Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Family Contra Dance on Sunday, January 3rd!

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music at ARTS/West on Sunday, January 3rd, 3:00-5:00pm. The Family Contra Dance presented by ARTS/West and the Southeastern Ohio Traditional Dance Society, will have kids and adults dancing together to live music. Music by the Wireless Ramblers. No experience needed; all dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer. More information at or 740-590-4102.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Huge thanks to MDIA 3700!

A huge thanks to the OU MDIA 3700 class for creating a 60 sec promo video for ARTS/West! 

Please follow the link below to view the video!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Third Annual Carols & Bells by the Athens County Community Singers!

Thursday, December 16 @ 7pm

Join the Athens County Community Singers for their 3rd Annual Christmas Concert "Carols & Bells" at ARTS/West! $10 suggested donation at the door, a Christmas CD will be available for purchase. 

The Athens County Community Singers is a choir for “all voices”, those with and without disabilities. Founded and directed by Stephanie H. Morris, MM, MT-BC (Music Therapist -Board Certified) Neurologic Music Therapist. The Athens County Community Singers is a non-profit organization. We help people connect with their community, grow in life skills, and communicate. In turn building camaraderie, promoting self-confidence, and life-long friendships.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Front & Center featuring SATB: A Different Kind of Choir

Don't forget to check out the Art Auction going on in the green room!

Also, SATB will be presenting their Winter Concert "Singing About Times Bygone" that evening, December 12 at 7pm!

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Did you know there is an Art Auction going on??

A wide variety of beautiful art by local artists will be on display at ARTS/West. Items will be available for purchase in our silent auction just in time for holiday gift giving! Open during business hours (M-TH, 10am-4pm) and during special events. Please call 740-592-4315 if you need to make special arrangements. The winners will be notified on Monday, December 14th. All proceeds will benefit ARTS/West. For more information, please contact Kelly Lawrence at

Friday, December 04, 2015

Girls Rock After School Concert!

Come celebrate the end of the first semester of the Girls Rock After School Program and help raise funds for the 2nd semester! Performances by The Fury, Parsnip, Pasture Weeds and Emersynn McGuire. Light refreshments will be provided with Ginger Ale by Miquel and Root Beer by Devils Kettle.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

ARTS/West presents a Holiday Event of Storytelling!

ARTS/West will be presenting the 1st Annual Holiday Evening of Storytellers. A call went out and the Appalachian Ohio Storyteller Project answered! Join Debbie Lehman, Mike Kubisek, and Thomas A. Burnett, and perhaps others, and hear some true, family friendly stories. 

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Art Opening Tonight! Featuring Anthony Wilson

December’s featured artist is Anthony Wilson from Resolve Studios. His show “Working Hands” will be available to view from December 2nd to January 4th with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm. All opening receptions are free and open to the public with a reception.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Give the gift of membership this holiday season!

Give the gift of an ARTS/West membership to your fellow art lover this holiday season. (We also have Judy t-shirts available to go with a membership!) For more information, please visit the Membership Page or call 740-592-4315! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rhythm and Dance: A Foray into African Movement and Drumming

Sunday, November 22, 2015 

We will be learning Yankadi and Macru, dances from western Africa. These dances are usually done together on the full moon. Yankadi is a slower exciting dance with a swinging drum beat. Macru picks up the tempo up a little and finishes the dance leaving you full of energy. These classes are great for beginners and those that have taken classes before. Dancing is great for your mind, body and soul. This event will allow you to meet others in the drum and dance community of Southern Ohio. It will also shed some light on cultural traditions from Africa's golden past. 

$15/adult, $10/student

Instructors: Dance - C C Ruchti, Drum - Lawrence R Greene 

Questions? Call Lawrence Greene at 740-444-1407

Thursday, November 19, 2015


ARTS/West will be presenting the 1st Annual Evening with Holiday Storytellers.  We are sending out a call for local people to submit a true story of the holidays to be shared at the event at ARTS/West on December 6th.  The only parameters are that it must be a true story, must not contain bad language, be family friendly, and be no longer than 10 minutes.  We are asking for a 40 work synopsis of the story - 8 stories will be chosen to be shared on December 6th.  

