The Artside: Photography exhibit designed to be visual conversation

It’s the beginning of the month so that means a preview of all things First Friday and beyond. The first weekend of the month never disappoints, with numerous opportunities for artsy-goodness around town.


You can start First Friday early with a showing of The Night of the Iguana at the Morris Museum of Art at noon, Aug. 4. The 1964 film stars Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

One exhibit catching my eye this weekend is at the Ann and Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts on Aug. 4.

I’ve known Chris Thelen for many years. He’s an award-winning photographer who spent many years working as a staff photojournalist at The Augusta Chronicle, and he’s taken some incredible photos that made my stories look amazing.

Many of his photographs have made me wonder how he got such an incredible shot.

He truly has an artistic eye.

Chris will team with photographer Brent Cline for an exhibit called Captured/Composed: The Photography of Brent Cline and Chris Thelen.

“Captured/Composed is a visual conversation developed to redefine how commercial, editorial and art photography is seen, felt and understood.

The goal – to provide an unexpected glimpse into the specific methodologies of these two seasoned professionals through work that is at once challenging, beautiful and engaging,” according to the Jessye Norman School website.

The photographs will be on display from Aug. 4 through Sept. 20, and there will be a reception from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 4.

While in downtown Augusta, catch the opening of Ray Little’s recent works on display at 600 Broad. There will be a reception from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Wolf and Finch has April Michelle Traugott’s exhibit Hul Gil: The Plant of Joy, opening on Aug. 4.

It’s “comprised of various two- and three-dimensional pieces. This collection focuses on the diverse cultural meanings given to one object, the poppy flower. Through her use of vibrant color, Traugott expresses the diverse and contradictory interpretations attached to the symbol,” according to a news release.

There will be a reception from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 4; the exhibition will end on Sept. 1.

ON SUNDAY, the Morris Museum of Art presents its monthly Artrageous program. Theresa Hilliard will present stories of Gullah traditions, and children will make baskets. The program begins at 2 p.m.

NEXT WEEK, the Greater Augusta Arts Council will host the first of three forums to gain input on public art. The first session is open to artists and will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Linda Beazley Conference room at the Augusta Richmond County Municipal Building. Will Hatcher, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Augusta University, will facilitate the forum.

“The Arts Council has partnered with the Public Administration Program in order to conduct neighborhood interviews, meetings, and surveys that will gather the community’s ideas on what public art projects they want to see in their areas of town,” according to the arts council’s website.

Also, the arts council has a call for artists interested in another public art project – the “art the box” program. There’s a box at Gould’s Corner in Summerville that is up for painting. The deadline is Aug. 17, and the artwork should represent the historic nature of the Summerville area.

THE WORK OF Mary McCullah will be on display in Aiken at the Aiken Art and Frame Shop beginning Aug. 14.

Connect with Nature features acrylic and watercolor paintings of wildlife and nature scenes.

“Nature is the ultimate design. All the colors, textures, shapes, and inspiration are waiting for us to discover. I can think of no greater joy than this journey of discovery,” said McCullah in a news release.

There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 17 and the exhibit will close on Sept. 27.

THE $200 AND Under show will continue at 4P Studios and That Place Coffee through August. Dozens of works are available at affordable prices.