Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: Sew it! Cat’s Pajamas Sewing Classes

In conjunction with Cat's Pajamas, ARTS/West is hooking up with one of Athens premier costumers, Nellie Werger, to present some sewing classes prior to and during the Cat's Pajamas event! Please see below for more information:

Sew it! Cat’s Pajamas Sewing Classes
All classes are donation based.
March 14, 1-3pm
Can't sew on a button? In this class you will learn some basic sewing skills, patching and mending. You could hem a skirt, replace the elastic, sew on that button so it will never come off again. Learn how to make your wardrobe last longer and work better. We can even work on how to darn socks! So bring your mending! I will bring in a sewing machine and supplies for hand sewing.
March 21, 1-3pm
In conjunction with the Cat's Pajamas Clothing exchange you will learn to upscale, recut, remake, alter and transform. Love the fabric? But hate the shape? Doesn't fit? We can show you how to take something that doesn't work and make it into something that does. We will use cast offs as materials for other projects, from slight modification to total deconstruction and reconstruction. Please bring scissors and I will bring a sewing machine and a Serger. Materials generously provided by Cat’s Pajamas.
March 28, 1-3pm
Making your new treasures work for you. I will be present during Cat’s Pajamas to consult and teach you how to make alterations or upscale your Cat’s Pajamas treasures. We will make good use of everything from ragged jeans to old t-shirts. They can all be made into useful and decorative garments.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Front & Center featuring the Athens Irish Dancers

UPDATE of 2/20/15: This week's Front & Center has been POSTPONED due to weather conditions - We hope to have the Athens Irish Dancers join us May 16th, so save the date and watch for updates!

You are invited to

 a free music event for school age kids at
 132 W. State St., Athens
 third Saturday of each month (Sept.-May)
 at noon –1 pm
Sat. February 21 special guests:
Athens Irish Dancers
 second half of event is an open stage for any kids, 
solo or group,
 to share your music, or

to listen!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Madness" coming to ARTS/West!

Every Friday, the OU MFA Playwrights present a collection of 
short plays based on a theme given early in the week. 

It's called Madness and this Friday it's at ARTS/West! 

This week, the playwrights are writing about garbage. Refuse. Rubbish. Litter. Trash. Junk. Whatever. And after just a few rehearsals they'll offer up a 'script in hand' production for the Friday late-night crowd. 

Join us for a night of theater about the things we throw away.

Friday, January 30th at 11:00pm

Tickets are free! 
(donations to ARTS/West encouraged)

 132 W. State St. 
Athens, OH 45701

Thursday, January 08, 2015

ARTS/West To Host Shirey Photo Exhibit

Bryan Gibson

Updated Wed, Jan 7, 2015 2:52 pm
Photo Credit: 
Zanesville Museum of Art
Jim Shirey of Athens, "Cucullaria" (photograph)  
ARTS/West will host an opening for featured artist Jim Shirey this Friday, Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Shirey's exhibit will hang in the performance space through Jan. 31.
Shirey, who recently won the First Place Photography Award at the 70th Ohio Annual Exhibition in Zanesville, is an Athens-based photographer whose work tends to focus on wildflowers indigenous to Southeast Ohio.
During his time as a math professor at Ohio University, Shirey’s interest in a different hobby led him to start practicing photography.
"I was taking pieces of rotten wood out of the forest and making sculptures out them and I photographed them," he told WOUB in 2013. "I got more interested in the photography than the wood."
Now retired and living in the Athens County countryside, Shirey's art is influenced by his surroundings, as he notes in his artist's statement:
"We moved into an old farmhouse long ago. In the years following we grew gardens, raised fruit trees, and hiked through the wildlife area adjoining our property. Our boys grew into strong men and went their ways, leaving us with the memory of the natural world we shared as a family. That included the wildflowers growing in odd places, some so tiny they could fit on a pinky nail. During the warm seasons I capture their images when the air falls still and the light is gentle."
Refreshments will be provided at Friday's event, which is free and open to the public. For more information about Jim Shirey's work, visit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ARTS/West offices closed December 25-26 and January 1

ARTS/West wishes you and yours a  
happy holiday!

The ARTS/West offices will be closed on December 25-26th in observance of the holiday.

The offices will be open Monday-Wednesday, December 29-31, 10am-4pm and closed New Years Day, Thursday, January 1st.