First Friday kicks off weekend of art in Augusta

A new gallery called Knick Knack Paddy Whack will open today at 1415 Monte Sano Ave. in the Shops of Summerville. Gallery owner Carroll Kelly has scheduled her grand opening in conjunction with First Thursday events in the midtown area. She plans to spotlight one artist each month while also displaying works by other artists.


For the inaugural show, Elizabeth Barnes will be the featured artist. Barnes grew up in southern Maine, and graduated from Augusta State University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts with honors.

Her artwork, including sculptures in bronze, alabaster and terra cotta, intaglio prints, and paintings in oils and acrylics, have been shown in numerous galleries and exhibits.

She has been an instructor for the Art Factory since 2002, and in 2003 she formed "Artful Expectations," creating commissioned torso and belly casts of pregnant women and adorning them with designs that range from whimsical motifs to fine art references. See her work at

FRIDAY NIGHT will be festive in downtown Augusta with galleries and shops open late for First Friday and music and street performers adding to the holiday atmosphere. Head over to the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Riverwalk for the annual lighted boat parade that begins at 6:30 p.m.

TIRE CITY POTTERY and Frameworks will have an artist reception for Chad Cole from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Cole is exhibiting oil paintings and woodblock prints.

THE GREATER AUGUSTA Arts Council has scheduled the Wet Paint Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Sky City, 1157 Broad St. Artists who are members of the arts council have been invited to show and sell a recent work by silent auction. Proceeds above the artist's set price will go to arts council programs. In the past, more than 30 artists have participated.

The evening will also include music and food from local restaurants and caterers. The Wet Paint reception will serve as a membership party for the arts council. Current members and members of Contemporaries receive free admission, and others will be asked to join at the door. For more information, see

SILHOUETTE ARTIST, author and musician Clay Rice will be featured Friday in the Art at Lunch program at the Morris Museum of Art. He will present songs and stories about growing up in the Lowcountry and his travels around the United States. Rice will also be creating silhouette portraits this weekend. Reservations are required, and the cost is $40 for two copies of the personalized silhouettes. Call (706) 828-3825 for an appointment.

SUNDAY AT THE Morris will be busy with activities. At 2 p.m. youngsters can participate in a gallery scavenger hunt and create ornaments and greeting cards.

At the same time, singer/songwriter Tara Scheyer will celebrate the holidays with songs for the season. From noon to 4 p.m., Katrina Gray of EarthWear Jewelry will have a trunk show of her original jewelry designs.

HISTORIC AUGUSTA is offering a Deck the Halls event Wednesday. Participants will create fresh evergreen arrangements with Greg Boulus of Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, and will see the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson decorated for the holidays. There are two sessions scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The cost is $30. Call (706) 220-7221 for more information.

IN AIKEN, the Night of 1,000 Lights downtown celebration is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9. The Aiken Center for the Arts will participate in the festivities with a gallery reception honoring exhibiting artists Kim Aring Guillermo, Amanda Carder, Anne Nielsen and others. There are also several holiday art camps for children on the calendar. Call (803) 641-9094 for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHERS Frank Lazenby and Casey Szocinski are showing their work during December at the McCormick Art Council , McCormick, S.C. Szocinski has won awards in the MACK annual juried photography exhibits, and his work has appeared in South Carolina Wildlife magazine. Lazenby, a former chief ophthalmic photographer at MCG, has earned national and international awards and has been a juror for the MACK photography competition.

AUGUSTA AUTHOR Susan P. Mucha will have a book launch for her new medical mystery, Die Before Your Time, from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Augusta Richmond County Public Library. Mucha has worked as an ER nurse in Pittsburgh and New Orleans, and now teaches English at Augusta State University.