As we welcome the New Year, the Aiken Center for the Arts is planning a full schedule of classes, films and events for your enjoyment.
Adults can explore new classes such as digital darkroom, portfolio development or Nantucket baskets. Some favorite classes return to the schedule - bridge, yoga, acrylics, drawing and painting, watercolor, book club and cooking.
Special one-day workshops for serious artists feature watercolor, Web site for artists and marketing for the artist.
Children and teens can create with multimedia in art apprentice and visual-art classes, plus discover manga (Japanese cartooning) and digital darkroom. Homeschool classes and school holiday workshops return to the agenda.
Our Aiken Chamber Regional Orchestra will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the center. The middle and high school students in the orchestra will perform a spring concert and in the Hopelands Concert Series at Hopelands Gardens.
Antiques in the Heart of Aiken will be held Feb. 1-4. Twenty-two dealers from the Southeast will display their antiques in the center's main galleries, with the Sweetheart Tearoom serving delicious meals. The preview party will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Attendees will be the first to view the high-quality antiques while enjoying a festive evening with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
Supporting lectures for the antiques show will begin with Conservation of Paintings on Paper and Canvas by Ginny Newell at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, followed by the lecture The History of Tea and the Silver Service by Dr. Harry Robertson at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Willcox Inn.
A lecture called For the Love of Linens and Lace, by antiques show vendor Connie Marks, will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and An Antique Look at Scotland, by Patricia Williams, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Tickets for all events are available at the center or by calling (803) 641-9094. Space is limited.
The Reel Art Film series offers films and documentaries that touch the heart, challenge the brain and tickle the funny bone. Blossom of Fire will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday and Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Director Rewind will feature one of Peter Jackson's first films, Heavenly Creatures, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Films in February include Only the Strong Survive, Look at Me, and The Baxter. Tickets are $8 or $40 for the series.
This month, the Brooks Gallery is having the first Home School exhibition, and in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery we will exhibit Mike Kleiman's photography. Aiken Sports, a juried exhibition, will be in the main galleries through Jan. 26. The opening reception and the Nandina Awards announcements will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.