Thursday, December 21, 2017

ARTS/West Will be Closed:
December 23rd 2017 - January 1st 2018

Happy Holidays, & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Call for Proposals:

Athens' Poet Laureate 2018 

Request for Proposals
Project Name:  Athens' Poet Laureate 2018
  1.  I.RFP Project Summary 
The City of Athens has allocated  $2000.00 for the appointment of a Poet Laureate for a term of 1 year.
Art as defined by the committee:  At its core, Art is a product of human creativity that is aesthetically pleasing and can encompass diverse methodologies and mediums.  Art can refer to the visual arts including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography, can encompass applied arts that may include architecture and landscaping, and decorative arts that may be functional in nature.  Above all, any work that falls within the definition of Art must exhibit quality of concept, execution and craftsmanship
RFP SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  All submissions must be hand-delivered or received no later than January 19th, 2018 at the ARTS/West office located at 132 W. State St.  Athens, OH 45701. Submissions may be sent electronically to  
Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) Background:  AMAC establishes ad hoc committees to consider all arts projects.  It is such a committee that has been formed for this project.  After reviewing submissions and interviewing candidates, this committee will make a recommendation to AMAC, who will present the recommendation to the City Council.
III. Project Description:
A. Overview:  The prospectus is centered around the selection of a Poet Laureate to represent the City Of Athens
B. Specifications:  The Poet Laureate will write and present in person at a minimum of 6 events of local importance such as national holidays, local celebrations or award ceremonies, special school events.  Proposal submissions should reflect the broad spectrum of the population of Athens. It is suggested that you use THE ESSENCE OF ATHENS as an inspirational source.  
C.  Budget:  The budget recommendation is for $2,000 per year.  This amount is to include expenses incurred by the poet.
IV. Selection Process:  Selection will be made by  an  AMAC ad-hoc committee consisting  of 3-4  members from the poetry community and one from AMAC.  The finalists will be selected according to the proposal, prior work, and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  The selection committee will convene, review the applications, interview finalists , and recommend an appointment as Poet Laureate.  
The Selection Committee reserves the right to issue a second call to artists if the proposals submitted do not demonstrate the factors listed below. The committee also reserves the right to reject all proposals.    The following factors will be considered when reviewing submissions:
Quality of body of work
Appropriate for and reflective of the community of Athens
The selected poet's proposal  will be forwarded to the Athens Municipal Arts Commission which will accept or reject the recommendation.  If accepted AMAC will present the recommendation to the Athens City Council. The poet selected will then enter into an agreement with the City of Athens.  The job performance will be overseen by  Safety Service Director.
V.  Project Timeline: (The committee reserves the right to change the timeline without notice.) 
Dec. 15, 2017:  Notification/Announcement to Artists
Jan 19, 2018: Proposals DUE (Receipt Deadline)
Committee to review proposals the week of Jan 22-26. 
AMAC Ad-Hoc Committee  to meet with finalists for interviews and presentations of samples of candidates work during week of January 29 – Feb. 2.  
   By February 14th, 2018:  Results Announced
February 15, 2018:  Commencement of tenure 
VI. Application Requirements:
A.  Delivery:  Mail/hand/electronic deliver applications to:
Poet Laureate Project 
132 West State St.
Athens, OH 45701
B. Presentation -  Application Content:  To be effectively reviewed for consideration, the application should contain a portfolio including
1. Selections from your Body of Work
2. Professional Resume/ Vita
3. Professional References - At least three professional references who have an intimate knowledge of your work.  Letters of support are to be supplied by two of these.  Letters can be submitted electronically.  Include complete address and phone/email for each reference.
4. Optional Relevant Experience and Qualifications Support Information:   Up to three selections of supporting materials (reviews, news articles, essays, etc,)
5. Project Proposal (Not to exceed two pages):Describe your overall concept for a year tenure as Poet Laureate, outlining the relevance to the city of Athens, etc. 
6. Self Addressed Stamped Envelope S.A.S.E.:For return of materials.  Only submissions with a S.A.S.E. will be returned; all others become the property of AMAC ad-hoc Committee.  The Art Selection Committee and its consultants assume no responsibility for loss or damage to submissions.
VIII. Project Contact:
Carol Patterson, AMAC Chairman   740 541-3728

Monday, December 11, 2017

Athens County Community Singers Annual Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 20th at 7pm

ARTS/West  132 West State Athens, Oh

Suggested donation: $10 upon admission
Group rates available 
Christmas CD's will be available

Athens County Community Singers, a choir for All Voices, is a non-profit organization. 

