Augusta’s First Friday outdid herself in July. It may be hot and some activities might have slowed down because of the summer, but that hasn’t stopped Augusta’s amazing artists doing what they do best.
I knew that I couldn’t get to everything on First Friday, but I did manage to make a few stops on the art exhibit circuit. There were so many to choose from.
New Moon Cafe had its first ever exhibition based on its popular Seven Monkey Fury coffee, which features seven different types of coffee beans. With refreshments, music from several performers including Celia Gary and monkey-related art hanging on the wall, it was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Chris Hardy even wrote several tunes in honor of the brew.
While I was in New Moon, I found a few friends including Waldo - you know the guy with the red-and-white-striped shirt and hat. The Book Tavern is once again doing its Find Waldo promo. Pick up a map at the Book Tavern next to New Moon and find Waldo in locations downtown to earn discounts and prizes. The Waldo fun will end on Aug. 4.
Speaking of the Book Tavern, Kenny Benson said he has some ideas floating around for the next art and literature show and will have details soon.
I also stopped at Wolf and Finch, where there were Tootsie Pops, Twizzlers, a special Happy button, Happy pencils and art prints of the Happy robot in the vein inspired by Andy Warhol. Screen print artist Leah Schaffer put her own twist on some of the prints which featured hidden items. The color palettes for the pieces in the Face Value exhibition include lots of bright and fun colors reflective of the artist Porkchop who likes that scheme.
The second weekend of July also had several art receptions scheduled.
Jacob Vaz, Matthew Porter, Anna Patrick and Jason Craig spent a year collaborating to unveil Pink Slips Analog at Sky City on July 14.
At 4P Studios, there was a pop-up exhibition on July 9 featuring the art work of Augusta University students. Persona: Large Scale Drawings on Paper showcased the drawings of 10 students.
Also at 4P on July 14, an under $200 show opened with all artworks priced at less than $200. The show will run through Aug. 2. And at That Place Coffee just across the parking lot from 4P, there’s a show this month featuring the works of Ondaree Kelley-Tucker.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center is showing the works of Susan Johnston, Ann deLorge and Nancy Hoehn in the Symbols, Layer, Rhythm exhibition through Aug. 25.
DeLorge’s art focuses on rhythm and movement while Hoehn’s work utilizes icons and symbols, and Johnston’s works highlight layering paint and color to “reveal the individual vision that brings value and purpose to original art,” according to a news release.
The Morris Museum of Art has three exhibits currently.
Joseph DiGiorgio’s The Alabama Series opened July 1 and will be on display through Oct. 8. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, in 1931, DiGiorgio is” best known for a series of 200 paintings he made of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, 50 for each season,” according to the Morris Museum .
Also at the Morris through Sept. 3 are American Paintings from the Collection of Wesleyan College. There are more than 30 paintings in this exhibition.
Marilyn Murphy’s Magic Realist exhibition opened on June 7, but she will be at the Morris Museum on July 20 to discuss her work. There is a free artist talk at 6 and reception at 7 p.m.
The Morris Museum and Augusta University are recipients of grants from South Arts, a regional arts organization serving nine states in the Southeast.
Augusta University received a $1,969 grant to present Rebecca Skloot in a program in February 2018, and the Morris Museum of Art received a $672 grant to present William Dunlap in September.
South Arts distributed “$39,367 in grants to 24 arts organizations throughout the region. These grants, made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, support organizations presenting out-of-state fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry authors for publicly accessible readings and educational activities,” according to a news release.