The November cultural calendar will open with lots of art and lots of oysters, as the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art holds its eighth Oysters on Telfair party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. In addition to raw and steamed oyster bars, Cajun cuisine and blues music, the casual fundraiser will feature a silent auction of small works created by regional artists especially for the event.
The evening will also offer patrons a preview of the Biennial Augusta State University Art Faculty Exhibition in the main galleries. The exhibit includes works in a variety of media. Call (706) 722-5495.
J. TERRENCE “TERRY” SMITH is the featured artist for November at the Hitchcock Health Center in Aiken. After a long career as a civilian with the Department of the Army, he retired in 2008 as deputy garrison commander at Fort Gordon and received a national leadership award in a White House ceremony.
Having painted for many years, he has focused on art in his retirement and has studied with Dick Dunlap and David Mascaro, among others. A native of Alabama, he has lived in Augusta since 1986 and serves as a docent at the Morris Museum of Art.
SEVERAL WEEKEND events are scheduled as part of the Augusta Photo Festival. Zimmerman Gallery will hold a reception for Postcards & Parachutes: Images by Lisa J. Marks, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The festival will conclude Sunday, Nov. 4, at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center with a reception honoring the winners of the festival’s official competition. There are numerous workshops and exhibits on the schedule. For a complete list, visit www.augusta
FALLING COLORS is the theme for an event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the MAC on Main Art Gallery in Thomson, Ga. New works by artists of the McDuffie Arts Council will be on display, and the Ramblin’ Fevers will provide music. For information, visit www.macon
MARGARET ANN SMITH’S works are featured at Artistic Perceptions gallery on Broad Street. Smith paints images of Augusta in a unique style she characterizes as a cross between abstract and surreal, with buildings bending and swaying and street lamps casting bright light and shadows on twisting sidewalks. See more of her work at margaretannsmith.fineartstudioonline.com.
THE LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM of Black History is holding its annual Doll Exhibition during November and December. Dolls from many nations in addition to the Michelle Obama Collection are on display.
SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER will open a big show in a small space Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. with three of Augusta’s favorite artists – Lillie Morris, Lucy Weigle and Judy Avrett – showcasing their work.
Avrett works in water-based media, creating nature-inspired paintings with vivid color and texture.
Morris’ recent works are primarily in mixed-media collage, depicting landscapes of Georgia and west Ireland in impressionistic or abstract styles.
Weigle’s mixed-media works often combine acrylic paint and collage to create texture and pattern. She also paints oil landscapes and watercolor portraits.
THE GREATER AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL will sponsor the annual legislative luncheon and community arts expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Augusta Library, 823 Telfair St. The luncheon costs $15. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEVERAL EVENTS of note are coming up at the Morris Museum of Art, beginning with the annual book sale to benefit its Center for the Study of Southern Art. The sale will take place Nov. 3-4 in the second-floor lobby.
• Artrageous Family Sunday on Nov. 4 will include a display of classic cars from local collectors as a salute to Gary Russeth’s sculpture of a 1908 Maxell on display in the lobby.
• The Southern Circuit Film Series continues at the museum Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. with a screening of Smokin’ Fish, followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Luke Griswold-Tergis.
• For the Art at Lunch program Nov. 9, writer and archeologist Mark Newell and genealogical and archival researcher April Hynes will talk about the Wanderer Project, which explores connections between Southern face jug pottery and Congolese Africans who were smuggled into South Carolina in 1858.
• The Nov. 10-11 weekend at the museum will include a Civil War Symposium, a trunk show of jewelry by Susan Senn, and a Sunday afternoon concert by singer/songwriter Shaun Piazza. Artist Jay Jacobs will open a show at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
NOV. 11 is the date for An Evening with the Opera, a fundraising concert to benefit the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. Norman will be the host of the event, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta State University. A reception will follow the concert. Call (706) 667-4100 for ticket information.
ALSO MARK your calendar for: Reflections on Water in American Painting from the Arthur Phelan Collection will open Nov. 15 at the Morris Museum of Art. That same evening, a group show featuring Anne Rauton Smith, Doris Sofge, Jill Noel Stafford, Judy Amadick and Elizabeth Moretz-Britt will open at Aiken Center for the Arts. And the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will hold a reception Nov. 16 celebrating the Augusta State University art faculty exhibit in the main galleries and a show by Laura Neff of Evans in the Creel-Harison gallery.
Artist Anne Nielsen will be the speaker for the Aiken Artist Guild’s meeting Nov. 12 in the Brown Pavilion at Aiken Center for the Arts. A native of Ohio, Nielsen began her art career painting backdrops for theater stages. She also worked as a jeweler before turning full attention to painting. The meeting is open to the public.