The Artside: GRU art department invites public to experience art

"Veiled" by Mahera Khaleque will be on exhibit at the Gertrude Herbert. The exhibit opens March 1.

The art department at Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus has lined up an afternoon of art experiences for Open House 2013, scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. In addition to the juried student art exhibition in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery, student work will be displayed throughout Washington Hall.


The open house will also include photogram demonstrations in the darkroom and print-making demonstrations. Visitors are invited to bring a T-shirt and get a silkscreen design on it for $5, or take a golf cart ride to tour the ceramics and sculpture labs on campus. After the open house, there will be a reception and awards ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Byrd Gallery.


FRIDAY, FEB. 22 is the date for the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta’s fundraiser, Bettin’ on the Bayou. The event will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. Dinner will be catered by The Garlic Clove, and paid reservations are due in advance. For information, call (803) 441-4380.


IF THE WEEKEND takes you in the direction of Madison, Ga., the Madison Morgan Cultural Center is holding its 12th annual antiques show and lecture series.

Michael Crocker, a leading authority on Georgia folk pottery, will talk about the role of embellishments in the survival of the craft Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m. Crocker is a pottery historian, author, collector, museum curator, and a folk potter himself, with works in the Smithsonian and other museums. He is co-founder and curator of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia.

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m., Margaret Browne will lecture on Elements of Value and Connoisseurship, focusing on the work of three important Georgia self-taught artists: Nellie Mae Rowe, Ulysses Davis and Howard Finster, as well as several lesser-known artists. Browne is founder and owner of Chivaree Gallery in Cashiers, N.C. She holds a certificate in appraisal studies from Pratt Institute in New York. For information, call (706) 342-4743 or visit


THE FIRST WEEKEND in March will bring several arts events.

• The Morris Museum will hold its 20th annual Gala on Friday, March 1. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum galleries, where guests will enjoy cocktails and a preview of the special exhibit, Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection. The exhibit includes more than 30 iconic Southern paintings from the collection of Susan and George Dean Johnson, who will be present for the festivities.

At 8 p.m., guests will go by trolley to the Augusta Convention Center for dinner, dancing and entertainment. There will also be drawings for prizes that include original art by Edward Rice, Boyd Saunders and Wolf Kahn. For tickets, call (706) 828-3825 or contact

• Art historian Estill Curtis Pennington and David Henderson, the director of the Johnson Collection, will discuss the Johnsons’ American art collection and the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Morris with a book signing and coffee reception to follow.

• Also opening March 1 is an exhibit by Mahera Khaleque in the Creel-Harison Gallery at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Born in Bangladesh, Khaleque uses her art to address the issue of gender violence, specifically the disfigurement of women by acid attacks in South Asian and Middle-eastern countries. The artist holds a master’s degree in painting and visual communications design from Purdue University and is pursuing the M.F.A. in drawing and painting at the University of Georgia. She taught art and humanities at Augusta State University from 2010-2012.

• The Gertrude Herbert will host the 34th annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art exhibition March 1-28 in the first- and third-floor galleries. Held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, the competitive exhibition features work by students in a five-county area. The theme this year is Art Takes Action. Awards will be presented at a reception at 4:30 p.m. March 6.


CALLS FOR ARTISTS: The Greater Augusta Arts Council is seeking proposals for an outdoor-art installation made from found objects, suitable for outdoors, and temporary in nature. Artists are asked to submit a résumé, design concept and list of potential materials to

Sacred Heart Cultural Center is calling for designers to create “dresses” made entirely of natural materials, to be displayed as “Still Magnolias” during the annual garden festival April 26-28. No artistic background is necessary; just creative inspiration and willingness to gather and work with plant materials. Contact Mary Louise Hagler, festival chairwoman, at

• The Walton Foundation has moved its Undercover Artists show to Julian Smith Casino and scheduled it for April 18. Formerly staged on the lawn of Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, the event offers bidders small works of art created by well-known local artists as well as by local celebrities and community leaders. The idea is that bidders don’t know who created what, until later in the evening.


AUGUSTA ARTISTS ELSEWHERE: Tatiana Klacsmann has a work included in a juried show at the National Association of Women Artists Gallery in New York. Lillie Hardy Morris has works on exhibit at the Grand Bohemian Hotel and Gallery in Asheville, N.C.