The Artside: Art, artists will be on display in and around festival

While there’s a jam-packed schedule of artists and performers as part of this weekend’s Arts in the Heart of Augusta, there are a couple of other arts-related events happening downtown as well.


One of my favorite art events with local artists during Arts in the Heart weekend is ArtZilla. It brings together some fabulous artists for the entire weekend in front of the Book Tavern.

Over the weekend, they create one unique work as crowds watch and then they will auction it off a later date.

This is the 12th year for ArtZilla, and 10 artists, Carrie Brooks, A.C. Daniel, Trilogy Gunby, Marion Ivey, Jacki Mayo, Rich Menger, Blaine Prescott, Brian Stewart, Heather Williams and Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman will be taking part.

Zimmerman has been participating in ArtZilla for 10 years.

“It is the perfect opportunity to see the artist’s process by viewing them in their natural habitat,” he said.

The Book Tavern, located at 936 Broad St., will be a busy place for Arts in the Heart.

Local authors will be signing their books at various points during the weekend. And last, but not least, the “there ain’t no daylight” art exhibit opened at the Book Tavern on Sept. 1 and runs through the entire month.

Troy Campbell, A.C. Daniel, Tom Hubbard, Blaine Prescott, Staci Swider and Baruti Tucker created works inspired by the literature and stories of the Vietnam War. Ten percent of all money raised during this event will be donated to the Augusta Warrior Project.

Also during the weekend, Wolf and Finch at 859 Broad St. will showcase the works of about 20 artists including Anna Hassletine, Jay Jacobs, Staci Swider, Lillie Morris, Subject Dolly, Tom Hubbard, Christy Flaherty and Margaret McCarthy Hunt.

Wolf and Finch is located within the perimeter of Arts in the Heart of Augusta and will be open the entire weekend. Scott Hardigree of Wolf and Finch invites people to come in from the heat into the air-conditioning and see some of the items available.

And if you haven’t caught it yet, Jay Jacobs’ exhibition, Symbols and Allegories, will be on display through Sept. 20 at the Westobou Gallery, located at 1129 Broad St.

Coming up after Arts in the Heart, the Savannah River Winds, an ensemble with about 80 performers, will open its concert season on Sept. 18 at First Baptist Church of North Augusta. The PRISM concert has an unusual format in which the musicians change places during the concert.

Richard Brasco, the band’s director explained to me that it’s like theater in the round except that the audience is in the middle of the performers and the performers move during different musical selections. This gives the audience the chance to hear different parts of the group up close and personal.

Savannah River Winds is a volunteer group with many of its members band directors and music teachers; however, there are also doctors, lawyers and homemakers who still love their instruments and continue to want to play music.

The concert is free and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

And one last mention of Porkchop.

Since its debut in Augusta in July 2016, Happy: A Small Film with a Big Smile about the Augusta artist and his Happy campaign has appeared in numerous film festivals and received several awards. On Sept. 28, the film will open the 30th Annual Out on Film Festival in Atlanta.

Filmmaker Michael Patrick McKinley and Zimmerman will be at the event where there will be a question and answer session afterward. The film will begin at 7 p.m.