start Monday, September 11th!

Oh, our inernet has not been working so great, if you haven't heard from us, we are working on it!


Friday, September 01, 2006

Humble Pie Youth submissions sought

The Appalachian Regional Theater Company, partnering with ARTS/West and Studio for Young Actors invite young writers from the Appalachian Region, particularly Southeast Ohio, to submit their plays for consideration of a prize in the Humble Pie: Appalachian New Plays Festival, taking place September 28- October 1 at ARTS/West Performing Arts Facility.

Plays with a running time of thirty minutes or less will be considered for selection. There will be three categories: ages 9- 11, ages 12- 14, and ages 15- 17. More than one prize may be given for each age group. Winners will receive their very own public reading at the festival.

The deadline for entry is Monday, September 11. Winners will be notified by September 15.
To enter, please pick up an entry form from ARTS/West, Monday- Friday from 1:00- 4:00 pm, or call ARTS/West at 740-592-4315. you can also respond to this email and we will email you the form.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Special September events

Tomorrow Night-Saturday, 2nd, 7 PM Improv Night
Yang Miller and class show off their stuff with some special New York City guests!
check out the story in Thursday's Athens News,
Free (although donations will be accepted!)

Saturday, 9th, 10-2 PM Westside Community Cookout
Sponsored by the Office of Off-Campus Living at Ohio University and the City of Athens.

Saturday, 9th Color Print USA art show open, runs through October 3, 2006
Sponsored by Forging Connections Ohio University MAPC 2006.
Gallery hours for this show will be M-F 1-4.
There is a reception scheduled for Thursday, September 21 from 9:00-11:00 PM

Artists in Communities project “Angels with Wings”
Tuesday 19th, 6 PM pot luck and near death experience rap session. Free
Saturday, 23rd, 10-4 PM Oral History Workshop led by Helen Horn.
There is a suggested donation fee of $20.00

Monday, 25th- Nov.11th, M, W: 5:00-6:30, Sat.:12:00-1:30
Movement Workshops led by Missy Whaley.
There is a suggested donation fee of $16.00 *

Saturday 30th, 10-4 PM Film and Audio Workshop led by Stephen Felch.
There is a suggested donation fee of $20.00

(The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This project is also sponsored in part by The Athens Foundation, the Athens Friends meeting and ARTS/West. If you would like more information please contact Missy Whaley at )

HUMBLE PIE: Appalachian Playwright’s Festival
New plays from Appalachian playwrights!
Collaboration between Appalachian Regional Theater Company, Studio for Young Actors and ARTS/West.
Thursday, 28th, 8:00 PM play reading
Friday, 29th, 8:00 PM play reading
Saturday, 30th 1:00 PM reception 2:00 PM plays by young adults 8:00 PM workshop production of That Sheep May Safely Graze
Sunday, 1st 2:00 PM plays by young adults
4:00 PM play reading
All readings are a suggested donation of $8.00 which goes towards the sustainability of the festival.
(This project is sponsored in part by: The Hocking Valley Bank, with additional support from Jagers Funeral Home, ARTCO and the Studio for Young Actors)

Noise Show/Potluck Dinner Last Sunday of every Month, 6:00 p.m. sounds from the forefront of experimental music. Admission: $2.00 donation

ARToberfest: October 21-22nd. Westside Community performance, visual and culinary art celebration. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Quilt Discovery: November 11th Members of the public are invited to bring their family quilts to ARTS/West, where quilt and textile experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd will examine them and offer information about their patterns, fabrics, and styles. Quilts should not have been made after 1950 and should have a connection to Athens County, either brought here or made by a resident; we will however look at as many quilts as time allows. For each quilt, a quilt history form will be filled out and a documentation label attached. Contemporary quilts also welcome for documentation. Please call 592-4315 if you plan to attend. This project is sponsored in part by The Athens Municipal Arts Commission and The Ohio Arts Council.

Congratulations if you have made it this far!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Classes, classes, classes

Yang Miller's IMPROV YOUR LIFE class had its start last night and the kids seemed to have a great time (there was an awful lot of laughing down there!) If you would still like to sign up but are embarrassed because you missed the first class please call Yang (917) 783-5904 and check his website:!
The class will present what they have learned with Yang and some of his peeps from NYC on September 3, 2006, 6:00 PM at ARTS/West.

Reminder that the Kids in Action class starts on Monday, August 28, 2006. Call the office to register (740) 592-4315.

A million wonderful and amazing art events are coming up so be sure and check for all of the updates!

KIDS IN ACTION Children will experience basic principals of: acting, social skills, teamwork, communication, multicultural awareness. The workshop focuses on the process more than on a final product. Led by: Dominika Adamova, M.Ed.: 15 years teaching experience, director, playwright, actress of the Bear Educational Theatre, Czech Republic, professional British Council teacher trainer using drama techniques in education, has worked with children of all ages in different countries around Europe as well as in the United States. Kids in Action 1 (kids 5 to 8 years) Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00 Kids in Action 2 (kids 9 to 12 years) Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00

Friday, August 18, 2006

Angels with Wings

The next "Angels with Wings" pot luck rap session will be held at ARTS/West on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 6:00 pm.

