The Artside: Wet Paint Party will benefit artists, arts council

The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s annual Wet Paint Party is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.


Featuring works by more than 70 area artists and models wearing clothing from Vintage Ooollee, the council calls the event “Augusta’s most colorful art party.” This year’s theme is “Iconic musicians” and attendees are encouraged to dress according to the theme.

Artwork is available through silent auction. The artists receive their asking price and any bids over that amount are donated to the arts council. The party is free to members, and nonmembers can join at the door. Arts council memberships begin at $35.

For more information, call (706) 826-4702.

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is currently accepting proposals for art exhibitions in 2018 and 2019 at the Municipal Building Gallery. The process is ongoing so there’s no deadline. Submissions may be made through the council’s website

SENTIMENTS AND ORIGINS will open at Westobou Gallery on Feb. 23.

The exhibition highlights contemporary interpretations of flowers and foliage by artists Frances de La Rosa, Cynthia Farnell, Juan Alberto Negroni and Pandra Williams in collaboration with Jennifer Garcia-Green.

“Sentiments and Origins presents ceramic sculptures, paintings and photographic images of plants in unexpected ways,” said exhibition curator Shannon Morris, in a news release.

“These artists examine the roles plants play as crucial components within personal and collective environments. As living things, often passed down through generations, their presence references particular associations to places, moments, memories, cultures and communities.”

There will be an artists’ talk at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, followed by a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

MARILYN HARTLEY’S art will be featured in the Aiken Center for the Arts Aiken Artist Guild Gallery from Feb. 15 through March 23 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.

Hartley studied graphic design and advertising at the State University of New York and life-drawing and illustration at the Parsons School of Design. She has a BFA in studio art from Long Island University.

THE 39TH ANNUAL Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Exhibition will be from Feb. 28 through March 22 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. The opening reception will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28, with the awards announced at 5:15 p.m.

KUDOS TO artist Caroline Swanson, who was asked to act as a juror for the 121st annual open juried exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York. The exhibition was Jan. 9-26. Her painting, Greenwich, Village, received the Catherine T. Ballantyne Memorial Award.

UPCOMING EVENTS include the 25th annual Morris Museum of Art Gala on March 2. The gala will feature food, entertainment and dancing. For more information, visit the Morris Museum of Art’s website,