Sunday, October 30, 2016

Family Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Bring the family to ARTS/West on Sunday, November 20th from 3-5pm for the Family Contra Dance! Kids and adults will be dancing all over the ARTS/West performance space to some music that will be provided by The Trophy Wives. No experience or partner is needed! Admission by donation, suggested donation is $3/dancer. For more information, please visit or call 740-590-4102.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

ARTS/West Presents: Front and Center featuring Liz Pahl on Guitar

Bring the entire family to ARTS/West on Saturday, November 19th from 12-1pm for the monthly Front and Center! Front and Center provides free musical performances and an open stage for children's solo or ensemble acts. Best of all, it's free! This month, our featured artist will be Athens local singer/songwriter, Liz Pahl. For more information, please contact Trisha Lachman at

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Watercolors by Pam Callahan, Jean Beard & Lisa Schorr


Pam Callahan
Painting continuously amazes me. I sit on the tip of the iceberg. The view is dramatic and breathtaking. Art lies abundantly beneath and possibilities are endless.
Great painting friends, Lisa and Jean, are explorers with me.

Apples from Pam Callahan

Lisa Schorr
Watercolor is such a natural part of my life, while it’s a medium that may never be in my total control, I am sure this is the ongoing intrigue that keeps my interest and attention. I find watercolor to be an intrinsic medium to express nature and animals.

Adding the simplistic quality of ink along with watercolors, I introduced my Rainy Day Series which took my art on a new path and today the Rainy Day Series continues to evolve.

My latest series is “Dogs in Party Hats”. Painted in acrylics, they are lively, bring, textured and guaranteed to make you smile. Much Inspiration for this series has been from my two Airedales.

I teach watercolor at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster Ohio and I offer private lessons in my home studio.

School bus from Lisa Schorr

Jean Beard
There is no deeper, hidden meaning in my artwork. It merely reflects what I see, what I like, what I want to learn with each piece.

I never thought of myself as an artist. I took art classes in school because they were required; my grades proved that I was diligent, or maybe just acquiescent. I have no work from my school days that I wanted to keep. Art was not important.

As an adult, I found myself among artistic people, beginning with my husband, a wood turner; and my sister, a jeweler, weaver, painter and multi-media artist. When the workaday world no longer controlled my time, we ran an artisan’s market in our small town in Ohio, and through that I met many creative, inspiring people who work in a variety of media. Feeling an urge to create more than a good meal, a welcoming home, and responsible children, I looked around and found my mentor, Lisa Schorr, at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Through her classes I met Pam Callahan. Together they fostered my fledgling interest into a passion, for which I am forever grateful.

The work you see here is the result of my relationship with these two wonderful women, who asked me to join them to create “We Three”.

Pumpkin Image from Jean Beard

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Women of Appalachia Project: 8th Annual "Women Speak"

ARTS/West is pleased to host the 8th 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 Robert L. Winters Memorial Performance Space on November 18, 2016, 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. Doors open at 5:30pm. The presentation is free to the public though 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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Contra Dance Presented by SEOTDS and ARTS/West

Come out to ARTS/West on Saturday, November 12th from 8-11pm for a night of dancing! A beginner's lesson is offered at 7:30pm. We encourage anyone and everyone to comes as no experience or partner is needed. Kate Power will be calling the action with music by The Backporch Swing Band. Only $7 for adults, $3 for students, or $15 for the entire family! For more information and directions visit or call 740-590-4102

ARTS/West Presents: Community Yoga with Becky Anderson

Come out to ARTS/West on Sunday, November 6th for the monthly session of Community Yoga! Classes are always on the first Sunday of the month, noon-1pm and free for ARTS/West members (for as little as $30 a year you can become a member!) or a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Contact ARTS/West at 740-592-4315 for more information. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Classes are taught by Becky Anderson.

Fall Cat's Pajamas!

Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange: A benefit for ARTS/West

Thursday, November 3rd: 6-8pm (ARTS/West members' night)

Friday November 4th: 5-8pm

Saturday November 5th: 10am-6pm

@ ARTS/West 132 West State Athens, Ohio

How it works:

Now through November 3rd, bring unwanted clothes to ARTS/West during business hours to receive a golden ticket that allows you to take unlimited items on the exchange days. A massive amount of clothing will be available during the exchange. If you bring clothes on the exchange days, you will get a regular ticket, & you may take as many items as you brought, additional items $1. Thursday, November 3rd is ARTS/West members’ night, which is open to all current or new ARTS/West members, with a $15 entry.
Entry is $15 on Friday, November 4th, & $10 on the 5th. Once entry is paid, you may return to the event as many times as you want. (entry only paid once.) Free for children 12 & under!

ARTS/West Phone # & business hours:

*Please note hours often extended for evening activities, call for additional hours

For more information, or to volunteer:
Emily Beveridge

The Drowsy Chaperone Auditions are this weekend!

Misfits Theatre announces auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone directed by Marissa Dienstag

Preferred age is 14+ 

Audition Info:

Saturday, October 22nd, 3pm-6pm 
Sunday, October 23rd, 3pm-6pm
Monday, October 24th, 6pm-8:30pm (CALLBACKS)
@ ARTS/West, 132 West State St, Athens, OH 

- Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song from the 1930s-1960s (e.g. Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, etc.)
- Bring a headshot/resume if you have one
- Bring dance shoes if you have them and please dress to dance

Rehearsals are set to begin October 31st. Rehearsals will be Mondays-Thursdays. Performances will be January 20th-22nd and 27th-29th. 

If you have any questions or cannot make an audition date but would still like to audition, contact

Character Breakdown: 

Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.

Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.

Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.

Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.

Robert's anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert's best-interest always at heart.

Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.

Feldzieg's dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.

Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers. (May be male or female) 

European self-proclaimed "ladies man"; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg's Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet's alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell

The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.

Staff; Reporters

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Because of its many featured roles and accessible script, The Drowsy Chaperone will fit perfectly into any company's season or school's calendar.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Moon Tunnel: A Graduate Literary Reading Series

Join us for a Friday night of literature. Moon Tunnel continues at ARTS/West on Friday, October 14th at 7:30pm in the basement. Moon Tunnel is a 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 2016-17 Academic year at 7:30pm in the basement room of ARTS/West. Moon Tunnel is sponsored by the OU English Department.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

New Digital Sound System Tutorial

Join David Eubanks on Sunday, October 9th from 2-3:30pm as he shows off the new digital sound system recently installed in the ARTS/West Robert L. Winters Memorial Performance Space. Learn how to use the iPad in conjunction with the digital mixer and get certified to work as a technician with ARTS/West! To register, please email Chelsa at or call 740-592-4315.

Contra Dance

Come out to ARTS/West this Saturday for a night of fun and dancing. David Mould will be calling the action while Corn in the Mornin' provides the tunes. The action begins at 8pm with a beginner's lesson at 7:30pm. No experience or partner needed! Only $7 for adults, $3 for students, or $15 for the entire family!

Knitting & Crochet Returns Oct 25th!