Oral History Workshop
Saturday 9. 23: 10-4 pm $20.00 *

Film and Audio Workshop
Saturday 9 .30: 10-4 pm $20.00*

Movement Workshops
Starting 9.25: M, W: 5:00-6:30, Sat.:12:00-1:30 $16.00 *

*All fees are suggested donation
If you would like more information please contact Missy Whaley at

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Fall Classes and Workshops

Children will experience basic principals of: acting, social skills, teamwork, communication, multicultural awareness. The workshop focuses on the process more than on a final product.
Led by: Dominika Adamova, M.Ed.: 15 years teaching experience, director, playwright, actress of the Bear Educational Theatre, Czech Republic, professional British Council teacher trainer using drama techniques in education, has worked with children of all ages in different countries around Europe as well as in the United States.

Kids in Action 1 (kids 5 to 8 years)
Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00

Kids in Action 2 (kids 9 to 12 years)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Date(s): Aug. 28-Dec. 11th, Day: Monday, Fee: $45.00

This workshop will help you and/or your child develop skills like: Communication, Confidence, Listening, Problem-solving, Reflexes, Imagination, And of course it will be a heck of a lot of FUN!!!
Instructor: Yang Miller: trained in longform improv at The Peoples Improv Theater, New York City. “Best improv lessons in New York.” -New York Times Magazine
“Best new development in Comedy”-Time Out New York

Youth Class (8-15): Time: 3 to 5.
Adult Class (16 and up): Time: 6 to 8.
Dates: August 21st, 23rd, 25th, 28th, 30th and September 1st.
Complete Workshop: $125 or, single household discount of $200.00 per pair, Call by 8/15 to sign up

Show off your pipes, tell a joke, mime! Do your children (and maybe even you, too) need a creative outlet? Join us and cheer everyone on for fun-filled nights in the performance space. Be our guest as a performer or audience member.
Time: 6:30-8:30, Fee: $1.00 (participants), $2.00 (audience), Age: 0-99, Date: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2
Day: Thursday

Learn the basics of dramatic structure using fun exercises, group projects and individual instruction as you write a short play. Guest speakers will enhance the learning experience. All students will receive an entry in HUMBLE PIE: Appalachian New Play Festival and their own public reading at the festival.
Ages: 11-15
Dates: Sundays, August 13, 20 & 27
Time: 2:00-4:30
Where: ARTS/West
Cost: $45 includes light refreshments and materials.

To register and get more information contact SFYA at
To find out about other exciting SFYA classes and events check their blog:

Call-in registrations will be accepted during appropriate registration dates 8:00 am-8:00 pm Monday-Friday with a Visa or MasterCard at (740) 592-3325. A participation waiver must be signed for a minor prior to participating in the first class. Walk-in registration will be accepted for activities and classes made during appropriate registration dates and times, as listed.

Please remember that in order to have a class, registrations must be done early. If there are not enough participants registered, classes will be canceled and registrants will receive a refund or credit.

Cancellations: Programs are subject to change in location, date, time and/or personnel. Every effort will be made to make up cancelled programs dates.

Please call ARTS/West or The Community Center to registor or for more information.

ARTS/West: (740) 592-4315

Community Center: (740) 592-3325

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Market Sundays

Uptown Advocates Join Forces for the Arts

August 6th 12-4, Market Sundays hosted by Hidden Treasure

With the success of Boogie on the Bricks and the Nelsonville Art and Music Festival, it seems that art and music is in the air in Athens County. On Sunday, August 6th, from 12-4 pm this tradition will continue as Market Sundays – a project of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission will be held in a new location on East State Street between College Street and Court Street in front of Bali Karma, Stephen’s Restaurant and Wild Mercantile. This Sunday the market is hosted by the Hidden Treasures group of specialty retailers located in the northern-end of Uptown Athens.

Market Sunday visitors can visit local retailers, market Sunday vendors and local musicians on this special summer market. Arts displayed range from the very local to the very international. Local artists setting up their wares will be joined by some making art “right on the spot” including a glass blowing demonstration by Sean Fugate and “face-paint masterpieces” for children and adults!

The music will be from our own back yards. Rising star Megan Murphy and her family band Yankee Bluegrass will fill the air with Athens-County-Grown bluegrass in one of her last local performances before she leaves for college in West Virgina where she received a bluegrass scholarship for her excellent mandolin playing. Just returning from the other side of the globe Colin Donohue, will display of sample hand-woven and batik textiles from Java, Lombok, and Sumba in Indonesia, as well as painted eggs from Bali.

Vending fees are very affordable and all interested artists are encouraged to participate.
Market Sunday vendors can contact Leslie Schaller at 592-3854 or to reserve a vending space. All vendors must have a current vendor’s license to participate and only sell home-grown or hand made items. Vendors must bring their own canopies, umbrellas, tables and displays. Please arrive by 11:00 am on the day of the market if you have not reserved with the market organizers.

For more information contact:

Market Sundays organizers:
Leslie Schaller, 592-3854,
Carol Patterson,

Hidden Treasures organizers:
Colin Donohue 594-5276,
Kristy Bales 589-BATH,

Olympian Founders

I first off want to thank everyone who has become an OLYMPIAN FOUNDER! Names listed below and wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that it is not too late and I invite you to become an OLYMPIAN FOUNDER of ARTS/West. You may have already received some information about this campaign and it is not too late to join. We are seeking an up-front, one-time donation of $100 minimum from 255 supporters. We are half way to our goal!

