Newest exhibits showcase pottery, painting, juried art

We have double-dose art openings to start the new year. Two art receptions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, followed by two more on Friday, Jan. 13.


Georgia artist Lenn Hopkins will be at Sacred Heart Cultural Center Jan. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. to open her show of paintings inspired by life in the rural South. Her works feature loose brushwork and appealing color.

Hopkins earned a bachelor of science from the Medical College of Georgia and studied art at the University of Georgia, Augusta State University and Savannah College of Art and Design. She and her husband live on the family farm in Waynesboro, Ga.

The opening of the fifth annual juried art exhibition at the Aiken Center for the Arts is also scheduled Jan. 12. Titled Aiken Retrospective: Yesterday and Today, the show includes works related to Aiken or Aiken County. Jennifer Onofrio, Augusta State University art professor, is juror for the exhibit, and will announce the awards during the reception, planned for 6 to 8 p.m.


TWO SHOWS open Jan. 13 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Savannah artist Jerome Meadows, the featured artist in the main gallery, combines found, fabricated and nontraditional objects in his work. Meadows has lived and worked in Savannah for 14 years and is the founder and director of Indigo Sky Gallery.

His works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including shows at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art and Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Meadows has received numerous commissions for public sculpture and environmental site design, but his GHIA show, titled Assemblage and Sculpture, will feature smaller multi-media works.

Opening the same day will be Staci Swider: dancing along the red road, in the Creel-Harison Community Gallery at the Gertrude Herbert. Swider will show mixed-media paintings with a narrative quality. The opening reception for both Meadows and Swider will be Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free for GHIA members and $5 for others.


AUGUSTA STATE University art professors Kristin Casaletto and Brian Rust are exhibiting their work through Jan. 28 at the Etherredge Center Gallery at USC Aiken. Casaletto is showing woodcuts and prints in the main lobby, and Rust is showing drawings, collages and sculpture on the second floor.

AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, an exhibit of Edgefield pottery from the Ferrell Collection has opened in the west lobby gallery. Edgefield County, S.C., is noted for its extraordinary contributions to the history of American stoneware pottery. The tradition is carried on by Old Edgefield Pottery’s resident artist, Stephen Ferrell, and his father, Terry Ferrell. They will discuss their work and that of Dave Drake, the enslaved potter celebrated as artist, craftsman and poet, in the Art at Lunch series Friday, Jan. 13, at noon. Paid reservations are required.

Continuing at the Morris Museum: Working South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte; Local Color: Photography in the South; and selected works by members of the Murphy Family of Savannah. The Galen Kipar Project will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 as part of the Music at the Morris series. That same afternoon, artistically-inclined visitors are invited to sketch in the galleries, with materials supplied by the museum.


LOOKING AHEAD: Works by Ted Saupe will open Jan. 19 in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery at Augusta State University.


ELSEWHERE: The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro will present Resonant Frequencies, an exhibition exploring the role of sound in contemporary art, opening Jan. 17 at the Center for Art and Theater. Also opening will be a show by artist and master printer Sergei Tsvetkov. Both exhibitions will run through Feb. 26.