Originally created 06/04/99

Augusta to become showcase for artists



Knowing an audience will be watching as she deals with the intricacies of crafting antebellum dolls from cornhusks and a synthetic polymer, Martinez folk artist Sandi Carter will keep it simple.

"I'm not going to try the difficult stuff," she said.

Ms. Carter is one of more than 25 Augusta-area visual artists who will be practicing their crafts Saturday for the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Wet Paint Party.

The event, a revamping of the organization's tour of artists' studios, is designed to give people an insight into the creative process and a chance to purchase artwork.

"This whole thing is about education," said Ms. Carter, who will demonstrate how she creates cornhusk dolls at the rose garden at Brandon Wilde retirement community off Washington Road in Evans. "I'm calling it a wet-cornhusk party myself," she joked.

Other tour sites are Sacred Heart Cultural Center's side garden, off Greene Street; the Savannah Rapids Pavillion, off Evans to Locks Road; Eighth Street at Riverwalk plaza; the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St.; and the north entrance of Lake Olmstead Park, off Milledge Road at Broad Street.

There is no charge for the tour, which will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Fliers on the event will be distributed tonight at Artists' Row's First Friday celebration and are available at the arts council's office at Sacred Heart, 1301 Greene St.

If a particular piece catches your fancy while the artist is working on it, you can purchase it at a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday in a cordoned-off portion of the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broad Street.

Admission to the reception is $20. Light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be available.

Art displays in Augusta

What:

Wet Paint Party; more than 25 visual artists creating pieces in public demonstrations

When:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; reception 6 p.m. Saturday

Where:

Demonstrations at rose garden at Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road in Evans; Sacred Heart Cultural Center's side garden, off Greene Street; the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, off Evans to Locks Road; Eighth Street at Riverwalk plaza; the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St.; and the north entrance of Lake Olmstead Park, off Milledge Road at Broad Street; reception on even side of 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broad Street

How much:

Demonstrations are free; reception costs $20

Call:

826-4702

Kent Kimes covers entertainment and arts for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or feature@augustachronicle.com.