This campaign was established to create a fund to accomplish the start-up and renovation of the ARTS/West facility. So far we have built the stage, installed a professional lighting system and have the 1st half of our sound system. We still need our recording system, a projection system, a back stage bathroom and ADA compliant (handicap) access to our basement.

Founding Olympians will be listed on a plaque in the facility and in publications listing supporters.

Please mail your check, money order or credit card and name you would like listed on the plague to information to:

ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH 45701 or call Emily Prince at (740) 592-4315.


Chuck and Harolyn Brient
Joe Balding
Dru Riley Evarts
Krista Campbell
Kevin Martin
Ron Luce
Mary-Elizabeth Lasher-Myers
Judith Daso, Pat & Lonny Fraze
Anne Cooper-Chen
William and Karen Morgan
Karen and Richard Vedder
John and Juli Miller
Ray & Jane Hazlett
Ric & Mary Abel
Carol Patterson
David O. Thomas
Mimi & Lester
The Local Girls
Mort and Iris Hollander November
The Ohio Valley Summer Theater
David B. Callahan, Architect
Phyllis Dean
Athenian Players Theatre
Mirian Hart
Bill Cook
Tom and Susan Quinn
David Kurz
Charlie, Celia, Darby, Emma & Helen Lewis
in memory of Daniel C. Lynch
John Ray
The Chan Family
The Winters Family
Appalachian Regional Theater Company
Mary Lee Powell
Lenard and Diane Presutti
Joanne Dove Prisley
The Coombs Family
Tom and Clinton Calhoun
in memory of Shirley D'Auria
Art Saxe
Mark Phillips
William & Kathleen Condee & Family
Robert & Kristina Detty-Houser
Kleinpenny Rentals
Elizabeth and Martin Kordesch
Tom Lovdal
John D. Cunningham
The Peck-Suzuki Family
Tom, Jan and Lauren Hodson
Sung Ho and Yang Hi Kim
Margaret A. King
Lagraff & Biddinger
Lysa Burnier and David Descutner
Don & Mary Anne Flournoy
Dianne Bouvier
Anthony and Helen Chila
Lee Cibrowski
Steven Ross
Sara Green
Lisa Michele Rudy
Gene and Elizabeth Westenbarger
Linda and Rod Nippert
In Honor of Carol Patterson
Elaine Dabelko
Ted and Sue Foster
Linda Howard
Glen and Susan Kerkian
Mark and Rita Snider
George Weckman
Jim and Carol Ault
William and Arlene Baasel
Diane McVey & Craig Johnson
Gifford B. Doxsee
Tad and Ann Grover
Tim and Mary Hogan
Daniel Hudson
Anita C. James
In memory of our daughter Kristin Kostohryz
Deborah Stone Lowe
Cliff and Arline McCarthy
Peg McDargh
Anne and Guido Stempel
Mike and Maureen Wootton
Richard Dean
Gene Jennings
Allan and Esther Jean Lackey
Marlene and Joel Rudy
Margerat and Alex Topping
Norman and Margaret Cohn
Jim and Lennie Conover
Frank and Lorraine Myers
The Jacobs-Tobar Family
Toscano's, Oak Room Restaurant
League of Women Voters of Athens, Ohio
Charles S. and Amanda H. Buchanan
Leslie Schaller & Timothy Foran

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

David and Denise at ARTS/West


35th-Reunion Tour

David & Denise, a folk duo that performed in New York and Columbus in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, is reuniting for three concerts in August 2006, 35 years after they last appeared together. They will perform at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. on Friday, August 4; the Columbus Performing Arts Center, in downtown Columbus, on Sunday, August 6; and Cain Park’s Alma Theater, in Cleveland Heights, on Tuesday, August 8.

As a teenager in the middle and late 1960s, David Budin, a Cleveland Heights, Ohio, native, performed in rock bands and as an acoustic solo artist, opening shows for such artists as Linda Ronstadt and Tim Buckley. He moved to New York City in 1968, and played in a New Jersey-based group called the Gift, which was one of the bands whose members eventually evolved into Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. While in the Gift, Budin got to jam onstage with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and many others, and open shows for artists including the Lovin’ Spoonful and John Hammond Jr.

In 1969, Budin left the group to sign with Sire Records as a recording artist, songwriter, musical arranger and record producer. As a solo artist he played on bills with Canned Heat, Kenny Rankin and others. Budin also worked as a stand-up comedian and a comedy writer in New York.

When Sire Records signed a folk group from Columbus, Ohio, called Mimi & Me (which also featured singer Mimi Rousseau, who has remained a popular Columbus performer), Budin was assigned to produce their album. During rehearsals, Budin discovered that his style of playing and singing matched that of the group’s Denise Johnson, who was also a songwriter. Budin and Johnson decided to form their own duo, David & Denise. Sire offered to sign the duo to the label, so after playing a few gigs in New York, the two moved to Johnson’s hometown, Columbus, to work on their songs. David & Denise performed around Columbus for another year, but then decided to go their separate ways – Budin to Cleveland and Johnson to Oregon.

Budin played in several rock bands for the next decade, and continued to produce records, write songs, arrange music, manage artists, perform and write comedy and promote and produce concerts. He quit the performance and production side of the entertainment industry in 1981 to concentrate on music journalism. He is a successful free-lance magazine writer, focusing on pop culture and especially pop music, writing for regional and national publications.

