Aiken Center for the Arts will stage a gallery reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, to celebrate the opening of exhibits featuring Bonnie Goldberg, Mary Ann Brock and Rob Forbes.
Goldberg is a resident of Columbia and has studied with several noted painters. Her recent exhibits include the Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, Frame of Mind Gallery in Columbia, the South Carolina Arts Foundation’s Verner Award show and sale at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Vista and City Art Gallery in Columbia, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston and the South Carolina Watermedia Society traveling shows. Her gestural, figurative paintings are in public and private collections in the United States, Canada and France.
Brock holds a degree in art education from the University of Kansas and taught for many years before retiring and turning her attention to fine art. She has studied with Al Beyer and David Mascaro and is a member with excellence of the South Carolina Watermedia Society. She is the current president of the Aiken Artist Guild.
Forbes was born in Macon, Ga., grew up on St. Simons Island, and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1987 with a B.F.A. degree in illustration. In 2008, he founded Moving Canvas Media, a company specializing in film, video and photography for television and the Web. He and his artist wife, Lynn Forbes, now live in Evans, Ga.
THE AIKEN ARTIST Guild Gallery within the ACA is spotlighting Claudia DeLorme through the end of March, with Mary Ann McCullough following in April. Delorme sculpts horses in clay and has received awards in several Aiken shows. She recently won a working student position at the prestigious Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
ALSO ON THE calendar for March 21 is Pigjam, a casual fundraising event at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. A $35 ticket includes food by BBQ Barn, music by Sibling String, drinks and fun. Call (706) 826-4700 for details.
THE FOLKS AT Artists Row in downtown Augusta have teamed up with the Saturday Market folks to launch the outdoor market season with a Riverfront Festival on Saturday, March 23. They will start the festival at the market on Eighth Street at the river from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then move it over to the Artists Row area of Broad Street for the afternoon.
THE MORRIS MUSEUM of Art will celebrate the exhibit Ellen Axson Wilson and Her Circle, Thursday, March 28, with a lecture and reception. Amy Kurtz Lansing, curator at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., will talk about the former first lady’s art and her artistic friends, while Erick Montgomery, director of Historic Augusta, will provide an overview of the artist’s background and life.
• Also coming up at the Morris: A free lecture by GRU professor Dr. Hubert P. van Tuyll on Impressionism: Arts and Change in the 19th Century at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22.
• On Saturday, March 30, the museum will hold an Art Swap and Sale, offering the opportunity to bring artwork, supplies and tools to swap or sell. The event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. in the museum auditorium. There is no charge, but table space is limited. Call (706) 828-3867 to register or get more information.
THE MCDUFFIE MUSEUM in Thomson, Ga., will host “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. The exhibit will open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, with a talk by writer Peter Guralnick, whose books include Searching for Robert Johnson: The Life and Legend of the King of the Delta Blues Singers and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. The evening will also feature a jazz concert by the Chris Crenshaw Quartet. A native of Thomson, Crenshaw is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and holds a trombone chair in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York.
The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Georgia Humanities Council and continues through May 11. The museum and other Thomson organizations have planned a variety of musical and arts programs during the run of the show. For more information, visit www.mcduffiemuseum.com or call (706) 595-9923.
AND THE WINNERS ARE: Ginger B. Ferguson’s If I Were a Magpie won the best in show award in the SpringFest art competition at the Arts and Heritage Center in North Augusta. Elizabeth Barnes took first place with Luna Cactus, Carol Sue Roberts was second with Camellias with Blue Vase and Helen Hutson, third with The Guardian. Honorable mentions went to Mike Kleiman, Sharon Pettersen, Mary Ann Brock and Sharon Taylor Padgett. Carol Sue Roberts took the poster award, and her painting titled Pink Camellias will be used on the promotional materials for next year’s event.
AT THE GERTRUDE Herbert Institute of Art, Susanna Bonder of Lakeside High School took the best of show award in the annual Markwalter Youth Art Competition.
Winners in grades 1-2 were Iris Moore, first; Kadi McLester, second; Ana Winters, third; and Jacob Gamblin, merit award.
In grades 3-6, winners were Brianna Walker, first; Christopher Casneros, second; Destiny Dorr, third; and McKenna Turner, Kate Lynch and Colby Grace Speth, merit awards.
In grades 6-8, Yasabel Velez took first place, with Riley Keuroglian, second; Elizabeth Baney, third and Caroline Campbell, merit award. Ellen Griffin was first place winner in grades 9-12 with Brea Jones taking second, Gabrielle Turner, third; and Brook Stevens, Nicole Rachels and Charmaine Moore, merit award winners.
CALLING YOUNG ARTISTS: The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council is accepting applications for a $1,000 fine art scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to enroll in an accredited college and continue training in art.
Applicants must reside in the Aiken County Area II school district. Details are available at www.naartscouncil.org, and the submission deadline is March 29.
• The Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars program has extended the application deadline to March 29. The program is open to South Carolina students ages 9-18 who are gifted in classical dance, creative writing, classical music or visual art. Applications in each category can be found at www.PiccoloSpoleto.com.
ARTISTS ELSEWHERE: Lillie Morris and Kristin Casaletto are exhibiting in a show titled “WomanMade” at Redbird Gallery in Columbia. The show celebrates Women’s History Month and features 15 artists working in the Southeast in mediums ranging from paintings to jewelry, ceramics and prints. Visit www.redbirdstudioandgallery.com for more information.
• Baker Overstreet is featured in a solo exhibit at Fredericks Freiser Gallery in New York through March 30. The show is titled Frown Upside Down. He also recently exhibited at Kai Heinze in Berlin, Germany.