The Sweet and Hot Peppers Guitar by Billy Rhinehart of Fish Guitar – ”The body is carved from a single piece of white ash that grew on the campus of Ohio University for about 200 years. The peppers include: habanero, Hungarian wax, jalapeño, poblanos, sweet red, and a couple other little suckers that’ll scorch your mouth.” Billy Rhinehart of Fish Guitar will be performing with the group at ARTS/West during the July 2018 State Street ArtWalk. (Submitted)

July State Street ArtWalk Slated for July 5

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Returning for the second time, State Street Art Walk is excited to announce the launch of its July walk down the street! Produced in collaboration with Arts West, South East Ohio History Center, Casa Nueva, and Passion Works Studio, this unique one night event will feature creative, thought provoking artworks, history and hands-on art-making activities from several of Athens most talented artists and featured musicians at select locations. Taking place on East and West State Street, the Art Walk will provide patrons with an opportunity to engage with one our City’s newest activities: gallery hopping.
Participating in this month’s State Street Art Walk event are:
ARTS/West (132 W. State Street)
Fish Guitar: Billy Rhinehart Art, Featuring music by The Trio – Mimi Hart, Jim Smailes, John Borchard
Billy Rhinehart is the artist and owner of Fish Guitar the home of unique real art guitars. Each instrument is designed from scratch, hand carved, hand painted, and hand assembled. An array of electric guitars, lap steels, 5-string bass and 6 string baritones will be on display.
SEO History Center (24 W. State St.)
Several exhibits on display including quilts, bricks, asylum history & a portrait exhibit.
– “The Athens Asylum, 150 Years of a Healing Landscape” Exhibit contains artifacts, artwork, medical history of the Athens Asylum and focuses on mental health through the decades.
– There are also locally made quilts on display from textile artists from the period during WWII.
– “The Stuff of Dreams” Elise Sanford Portrait Exhibit is a unique display of local women posing as one of their heroes.
– “Bricks of Southeast Ohio”, an exhibit of locally made bricks telling the history of one of Southeast Ohio’s major industries.
Casa Nueva (6 W. State St.)
Annual Summer Casa Employee Art Show

A collection of mixed media artworks created by the current staff of Casa Nueva.
Come out to enjoy good company, good food, and great drinks while exploring the local art scene! Featuring Music Provided by: JJ Reed & Tracy Turner

Passion Works Studio (20 E. State St.)
Balloons! Balloons! Balloons! Featuring hands-on balloon twisting and more! Jump, walk, come on over to Passion Works for a new twist… balloons! You are invited to investigate twisting – make a hat, flower, snake… develop new skills that will change your life and give you powers of spreading joy & delight.
On display will be our interpretation of fancy disco balls that actually were installed at the Nelsonville Music Festival 2018! Starting with round balloons we paper-mached, attached CDs and fabric tassels…yes, we will share our process, secret paper-mache recipe and tricks so you too can reproduce “homemade” disco balls for your next social extravaganza!
For more information please, contact ARTS/West at (740) 592-4315
About the State Street Art Walk
The State Street Art Walk takes place on the first Thursday of each month with four exhibits uptown on one street, to provide free visual arts events to the Athens community, a larger platform for exhibiting artists and musicians and to promote Athens art tourism. The event brings together art lovers, community members, and repeat visitors who collect art, dine, and shop at local businesses.