Athens Old Time Square Dance And Social

Saturday, December 16th at 7pm

At ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, Oh

Caller Sean Fen and fiddler Joe Burdock and friends will bring us an evening of lively old-time music. 

Suggested Donation: $6

No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude! 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kim Richey Concert & Workshop 

Tuesday, December 19th

Workshop: 1pm

Concert: 7pm

at ARTS/West  132 West State Street  Athens, Oh 

Two time Grammy nominee Kim Richey will be performing at ARTS/West. 
She is an Ohio University graduate, a veteran Nashville singer/songwriter, and a
writer of hits for Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin-Carpenter and more!

Her songwriting workshop is at 1pm, with a $10 donation to participate.

Her concert will begin at 7pm with Scott Minar opening.
$15 at door, tickets also available at Blue Eagle Music.

Herbs for Stress & the Nervous System

Thursday, December 14th  6-8pm

at ARTS/West 132 West State  Athens,Oh

Come and join Clinical Herbalist Caty Crabb to learn more about how your nervous system works, and herbs you can use to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and promote focus! 

Caty will be talking about herbs that can help with:
●Stress relief
●Anxiety, nervousness
●Panic attacks
●Low energy, adrenal fatigue 
●Nerve pain 
...and more!

Stress effects every organ system in our bodies, as well as our everyday wellbeing. It is the cause of and contributor to many chronic and acute health issues. Herbs are extremely effective at relieving stress, anxiety and tension, in adults as well as in teens and children. Herbs can help both to relieve acute nervous system issues, as well as to shift long term stress patterns. We will be covering many herbs that work on these levels in detail, talking about how they work in the body and specifics of dosage and preparation.

$20-30 sliding scale. Cash or check only.

REGISTER at:, by calling 740-274-9494, or stop by the Wildfire Herbs booth at Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays 9am-noon. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Holiday Concert to Benefit 

the Athens County Food Pantry

at ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, Oh

Sunday, December 10th @ 4pm

Many of your favorite Christmas and Holiday Songs, both classical and contemporary, will be performed by a talented group of professional singers and instrumentalists including Matthew Chester-Griffin – baritone, Melissa Brobek – Mezzo soprano, Alexandra Bruno – Mezzo Soprano, Nicholas Nesbitt – Tenor, Michael Weiser – Tenor, Harolyn Brient – Piano, and Michael Tobar-- Flute and Piano.
All performers are donating their time and talent for no charge. Every penny collected goes to the Food pantry.
With a joyful and varied program that is sure to warm your heart, lift your spirits and put you in the Holiday mood and Spirit of the Season, you won’t want to miss this festive musical event!
Admission is free. Money Donations of any amount are being collected to benefit the Athens County Food Pantry.
Light refreshments will be served during the intermission.

Front & Center Classically Christmas 

at ARTS/West  132 W. State Street  Athens, Oh

Saturday, December 9th from 12-1pm

ARTS/West presents a free musical performance & children's open stage for solo and ensemble music acts with a focus on classical Christmas music! Special Guests are Nick Paolino who is an Ohio University School of Music MFA candidate on cello accompanied by Kensia Bush. 

For more information contact Trisha Lachman

ARTS/West Music Lending Library Benefit 

Thursday, December 7th @ 9PM

@ Casa Nueva  6 W. State  Athens, Oh

ARTS/West wants to provide affordable access to instruments for Athens community members. This fundraiser is to start and grow the Music Lending Library. If you plan on attending, Sadie Meade will be screen-printing live from 9-11pm onto any apparel you bring as long as it's made of 100% cotton. Bring a t-shirt to get an instrument library design print or buy an instrument themed holiday card to support the cause! The all-night rock show will be starring Red Lake, Speedwalk Jerry, The Revulvas, and The Caitlin Kraus band. This head-banging performance should make your ears-split with sounds coming from the very instruments we'd like to lend you. So come get rowdy to support a good cause with intense music and live screen-print.


@ ARTS/West  132 W. State  Athens, Oh 

Thursday, December 7th 6-8pm 

Laura Serna will be presenting her work in the ARTS/West gallery on December 7th. Her work expresses the elements through the lens of native creation myths. Come on out for a great show, refreshments, and snacks. Her show runs from December 7th to January 2nd.

