From the artside



Works by Augusta State University art professor and printmaker Kristin Casaletto will be featured in an exhibit opening Friday in the main galleries at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St.

North Augusta artist Laura Umphrey will present a solo exhibition featuring works in mixed media and photography in the Creel-Harison Community Gallery at the Gertrude Herbert.

Ms. Casaletto has exhibited in the area and outside Augusta, including shows in Italy and Australia. Her work incorporates printmaking, drawing, and sometimes painting and other media.

In her show Before it's Gone, Ms. Umphrey uses found objects, bronze, wood and a variety of other media to present works based on our rapid loss of rural areas.

An opening reception and gallery talk for both artists will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday in the main gallery. The evening will include an informal gallery talk at which both artists will discuss their works. Admission is free for art institute members and $5 for nonmembers.


Over at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., many of the galleries are closed for renovation, but a couple of exhibits and lots of programs are still going on.

On Sunday, a Children's Book Reading Spectacular will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature several Augusta celebrities reading children's stories about the sea. Scheduled participants are Miss Monique, Helen Blocker-Adams, Karin Calloway and Jay Jefferies. Afterward, children will make their own sea-inspired art projects. All three of these events are free.

Exhibits include Response and Memory: The Art of Beverly Buchanan, which runs through January. On Jan. 17, there will be a showing of Beverly Buchanan , a program in the PBS series A World of Art: Works in Progress . Museum docent and Creative Conversations member Carolyn Benning will give a gallery talk.

Also continuing, Deep Sea: Drawings by William Golding, which features maritime drawings by the self-taught black artist William O. Golding. Between 1932 and 1939, he executed about 60 drawings, created from his memories of the ships he sailed and the ports he visited around the globe. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, followed at 6 p.m. by a discussion of the artist's life and work, led by Karen Klacsmann .


Garden City Jazz is sponsoring an exhibit titled The. Art. Of. Jazz: Music in the Moment, at Casa Blanca Café, 936 Broad St., during January and February. The show features a series of portraits of local jazz musicians created by Joel Cruz .

A classically-trained saxophonist, Mr. Cruz performs with the Augusta Concert Band and Savannah River Winds, but primarily with the Jazz Collective trio. The portraits depict his mentors, colleagues and friends.


Tom Nakashima will present an exhibit titled Georgia Werks , opening Jan. 14 at the New Space Gallery on the campus of Augusta State University. An opening reception is scheduled that date from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mr. Nakashima, now in his last year as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art, will lecture on his work and discuss his years at Augusta State on Jan. 19 at University Hall, 2500 Walton Way.

Louise Keith Claussen is Morris Communications Co. corporate art manager, former arts editor, former art museum director and longtime advocate of Augusta's cultural arts community.