The Artside: Art Now series new at Morris

Hippo, was created by Mel Holston with pen and ink on paper. His work will exhibit at Aiken Center for the Arts.

Art Now, the Morris Museum of Art’s new series of talks with cutting-edge contemporary artists, opens Thursday, Feb. 9 with Marcus Kenney. The evening begins with his talk at 6 p.m., followed by food, drink and music by DJ Joycette.


Kenney creates intricately detailed collages that incorporate bits of unusual materials to portray images that range from the humorous to the provocative and unsettling.

Writing in Art Papers, critic Jerry Cullum said of Kenney’s work, “… the technique of collage has rarely been put to more intelligently entertaining uses.”

Born in Louisiana in 1972, Kenney now lives and works in Savannah. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in New York, Boston, New Orleans and Atlanta, and has shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe.

The Morris has installed a sampling of his works in the Education Gallery next to the auditorium where his talk will be held.


THIS WEEKEND marks the anniversary of MAC on Main, the McDuffie Arts Council’s art gallery in downtown Thomson, Ga. A celebration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. In addition to new artwork by member artists, there will be music by Garden City Jazz. Visit to learn more about MAC.


AT THE AIKEN Center for the Arts, several exhibits open Feb. 15, following the close of the annual antiques show. Noted batik artist Leo Twiggs will be exhibiting, along with Mel Holston and Nancy Wyman Ray. Husband-and-wife team Ann LeMay and Bill LeMay are showing their work in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery. A reception is planned Feb. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A native South Carolinian, Twiggs developed the fine art department at South Carolina State University in Spartanburg and taught there from 1973-1998. In 1970 he was the first black student to receive a doctorate in art education from the University of Georgia. He has presented more than 50 solo exhibits. His works, done in a batik process, deal with the role of relics, images and icons in the culture of the Southeast.

Holston was born in New Jersey and after a career with the U.S. Air Force, studied illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He is best known for pen-and-ink drawings of elongated figures using stylized patterns.

Wyman Ray, a native of South Carolina, recently received a special grant from the Regional Artist Project Grant Consortium. With black ink and white paper, she creates images that she says embrace the extremes in life.

Also on the agenda at the ACA is a three-day workshop with master watercolorist Mary Whyte, Feb. 16-18. The workshop is designed for those experienced in working with watercolors. Call (803) 641-9094 to register.

Whyte’s watercolors are on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art through March 11. Her husband, Smith Coleman, the owner of Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, will talk about the frames he created for her work, Friday, Feb. 17 at noon at the museum as part of the Art at Lunch series. Call (706) 724-7501 to make reservations.


A LECTURE TITLED Excavating Edgefield will be presented Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. George W. Calfas, doctoral candidate in the anthropology department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will talk about the 2011 excavation of the Pottersville kiln site in Edgefield, S.C. Several fine examples of Edgefield pottery from the Ferrell Collection are on exhibit at the Morris. They are displayed under Lucite in the lobby gallery, where you can get close enough to see what all the fuss is about.


GALLERY ON THE ROW in downtown Augusta has added a new artist to the team. Native Augustan Cathy Tiller, whose work incorporates vivid colors and a variety of textures, joined the gallery in February.



Feb. 11: Historic Augusta presents L’Amour at Café Lamar, a fundraiser to benefit children’s programs at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. Call (706) 724-0436 for reservations.

Feb. 12: Tim Owings presents romantic piano classics at 2 p.m. in the Music at the Morris series Sunday afternoon. It’s also Sunday sketch day. Artists who want to draw in the galleries may pick up materials in the activity room.

Feb. 15: The Toe Tactic is next up in the Southern Circuit Film Series at the Morris. The 6 p.m. showing will be followed by discussion with writer, director and animator Emily Hubley.

Feb. 16: The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History presents its Historian Awards. Visit for updates.

Feb. 16: The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s quarterly membership meeting will be at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Discussion topics include the Miller Theater, Imperial Theatre and Cultural Action Plan.

Feb. 18: The Arts Council’s Fat Saturday Pub Crawl begins at 4 p.m. See for registration information.

Feb. 18: The Poetry Society of South Carolina presents Starkey Flythe Jr. in a seminar, The Ant and the Elephant, from 10 a.m. to noon at ARTworks in Beaufort, S.C. For information, call (843) 379-2787.