Johnson performed as a solo artist and in other duos and groups with artists such as Brian Freeman, one of the most popular folk musicians in the Northwest, and with Mark Nelson, a national dulcimer champion, and once performed with Pete Seeger. She also ventured into children’s music and storytelling, becoming a much sought-after performer all around Oregon. She released a collection of her children’s songs, Patchwork Pie, in 1991, and directed several children's productions for which she wrote and arranged the music.

A visual artist as well, for several years Johnson operated a kids' costume business, for which she designed and created items like fancy capes and crowns, wizard and princess hats and wands, which she sold at crafts fairs. She is a fiber artist, too, working in the field of art quilting. She also became certified as a teacher and an Early Childhood specialist.

Budin returned to music in 1998, traveling around the country as a backup musician for his singer-songwriter brother, Noah Budin, and then for other Northern Ohio artists as well. In 2003, he wrote an arrangement of Graham Nash’s “Teach Your Children” for a concert in which Nash sang the song with the 100-member Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and Budin played second guitar with him on the song.

After being re-immersed in playing and singing for a few years, Budin got the idea to re-team with his former musical partner Johnson, to give, as he says, “the last concert we never had.” Johnson liked the idea and so the two have spent months picking out some of the best songs that have been written since they last played together – as well as some of their original songs – and practicing them, mainly through the use of tapes, CDs and the Internet, plus practicing together in Los Angeles for several days in early June.

They have also enlisted the help of three highly talented musicians to back them up in these concerts. Charlie Lewis and Celia Hollander Lewis, an Athens, Ohio, couple who have been performing folk and bluegrass music together, as Charlie & Celia, and individually for more than 20 years in the Athens area as well as the Cleveland area, will be accompanying David & Denise on a variety of instruments, including guitars, banjos, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Irish harp, autoharp and keyboards. Well known Cleveland musician and music educator Kevin Richards – the founder and director of both the Fairmount School of Music and the Roots of American Music educational programs – will also join the group, playing acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin and fiddle.

For more information, contact PopCycles Productions: 216-791-5149, or

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Improv classes from New York City!

This is a fantastic opportunity for us and Yang Miller is an Athens boy! Welcome him home and take advantage of his experiance. Call the office (740) 592-4315 to sign up.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


On behalf of ARTS/West and Art Exchange International I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for Ann Randoph's SQUEEZE BOX!

We have a lot of exciting upcoming events but most pressing is the Genesis Theater Projects presentation of PIPPIN that opens tonight! The kids have been in here working ALL DAY, bless them and I think they are ready to go. Oh, good news, the air conditioner is working, again! So, "Pippin": Fri.-Sun. July 21-23, 7:30 P.M. THurs. -Sat. July 27-29, 7:30 P.M. Sat. 29, 2:00 matinee.

For tickets and information please call 593-3351.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Upcoming Events 7.6.06

Tonight we have Summer Stars Open Mic Night. This is the best thing since sliced bread. Show off your pipes, tell a joke, do your children (and maybe even you too) need a creative outlet. Join us and cheer everyone one on for 3 fun filled summer nights in the air-conditioned performance space. Be our guest as a performer or audience member.
Time: 6:30-8:30, Fee: $1.00 (participants), $2.00 (audience). Won't you join us?

Then on Friday we will be offering our first in a series of performing arts workshops for Kids on Campus. We have a full day of fun theatre activities that will culiminate in a peformance for the parents and gaurdians. The campers will be working on all aspects of a play performance. At 2:00 they will show off what they have learned with a performance for parents/guardians. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Saturday July 15th is HUGE!
SfYA presents
and multi-family moving sale

SATURDAY, JULY 15 from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
@ ARTS/West, 132 West State St., Athens

Need a Halloween costume? Props or costumes for your school or backyard play? Need to fill up your 'dress up' box? Something for the art or sewing room? What about just something for your house or apartment? You will find all of this and more at this one- day only sale!

(child through adult, male/ female)
(We are selling our entire inventory, collected over the last six years! Hundreds of pieces- many hand-made originals! Child through adult, male/ female!)
(child through adult, male/ female)
So much MORE!

We're moving, everything must go!
And then...

Monday, July 03, 2006

Good news, everyone

ARTS/West is the proud recipient of several Ohio Arts Council grants!

- ART/oberfest has received an Arts Access Grant.

- Our summer program for Kids on Campus has received an Arts Partnership grant.

- Missy Whaley's "Angels with Wings" (that a lot of you have already been supporting) has received an Artists in Communities grant.

-Quilt discovery day on November 11th, sponsored by the OAC.

And, props to the Athens Foundation for supporting ARTS/West's incubation of the Studio for Young Actors and Missy Whaley's "Angels with Wings."

It has been a big couple of weeks for our less-than-a-year-old performing arts facility and I am so grateful to all of my unsung heroes who have helped in a myriad of ways. This good news is the community's achievement. Thank you.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A good time was had by all!

I am here at the Noise Show! and wanted to take some time out to say: "thank you, thank you , thank you to everyone who came out last night for the Artist in Communities Benefit last night." The next post will contain all you need to know (for now) about Missy Whaley's "Angels with Wings" (working title) project. I especially want to thank Bruce and Gay Dalzell and Longfellow for the fabulous music, Ed Fisher and Sam Chamberlain for the delicious food, Zen for use of the Ki-en Crew's equipotent, Constance Gabbard for transforming the space and making everyone comfortable with the beautiful decorations, Barbara Fiocchi and Dan Prince two un-song ARTS/West heroes, my young padowans Theo and Rachel for helping hang up signs and Missy Whaley for putting it all together.

