If art show openings are any indication, it is safe to say the summer heat has not dulled our creative spirit. While August was once considered a lackluster month for the arts, this year we can look forward to a number of special summer evenings.
FIRST THURSDAY at Midtown will salute the 2012 Augusta Photo Festival, with steering committee members Mary Bordeaux, Ed Belinski, Tricia Hughes, Frank Lazenby, David Lindsey, Carol Lee, Ed McCranie, Syd Padgett, Rebecca Rogers, Dwain Shaw and Will Tullis as the featured artists. The festivities go on from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at 2113 Kings Way. The deadline to enter the photography competition has been extended to Aug. 15. For information, see www.augustaphotofestival.org/
DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA will offer a re-focused First Friday Aug. 3, as supporters envision a push to reclaim the arts and entertainment district with early evening concerts, family-friendly events, galleries open for art viewing, and the 2012 Westobou Festival’s ticket launch. Gallery on the Row will open an exhibit titled Double Take, showcasing ceramic works by a number of local artists. The gallery will also spotlight the work of ceramicist Betsy Borgatti, artist of the month.
AT THE AIKEN CENTER for the Arts, the annual South Carolina Watermedia Society traveling show opens Aug. 3, featuring some 30 works by artists from throughout the state. Each year, the society mounts a major juried exhibition, from which the judge selects the show that will then travel to selected galleries.
Aiken artist Mary Ann Brock, one of the award winners chosen for the show, is represented by a work titled Big Red, depicting a large oak tree viewed from the ground. Doris Sofge and Al Beyer are among the award winners in the 2012 exhibition and will be included in next year’s traveling show.
Dot and Bob Holladay are the featured duo for August in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery at the ACA. Bob Holladay is a photographer who switched from film to the digital side five years ago and enjoys shooting nature scenes and wildlife. Dot Holladay works in pastel, oil and watercolor, depicting a wide range of subjects.
Social ARTifacts: A World Vision through Art will open Aug. 4 at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. The special exhibition, presenting socially relevant visual and performing art, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and regular admission fees apply. Call (706) 724-3576 for more information.
THE FIRE HOUSE GALLERY in Louisville, Ga., will re-open after summer break with In, Through and Out: Drawings and Paintings by Mary Robinson, with a reception scheduled Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Robinson heads the print department at the University of South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Indiana University.
In her paintings and drawings, she often uses the forms of trees and vines she observes in the Congaree swamps to examine life’s flux and interconnections. See more at www.galleryafire.com.
LAST CHANCE: There are only a few days left to catch David Leigh’s photographs of historically significant sites in the Laney-Walker district on display through July 31 at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. At the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, ceramic sculptures by Kyungmin Park and calligraphic art by Ann Erickson will close July 27.
ONGOING SHOWS OF NOTE: At the Morris Museum of Art, visitors can see an
exhibit highlighting some of the art acquired by the museum in the past 10 years, as well as figurative sculpture by Bob Trotman and Strange Fruit: Lithographs by Joseph Norman. Paintings by Trish Mayers and Freddie Flynt continue through the end of August at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.
COMING UP AT THE MORRIS: A special exhibition of the art of Alfred Hutty, one of the principal artists of the Charleston Renaissance. Sara Arnold, curator of collections at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, will open the show with a lecture at 6 p.m. Aug. 9.
ARTS FUND DEADLINE: The Junior League of Augusta has set Sept. 3 as the deadline for nonprofit arts organizations to apply for Community Enabling Funds. For information, call the league office at (706) 736-0033.