Art events feature animals, coffee, World War I history

The first weekend of the month means lots of art happenings around town.

 

Midtown Market will once again kick off the month with its First Thursday event from 5 to 8 p.m. June 1 at the market located at Kings Way and Central Avenue.

Help raise money and awareness for Phinizy Swamp Nature Park while checking out the art of Dick Dunlap and the new novel, Shattered Diary, by Aiken author Benjamin Lacy.

On Friday, June 2, artists, Tom Hubbard, Troy Campbell and Chase Lanier will have a one-night-only pop-up exhibition from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1124 Broad St. The exhibition is called Transience.

This weekend, the Morris Museum of Art has its monthly Artrageous program at 2 p.m. Sunday combining an art activity with a special program. This month’s event will feature a representative from Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C., talking about how animals adapt to habitats, and the art activity will be to make a fish print.

Also at the Morris, there will be a closing reception for the exhibition, The Black Belt of Alabama: A Response to Home, featuring the photography of Jerry Siegel. The reception will be 6-8 p.m. June 8. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for others.

Brian McGrath, who is an artist and the owner of Sweet Stick Skateboard Gallery, will have new works on display at Wolf and Finch. A reception will be 5-9 p.m. June 9.

“By challenging our current, instant world, I’ve been focused on bringing physicality and new perspectives to everyday objects and activities,” McGrath said this about his exhibition. “By pairing digital and tangible materials, I’m challenging the viewer to consider themes of reality, function, and history.”

The Coffee Art Show celebrating Buona Caffe’s fourth birthday will be 4-6 p.m. June 11 at 1858 Central Ave. This annual exhibition is a little unusual. Coffee is the main focus, and artists either paint about coffee or paint with coffee.

Artist Erica Pastecki has participated since the first show. It combines two of the things she loves – coffee and art. This year, she’s trying something different. She’s painting with coffee on silk, and she’s looking forward to the show.

“It’s going to be a super fun group show,” Pastecki wrote in an email.

That Place Coffee and 4P Studios will have new art work in June. Exhibitions will feature the work of Travis Duncan at That Place Coffee and Dan Dyches at 4P Studios.

Also, at 600 Broad, there will be an exhibition of the works of Emily Shipe and Diane Pirrmann.

There will be two exhibits at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta opening on June 8.

A World War I history exhibit, marking the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the war, will be in the balcony gallery. Several Aiken County residents died in World War I, and their memory is preserved through the exhibit.

Also at the AHCNA is a juried art exhibition called Open Session. It features a mix of various media including oil, acrylic and photography. Prizes will be awarded for the top three and best of show.

Both exhibitions will be on display through Aug. 18, and there will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8.

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Michaela  Waters will be presenting an acting workshop at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts June 12-26.

Waters, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and actor, will return to her hometown to present this workshop based on Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints. Designed for teens and adults, the workshop will be presented from 6-7 p.m. on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of those two weeks. The cost is $140.

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The Aiken Center for the Arts has new exhibitions posting later in June.

The artwork of Linda Hardy, Donna Postma, Debbie Black, Joy in the Journey and Summer Art Camp will be on display from June 19 to July 28. The artists’ reception will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 22. It is is free and open to the public.

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The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council recently awarded scholarships to three North Augusta High School graduates who plan to pursue art degrees. The recipients are Todd Newton Gillespie, Caroline Diehl Harpring and Parker Mitton.

“Initially, we had planned to provide two scholarships,” said NACAC member Bruce Wilson in a news release. “But the entries were so outstanding that an anonymous donor provided a last-minute gift to fund a third. We are thrilled to support the aspirations of these stellar young people, who have already distinguished themselves in myriad ways.”

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I want to give a shout out to my friends at Columbia County Ballet. Ron and Kathleen Jones have been training young dancers for more than 30 years, and some of them have gone away from the area to pursue careers in dance.

CCB alumna Naomi Hergott is hanging up her pointe shoes after dancing several seasons with the Kansas City Ballet in Kansas City, Mo. Her fiance, Kevin Hamilton, is a dancer with the Kansas City Ballet. She plans to pursue her dream of becoming a life coach in the next phase of her career.

Michael Viator just returned to the Augusta area for a few days to choreograph a new version of Beauty and the Beast, which will feature Gabriel Hughes, Ron and Kathleen’s grandson and a recent John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate, as the Beast.

Michael is working with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Miss., and recently toured Asia with the group.

For several seasons, Columbia County Ballet has offered its opening show as a fundraiser for Imperial Theatre. Last fall, the organization performed Viator’s production of Alice in Wonderland, which raised more than $3,000 to benefit the historic theater.

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And last but not least, congrats to the winners of the Greater Augusta Arts Council Awards.

I know a couple of people on the list. My brother, Leonard Porkchop Zimmerman has been named artist of the year, and Mary Frances Hendrix, the driving force behind Applause and other feature sections at The Augusta Chronicle, has been named the media person of the year. Kudos to Trey Maxwell, arts professional; Sue Alexanderson, a tireless supporter of the Friends of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, who is the volunteer of the year, and Gold Mech, the sponsor of the year.

The Awards Celebration will be from 6-8:30 p.m. June 22 at Enterprise Mill. Buy tickets at augustaarts.com.

 

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