The Morris Museum of Art will have a closing party Jan. 26 for the special exhibition Local Color: Photography in the South. Noted photographers William Greiner, Meryl Truett, Dave Anderson and Birney Imes will talk about their photographs in a lecture at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow.
The event offers a rare opportunity to visit with some of the South’s most prominent contemporary photographers. Museum members get in free, and the cost is $5 for others. Call (706) 724-7501 to say you’re attending.
SEVERAL NEW EXHIBITS of note are around the area.
• In Statesboro, Resonant Frequencies, an exhibit exploring the role of sound in contemporary art, is featured at the Center for Art and Theater on the campus of Georgia Southern University. The show includes work by Roger Chamieh, sculptor and installation artist from Tampa, Fla.; Peter Edwards, sculptor and musician from Troy, N.Y.; and Nathan Ethier, painter from New York City. Also showing: work by master printer Sergei Tsvetkov. Both exhibits run through Feb. 26.
• Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, Ky., has opened a show of equestrian sporting art at the Willcox Inn in Aiken. Greg Ladd, his son Field Ladd and daughter Catherine Ladd Kenneally, owners of Cross Gate, have selected equestrian-related paintings and sculpture for the exhibit, including a work by Vaughan Flannery (1898-1955) depicting the 1948 Aiken Trials.
The show includes work by noted 19th and 20th century artists Alfred Munnings and Isadore Bonheur, and contemporary artists Larry Wheeler, Sandy Oppegard and Andre Pater. The Willcox will host receptions for Wheeler, Feb. 7; Oppegard, March 1 and Pater, March 15.
• A Tale of Two Autumns: Mountain and Urban Landscapes by Walter Cumming, has opened at the Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga. Cumming is a former illustrator for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and has exhibited several times in Augusta since devoting his time to fine art. The watercolors on display include autumn landscapes across north Georgia and works featuring the Atlanta skyline. Visit www.galleryafire.com to see a video chat with the artist.
WRAPPING UP: The end of the month marks the closing of a few shows. The Aiken Retrospective show closes Jan. 29 at Aiken Center for the Arts, and the exhibit by Kristin Casaletto and Brian Rust closes Jan. 28 at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
FEBRUARY WILL start out with a flurry of activities next week.
• Joe Lamp’l, host and producer of the public television series Growing a Greener World, will be in Augusta for a lecture at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Augusta Country Club, 655 Milledge Road. The lecture is presented by the Nola Falcone Speaker Series and Sacred Heart Garden Festival, with proceeds benefitting Sacred Heart. Tickets cost $35 and reservations are required. Call (706) 826-4700 for information.
• At Augusta State University, artist Ted Saupe will present a lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in University Hall, room 170, discussing his work on exhibit in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art on campus. There will be a reception for the artist at the gallery from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saupe is professor of art and ceramics area chairman at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia.
• That same evening, a lecture titled Art as a Window to the Mind: the Music and Mystique of Johnny Mercer will be presented at the Morris Museum of Art. Dr. Stewart Shevitz, interim chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Georgia Health Sciences University, and Lynda Shevitz, retired director of music at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, will perform music from the songbook of Johnny Mercer and discuss psychological factors driving the musician’s genius. A reception will follow.
The program is open to museum members and invited guests.
• Feb. 2 is also First Thursday in Midtown, where shops will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists displaying their work include Panny Force, Kaye Ward, Jill Gunn, Lee Ann Hagler, Susan Harris Johnston, Ann deLorge, Billie Jean Powell, Wendy Cunico, Pat Tante, Janet Sterzen, Karen Banker, Mary Louise Nechtman, Tricia Hughes, Randy Lambeth and Susan McCarty. Proceeds from the sale of beverage cups will benefit the Augusta Choral Society.
• Fore! Images in Golf Art opens on Feb. 4 at the Morris Museum of Art. The exhibition includes more than 25 works of art – photographs, paintings and drawings by such artists as LeRoy Neiman, Will Barnet, Tim Clark, Ray Ellis, Lucy McTier, Dan Rizzie, Linda Hartough, Frank Christian and Philip Morsberger, among others. It will remain on view through April 15, and various related events are planned for March and April.
• At the Aiken Center for the Arts, the 13th annual Antiques in the Heart of Aiken show and sale opens with a preview party Feb. 2 and continues through Feb. 5. There will be 23 dealers showing decorative art, fine art, jewelry and rare books. For information, call (803) 641-9094. While the antiques show will occupy the main galleries, Ann & Bill LeMay will be the featured artists for February in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery at the back of the main floor.
• Lorenzo Williams is the artist of the month at Hitchcock Healthcare in Aiken. A native of Johnston, S.C., Williams has been a professional artist for more than 20 years and teaches in the fine arts department at Butler High School in Augusta.