The Artside: Art promoter gets own work on display

Regina Brejda is often the one behind the scenes helping artists get their work in front of other people.


She coordinates monthly art shows and the Artisan Market on the last Sunday of the month at That Place Coffee and 4P Studios in Le Pavilion Shopping Center in west Augusta as well as scheduling art exhibitions for the 600 Broad Building downtown. She also heads Columbia County Arts and oversees the Art in the Park event, which was rained out in the spring and rescheduled for October.

Earlier this year, Brejda put out a call for artist suggestions on her social media, and more than a few people put Brejda’s name in the hat. So Brejda had her first exhibition in a long time at That Place Coffee.

While she usually focuses on photography, she decided to try new styles for this event including painting and mixed media pieces.

“I was listening to a podcast on hunting,” said Brejda at the reception for her show on Aug. 11 at That Place Coffee.

That podcast inspired her to take charge and go after her art like a hunter might go after prey, she said. She also wanted to use all the pieces of the carcass as it were and waste nothing.

For one piece, she used stencils, and then used the stencils to create other works.

“It’s really influenced by art deco and geometric patterns,” she said of the exhibition.

Her stencil pieces “have a very graffiti feel which is interesting to me,” she said. “I always wonder that about graffiti. Is it just an image or is there more?”

Across the parking lot at Le Pavilion is the Under $200 Show at 4P Studios. Dozens of paintings line all the walls. Multiple artists are part of the show including Gail Russell who paints icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cher and Norah Jones. Ryan Dyches’ works read almost like product ads for brands such as Coca-Cola and Converse. Ruby Culpepper, a.k.a. Ru Cu, paints whimsical and fun everyday items. J. Eve paints a variety of masquerade masks. Eric Wessling has several photographs, and Syd Padgett works with gel transfers of photographs. Dan Dyches has vibrant landscapes and cityscapes.

Both shows will be up through August.

And from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 27, artisans will sell their items at That Place Coffee and on the sidewalk. Past merchants have sold items including jewelry, dog treats, soaps and perfumes.

And in Happy news. The documentary based on Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman’s Happy campaign will be making its first theatrical engagement not related to a film festival Oct. 6-12 in Tempe, Ariz., at the Harkins Theaters.