Thursday, July 05, 2007

July is here

ARTS/West’s why we love July!
Through July 7th-8PM: The Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents the return of the Appalachian Green Parks Project encore. If you missed it in March— DO NOT miss your chance to see this historic reunion, shows are filling-up! For tickets and more information go to

July 6: 10 PM: The return of the legendary Frogwhompers. Perhaps the last time ever… Friday evening at 10:15 PM immediately following the Appalachian Green Parks. Tickets are $5.00 and only available at the door. Come for the Green parks, stay for the Frogwhompers!

July 13: 5-9 PM: The Athens Photographic Project presents the gallery opening of Four Portfolios. For ten weeks this spring four Ohio artists learned the basics of building a portfolio of images and how to present them for the exhibition. Andrew Angelson, Amesville; Jenny and Bill Hughes, McArthur; Paul Reininga, Athens; have been members of the Project since 2000, and are the Project’s most advanced students in photography. Construction of a portfolio is a major effort for any artist; it is at least as difficult for an artist with a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia. There is no doubt that these artists rose to the challenge. They soared in the stratosphere. Financial support for this The Athens Photographic project comes from: the 317 Mental Health Board of Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties; The Ohio Arts Council, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and from private contributions. Music and refreshments will be provided. The gallery exhibit opens July 13 and runs for 3 weeks prior to its move to Columbus Ohio. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11-4 and by appointment.

July 24: 8-10 PM: Pool party benefit to sponsor the 2nd HUMBLE PLAY: APPALACHIAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL. Tuesday, July 24, from 8-10 p.m. at the Athens City Pool on East State Street, Athens, Ohio. The pool party will be an evening of sunny, summer fun, with raffles, games and swimming. As part of the celebration of local theater, OU’s student theater organization The Lost Flamingo Company will be performing a skit. Admission is free and open to all. For more information about the play festival, call (740) 592-4315 or visit its myspace site at

July 25: 9AM-4 PM
: ARTS/West is partnering once again with the Dairy Barn in Athens, OH to offer a one day youth playwright’s workshop (age 11-17) at the Dairy Barn taught by Mary Tensing: You will dive into playwriting by using improvisations to get the juices flowing. We’ll use actor’s exercises to brainstorm, play games and improv scenes to get ideas on the feet. Due to a grant from the Athens Foundation this workshop is FREE. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. Please contact ARTS/West: (740) 592-4315 or to register or for more information. The youth division of the Humble Play is supported by a grant from The Athens Foundation.

* * * Reminders * * *
Thank you to those who have already signed up but, we still need volunteers for all Humble Play activities, call or email to pick a date and activity. We also still need baked good and raffle items for our fundraiser on the 24th.

Be you visual, culinary, textile or performing artists please consider donating some of your much appreciated talents as we celebrate the art of the Appalachians!

The Athens Uptown Arts Market Announces 2007 Market Schedule
Saturday, July 7- the Athens Uptown Arts Market. The Saturday markets are sponsored by the Athens Municipal Arts Commission and the Hidden Treasures Neighborhood of retailers located on East State Street between Court Street and College Street, July 7th from 1pm to 4:30 pm. The September market will be held in partnership with the Ohio University Student sponsored Business Fair. The Athens Uptown Arts Market 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. 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

Want to support Ohio Artists? Check out the Art of Ohio website:

Quilt National runs through September 3rd at the Dairy Barn Southeast Ohio Cultural Arts Center:

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