The Artside: Unbroken exhibit injects art into STEM

The mandalas hanging at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts tell the stories of educators on a journey – a journey of integrating the arts into traditional science, technology, engineering and math.

 

There was a packed house at the Jessye Norman School on Dec. 1 for the opening reception of the exhibition Unbroken: life, learning, mandala, which will be on display through Dec. 27.

The exhibition features 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces by more than 40 educators and artists, most of them are working with the Augusta University College of Education to learn how to transform STEM education into STEAM.

“We are big on collaboration,” said Dr. Zach Kelehear, dean of the Augusta University College of Education. “Collaborations in this community matter.”

Also included in the exhibition are three works by artist Chase Lanier and one by Tina Goldsmith. All of the pieces are available for purchase.

If you are in downtown Augusta for the Unbroken exhibition, swing by the Westobou Gallery for its SEEDS exhibit, which opened with a reception for its 14 artists on Dec. 1. Items will be on display through Feb. 2.

There are a couple of upcoming receptions on Dec. 7.

This is a rare month when First Friday preceded First Thursday when there’s a regular event at Augusta’s Midtown Market from 5 to 8 p.m. This month it will be Dec. 7. The artist is Kay Lovingood who paints gourds, and Paula Morgan, the featured author, will be signing her children’s book, Evergreen. The featured organization is the Friendship Community Center.

At the Aiken Center for the Arts, there will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, for this month’s exhibitions that include Jane Popiel’s Surrounded by Nature, featuring her oil and watercolor paintings of “happy faces of pansies, a stroll through Aiken, the luscious green of a golf course and a basketful of treasures,” according to the center.

The works will be on display through Jan. 26.

In Augusta, there will be a pop-up reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the 600 Broad Building for a $200 and under art show.

Regina Brejda is coordinating the art show, which also has pieces at 4P Studios and That Place Coffee in Le Pavilion Shopping Center at the corner of Pleasant Home and Washington roads.

The monthly market at 4P Studios and That Place Coffee, which is typically held on the last Sunday of the month has been moved to Dec. 17 to give people time to drop in and pick up last minute Christmas gifts. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Mark Swanson is bringing his original play Misconception: The Lost Gospel of Christmas back to the Augusta stage with a Broadway director, David Alpert, at the helm.

Since then, a second performance has been added. Catch the play at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Columbia County.

And congrats to the Imperial Theatre. On Nov. 28, the Fox Theatre Institute awarded $25,000 to the theater for plaster restoration. The Imperial will celebrate its centennial in 2018.

 

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