See some new art and get a deal at Morris Museum

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Here we are in a new year, and that means we have several new art exhibits to explore, plus a "BOGO" weekend to encourage us.

The Morris Museum of Art is offering "buy one, get one free" admission through Sunday in conjunction with The New York Times' eighth annual Arts & Leisure Weekend. The Morris is the only local attraction participating in this event. An access pass is required and is available in the program guides published in The New York Times and at www.arts andleisureweekend.com.

Sunday will be the last chance to see the exhibit of illustrations by J.C. Leyendecker at the Morris. Next up is Inside/Out: The Private World of Edith Caywood, opening in the Coggins Gallery on Jan. 17. Ms. Caywood's paintings have been described as having the faintly surreal quality of the best Southern literature.

Jay Williams, a former Morris curator, said the artist's style "lies somewhat between the proper primitivism of Grandma Moses' art and the studied emotionalism in the art of French painters such as Matisse and Vuillard." The artist will discuss her work in an Art at Lunch program Jan. 30. See www.themorris.org.

Also opening Jan. 17 is To Seek and Obtain: Recent Acquisitions by the Morris Museum of Art, showcasing works acquired by gift or by purchase in recent years. The exhibit includes historical and contemporary paintings by Southern artists and regional photography. Among the artists represented are Horace Day, Jonathan Green, Rudolph Ingerle and Sally Mann.

Anglo-Irish artist John Kingerlee will be featured in an exhibit opening Jan. 16 in the Main Gallery at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art . Augusta is one of 12 stops for the touring exhibit of abstract and figurative paintings the British-born artist created after his move to the remote Irish peninsula of Beara in the 1980s.

Art critic and scholar Domi nique Nahas will present a gallery talk during the opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Nahas, an associate professor of critical studies at New York's Pratt Institute, has spent time with the artist at his home and studio.

Mr. Kingerlee's works include figures, landscapes, grids and collages. See examples at www.kingerlee.com.

On view at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History are works by Atlanta native Sam Burston . Mr. Burston paints in a variety of style. He has exhibited in shows and festivals across the Southeast. See www.sdburstonart.com.

At Sacred Heart Cultural Center , works from the Art Factory's Art-School student program are being shown through Jan. 30. Student artists represent Bayvale, Garrett and Milledge elementary schools, the Sand Hills program, Glenn Hills Middle School and the Boys and Girls Club.

Louise Keith Claussen is Morris Communications Co.'s corporate art manager, former arts editor and art museum director, and an advocate of Augusta's cultural-arts community. See more Artside at blogs.augusta.com.

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