Tiny watercolors featured in Whiskey Painters show

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If you like to take your art in small sips, there's an exhibit at Zimmerman Gallery on Broad Street where works by the Whiskey Painters of America are featured.

According to the Whiskey Painter rules, the watercolor paintings can be no larger than 4-by-6 inches, and many of them are smaller.

Whiskey Painters was founded in the 1950s by Joe Ferriot, an industrial designer whose business-travel demands left him little time to paint. He created a palette the size of an aspirin box, added a tiny brush, and cut watercolor paper into pieces that fit in his shirt pocket. He would dip his brush in whatever he was drinking at the time and make a miniature painting.

In the early 1960s, as he was having a drink with fellow artists in a New York City bar, he brought out his miniature set, dipped his brush into a martini, and created what they dubbed an official "whiskey painting."

The group of artists evolved into the Whiskey Painters of America, formally established in 1962.

The works will be on display through Oct. 19.

THE AIKEN CENTER for the Arts will hold its ninth annual fundraiser, A Taste of Wine and Art, from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The event has an international theme, and foods and wines from around the world will be featured. Many of Aiken's most popular restaurants will participate. Tickets are $50.

WOMEN ON PAPER WILL be exhibiting during October and November at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

The exhibit marks the 20th anniversary for the group of eight women who gather each week to paint outdoors. Women on Paper includes Lauren Kerbelis, Nancy Schultz, Caroline Swanson, Karen Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Lillie Morris, Gail Smith and Frances Wells.

ARTIST AND POET Malaika Favorite will talk about her work at noon Friday in the Art at Lunch series at the Morris Museum of Art.

Jennifer Onofrio has taken over from Brian Rust as interim chair of the Department of Art at Augusta State University. Ms. Onofrio has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo shows. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches photography, 3-D design and humanities courses.

Brian Rust, an art professor at Augusta State, has learned that his half-hour documentary is scheduled to air on SCETV, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the series Touch the Earth .

The program shows the design and building phases of his reconstruction of the Earthen Bridge at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, which was completed in 2006.

The annual African-American Quilt Exhibition will be featured in October and November at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum. An opening reception is scheduled Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

THE BEST OF SHOW winner in the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's juried show, A Sense of Place, was photographer Jody Fausett of Atlanta. Merit awards went to Heidi Fowler of Reston, Va., and Terry Leness of Port Townsend, Wash.

Two area artists were among the 38 chosen from 1,000 entries to be in the show: Joan Suits, of Aiken, and Traci Mezzetti, of Evans.

See Lousie Keith Claussen's blog online at blogs.augusta.com

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