ARTS/West is asking that interested local storytellers contact us via email at or call 740/592-4315 or stop by our offices 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Thursday, to receive a copy of the submission form.  Submissions are due by November 23rd.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Art Opening on Thursday, November 5th

On Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:30pm, ARTS/West will host the opening reception for the exhibit, Through the Eyes of Magical Realism, that will hang in the ARTS/West gallery space, 132 W. State St. Athens, OH, November 4 – 30, 2015, business hours 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Thursday; call first for extended hours 740/592-4315. 

“The gods of my childhood were fierce and fantastic and stirred my imagination to no end. Myth, ritual, stories, songs, symbolism, Indians, and conquistadores shaped my imaginings. I grew up through the eyes of magical realism.” Laura Serna-Maytorena 

Each month a new exhibit is on display in the ARTS/West gallery space and features either an individual artist or a group show. The opening for each exhibit is a FREE event, with refreshments served.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Community Yoga this weekend!

Ignite your spark and let your practice connect you with your inner light. Every class starts with poses to warm the muscles, joints, and ligaments. A moderate flow of standing and seated poses will follow, freeing the body of tension and strengthening the core. Practice ends with restorative poses to calm the mind. Classes are the first Sunday of the month, noon – 1pm and free for ARTS/West members or donation based for non-members. Contact ARTS/West or Laura Post at for more information.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Did you miss the AMAC Public Meeting?

If you missed the Athens Municipal Arts Commission Public Meeting on October 14th, thanks to The Government Channel, you can watch a video of it!

You can also read an article on The New Political by Phalen Kuckuck here.

For more information on AMAC, please visit the City Website:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ARTS/West & Women of Appalachia Presents the 7th Annual Women Speak

ARTS/West Presents is pleased to host the 7th Annual Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) “Women Speak” performance, an evening of juried poetry, story and song, featuring artists from throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. The event will be held in the performance space on October 22, 2015, at 6pm.

The mission of WOAP is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to the Appalachian region as a source of inspiration, bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to embrace the stereotype – to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.

The work of seventeen spoken word artists, poets, storytellers and musicians, will be performed at five separate venues throughout Ohio; first up at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens. In November several WOAP artists will present at the esteemed Columbus Poetry Forum, Bossy Girls on High Street. Sips Coffee House, Mt. Vernon will host a December Saturday afternoon presentation; The Bowen House in Logan in March 2015; and a performance at The Pump House Fine Arts Center, Chillicothe, will close out the season in May 2016.

“I am so pleased that this eclectic group of locations have been offered up to host this season’s “Women Speak” events, allowing this assemblage of spoken art to be heard potentially by hundreds of folks in the respective communities,” says founder curator Kari Gunter-Seymour.” Over the past 7 years, ARTS/West has been an important partner of WOAP. We are grateful for the support and encouragement provided by the excellent staff and volunteers.

 When asked how living in Appalachia has influenced her life and therefore her art, Kentucky poet Barbara Biggs says, “I spent a lot of time trying to run away from these hills and valleys. I moved places, worked other places, but ultimately, always ended up right back here, within view of the Ohio River and the Indian mounds and persimmon trees. There are so many things I love about Appalachia: the complexity of the people, the feeling that I am never far from a maple tree, and that feeling in spring when the hills are pure green and everything just feels right.”

“Throughout my childhood, my grandmothers made sure I had access to stories and books and songs and instruments,” shares West Virginia writer, Jamie Bailey. I spent my days at each of their homes, pulling carrots from the earth, apples from branches, climbing in their trees, and inspecting their rosebushes. The Appalachian homes that hosted my childhood became playgrounds for my very colorful imagination.”

7th Annual Women of Appalachia Project “Women Speak”
132 W State St, Athens, OH 45701
Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 6pm

Doors open at 5:30pm. The presentation is free to the public through donations in support of WOAP and ARTS/West will be taken at the door. There will be a short reception immediately following the performance. Refreshments will be served.

For more information go to or visit WOA on Facebook at For questions, email

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Front & Center featuring the Athens Irish Dancers on Oct. 17th

You are invited to

 a free music event for school age kids at

 132 W. State St. Athens
Oct. 17th at 12 – 1 pm

with special guests:
the Athens Irish Dancers

second half of event is always an open stage for any kids,
solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose.
Or just listen and enjoy!

Friday, October 09, 2015

ARTS/West & SEOTDS Presents: Contra Dancing on Oct. 16th

Contra Dance - at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Kate Power will be calling with tunes by the Boys of the Hock. A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-11pm. More information at or 740-590-4102.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Landscape Painting Class Starts Next Week!!

