Galleries have new exhibits opening

Artist Deborah Kahn wants her paintings to be “like a turtle’s shell: ugly, craggy and at the same time a beautiful shield that contains the history of the creature and its kind. I want my paintings to feel like dirt that moves,” she says in a statement.


Kahn’s paintings have been described as well developed, abstracted figures, human and animal, with layers of heavily applied paint creating a textured and gritty surface. She will talk about her work when she opens her exhibit Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery at Augusta State University. The opening-day events will include her lecture at 3:30 p.m. in University Hall, followed by a gallery reception from
5 to 6:30 p.m. Both are open to the public at no charge.

Kahn is a Maryland-based artist who teaches painting and drawing at American University in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Kansas City Art Institute and her masters from Yale University. She has taught at Dartmouth College, New York Studio School, Yale and several other universities and has exhibited in the United States and abroad, most recently in Japan.


ANOTHER OPENING reception will take place Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, where the headliners in the main gallery are Bea Kuhlke and Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, two of the Augusta area’s most well-known artists. A reception from 6 to 8 p.m. will also honor concurrent exhibits by Susan McCarty, Judy Adamick and Anne Smith, as well as a group show by plein air artists.


NEW THIS WEEK at the Morris Museum of Art is an exhibit by Lillie Morris in the first floor education gallery. The 12 paintings comprise her January Man Series, inspired by a song by Scottish songwriter Dave Goulder. She will show her own musical side as part of the Very Merry Morris holiday event Dec. 4.


THE SPECIAL EXHIBIT, Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice, ends its run Nov. 20 at the Morris, so there are only a few days left to visit the show spotlighting his architectural paintings. Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte, acclaimed lowcountry-based watercolorist, opening Dec. 2. Whyte will conduct a workshop Dec. 3 focusing on portraiture techniques. The workshop is limited to 13 participants. Call (706) 828-3867 for information.

Ongoing special exhibits at the Morris are Making Something Ancient of the New: Sculpture by Kath Girdler Engler, featured in the riverfront lobby gallery; and Local Color: Photography in the South.


JIM HARRISON, prolific South Carolina artist, will visit the USC Aiken campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 where he will have prints, calendars and other items for sale to benefit the Anne Harrison Endowed Scholarship established in honor of his mother. He is best known for his Coca-Cola images and depictions of rural signs and vernacular structures: railroad stations, country stores, covered bridges and farm buildings.


AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY’S art students are holding their fall Mad Potter’s sculpture and pottery sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16-18. Look for the white tents near the Walton Way entrance to campus.


WILLIAM WILLIS, Augusta State University’s Morris Eminent Scholar in Art, will present a gallery talk about his work Friday, Nov. 18 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. His exhibit continues through Dec. 13.


AMONG THE many art-related holiday events will be an afternoon of Very Berry art and music Dec. 4 at the Partridge Inn ballroom. The event honors the Berry Center’s 50th year of caring for residents with developmental delays. Call (706) 738-6792 for information.


MAC ON MAIN, the McDuffie Arts Council’s gallery in Thomson, has planned a reception Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring a pottery demonstration by Shishir Chokshi of Tire City Potters, and an exhibit of new work by the arts council’s artists.


NOTABLES: Dorothy Eckmann, education director at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Art Education Association. She also won the association’s Museum Educator Award in 2003.