Fans of First Thursday are accustomed to seeing local artists in the spotlight at Midtown Market, but this month’s celebration goes farther afield to feature a textile artist with international credits. Annemarie Kipar will open her exhibit of jeweled and embroidered wall hangings during the open house event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3.
Kipar’s diverse interests have led her to pursue careers in several countries. Born in Konigsberg, Germany, she graduated from Dresden University with honors in child
psychology and pedagogy and later studied French language and literature at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, English language and literature at Cambridge University and art history at Berkeley in California.
During the 1970s, she was the proprietor of Annemarie’s restaurant in San Francisco, a gathering place for the city’s arts community. In the 1990s, she traveled to Bali, Indonesia, to write a book. Inspired by the island’s rich artistic and musical culture, she began embellishing batik and ikat fabrics to create her signature wall hanging. Her work has been shown in galleries in Indonesia, the U.S., Europe and Asia. See examples at www.annemariekipar.com.
Shops and restaurants will be open late for First Thursday in Midtown, at the Y-intersection of Kings Way and Central Avenue and surrounding neighborhood. Beverage cup sales at Midtown Market will benefit the Friends of the Library.
FIRST FRIDAY in downtown Augusta will include Historic Augusta’s annual Loft Tour and recognition of Artists Row’s 2012 scholarship winners. Caroline Kalayjian, a senior at North Augusta High School, and Carolyn Calloway, a senior at Augusta Preparatory Day School, will receive the scholarship awards and will be featured in a July exhibit at Gallery on the Row.
With the Loft Tour, now in its eighth year, Historic Augusta celebrates National Historic Preservation Month by showcasing historic interiors of living spaces above Broad Street storefronts. The lofts will be open Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from noon to 5 p.m. See www.HistoricAugusta.org for advance ticket details. Tickets also will be available outside 1002 Broad St. on tour days.
THE SOCIETY OF Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is offering a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 5 at the Augusta Library, 823 Telfair St. Speakers will include Donny Seagraves, the author of Gone from These Woods, Laurie Myers, the author of Escape by Night, and Cathy Fishman, the author of When Jackie and Hank Met. There is no charge for the event.
SOCIAL CANVAS returns to the Morris Museum on Sunday, May 6, along with an Artisan Market. For the Social Canvas event, local bands perform outside the museum while artists create original work inspired by the music. Visitors can join the art-making at creativity stations as well. Bailey Jerusalem Sounds, Romance Languages, Big Kids Accordion Band and DJ King Harold will be the musical art-instigators.
The Artisan Market will include handmade pieces created by potters, woodworkers and jewelry designers. Both events will run from noon to 4 p.m., and there will be free admission to the museum, where the special exhibits include Western art from the collection of Arthur J. Phelan, and English garden watercolors from the John Elsley collection.
Phelan will talk about his Western art May 18 at the museum’s Art at Lunch program. Reservations are due May 16. For more information, call (706) 724-7501 or visit www.themorris.org.
SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER will host a couple of notable events Thursday, May 10.
• An exhibit of artwork by David Mascaro’s Studio Group will open with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the ground level hallway (Ellis Street entrance). Joining Mascaro will be artists Yong Ae Alford, Cathy Armstrong, Mary Ann Brock, Carolyn Bohn, Sharon Fausnight, Linda B. Hardy, Miriam Katz, Linda Lavigne and Sue Porterfield.
• Judy Garland: The Dressing of a Legend, will be presented May 10 to benefit the Westobou Festival. The one-day exhibition will include original Judy Garland film memorabilia, wardrobe and personal effects from the collection of Michael Siewart.
He will give a brief lecture and discussion at both a luncheon and an evening cocktail party.
The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. and costs $45, and the cocktail party begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65. Tickets can be purchased online at www.westoboufestival.com or by calling (706) 755-2878.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s annual Wet Paint Party is scheduled for May 19. Artists are frequently asked to donate work for charity auctions, but this event gives artists the opportunity to set a price for their work, with bid amounts over that price going to the arts council.
The party runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Old Government House. It’s also a membership event, open free to council members and those who join at the door. For more information, see www.augustaarts.com.
• Another popular spring membership event is Historic Augusta’s Cotton Ball, to be staged May 17 in the gardens at High Gate, the home of Kate and Trav Paine on Milledge Road. Admission is by current, new or renewing membership in Historic Augusta. Call (706) 724-0436 or visit www.historicaugusta.com for more information.
THE SALUDA SHOALS Foundation and Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission invite artists to submit applications to “unearth, a celebration of naturally inspired art,” to be held Oct. 5-7 at Saluda Shoals Park near Columbia.
Selected artists will receive a stipend to participate in the annual celebration showcasing visual, performing and literary arts in an outdoor setting. Deadline for submission is June 1.
Applications are available at www.unearthsaluda.org.