Landscape Painting
Six Week Class
October 7-November 11

We will explore the elements of design to build compelling landscapes. Participants may choose between oil, acrylic or watercolor.

Fees: $150.00 for six week session, payable in advance of first session

Instructor Connaught Cullen recently received her MFA in the Painting + Drawing department at Ohio University. Connaught currently works with acrylic in her paintings that examine the meditative walk as evidenced in the landscape. She resides in Southeast Ohio in the Appalachian landscapes that she has come to love.

For inquiries, registration and details about required supplies, please contact Connaught at

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Moon Tunnel: A Graduate Literary Reading Series

Moon Tunnel is a new, low-key graduate reading series featuring the work of Creative Writers from Ohio University's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2015-16 Academic year at 7:30pm in the basement room of Arts West. Moon Tunnel is sponsored by the OU English Department. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

The 2nd Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire!

2nd annual Athens Area Fiber Faire

This year’s Athens Area Fiber Faire, housed in the Athens Community Center, will offer a little bit of something for everyone in the fiber world. Situated near the intersection of US 33 and US 50, our expansive new venue boasts ample parking, single-level floorplan, and multiple gathering spaces. Several hotels and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Classes offered include:
Knitting, Weaving, Tatting, Needlepoint, Spinning, Crocheting, Loom knitting, Needle Felting, Ravelry 101, and Ask the Expert! We will also be offering children’s classes this year where we’ll each Arm Knitting and French (Tube) Knitting. Schedule here!

New highlights this year include:
• Outdoor displays of live fiber animals. Come pet alpacas, stroke sheep, and snuggle bunnies.
• Expanded concessions and food trucks for a variety of tasty treats.
• Two fashion shows to awe, inspire, and tickle your fancy.

Our Marketplace vendor list is still growing, but we already have confirmed booths containing a vast array of fiber related merchandise such as yarn, fabric, supplies, accessories, books, notions, finished goods, tools, and so much more!

Located in the scenic Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio, Athens in October is bustling with autumn activities. From our top-ranked farmers market, through our quaint uptown, to the gorgeous Ohio University campus, Athens offers an astounding variety of shopping, dining, hiking, biking, and sporting events for all ages. Only an hour from Columbus, and within 3 hours of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, Athens makes a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway spot. So spread the word and mark your calendars; we’ll look forward to seeing you in October!

The Athens Area Fiber Faire is being presented by ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts.
Saturday, October 3rd (10-5pm) and Sunday, October 4th (12-5pm)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Steampunk September continues with a Workshop on Sunday, September 20th!

Steampunk Costume Workshop presented by ARTS/West and Airship Athena

Steampunk costume workshop. Join Airship Athena members for tinker/maker space devoted to the retro-futuristic! This is a perfect opportunity to add some finishing touches before the Steampunk Ball on September 26th or even get some inspiration for a new venture. Bring your costume pieces and embellishments for assistance. Pre-register by calling 740-592-4315. Free event!

For more information on Steampunk September and it's events please visit

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Front & Center starts on Saturday with Pat McGee on harp and pipes!


Saturday, September 12 @ noon

A free music event for school age kids, every second Saturday (unless otherwise noted) from noon-1pm, September - May. 

September features Pat McGee on the harp and pipes!

Each month there is a new special guest and the second half of the event is always an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music if you choose. Or just listen and enjoy! For more information on upcoming events, please visit Organizer: Trisha Lachman

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Athens Art Outside the Box has been extended to October 2nd!

Call For Art

AMAC is seeking up to 10 art designs to be applied onto vinyl wraps to cover traffic control boxes in Athens, Ohio.
AMAC encourages submissions of Athens specific artworks that will make Athens Art Outside the Box purely "Athens."
For more information, visit: For a copy of this entry form go to:
A $500 honorarium will be awarded for use of each design
• Artists will be selected by jury process. Selected artists will not choose locations. Each selected artist will not be eligible for more than one location until removal occurs.
• Wraps will be removed after 3-5 years, depending on condition. They may be removed at any time at the discretion of the City of Athens.
• Selected artist designs (which can be computer designed images or scanned from illustrations, paintings, quilts, mosaic, photographed sculptures, photographs, or other) will be printed on to a vinyl wrap, and applied to the traffic boxes by the City of Athens.
ENTRY DEADLINE: EXTENDED! Receipt of Entries - 5 p.m., Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Spectacular! Spectacular! on Friday, September 4th

For the second year ARTS/West will be hosting the opening event for the month long 3 ring circus of the Athens Steampunk Spectacle.  The event will include dance performances by both the Steampunk Ballet and the Whiplash Tribal Fusion Dancers, plus a singing performance by Devin Sudman, a senior vocal major at OU.  Performances begin at 7 pm.

