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When Molly McDowell's Mary Pauline Gallery was an anchor for the Broad Street arts scene, Saturday morning brunch-and-browsers would stop by to explore her extensive inventory of quality works on paper.

Those of us who miss that aspect of the gallery should head to the Morris Museum of Art's third annual Print Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the first-floor auditorium.

For the novice collector, the print fair is a low-key, no-pressure, jeans-friendly event that offers a great opportunity to see some affordable art and ask questions about how the various types of prints are made. Admission is free, and members of the Morris Collectors group receive a discount on purchases. The museum is at 1 10th St. See www.themorris.org.

AN EXHIBIT OF WORKS by David Swanagin opens Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Sacred Heart Cultural Center's hallway gallery. He's a former Augustan who lives in Nashville, Tenn., and specializes in mood-evoking landscapes, still lifes and interior scenes in which he emphasizes strong shadow and light. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

EXHIBITING ELSEWHERE: Works by Maryanne Kelly Hand will be included in a show running Feb. 24 -March 17 at the Agora Gallery in New York. See examples of the Augusta-born artist's work at www.agora-gallery.com.

At the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Ga., works by Augusta artists Philip Morsberger and Tom Nakashima are in a group show that runs through April 19, titled The Painter's Reel: Contemporary Painting in Georgia.

In Swainsboro, Ga., Gallery RFD has posted calls for entries for two shows. The first is Sweet Escape: Interpreting Freedom in the Modern World, for which the gallery seeks works exploring "liberty in any context" and requests "views about political freedom, personal freedom and creative freedom, interpreted into works of art." The juror for the show is photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Julian Perkins. The deadline for entries is Feb. 26.

The second call is for Seeking Solitude: Isolation in Art which seeks "works of art that visually reflect or have been created within the confines of solitude." The deadline is March 26. See www.galleryrfd.org.

Louise Keith Claussen is Morris Communications Co. corporate art manager, former arts editor, former art museum director and longtime advocate of Augusta's cultural arts community.

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