The Artside: Trotman will speak to close Morris exhibit

Bob Trotman, whose unique figural sculptures have attracted quite a bit of attention at the Morris Museum of Art this summer, will close the exhibit with a talk Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. in the museum auditorium. A wine and cheese reception will follow at 7 p.m. Trotman’s large wooden sculptures reflect his fascination with the sometimes dark, sometimes comic aspects of today’s office environment.


Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., Trotman earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Washington and Lee University and for 35 years has maintained a studio in the foothills of North Carolina. His works are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, among others.

He is also showing his work in a group exhibit at If Art Gallery in Columbia. Titled Fantastic Reality, the show includes Augusta artist Philip Morsberger. The gallery has scheduled an artists’ reception Aug. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Trotman will follow his Augusta talk with a noon lecture Aug. 31 at the Columbia Museum of Art.


GARDEN CITY JAZZ will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a free Art Walk and Jazz Fest Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Augusta Common. The art and craft displays will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. and will include painting, jewelry, fiber, photography, ceramics, mixed media and wood. The music will start at 6 p.m. For exhibitor and vendor information, call (706) 495-6238 or e-mail


MOVIES ABOUT artists will be featured during September at the Augusta Public Library, 823 Telfair St., beginning with a showing of the 1996 film, Basquiat, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Tuesday night series will continue with Frida Sept. 11; Pollock on Sept. 18, and The Girl with a Pearl Earring Sept. 25. Admission is free. Call (706) 821-6000 for more information.


SEVERAL ARTS events are on the calendar in Aiken, beginning with the seventh Aiken Arts Alive, Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aiken Center for the Arts. The day will include children’s crafts, mural painting, photography and face painting, along with performances and entertainment.

• New exhibits opening Aug. 29 at the ACA include works by the Atlanta Collage Society, and Jane Popiel. In the Aiken Artist Guild gallery there, Raymond Kent will be exhibiting during September. A gallery reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6.

• At the Hitchcock Center in Aiken, the September artists are sisters Gwen Power and Gloria Grizzle, both members of the Aiken Artist Guild. Power is a watercolorist specializing in floral themes, and Grizzle is a nature photographer. Both artists will also be featured at the Art Center in Ridge Spring, S.C., in September, and they are represented by the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz.


THE BETTY FOY SANDERS Department of Art at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro has opened an exhibit titled Life and Times: Contemporary Notions of Place, featuring three contemporary painters: Tony Csavas of Charleston, S.C., Thomas Dahlberg of Boston, Mass.; and Karla Wozniak of Knoxville, Tenn. Marc Mitchell, gallery director, will offer a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Aug. 28, and there will be a reception Sept. 13 in conjunction with a lecture by Wozniak. Csavas will do a lecture Sept. 20.


CONGRATULATIONS to Caroline Swanson, whose watercolor painting, Bud Vase with Roses, is included in the Salmagundi Club’s annual juried exhibition for nonmembers. Because the club is undergoing renovations, the exhibit is at Denise Bibro Fine Art gallery in New York’s Chelsea art district.


PHOTOGRAPHS by Melissa Powell Roberts are on exhibit through September at the Effie Mae Fuller Center of the Barnwell, S.C., Museum. A native Augustan and Barnwell resident, Roberts enjoys photographing South Carolina’s scenic beauty and historical sites.

Her photographs have appeared on South Carolina’s tourism Web site,, and several are in the upcoming book, The Majesty of South Carolina by author/historian Douglas Bostick. Her photograph of the Holy Apostle Church covered in snow will be the December image in the 2013 Palmetto State calendar published by the Charleston Postcard Co.

The Barnwell Museum exhibit is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 3 to 5:30 p.m.


COMING UP: September will offer an abundance of art events. Artists Elizabeth Moretz-Britt and Beth H. Jones will have an opening at Sacred Heart Cultural Center; and Donna Whaley will be the featured artist at Midtown Gallery’s First Thursday celebration. Aiken Artist Guild members will have a show at Tim Conway Photography on Kings Way.

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