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Holiday Craft Swap

Sunday, December 3rd @ 3pm

@ ARTS/West 132 West State  Athens, Oh

Come on out for no cash holiday swapping! Bring x number of homemade, giftable items, and leave with x number of items made by other community crafters! Be sure to arrive at 3 pm to set up; swapping starts around 3:15 until all items are gone. Also, feel free to bring a holiday snack to share!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

SATB Choir Concert

Saturday, December 2nd  7pm

@ ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, OH

SATB: a different kind of choir presents
Fire! Friend, Foe and Metaphor, a benefit concert for the Athens Fire Department Community Service Fund, which provides smoke alarms. 

Suggested Donation: $10 per person or $15 per family

Intro to Herbal Medicine-Making: 

Teas and Tinctures

Saturday, December 2nd  1-4pm

@ ARTS/West  132 West State Street  Athens, OH

This class is the first of three Herbal Medicine-Making classes that will be taught by herbalist Hannah Stewart. 

Hannah has five years of herbal experience, including an apprenticeship with folk herbalist Lauren Genter of Ancient Roots Botanicals, years of intensive self-study, and her current apprenticeship with clinical herbalist Caty Crabb of Wildfire Herbs and the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine. 

Each medicine-making class will be a three-hour hands-on workshop held in the performance space at ARTS/West. You will leave with a valuable handout, an herbal remedy of your own crafting to enjoy at home, and the confidence to make more products on your own. 

This first class will be an in-depth introduction to the most common herbal medicine preparations--teas and tinctures. In this class, Hannah will demonstrate and explain the process of:

-drying herbs for storage
-making herbal teas
-brewing decoctions and infusions
-preparing fresh plant tinctures
-making dry plant tinctures

*Each participant will make their own dry plant tincture to take home (choose between Skullcap, Echinacea, and Milk Thistle).*

Appropriate for ages 12+!

Cost: $25-40 sliding scale, which includes the materials for your product.

Please register by emailing 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Herbs for Respiratory Health

Thursday, November 16th from 6-8pm

Winter time is the time for coughs, colds and flu. Come and learn some basics of holistic respiratory health! We will talk about common lung and sinus issues and how to help resolve them with herbs. What helps a runny nose? How do I deal with a sinus infection? This dry cough is keeping me up all night, can herbs help? What kitchen herbs make a good steam? Which herbs are safe for my kids? Join Clinical Herbalist Caty Crabb for a discussion of herbs that cover all these issues and more!

●sinus issues
●lung inflammation and recovery
●asthma and allergies
●herbal syrups, steams, sprays, honeys, teas, tinctures

$20- $30 sliding scale

Class will be held in the performance space at ARTS/West. 
Many Moons Marketplace 

Sat. Nov. 18th - 10am-6pm 
Sun. Nov. 19th - 12-6pm

132 West State Street Athens, Ohio

Many Moons is an annual holiday shopping event that takes place in the basement of ARTS/West, featuring textiles, jewelry, and more from countries like Nepal, India, Bali, and Thailand. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

November Contra Dance

Saturday, Nov. 11th


Contra Dance - at ARTS/West. 

Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. 

Adriane Mohlenkamp will be calling with tunes by Mark, Nick, Jeanie & Other Locals. 

A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-10pm. or 740-590-4102. 

$7/adults, $3/students, $15/family

November Art Show: 

While on My Phone
Art by: Tim Creamer

132 West State Street
Athens, Ohio

Opening: Thursday, November 9th 6:30-8:30pm

Show on display: November 9th-December 1st

Thursday, October 26, 2017

November Family Contra Dance

Sunday, November 5th 3-5pm
ARTS/West 132 W. State Street Athens, Oh

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. This event will have kids and adults dancing together to live music, from The Trophy Wives. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $3/dancer. 

More information at: 

Friday, October 20, 2017

ARTS/West now accepting clothes for
The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange! 

Clean out your closet for a good cause this November at the Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange benefit for ARTS/West! 

The 2017 fall edition of the event will have exchange days on:
Thursday, November 2nd: 6-8pm for ARTS/West members' night
Friday November 3rd: 5-8pm
Saturday November 4th: 10am-6pm

To participate, now through Thursday November 2nd, bring unwanted clothes to ARTS/West during business hours to receive a golden ticket that allows unlimited items on the exchange days. 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 2nd 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 3rd, & $10 on the 4th. Once entry is paid, you may return to the event as many times as you want because entry is only paid once. Free for children 12 & under!
ARTS/West is located at 132 West State Street in Athens Ohio.

