We’ve already seen lovely performances from World Citizens Drumming (I learned that well-played djembes are indeed a perfect way to start your day!), Eryah and Zion Everson, and the Factory Street Dance Studio.
Pete”The Beat” Wuscher has just started his set, and he sounds great. After Pete wraps things up, we’re going to keep the music thing going with the rad old-timey sounds of Rattletrap and then it’s onto the Gypsy (and Moravian and Bohemian and Slovak) sounds of Domi Adamova and friends.
We also still have some truly excellent items still up for bid in our silent auction. The yART sale has proven to be quite the draw, and there are still tons of great items left.
Oh, and we have snacks and cider. By snacks I mean pizza from Della Zona. And it’s free.
Come on over!
What better way to spend a rainy evening than with good food, good music, and good art? And did we mention it’s free? ART/oberfest starts at 6 pm sharp.
Good food = Miller’s Chicken, Purple Chopstix, Della Zona, Village Bakery, and homemade goodies courtesy of the ART/oberfest committee (the hardest working committee in town!)
Good music = Tom Sweet playing ambient noise from 6 pm to 7 pm, Dead Winds of Summer (Andrew Lampela) freaking you out with his own brand of noise from 7 pm to 8 pm, the lovely sounds of Liz Pahl from 8 pm to 9 pm, and the super sweet indie rock of Seascapes from 9 pm to 10 pm
Good art = I don’t have time to name to 25+ local artists who’ve submitted visual art this year, but I can tell you that you will be better for taking it all in.
Plus, the silent auction kicks off at 6 pm, and all proceeds to go ARTS/West. Just think, you walk away with an amazing silent auction item AND help ARTS/West to continue providing quality arts programming in our community. You can’t beat that.
See you at 6 pm tonight!
ART/oberfest is proud to display the work of our founder and current committee member, Bryan Everson. You might recognize Bryan’s work around Athens. He created the sign for The Wire (remember The Wire?) as well as Blue Eagle. Here’s is Bryan’s artist statement from his website:
I was inspired to learn the art of pyrography (woodburning) about 12 yrs ago after I met some artists who were burning intricate artwork onto wood mushrooms and various types of found wood. I got hold of a beginner’s wood burning kit and began to explore this unique form of expression.
After honing my skills for a couple of years I began teaching some high school classes in pyrography through Foothills School for Appalachian Arts here in SE Ohio. It was about this time that my interest in pyrography started to really escalate to the point to where I was focusing on pyrography as my primary medium and I began designing original work.
After creating several works for local organizations and businesses, people began asking me to make custom pieces. It occurred to me that pyrography might be more than just a hobby.
In addition to the performances listed below, there will be visual art available for viewing all weekend long, as well as our first annual yART sale and artist demonstrations on Saturday.
Remember, the opening reception for artists and community members is Friday at 6 pm. Come mingle and nosh on delicious food provided by Village Bakery, Della Zona, Miller’s Chicken, and Purple Chopstix.
And the silent auction is going on all weekend long!
Friday, October 23
6 pm to 7 pm
Tom Sweet / ambient noise
Aquabear Legion Presents:
7 pm / Dead Winds of Summer / noise
8 pm / Liz Pahl / singer-songwriter
9 pm / Seascapes / indie rock
Saturday, October 24
12:00 pm / World Citizens Drumming / African drumming
12:30 pm / Eryah and Zion Everson / dance
1:00 pm / Factory Street Dance Studio / dance
1:30 pm / Pete Wuscher / acoustic music
2:00 pm / Rattletrap / old-timey music
2:30 pm / Domi Adamova and Friends / Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak &
3:00 pm / Leah Miller / belly dance
3:30 pm / Lowell Jacobs / video
4:00 / Eathan Greene / acoustic music
4:30 pm / Lindsay Calvert / contemporary hoop dance
5:00 pm / Designated Spaces / spoken word poetry
The ART/oberfest committee was super excited when we found out that local artist Emily Beveridge submitted an application for this year’s festival. Emily’s work is amazing! Read this description of her work, from her Etsy shop:
Using spray paint, acrylic, and marker, my work tends to have a childlike, naïve quality to it. Yet the images are rich with symbolism and subversion. Many of the pieces are symmetrical, which contrasts nicely and gives order to the more whimsical elements. Themes that are often explored in my work are animals, tragic humor, and personal memories. For influences, I find myself drawn to folk art, works made by other cultures, cartoons, and religious iconography.
We are extremely pleased to welcome local artist Simona Aizicovici back to ART/oberfest. Simona’s artist statement from her website reads:
I have always loved to press flowers and to express myself through art, but it was only a few years ago that I turned my passion into a career. My educational background is in chemistry and biology, so I worked on the molecular aspect of plants. Between work and taking care of my family, I did not have much time for myself. However, after a turning point in life represented by cancer, I rediscovered myself and decided to focus on my artistic abilities.
My love for nature is reflected in my art. My pictures are painted with nature’s paints – pressed flowers, leaves, and grass – and are sometimes combined with watercolors, pastels, and other mixed media. Each piece is unique. I use modern preservation techniques to ensure that my art will be long-lasting.