In addition to the performances, there will be Steampunk themed vendors selling their art and accessories.  Uptown Costumes will be selling Steampunk costume pieces and accessories. The Henna Faeries will be present to give Steampunk themed and other body art.  Vending and art exhibit will take place from 5 to 10 pm. 

The event will be rounded out by the presence of Athens own Steampunk group, Airship Athena, who will be running the costume workshop on September 20th at ARTS/West.

Light refreshments.  Free event.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2016 Athens Poet Laureate

2016 Athens Poet Laureate
The City of Athens and the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) is seeking its inaugural 
Poet Laureate. AMAC encourages project submissions from candidates that embrace poetry 
and explore its place in the community. This honorary 1-year position commences January 1, 2016.

The Poet Laureate is an advocate for the arts and fosters a love of poetry and literature 
among the diversity of all residents.

Project Prospectus & Selection Criteria:


ENTRY DEADLINE: 5 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Come check out our schedule of events for our 10th Anniversary! We hope to see you there for a weekend of celebrations!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Call for Art!

Call For Art

AMAC (Athens Municipal Art Commission) is seeking up to 10 art designs to be applied onto vinyl wraps to cover traffic control boxes in Athens, Ohio.
AMAC encourages submissions of Athens specific artworks that will make Athens Art Outside the Box purely "Athens."
For more information, visit: For a copy of this entry form go to:
A $500 honorarium will be awarded for use of each design
• Artists will be selected by jury process. Selected artists will not choose locations. Each selected artist will not be eligible for more than one location until removal occurs.
• Wraps will be removed after 3-5 years, depending on condition. They may be removed at any time at the discretion of the City of Athens.
• Selected artist designs (which can be computer designed images or scanned from illustrations, paintings, quilts, mosaic, photographed sculptures, photographs, or other) will be printed on to a vinyl wrap, and applied to the traffic boxes by the City of Athens.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Receipt of Entries - Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, 5 pm

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ARTS/West is turning 10!

And we need your help!

ARTS/West has made it to a milestone - 10 years of bringing the arts to our community!  In celebration, we are planning a 3 day extravaganza of performances, dedications, food, and visual art on August 14, 15, and 16, 2015. So mark your calendars!

If you are able and interested, we would love to have you perform, show your art, volunteer, or help provide cookies or punch!

We are asking visual artists to exhibit pieces in the facility both upstairs and down.  The 1st 18 2D pieces offered will be hung in the gallery space - the rest will be in the basement on easels.  3D pieces will be in the basement only since we are unsure as to what performances will be like upstairs and are afraid to have to move art for them.  The pieces downstairs will not be up longer than just the weekend event due to the inability to make them secure for the entire month.
We are planning to give each performer a 30 minute span of time to perform with 30 minute breaks in between acts  (this is subject to change if a performer/group cannot fit their piece into a 30 minute block).  We do not have set times yet as we want to see how many performances we have before we set a schedule.  There will be performances in both the performance space and the basement - times will be offset so attendees will have a chance to see something upstairs and then go downstairs right away to see something else.  At least that is the idea at this point.
Along with performers and artists, we are also seeking volunteers to help make sure the event runs smoothly. In addition, we're asking people to donate 2 dozen cookies (or more!) or punch ingredients in order to offer something sweet for attendees and participants.

The weekend will also include a dedication to Bob Winters as well as the community. We hope you are able to be a part of this celebration!

If you or someone you know would be interested in contributing to this celebrationplease email Kelly at or call 740/592-4315.
Thank you!

The Staff at ARTS/West

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Southeast Ohio Traditional Dance Society invites you to a Contra Dance!