For more information or to volunteer:
Emily Beveridge:
ARTS/West @ 740-592-4315.

ARTS/West Business Hours:
(Hours are often extended for evening classes, call for additional hours)

Come marvel at the massive amount of gently used clothing that you can get your paws on at the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange benefit for ARTS/West!
Two Great Jazz Performances Sunday October 22nd

School of Music Faculty Chamber Recital is Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis'. Birth of the Cool will include School of Music faculty and will feature guest artists Terry Douds on bass, James Moore playing the trumpet and Kyle Slemmer with a Baritone Saxophone. 

Entry is free!  

Come by and enjoy an evening of music, organized and performed by graduate assistant Seth Alexander of Ohio University. 

Entry is free! 

Seth is pursuing his masters in Music Performance, with an emphasis on Jazz Studies- this recital is a representation of the work he has done at OU on drum set, vibraphone, and hand drums. The recital will feature collaborations with percussionist Greg Becker, pianist Bobby Lucas, Ryne Siesky on trumpet, Will Horner on trombone, and the Ohio University Jazz Percussion Ensemble. It will also feature original compositions, arrangements of jazz standards, and traditional festival music.

Food: Fluff Bakery & Catering 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Herbs for Digestive Health

Thursday October 19th from 6 - 8pm 

Come learn about herbs you can use to relieve acute and long-term gut problems.

Many of us are affected by occasional or chronic digestive issues- from simple indigestion, to heartburn and bloating, to IBS. In this class we will learn some basics of how the digestive system works. We will cover some common gut problems and many herbs you can use to improve gut health and feel better! 

We will be talking about herbs that can help with: 
●Acid reflux, heartburn 
● Pain, cramping 
●Constipation, diarrhea  
●Food sensitivities 
●Gallbladder issues 
●Gastritis, ulcers, and more 

$20-30 sliding scale. Cash or check only, please.

Register at:

or by calling 740-274-9494
*Coming up in November - Herbs for Respiratory Health*
Front & Center: Ablaze with Color! 

Front & Center returns to ARTS/West on Saturday, October 21st at 12pm. Front & Center is completely free and provides children with an open stage for solo and ensemble music acts. This month, we will be featuring an ensemble group of singers from the Calliope Feminist Choir. A fun Saturday afternoon activity for the whole family!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waltz Workshop / Contra Dance 
at ARTS/West

Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed

5:00-6:30 - Introductory Waltz Moves Workshop with Dale Shirer
6:30-7:30ish - Potluck Dinner
7:30-8:00 - Beginners Contra Lesson
8:00-10:00 - Contra Dance, Dale Shirer calling with The Contrarians

Attend any or all of the events

Waltz Lesson by donation 
Contra Dance $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family

For more information visit or 
call 740-590-4102

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Well Beings
by Greg Vovos
A Play Reading

Join Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble in conversation with the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions "Standing Together: Fighting Our Community's Opioid Epidemic" event
ARTS/West and Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble present
a Staged Reading of Greg Vovos' play
Well Beings 
written by Greg Vovos
directed by Brian Evans
Jack Benken, Lisa Buch, Carson Cerney, Daniel C. Dennis
Janice Paxson Evans, David Haugen, Emily Prince
Neal Timlin, Aidan Tracy & lorraine wochna
Well Beings traces the journey of three heroin addicts at various stages of recovery. Looming over all these characters is the Gravedigger who buries the dead. This sometimes absurd, sometimes all-too-real drama examines one of the biggest crises facing our society today.

7pm, Friday, October 13, 2017
132 W. State Street
Athens, OH
Suggested Donation: $5/adults; $2/students; $10/family

After the reading, audience members will have a chance to speak with playwright Greg Vovos about his process writing the play

A quote from the playwright:
“Theater allows us to tell the stories of our communities in a way like nothing else can. And in this case specifically, it gives our communities the opportunity to come together and witness the struggles that people face when they are caught in the grip of heroin and opiate abuse. When a group of strangers are assembled in a room, playing witness to the events unfolding in front of them, they gain not only a better understanding of the truth of the character’s struggles, but also a greater sense of empathy. From there, conversations naturally begin and our community can come together to support each other. As one recovered addict once said to me, it is only through sharing our stories that true healing can occur. What better place to do so than in the theater?”

More info at: