The Westobou Festival is in full swing this week. At the Old Richmond Academy parade grounds, the Art Bar series wraps up Thursday, Oct. 6, with the Artists’ Row sculpture viewing and auction from 5 to7:30 p.m.
Ancora Imparo, a show featuring Augusta State University faculty artists, continues in the academy building through Saturday, Oct. 8. A phrase Michelangelo wrote on the edge of a drawing late in his life, ancora imparo is translated “still I am learning.” It’s a fitting phrase for Westobou, a festival designed to bring us cultural events that are innovative and beyond the ordinary. While the ASU faculty artists may be familiar to many of us, visitors are sure to be impressed by the range and quality of work on display.
At the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, there will be a gallery talk and closing reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, for artist Sarah Hobbs, and her site-specific installation, Flight in Place. The reception is free for GHIA members and $5 for others. Also on view: the national juried art show, A Sense of Place, and works by Ingrid Hofer.
For a taste of art in motion, there are two performances of the celebrated dance company Momix at the Imperial Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. The contemporary troupe will perform Botanica, a production that blends movement with lighting and nature-inspired costumes to create an organic fantasy in dance.
In North Augusta, several exhibits continue at the Arts and Heritage Center. Carolina’s Got Art, a traveling juried show, includes nice work by regional artists, and a small show of quirky ceramics is featured as well. The North Augusta Artists Guild has a display on the second floor. If you haven’t seen the North Augusta history exhibit, it is well done and well worth a visit.
BEYOND THE WESTOBOU circle, there are several art events, including Wild With Dogs, an invitational exhibition at the Aiken Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. The entire center is focused on dogs this month in partnership with the Aiken Wild Read program, which is a month-long celebration of reading featuring Jack London’s Call of the Wild. The program is sponsored by the Aiken Woman’s Club and Aiken Public Library.
Nine Southeastern artists are participating in the show, displaying paintings, photographs, sculpture, film and drawing – all relating in some way to dogs. Exhibitors are Lynn Carlisle, Georgianna C. Conger, Barbara Whetstone Fox, Jan Heath, Del Holt, Corinne Kenney, Nanette Langner, Louise Mellon and Keith Norval.
The exhibit titled You and Your Dog is staged in the first floor main galleries and Brooks gallery. The ACA Children’s Art Exhibit is also keyed to the canine theme. Leslie Hutto depicts dogs in her exhibit in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery.
In conjunction with the Aiken Wild Read program, a variety show, Howl of the Wild, will be performed at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, with a repeat performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. For more information on Aiken Wild Read, see www.aikenwomansclub.org.
• The MAC on Main Art Gallery in Thomson, Ga., is holding an “Artoberfest’ reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, to introduce works by McDuffie Arts Council member artists.
• Athens potter Rebecca Wood will present a trunk show Oct. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. Wood began her career as a painter, but today she runs R. Wood Studio, one of the largest studio potteries in the country. In an old produce warehouse near downtown Athens, Wood and her 12 artists use Georgia’s distinctive red clay to form hand-shaped dinnerware with vibrantly colorful glazes. Get a preview at www.rwoodstudio.com
• Vennie Deas Moore, documentary photographer and cultural historian, will offer an afternoon workshop Oct. 15 at the Morris Museum of Art. The program will include tips on bringing personal memoirs, family narratives or historical fiction to life. The cost is $25 for museum members and $35 for others. Call (706) 724-7501 to register by Oct. 9.
• At Augusta State University, the Fall Sandhills Writer Series will begin Oct. 19 with a reading by prize-winning creative nonfiction author and novelist Karen Salyer McElmurray at 2:30 p.m. in the Coffee House of Jaguar Student Activities Center. Poet Cornelius Eady will present a reading at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 in the same location. Both events will be followed by a book-signing and reception. For more information, call (706) 667-4437.
FIRST THURSDAY events in Midtown on Oct. 6 will benefit Aquinas High School. Among the featured artists in the shops on Central Avenue and Kings Way are Beth Jones, Ana Thompson and Susan Harris Johnston.
THE NORTH AUGUSTA ARTISTS Guild will sponsor an art show and sale including paintings, wood sculpture and jewelry, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 on West Avenue adjacent to First Baptist Church.