See you all July 6th for Summer Stars family open mic night!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Longfellow and Bruce and Gay Dalzell

If you haven't by now; I hope you are planning on purchasing your tickets for this month's dinner dance benefit concert. The best part is that you get to dance this time and we are really looking forward to the performance by Longfellow. And Bruce and Gay Dalzell, what can I say about how great that is? If that wasn't enough a sit-down meal catered by Sam Chamberlain (previously of the Starving Wolf Yellow Moon Cafe) and Ed Fisher of Purple Chopstix!! I would give more than the sliding scale $15-$25 suggested donation, you should too. The fun starts on this Saturday evening, June 24th at 7:00.

The good news is that the air conditioning is working. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the Studio for Young Actors production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and suffered through some heat. We dearly hope that Chica continues her theatre work one way or another and can't wait for the SFYA slice of Humble Pie.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Dinner and Dance Benefit Concert June 24, 2006

ARTS/West, athens community gateway to the arts, is partnering with local dancer, singer/songwriter Missy Whaley to host the 3rd in a series of benefits in support of Missy Whaley’s new Artist in Community dance project “Angels and Wings” (working title), showcasing the collaboration and celebration of our own community and artists. Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 7:00 pm, admission is a suggested donation of $25.00.

We are also proud to announce that the project “Angels and Wings” is being supported in-part by The Athens Foundation.

This month’s benefit features a sit-down dinner and dessert catered by Sam Chamberlain and the Purple Chopstix. Music during dinner will be provided by Bruce and Gay Dalzell. After dinner;you do the dancing with music provided by Longfellow

The benefits will support the project: “Angels and Wings” (working title) to include performances and residency activities. A dance theater piece will be created with the active participation of, filmmaker Steve Fetsch, participants and subjects. Helen Horn and Steve Fetsch have agreed to work with participants on how to conduct oral history research. The subject under investigation is “close to death experiences”, as seen from the subjects’ point of view.

The evening will begin at 7:00 pm, Saturday, June 24, 2006. Tickets are $15.00-$25.00 (sliding scale suggested donation.) Available in advance at Haffa’s Records and ARTS/West dinner tickets must be purchased in advance and dance only tickets will be available at the door. Please call ARTS/West at (740) 592-4315 for tickets and more information.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

June is busting out all over

The summer is leisurely settling in but things aren’t slowing down too much here. Kelly Lawrence is still offering her art class on Wednesdays from 12-4. Please contact her for more information on that: or call 740/594-1158. Our summer program is starting in July. Check the Community Center brochure for information on that.

The Studio for Young Actors will be presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream: June 15- 17 Thursday- Saturday, at 7:30 pm and Saturday- Sunday, June 17-18 at 2:00 pm. There is limited seating and ticket info is on the Studio for Young Actors’ website: The Sunday, June 18 performance is a special Father's Day Matinee! All Dads get in for $4.00 with any child or youth admission.

June 24th proves to be a musically delicious evening when Sam Chamberlain and Purple Chopstix cater a diner and desert with music provided by—are there enough unpretentious, wonderful and pleasant words to describe—Bruce and Gay Dalzell at 7:00 pm. After that join us for a dance party as you swing to the sounds of LONGFELLOW: (Nick Long-Guitar, Vocals, Matt Harvey-Keys, Vocals, Heather Pinson- Violin, Grant Cambridge- Set, Zach Quillen-Bass, Vocals. Melodically driven by keys, guitar, and violin, Longfellow is known for bringing a unique blend of instrumentation and influence to its personal style of indie pop/rock. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Haffas Records and ARTS/West. Please call (740) 592-4315 for more information.

EP might actually only be working her part-time hours while OVST is working on PETER PAN and the semi-regular office hours will lean much more toward the semi so we apologize for any and all delays, late returned phone calls and misplaced emails in advance!

Friday, June 09, 2006

This conversation is real...

HI, we’re making an update. Here’s our conversation.

Theo: Flowers are brightly shining and the summer sun is blooming.

Weekley: Hope is a thing with feathers!

T: Yeah…feather.

Rheal: The pool’s freezing but we’re all burning up.

W: ‘Cause we’re stuck inside

T: But we don’t care ‘cause Emily’s amazing.

R: That would be Emily Prince, the director of ARTS/West.

W: This means you should come to ARTS/West so that her amazing-ness can rub off on you.

T: Just so you’ll know for future reference I’m Theo, one of the lovely slaves of ARTS/West.

W: And I’m Rachel also a lovely slave here.

R: Yeah, I’m Rheal, and I’m a not so lovely but more productive slave of ARTS/West.

W: Yeah, she’s more productive but I live closer. We’re all here to absorb some of Emily’s amazing-ness.

T: And cause ARTS/West is cool!

W: So cool!

R: That’s why we’re all here.

W: We’re all, like, super cool.

T: Like Superman!!!

W: Woman.

R: Close enough.

T: We’re kinda supposed to be doing this to publicize ARTS/West.

R: So come see the shows here.

W: If you’re a good person you will come here.

T: Then it would look like we were actually doing our job.

R: But we are doing our job.

W: Not really.

R: We’re writing this stupid thing, aren’t we!

W: But we’re not writing it very well.

T: It could be worse.

W: Not much worse.

R: Anyway, Emily’s cool and ARTS/West is quite a lot of fun.

