Summer doesn’t mean much of a slowdown in Augusta’s art world. Museums and galleries have a full schedule of exhibits and events, and there are several art openings to put on the calendar in the next couple of weeks.
Kyungmin Park, the best of show winner in the 2011 Sense of Place juried competition at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, returns in June for a solo show. A native of South Korea, Park graduated cum laude from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and is a master of fine arts candidate in ceramics at the University of Georgia.
Her sculptures incorporate the human figure in imaginative forms. On her Web site, www.kyungminpark.com, she states that she cultivates a childlike ability to create a new and exciting world out of a single object and to explore a place beyond the obvious boundaries. The Gertrude Herbert will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8.
The reception also marks the opening of a show called Text Messages in the Creel-Harison gallery on the third floor. Ann Erickson, a Martinez resident, will show various applications of calligraphy as an art form. The reception is free to GHIA members and $5 for others. Call (706) 722-5495 for more information.
THE LUCY CRAFT LANEY Museum of Black History will hold its annual photography exhibition June 1-July 31, with an opening reception scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3. This year, the exhibit features the work of photographer David Leigh, whose images document some of the impressive and historically significant areas of the historic Laney-Walker district.
PHOTOGRAPHER ED BELINSKI is the featured artist for First Thursday, June 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Midtown Market on Kings Way. Belinski began taking photographs in middle school and used his photographic skills to work his way through college and graduate school. He has done professional sports, commercial and aerial assignments, but always returns to his love of portrait and nature photography.
Belinski has taught digital photography and Photoshop classes at Augusta State University, Morris Museum of Art, the MACK in McCormick, S.C., and Phinizy Swamp. His swamp photographs will be featured for the First Thursday event, and the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy will be the evening’s beverage cup sales charity.
IF YOU THINK your office sometimes has an absurd quality, check out the works by sculptor Bob Trotman in the lobby gallery at the Morris Museum. His carved wooden figures, often surprisingly posed, are designed to evoke both humor and anxiety. Taken together, they offer an absurdist vision of an imaginary corporate purgatory, according to the artist’s statement on his Web site, www.bobtrotman.com.
Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., Trotman earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Washington and Lee University and for 35 years has maintained a studio in the foothills of North Carolina. His works are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, among others.
Trotman will be the featured speaker June 15 at the museum’s Art at Lunch program. Paid reservations are requested by June 13. Call (706) 724-7501 for more information.
EILEEN WALLACE, visiting professor of printmaking in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, is exhibiting during June at the Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga. Her show, titled Pattern Studies, opens June 2 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
MORE CALENDAR NOTES: Looking ahead, other June events include the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s annual awards June 14, an opening reception for plein air painters June 21 at the Aiken Center for the Arts, and a reception for the Hamburg Exhibit at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center June 28.
ARTIST LILLIE MORRIS considers the town of Listowel her home base when she visits Ireland, where she finds much of her artistic inspiration. Known as Ireland’s literary capital, Listowel hosts Writer’s Week, an international literary festival, each May. This year, Morris is more than a visitor. She is the illustrator of a book of poems by Linda Whittenberg of Santa Fe, N.M., titled Somewhere in Ireland, A Journey of Discovery. The artist and poet will be on hand for the book launch at Woulfe’s Book Shop in Listowel during festival week. It’s already available in several Augusta locations including Art on Broad, the Morris Museum Store and Sacred Heart Gift Shop.