Join us on the wood floor in air-conditioned ARTS/West for music of the Wireless Ramblers with calling by Kathy Anderson.  Not only are we enjoying a summer dance at ARTS/West, this is a test dance to determine if ARTS/West will work as a permanent location for our dances.  Please note that the dance is on a Friday night.  Help us keep the wood floor in good condition by carrying in clean shoes for dancing!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Art Exhibit, "Metamorphosis" by the Innovative Arts Alliance

Starting on Thursday, June 4 there will be an art exhibit “Metamorphosis” hung in the ARTS/West gallery space.  The opening will be on Thursday, June 4th from 6-8pm. The exhibit of mixed media works by the artist group, Innovative Arts Alliance. The exhibit will hang in the performance space until July 2, 2015.  Regular gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm and sometimes Friday, call first.  740/592-4315

The Innovative Arts Alliance, a group formed in 1999 to foster mutual support and encouragement, presents "Metamorphosis", a show which represents the changes in our work and lives through the years.  Artists in the group include Lanna Galloway and Andrea Stern of Athens; Susan Nash and Susan Stubbins of Zanesville; Ele and Vern Allen of Bremen; June Baker of Sissonville, West Virginia.  While we work with diverse media and subject matter, our common bond is the love of creating.

Photo: Earth Medicine, Susan Nash

The opening event will have refreshments provided.  This is a FREE show.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Front & Center this Saturday features singer-songwriter & traveling musician extraordinaire, Megan Wormz Bihn!

Saturday, May 2nd @ noon

This Saturday, May 2nd, join Megan Wormz Bihn, a singer-songwriter with traveling musician experience, at Front and Center. Wormz will start at 12pm and the second half of the event is an open stage for any kids, solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music if they choose, or just listen and enjoy! Front and Center is free music event for school age kids.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ratha Con is coming...

Saturday, May 9th, 10am-5pm
@ the Athens Community Center

Art Show & "Galaxy Quest" @ ARTS/West on Friday, May 8th @ 6pm (movie starts @ 8)

We are so excited for this year's con. Setting the schedule, it will be posted in a few days. Sneak peak: of course our two special guests, Chalet Lisette Brannan and John Marks; Special guest authors Cassandra Morgan and Travis Horseman; 13 comic/graphic novel artists; 6 visual/props artists; 9 vendors with everything from handcrafted gaming dice boxes to collectible toys, comics to costumes; Ghostbusters, WV Division; Bullwhip demo with Daniel Trout; Airship Athena with a Steampunk presentation; Blind Wave Productions with lightsaber choreography; workshop on altering models with Jay Pare; OU's Flying Bobcats helping with our Quidditch matches; Casey Hoffman offers cosplay workshops for male and female characters; 5 RPG games; Z.E.R.O.S. showing us how to protect ourselves from zombies; Magic casual play; 6 short films by Andrea Ricca: Lego zip line races; costume contest. WOW - we sure have lots to offer and that doesn't even include the activities the night before or the night of....STAY TUNED! BTW - we still need volunteers - you get in free and spend a day of fun, please contact for more information.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Front & Center featuring vocalist (and ARTS/West Program Specialist) Chelsa Peterson this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 18th at noon during Front & Center, come see ARTS/West's Program Specialist, Chelsa Peterson on stage with the Athens Recorder Consort and accompanist Metra Smith Peterson as she demonstrates vocal music styles throughout history. The second half of Front & Center is always an open stage for kids (solo or group) to perform.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"The Big League Big Band" as part of the Athens Jazz Festival on Friday, April 17th!

This Friday, April 17th at 7:30pm, ARTS/West will welcome "The Big League Big Band" as part of the Athens Jazz Festival. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. The group, which is a collaboration of the finest jazz educators in the region, will play music from Count Basie, Thad Jones and Duke Ellington.

For more information on the Athens Jazz Festival, please click here.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

SOUP Undergraduate Playwrights Festival this weekend!

Join the Student Organization of Undergraduate Playwrights - Ohio University as we celebrate the 2015 Undergraduate Playwright's Festival at ARTS/West

Saturday, April 11th - 7:00PM
Sunday, April 12th - 2:00PM

There will be two nights of new plays! Join us for four new plays each night, written by undergraduate playwrights, ranging from ten-minute performances to full-length readings. 

Plays by Brayden Frascone, Hope Wondowsky and Erin Baker. 
Plays by Adrian Shelton and Jessica Walters. 

Donations for both ARTS/West and the Student Organization of Undergraduate Playwrights will be accepted both nights.

We will have concessions from various local businesses, including PlusOne Pizza!

Tickets are free to all!

Opening Reception for "Expressions" photo works by Ernest Bastin

Tonight, April 9th, at 6pm - Free Admission
Refreshments served!