T: You should, like, be all interested and stuff.

W: Anyway, we have to go now.

R: Good-bye, Good-bye, Parting is such sweet sorrow…

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Summer Stars; Family Open Mike Night is upon us!

Well it is Thursday, my kids have been practicing songs for tonight and we are all waiting with baited breathe to see how FAMILY OPEN MIKE NIGHT will play out.
I am hoping for a good mix of poetry, jokes and music. I know there will be at least one Marty Robbins song. I was working on that Shakira song but it is a FAMILY show!
Sign up will start at 6:30 and the actual show will start at 7:00. Since this is our first night there will be some kinks to be worked out but I will be in later today to get the space set up.
I think it will be a blast tonight and I hope that you, dear reader, will be there to experience it with us!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Seeking Playwrights and Directors

ARTS/West announces applications for
HUMBLE PIE: Appalachian new play festival

ARTS/West, athens community gateway to the arts, is partnering with the Appalachian Regional Theater Company and the Studio for Young Actors to present the 1st HUMBLE PIE: APPALACHIAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL this coming September and they are pleased to invite submissions from adventurous playwrights and directors.

Acknowledging gifted writers and directors with new plays that speak to a regional audience, ARTS/West will open its doors for these new works September 29-October 1, 2006.

PARTICIPATION: We are seeking plays that will highlight the work and the playwrights, actors and directors of Appalachia generally and Southeastern Ohio specifically. Plays will be rated on the some of the following criteria: Does the playwright use language well? Is the dialogue believable within the world the playwright has created? Does the work tell a story? Is the story clearly told? Is the story accessible to an Appalachian audience? Does it involve human values, morals, and ideas with which we can identify, whether we agree with them or not?

A script committee will review each play and director submitted. Be concise and clear in your application; the committee is interested in your evaluation of the play you’ve submitted, which is where you will impress.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2006 to July 31, 2004.
All applications must be postmarked on or before July 31, 2006
You may not submit more than two projects and each project must be submitted as a separate application.

Applications are available at the ARTS/West office and by requesting one via email at

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Community Music Celebration!!

Community Music Celebration
this weekend at ARTS/West
SUNDAY, June 4, 2006 at 4:00 PM.

Come join us for a celebration of our local musical talent. The Community Music Celebration will feature the homegrown talents of Rattletrap Stringband, Charlie & Celia, Michael Tobar, Missy Whaley and Dominika Adamova.
Tickets are a mere $8.00 available in advance through ARTS/West or at the door.

Rattletrap Stringband will feature its “old-time music sound”,
Charlie & Celia will create wonderful melodies with their various string instruments, Michael Tobar the master of many instruments will surely surprise us while the guitar stylings of Missy Whaley and the eastern European flavor of Dominika Adamova will entertain us all. These 5 musical acts will also be accompanied by fun family activities for kids during the concert and various door prizes, including a gift certificate to Haffa’s Records.
The show this Sunday is one not to be missed.

Monday, May 29, 2006


The long weekend will pass in a few short hours and what are Dr. Condee's students doing? Are they barbecuing? Are they sun bathing? Oh my no. These are students of the Interdisciplinary Arts who have spent the month studying with internationally recognized Balinese puppeteer and award-winning performer, educator and author I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D.

They have learned their lessons well and will be presenting a Wayang Kulit-Multi-Media-Extravaganza tomorrow night, May 30 at 7:00 PM. This performance is free but donations will be accepted for the Indonesian earthquake recovery efforts.

ARTS/West announces a Community Music Celebration this Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 4:00 PM.

Performances by: Charlie & Celia, Rattletrap String Band, Missy Whaley, Michael Tobar and Dominika Adamova.

This is a family friendly event featuring crafts for kids’ downstairs during the concert and door prizes to be awarded through out the afternoon. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door or in advance at ARTS/West. Call (740) 592-4315 for information.

Charlie & Celia: “Through sweet melodies and lush, full arrangements, Charlie and Celia's new CD Snapshot is the type of music that one might hear on NPR's Mountain Stage. I have no doubt their music will find it's way there at some point. Between the myriad of string instruments (dulcimer, harp, banjo, guitar) and the full, satisfying vocal arrangements, this CD will give pleasure to anyone looking for a kind of down-home comfort.”
Diana Hamilton

Rattletrap: “Old-time music is a term that was branded to the music of the rural south during the golden age of radio. Rattletrap’s sound is born of that time, the 19th and early 20th century, but lives and breathe today in the hands of a vibrant new generation of musicians. Rattletrap is constantly pushing old-time music to new heights, creating a contagious sound that will make you want to move your feet.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


ARTS/West announces an encore performance of Wayang Kulit (Balinese Shadow Puppet Theatre) this Friday, May 26, 2006. Athens, OH, May 22 2006– ARTS/West, Athens Community Gateway to the Arts, 132 W. State St., due to enthusiastic response to two previous presentations,
ARTS/West will offer one more WAYANG KULIT.

Balinese Wayang Kulit Shadow Theatre: May 26, at 8:00. If you missed this stunning performance the first time, do not miss what may be your last chance to see internationally recognized Balinese puppeteer and award-winning performer, educator and author I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D. Dr. Sedana will be in Athens for a short while and has offered the community this special performance. This event will be free with donations accepted.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Hey, it's Wednsday

Hello, can you believe its Wednesday??? Well things are really busy here in a night time theatre sort of way.
This week Cleo has been quietly working by day on this amazing tree sculpture for Missy Whaley's Dance Performance on Saturday night. I hope there is a great turn out for this, it is an amazing amalgumation of media........ that one wore me out.

