The Artside: Morris' Art Now showcases Messick film, photographs

Filmmaker and photographer Kendall Messick will be featured in an Art Now presentation Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Morris Museum of Art, screening his documentary The Projectionist.


Messick has created a large body of work documenting the eccentric obsession of Gordon Brickle, a projectionist at the movie theater in Middletown, Del., where Messick knew him as a childhood neighbor. Brickle spent his evenings in his basement, meticulously constructing a small-scale version of a movie palace named The Shalimar.

In 2001, Messick revisited Brickle’s creation and embarked on a project to document, through film and photographs, the projectionist and his domain. A selection of the photographs can be seen in the education gallery at the Morris. Visit for more about the artist and his work.

The Art Now program begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by drinks in the galleries and music by Matthew Buzzell. Admission is free. The evening will also allow guests the opportunity to see examples of folk art from the Julia J. Norrell Collection, going on display Jan. 29 in the West Lobby gallery at the Morris. Norrell’s collection of Civil War-era photographs remains on view in the Coggins Gallery.


AT THE AIKEN CENTER for the Arts, a preview party is scheduled Jan. 31 to launch the Antiques Fair weekend Feb. 1-3. Jean Schwalbert and Sandra Terry are co-chairs for the event.


AT GALLERY ON the Row in downtown Augusta, there will be an Artist Roundup from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in celebration of the Augusta Futurity cutting horse competition. There will be artist demonstrations and refreshments throughout the day.


SEVERAL EVENTS are on the calendar for the first weekend in February.

• On First Friday, Feb. 1, Gallery on the Row will offer an evening of Valentines, Violins and Van Gogh.

• The Morris Museum of Art’s Print Fair will open with a champagne preview party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the museum auditorium, where visitors will find print­makers and art dealers.

Exhibitors will include Phil Garrett, King Snake Press, Greenville, S.C.; Sandy Rupp, Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, S.C.; Jackson Cheatham; and Weir/Stewart. The preview party is free for Morris Collectors group members, and costs $15 for nonmembers. There is no charge for the Saturday fair.

• Feb. 2 is also the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History’s Heritage Gala, held at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and includes dinner, music by Lynwood Holmes and a silent auction. John W. Franklin is the keynote speaker. Call (706) 724-3576 for more information.

The Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga., will hold a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2 for “Illuminated Diversity: The Ceramics of USC,” an exhibit featuring works by University of South Carolina faculty artists Virginia Scotchie and Andrew Coombs and their students. Visit to see a video about the exhibition.


MARCIA BERGTHOLD will be the February artist at the Hitchcock Health Center gallery in Aiken. Bergthold began painting while living in the San Francisco area, and was trained primarily as a California plein air colorist. She has studied with several noted California artists and has exhibited in both California and South Carolina. She is a member of the Aiken Artist Guild.


HUMOR IN BLACK and White: Photography of the Late Ann Davis Parker will be on exhibit during February at the Family Y of Aiken County in Graniteville. Known for commercial and art photography, Parker was noted for her ability to see humor in everyday life.


NOTED IN PASSING: The New Year has brought flurry of changes to the arts scene. Jackson Cheatham has retired as the director of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art at Augusta State University, but we can hope he will continue some of his other notable endeavors as artist, printmaker, curator, designer and all-around friend of the arts.

Bill Reynolds has been named interim director at the Aiken Center for the Arts, succeeding Kristen Brown.

Rebekah Henry Murphy, having presided over the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s 75th anniversary, is leaving the executive director’s post and relocating to Atlanta.

• And the Augusta Ballet has posted an opening for a new executive director.

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