Originally created 01/02/00

Arts notebook: Local artist awarded national honors



Columbia County watercolor artist Caroline Swanson recently received honors from the American Artist Professional League for her piece Town Meeting.

Ms. Swanson, who took up painting after a back injury in 1984, was awarded the Medal of Honor for Water Media at the organization's 71st Grand National Exhibition. A showing of her work, held at the Galleries of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, ran through November.

A second work by Ms. Swanson, Symphony of Light, was selected for the 1999 National American Watercolor Society Exhibit, which will be on display at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. The traveling exhibition will be shown at the institute from May 12 to June 23.

TAKE A SEAT:

Opened in 1918, the Imperial Theatre stands as the last of the great vaudeville houses that once lined Broad Street. While it remains a beautiful link to the golden age of theater design, in recent years audiences have experienced the performing arts in seats held together by little more than duct tape and goodwill. Greg Goodwin, executive director at the theater would like to see that change.

For as little as $300, patrons can sponsor a replacement seat in the theater. Each seat will have a brass plate with the sponsor's name.

"We're offering people a chance to help preserve history," Mr. Goodwin said. "This theater has had figures like Charlie Chaplin, John Phillip Sousa and the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova grace its stage."

All donations are tax deductible and payment plans are available. For more information, contact the Imperial Theatre at (706) 722-8293.

AWARDING THE AWARDS:

Congratulations to the Greater Augusta Arts Council on its GAFFER (GeorgiA's Finest in Festivals & Events Recognition) Award. The award, in the category of Best Corporate/Private Event, was given for last year's Oscar Night America Gala at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

This year's event, which infuses downtown Augusta with a little of the glamour of the Academy Awards, is slated for Sunday, March 26, at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $50 and are available from the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Call (706) 826-4702 for more information.

Reach Arts and Entertainment Writer Steven Uhles at 823-3626.