Saturday night from 7:30 to ??

Missy Whaley is choreographing a work in progress, TRACES with performances by Corina Iona Dalzell, and Wendy McVicker who will add some poetry to the whole shebang!! Music will be provided by Deb Dreifort, Dan and Emily Prince of Dinner with Swords. Missy's working title for this series is 'Angels and Wings' and is focused on peoples near death experiences...

Missy has applied for a grant and these performances that we are treated to work to raise matching grant money. This all enables Missy to work as an artist in residence at ARTS/West, in the fall she will be offering dance classes and the process of documenting will be done by another local artist Steve Fetsch. The classes that Missy will offer will be funded by the grant and will be free! AND as if that isn't enough, Saturday night you will also be able to enjoy the music of Steel Cut Oats, After Hours and the food artistry of Sam Chamberlain! It's a win win situation!

Join us in cheering on and supporting these artists
Sunday May 21 at 3:00 pm

Sunday will be the World/Athens premiere of The Great Kapok Tree! This is the product (because everyone loves product) of Rural Action's Educational Learning Program (ELP) and Dominika Adamova. They have been having a workshop with kids ages 4 to 12. The kids read several stories that had an environmental theme and chose one to work into a puppet show. It has been a flurry of activity with puppet making, set building, and script writting to turn out an interesting show about the Amazon Rainforest, conservation and protection.

Monday, May 15, 2006

After Friday the 12th

We made it through Friday and I think I can safely say that a great time was had by all!

Thank you to WOUB, Athens Community Center, all of our volunteers, Heather, Barbara, Rachel, Rheal, Paul, Susan, Dan, Suzanne, Linda and now I’ve gone too far and will surely forget someone who was instrumental so a great big thank you to all who came to see Clifford!

And, the Wayang Kulit! What a delight. I hope you stuck around and went on stage to play with some of the puppets. Thank you Tek, Bill and Sedana.

I know we were all a bit tired on Saturday but I think having two events in one night was a good idea! Well, for some people. I liked that there was a little something for a lot of people.

By the by, if you have sent Emily an email to the city address recently it is HIGHLY likely that she never saw it and is not ignoring you. Please call or resend. The city system crashed or some such thing and all of her emails are gone forever.

The Lost Flamingo Company is here teching "Cabaret." The costumes are racy, the singing is fantastic and I just love the space. Come and see this Thursday and Friday and be sure to come back Saturday for Missy Whaley's dinner and dance benefit. See May events below.

Friday, May 12, 2006

May Events

My word, what a night we have in store tonight, May 12, 2006!

From 6:30-8:30 come and shake paws with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
This will take place downstairs and you can make a card for mothers and hear a story read out loud. There will also be bags o' swag! We had previously publicized that you could catch a shuttle from Toscano’s but that is unfortunately NOT TRUE, (long story and it is not your fault) there is parking available here and if you have dinner we encourage you to car pool.

At 8:00 mosey upstairs for Wayang Kulit (Puppet Shadow Theatre) do not miss your chance to see internationally recognized Balinese puppeteer and award winning performer, educator and author I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D. Dr. Sedana will be in Athens for a short while and has offered the community this special performance. This event will be free with donations accepted

The fun doesn’t stop there, here are some more may events!

May Kids' Music Club May 13, 11-12:30. A Composition Showcase with special guest: singer/songwriter Laura Nadeau. Any and all young composers and songwriters are invited to perform your work. Call Trisha Lachman (592-6430) for more information.

The Lost Flamingo Company presents the world-renowned musical “Cabaret” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18th and Friday May 19th. The show will be at ARTS/West on 132 W. State Street, with a free shuttle service from Baker Center to ARTS/West from 7 p.m. until 7:45. Show tickets are $6 for the public. Contact Catie Coleman (216-258-8919)

Dinner and Dance Benefit May 20, 7:30 pm. Featuring the words of Wendy McVicker, the dance of Missy Whaley and Corina Iona Dalzell, plus others the music of Steel Cut Oats, Afterhours and Dinner of Swords - $8.00 suggested donation. Call us 592-4315 for tickets.

Noise Show/Potluck Dinner Last Sunday of every month extravaganza, 6:00 p.m. Sounds from the forfront of experimental music.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Important message from our friends

This is a call to all friends and colleagues: Auditions for Inherit the Wind were held today. Many good actors showed up but far from the number needed for all of the roles in the play.
We need more people! If you act, always wanted to act, and/or know someone else you could encourage, please take action right now. Show up at the 5th floor of the Music building on the OU campus at 1:00 on Sunday. We need men of various ages and mature women. You will be given parts to read from the script. You do not need to bring an audition monologue. Even if you can't audition, please pass the word as soon as you receive this email.

Ron Luce President, OVST

Thursday, April 27, 2006

News 4.27.06

A couple of really big news items today so try and bare with me.

Number 1, ARTS/West will no longer have a cell phone so do not call 517-1649. You will not reach anyone. It’s sad, I know. Try our office at (740) 592-4315 (I realize it is almost always busy but we have dial-up…) or the Community Center (740) 592-3325. You may also try telepathy, smoke signals or semi fore but I don’t think that will work.

