Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Get in on the Ground Floor!

Dear Friends,

A huge Thank You to everyone who has donated to the "Get In On the Ground Floor" Campaign so far! We are up to 9% of our fundraising goal, and we are truly amazed at the enthusiasm the Athens community is showing for this campaign!

"Wait, what's this campaign they speak of?" Haven't heard of our latest endeavor? Well, let me tell you all about it!

ARTS/West has been growing in leaps and bounds since we opened in 2005 - it's been an amazing ride so far, and we are thrilled to now be serving more than 21,000 community members each and every year! But that kind of traffic takes a toll on a floor - especially a floor covered in an old, worn-out and stained carpet (anyone who has used our basement level can attest to that).

So, Emily and Tammy (with the help of some ARTS/West friends) cooked up a solution that will give us a clean, comfy floor surface that is environmentally-friendly AND kid-tough - Cork Flooring!

Cork is:
Shock-Absorbing! Sound-Absorbing! Warm to the touch! Saves on Energy Bills! Fire-Retardant! Anti-Microbial! Beautiful AND Tough! And, most importantly, Renewably-Sourced!! It would be a dream come true to install fresh, clean, beautiful cork flooring in the main lobby and every lower-level classroom of ARTS/West!

But, we need YOUR help to make it happen - so we've launched the "Get In On The Ground Floor" campaign to raise funds. $5.00 covers purchase and installation of one (1) square foot of new cork flooring. Give $25, get ARTS/West 5 square feet! Give $100, and you'll help us install 20 square feet!

So, if you'd love to see ARTS/West with a clean, durable, safe and beautiful floor on our basement level that will last for years, give us a call at 740-592-4315, or email Emily at eprince@ci.athens.us to make a donation today! All gift levels are welcome and gratefully accepted - every little bit helps!

Thank you to those who have already given, and thank you to anyone still considering making a gift - your support is truly appreciated, and ATS/West is thankful for YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Emily, Tammy, and the ARTS/West community

Friday, November 21, 2008

Leave and more

Hey kids, Emily will be on a leave of absence through December 20. Oh no you say. Don't panic everyone, everything is going to be just fine. Here's the schedule for the next two weeks.

ARTS/West Usage for 11/23/08-12/6/08

23-Nov 9:00am-12:30pm Vineyard N/a lobby

1:30pm-4:30pm Painting class N/a Rm 1

4:30-7:00 SFYA rehearsal N/a Rm 1
24-Nov 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

6:00-10:00 SFYA rehearsal N/a Per Space
25-Nov 7:00-9:00 Knitting Class TY Rm 2
26-Nov 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

28-Nov 11:00-4:00 office hours TY

30-Nov 9:00-12:30 Vineyard N/a lobby

6:00-9:00 Noise Show EP Per Space
1-Dec 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

12:00-5:00 OVST rehearsal N/a Per Space

6:00-10:00 SFYA rehearsal N/a Rm 1
2-Dec 12:00-5:00 OVST rehearsal N/a Per Space

11:00-4:00 office hours TY

7:00-9:00 Knitting Class N/a Rm 2
3-Dec 9:00-11:30 office hours EP

11:00-4:00 office hours TY

12:00-5:00 OVST rehearsal N/a Per Space

3:30-4:30 Teen Belly Dancing Class N/a Rm 1

5:00pm-7:00pm Belly Dancing Class N/a Rm 1
4-Dec 9:00-11:30 office hours EP


10:00am-11:00pm OVST tech rehearsal N/a Per Space
6-Dec 10:00am-11:00pm OVST tech rehearsal N/a Per Space

3:30-6:30 SFYA rehearsal N/a Rm 1

12:30-3:30 Painting class N/a Rm 1

You can see that Tammy will be in and Corina will be filling in some and all the rental activities will occur as scheduled.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jan Classes

Big weekend has come and gone but there is still a lot to do.

Join us for Angela Keslar's Trunk Show on Dec. 11th from 5-8. Angela will be here to talk about her latest designs, available for purchase and order, and we will also screen some highlights from Project Runway Season 3. I might even make hot apple cider, who can say for sure.

The APE Center has a full line up of classes and you can download their brochure here:

APE Program_winter 08 classes_for Emily.pdf

Or, visit their website

Monday, November 10, 2008

Aquabear and so much more

Athens-based music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be holding another installment of their monthly concert series at ARTS/West on Friday, November 14th at 8pm. The evening will feature music from Athens’ own She Bears, Winter Makes Sailors from Columbus, and Barn Burning who passes through Athens on tour from their native Providence, Rhode Island.

Saturday, November 15 from 12:00-1:00 brings our montly installment of Front and Center. This month's featured guest is
Kevin Vaught, local vocalist and actor. As always, the second half is an open stage for kids.

Aquabear Legion is also having a Record Swap on Sunday, November 16th on the stage of ARTS/West from 1pm-6pm. There will be local merchants and bands selling and swapping their LP’s, CD’s, tapes, 45’s, and more. Admission is free, with donations encouraged.

There are still tables left if you are interested in selling some music, you can set up for a fee of only $10. Table fees and donations will support Aquabear Legion and ARTS/West. If you are interested in setting up a table, please e-mail contact@aquabearlegion.com.


Project Runway’s Angela Keslar to hold TRUNK SHOW at ARTS/West!

