Westobou: Visual Art

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Kicking off the festival Wednesday, Oct. 3, and opening the visual arts night at the Old Academy of Richmond County is Augusta-born Julia Easterlin, performing in collaboration with Atlanta digital artist Ben “Bean” Worley, combining sound and vision. The event is free.


Easterlin is billed as a vocalist and “loop artist,” using technology to repeat sounds and blend vocals, creating a sound that magnifies her vocal power, while soft sounds create a gentle ambiance. Educated at the Berklee College of Music, she has performed at such venues as Lollapalooza and South by Southwest.

Worley, a graduate of Georgia State University, is an experimenter in digital and video art, using video animation, digital photos, graphic design, drawing and sculpture. In creating live shows, he uses videos he has created and footage found elsewhere, building on Dada and using juxtapositions to deliver a unique experience. During the winter of 2011-2012, his visual collaboration Synthesiz was exhibited with musical performances in the up-and-coming Atlanta neighborhood of West Midtown, known for galleries that highlight the cutting edge of art and design.

Throughout the festival, numerous artists will be exhibited at the academy, including the self-taught artist Lonnie Holley, who had a difficult childhood (including being sold for a bottle of whiskey) but developed masterful creations out of everyday items and what others discarded. The festival will unveil a sculpture donated to Paine College, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the college’s Warren A. Candler Memorial Library.


• Julia Easterlin and Bean Worley. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Old Academy of Richmond County, 540 Telfair St.
• “Wonderland,” works by sculptor Karen Rich Beall and painter Clair Ellen Corey. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3-6, The Center for Arts and Heritage, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta
• Spoken-word performance at 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel
• Exhibits showing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 3-7 at the Old Academy of Richmond County include art, video and sound:
- re: NOUN, an exhibition of persons, places and things
- Lonnie Holley
- Jackie Sumell
- Scott Ingram
- Joe Walters, sculpture
- Janet Biggs, video
- Cao Guimarães, video
- Stephen Vitiello, video

The Artside: Holley will unveil sculpture celebrating James Brown


The Westobou Festival, set for Oct. 3-7, spotlights the arts, with performances and exhibitions featuring dance, film, music, spoken word and visual arts. Each day of the festival will focus on a particular discipline but includes events featuring all of the arts. Events are free, unless noted.

Tickets are available at the Westobou office, 965 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; by calling (706) 755-2878 or online at www.westoboufestival.com.

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