Now that you know where we are located DO NOT MISS ARTCO’s play reading this Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm. Appalachian Regional Theater Company presents a dramatic play reading, That Sheep May Safely Graze, an anti-war play by local playwright and potter by W.R. Smiddie. Tickets are $3/$5.

We also have a NOISE SHOW this Sunday at 6pm. Bring your favorite instrument and a dish to pass. Find out more about noise by searching this website:

Also, our new intern Paula would like to invite everyone to A Taste of Athens this Saturday from 3-8pm at Howard Hall site (corner of Union St. and College St). There will be local bands, games, and food. Bring your friends and family!

And, if that wasn’t enough! (Who says there is nothing to do in Athens?!) Beautification Day is this Saturday. Check out

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see the Inlet Dance Theatre’s special performance Monday night. I don’t think I am alone in saying it was AMAZING! Thank you Bill Wade and all of the dancers who had to schlep back to Cleveland after the show. See email testimonial below!

From: Heather ThompsonSent: Tue 4/25/2006 11:24 AMTo: Emily PrinceSubject: Inlet Dance
Thank you very much for providing the space and time for the Inlet Dance Theatre! The performance was great and my boys had a great time! It was a great family event and was entertaining to all ages, especially my two, ages 3 and 9. Tyler wanted to e-mail his favorite dancer, Justin, last night when we got home. It was so cute! I’m so inspired!

I would also like to introduce you to three new contributors:
Alexander A Blabbers-Aarvorson was born in a small New Jersey town just southwest of Trenton. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was three, where his mother taught at the University and his father wrote for The Philadelphia Post, a prominent local newspaper. Aarvorson himself was a good student (though a little bored at times), and was a big hit with many of the more cynical teachers at his school. He excelled in his writing for school newspapers and, upon entry into Penn State, joined his father's paper. After graduating with a degree in Journalism and in English, Aarvorson obtained a job in Athens, Ohio, where he bought a moderately large two-story house. Aarvorson is currently working part-time at a local restaurant and spends the rest of his time writing short stories, and, on occasion, pithy articles for ARTS/West.

Mortimer A Morty Goste was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father was an Emergency Medical Technician who was good friends with many of the automotive dealers in town, which left the Goste family with no shortage in cars. His mother was a chef in a popular Italian restaurant and was usually at work until late into the night. Overall, Goste was a good student, but would sometimes shirk studying to draw comics that (as far as anyone knows) are still stashed away in a big box somewhere in his house. Goste was especially fond of cartoon zombies and skeleton characters with The Far Side-like themes. Nevertheless, he was a nice, well behaved kid and most teachers had a hard time not liking him. Goste attended Ohio University and went abroad for his junior year, graduating with a degree in Literature and Cooking. Goste=s favorite writer was Edgar Allen Poe; his favorite poems AThe Raven@ and AThe Bells@. He now teaches at the university and, in his spare time, helps out at ARTS/West.

Theo (that’s Tay-Oh) Peck-Suzuki is a part-time student at the Athens Middle School, also taking classes at OU and working independently with graduate students. He was born in New York City but moved to Athens, Ohio when he was a year old. He attended the private school River Valley until it was forced to fold in 2005, at which point he transferred to AMS. Generally not the most talkative of people, he participates in the school drama club and usually keeps to himself unless he’s onstage. In his spare time he likes to relax, and every week he helps out at ARTS/West, which is, conveniently, right next to his house. He enjoys writing, especially hard-boiled detective stories.

Can you guess the “real” one?

This is getting to be a pretty long post and if you have managed to read this far I want to give a HUGE thanks to Rheal, Rachel W., Rachel K. and Theo for finding the typo and getting our May 20th mailing out on time. Some of you may receive the mailing with the typo (we didn’t want to waste paper) and the kids have assured me your version will be the collectors’ addition!

Next weekend please come out for:

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS TO HAVE ATHENS PREMIERE AT ARTS WEST As a benefit play reading for My Sister’s Place

Saturday May 6th, 8PM

Jeanette Buck

THERE ARE NO STRANGERS, a deeply personal one-woman play by Ohio University School of Film Assistant Professor, Jeanette L. Buck will have its Athens premiere as a benefit for My Sister’s Place at Arts West, 132 West State Street in Athens, OH, on Saturday May 6th at 8PM. Apparently left for dead after a violent attack in her Los Angeles home Buck originally developed the play as a thank you to the community of friends and strangers that assisted in her healing.

The emotionally charged 75-minute play reading charts the course of her survival. Two-time Helen Hayes Award-winning Washington D.C. actress, Holly Twyford, portrays Jeanette in this harrowing autobiographical tale delving into a journey to heal both body and soul with the help of community, friends, and family. THERE ARE NO STRANGERS speaks to one individual’s need to make sense of a senseless act of hatred, while exploring the universal struggle to cope with a world torn apart by violence.

The play received its first production at Theater J in Washington DC in April 2005 and opened to positive reviews.

“clocks in as a successful specimen of the genre that might be labeled “triumph- of –the- human –spirit- chronicle.” Celia Wren Washington Post

“unexpectedly funny, of all things and gorgeously written” Bob Mondello WETA

“That playwright Jeanette Buck has taken this subject and crafted such a funny and enlightening piece is almost unbelievable. There Are No Strangers bursts with intensely personal and illuminating passion.” Fiona Zublin Washington Theater Review