Molly McDowell hits road with her art

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Art is going out of the galleries.

Molly McDowell is taking her art on the road, or at least up the hill. Although she recently closed her gallery on Broad Street, she is already thinking out of the box by presenting Edward Rice , one of her top artists, in an exhibit at a home on Milledge Road.

The exhibit will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call (706) 724-9542 for details.

Mr. Rice, whose works have been shown in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, has always kept Augusta/North Augusta as his home base and has a contingent of devoted patrons in the area. In addition to the detailed architectural paintings for which he may be best known, the exhibit will include works on paper and monoprints from the series he created with print maker Phil Garrett's King Snake Press in Greenville, S.C. Subjects range from Southern and Italian architectural elements to botanicals and barns of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

"Ed is one of the best painters anywhere for capturing light and mood and feeling from a single detail of a building," Ms. McDowell said.

You'll almost always find one or two of his paintings on display in the permanent collection at the Morris Museum of Art . You can visit them for free on Sunday afternoons.

AT THE LUCY Craft Laney Museum, an exhibit by the multi-talented artist/writer Malaika Favorite continues through March 30. The Louisiana-born artist has had a wide-ranging career as poet, teacher and mixed media artist. Back in Augusta after several years in Atlanta, she recently completed a series of collage paintings incorporating landscapes and historic or notable structures.

With a Porter Fleming Foundation grant, she was able to complete 20 paintings of the Augusta area and eight based on Louisiana scenes. For the Augusta paintings, she photographed scenes throughout the city, and then worked some of the photographic images into the paintings to create multiple juxtaposed views. One Broad Street scene includes statues of James Brown, James Oglethorpe and Confederate soldier Berry Benson. In creating this series, she said she set out to show some of the wonders that surround us every day. www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com

You'll also find work by Ms. Favorite illustrated on Pomegranate's sets of boxed note cards stocked by museum shops and bookstores around the country.

THERE'S MORE: You can find more online at blogs.augusta.com.

Louise Keith Claussen is Morris Communications Co. corporate art manager, former arts editor and former art museum director. Contact keith.claussen@morris.com


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