ARTS/West is ecstatic to present “Project Runway” Season 3 Designer Angela Keslar’s trunk show on December 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM. All activities will take place at ARTS/West.

Do not miss this special event where designer Angela Keslar will display her latest designs, including clothing and accessories. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Angela in person, ask questions about her season, view episodes from season 3, and purchase pieces from her collection. Some items will require special order, to be delivered in time for the holiday season.

Angela, formerly of Amesville, OH, was chosen from a nationwide search of 2500 designers to appear in season 3 of Bravo’s “Project Runway.” Her triumphant team challenge on episode 4 garnered national attention and her winning design was sold under Macy’s INC label in 57 stores and on www.macys.com.

She was featured in The New York Times, cementing her famous style in a story by Eric Wilson, Blame the Rosettes. The New York Post, US, and People MagazineAthens News featured Angela in a cover story: Amesville Designer Hopes to Conquer 'Runway'.

Beloved host Tim Gunn remarked: "Angela's attention to and love of detail will take her far." consistently named her “one to watch” and one of the top 5 designers most likely to win season 3. Our own Angela grew up in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and has resided in Ohio for 10 years. She studied French and Art history at Carnegie Mellon University before transferring to The Pennsylvania State University, where she studied costume design and graduated with honors.

Angela Keslar’s TRUNK SHOW will take place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH, December 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote: It matters

And when you are done support some art.

Here is what is happening Saturday around Athens County:

The Dairy Barn Arts Center cordially invites you to an opening celebration for our Can-Do Exhibit Saturday, November 8th from 5-7 pm. Featuring drinks and hors d’ oeuvres “canned style.”

Can-Do is a design/build Exhibition highlighting the following area Businesses: Chaddock & Associates, Athens County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Athens News, RVC Architects, Panich & Noel Architects, Peoples Bank, AmeriCorps, The Dairy Barn Arts Center and Kroger who will artisticly display canned goods for the benefit of the SE OHIO REGIONAL FOOD CENTER. This exhibit will run through November 22nd.


Stuart's Opera House Fall Fundraiser with Bettye LaVette, Nov 08 2008

This is one of the biggest nights of the year for Stuart's. Hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and more. This year's fundraiser will feature music from Soul legend Bettye LaVette! Bettye wowed audiences when she closed out this past years Nelsonville Art and Music Festival and you will not want to miss this performance.

The Stuart's Fall Fundraiser will also feature a silent auction.

$100 tickets include a seat in row A-D, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks from 6pm-7pm, and first chance to bid on silent auction items.

$25 reserved seats will be available for rows E-I on the floor and the balcony.

Fall Fundraiser Schedule:
6:00pm: Lobby opens for patrons with $100 tickets for silent auction and drinks
6:30pm: Heavy Hors D'oeurves and drinks for $100 ticket holders in the theater
7:30pm: Lobby opens for all ticket holders, silent auction in lobby.
8:30pm: Bettye LaVette begins



Here's what we're doing at ARTS/West:

There are still so many wonderful things to do and see around town in November!

If you were are all involved in the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival- You're invited to join us for a postmortem/thank you potluck dinner to officially bring our festival to a final close! We will dine Friday, November 7 at 5 pm at ARTS/West and everyone is asked to bring ANY kind of dish to share.

And of course if there are other volunteers or staff members that should be included, please share this info with them as well. Let's all give ourselves one more chance to review, process, and celebrate all of the teamwork that went into the festival this year - with food! Hope to see everyone there.

In addition, many of you know that we lost a very dear friend in October, Pat Elisar. I would like to invite you to participate in the Celebration of Pat Elisar's life on Tuesday, November 18th from 11am to 1 pm at ARTS/West.

With your help, we will all celebrate a great lady, a great friend and a great actor.

Friday, November 14th, 8pm, Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West- $4 with: She Bears http://www.myspace.com/shebearsband, Barn Burning (Providence, RI) http://www.myspace.com/barnburning, Winter Makes Sailors (Columbus) http://www.myspace.com/wintermakessailors

Sunday, November 16, 2008, 1:00pm-6:00pm. In August we had our first Aquabear Legion Record Swap and it was so incredibly awesome we decided to make it a regular thing. If you missed it the first time, make sure not to miss this one! Browse through tables of LP's, CD's, Tapes, 7 inches, Instruments, Local Music, Record Gear, and anything else music related. Some Athens bands will even be selling their own merchandise and of course so will Aquabear. If you want to get your own table to sell and trade from they are only $10! Send us an e-mail at contact@aquabearlegion.com if you are interested. This time we will be on the stage of ARTS/West! Admission is FREE!!! Donations are encouraged though. And we will be playing records all afternoon. And it's a potluck so bring some sweet food.

Save the Date

December 12, 13 & 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.

December 13, 14 & 20 at 2 p.m. OVST presents Pinocchio by Kathryn Shultz-Miller

December 22-23, 7:00pm The Studio For Young Actors presents A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 27th 8pm Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West (the) Giants of Gender (NYC) www.myspace.com/thegiantsofgender and more. $4


Third Saturday Jan.-May 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Front and Center- Music program and open stage for kids

Last Sunday of every month: Experimental-improv music workshops at pot luck dinner. 6:00 PM-9:00 PM www.myspace.com/artwestnoiseshow