RESIDENT WINS MUSIC COMPETITION -- Mezzo-soprano Kellie Jenkins of Augusta is the national winner of the Music Teachers Association Foundation Collegiate Artist Voice Competition. Ms. Jenkins, a student at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., received a $2,000 check and a plaque for winning. After the awards ceremony, she performed Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta voix from Camille Saint-Saens' Samson and Dalila during a winners' concert. Ms. Jenkins toured Europe with the Shorter College Chorale for two weeks of concerts and was recently the featured soloist in a performance of Aaron Copland's In the Beginning at Clayton State College in Morrow, Ga.
MUSEUM GOES WEST Known for its collection of Southern art, the Morris Museum of Art will take on a Western look this summer with the exhibit The West in American Art from the William and Dorothy Harmsen Collection of Western Americana. The exhibit of some 60 paintings will be on display May 28 through July 19. To coincide with the exhibit, the museum's education department has scheduled a series of lectures and activities on the West and its art.
SYMPHONY DIRECTOR NAMED -- Sharon White Gruber has been named executive director of the Augusta Symphony, succeeding Pat Finch, who resigned after nearly nine years at the helm. She was director of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for 3[1/2] years. "Her reputation in the community is terrific," said Jon Simowitz, president of the Augusta Symphony's board of directors. "That reputation caused us to be interested in her." The executive director runs the business end of the symphony on a daily basis, including overseeing staff, ticket sales, marketing and fund-raising. Mrs. Gruber, who is married to J. Richard Gruber, deputy director of the Morris Museum of Art, starts with the symphony on June 1.
COVER TO COVER -- Author Melissa Fay Greene will join host St. John Flynn live in the studio to talk with listeners about her book Praying for Sheetrock at 8 p.m. May 31 on Peach State Public Radio's Cover to Cover program. The public can join in the broadcast on WACG-FM (90.7) by phone, e-mail or fax. Call (888) 667-3224, or fax questions to (404) 685-2684 or send e-mail to covertocover[at]gpb.org.
AREA ARTISTS' EXHIBITS Several Augusta-area artists have their works on display at businesses and establishments around town through June, sponsored by the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Water color paintings by Eva Thompson are on display at the offices of Dr. Scott Balogh and Dr. Gayle Rozantine, 3740 Walton Way Extension; oil and acrylics by Michael White are at the Evans Government Complex, 630 Washington West Road; portraits in pastel and acrylic by Emily Shipe are hanging at Georgia Bank and Trust, 3530 Wheeler Road; oils by Joyce Girgenti are at Meybohm Realty, 3523 Walton Way Ext.; photographs by Margaret Ann Houge are at Shepeard Blood Center, 1533 Wrightsboro Road; oils by Karen Perdue-Davis are at St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; pen and ink and watercolor paintings by Diane Davis are at the United Way of CSRA, 630 Ellis St.; and Arleigh Mansfield's watercolor paintings are at University Hospital Professional Office Building II, 818 Sebastian Way.