The Artside: Shows include paintings by Millie Gosch and former first lady

Sacred Heart Cultural Center will open an exhibit of paintings by Millie Gosch Thursday, March 7, in the first floor hallway gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.


A native of Newnan, Ga., Gosch studied art at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Atlanta College of Art, earning degrees in art history and studio painting. Following a successful career in the decorative arts, she now pursues her passion for fine arts.

She particularly enjoys plein air painting, finding inspiration in the lowlands, rural fields, marshes and waters of coastal Georgia. She has exhibited widely in the Southeast, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections. See examples of her work at


AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection spotlights some 38 important Southern paintings created between 1811 and 1895.

• A smaller show opening Saturday, March 9, offers a selection of works by Ellen Axson Wilson and such colleagues, friends and teachers as George de Forest Brush, Chauncey Ryder, Childe Hassam, Walter Griffin and Bessie Potter Vonnoh. Born in Savannah, Ga., she married Woodrow Wilson in 1885. During her time as first lady of the United States, she continued her longtime interest in art, setting up a studio on the third floor of the White House, and donating much of her work to charity. Suffering from Bright’s disease, she died in the White House in 1914. The exhibit at the Morris includes 18 of her paintings. There will be a reception and lecture March 28.

• In a related program, the Morris’s Films on Friday series will present Woodrow Wilson: A Passionate Man from the American Experience Series, part one of a two-part biography. Following the showing, Erick Montgomery, the director of Historic Augusta, will lead a discussion. The free program will begin at noon March 8 and filmgoers are invited to bring lunch.

• On Sunday, March 10, ceramicist Martha Buck of Appling, Ga., will present a pottery trunk show from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Morris Museum.

• Well-known Georgia artist Steve Penley will be the speaker March 15 for the Art at Lunch program at the Morris. Mayor Deke Copenhaver will introduce the artist, who is known for his vibrant, expressive paintings of historical and cultural icons and political figures. He has a small show on view in the education gallery at the Morris through March 17. See examples of his work at Paid reservations are due by March 13. Call (706) 828-3867.


AT THE LUCY CRAFT Laney Museum of Black History, artist Nancy Wellington Bookhart is exhibiting a show titled Alterations: Fashioning a Black Identity. An assistant professor at Paine College, Bookhart holds a B.F.A. degree from Augusta State University and the M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. Her mixed media works address themes of social consciousness, observing the transition of a people and culture through the Harlem Renaissance movement. The exhibit will remain on display through April.

• The Laney museum is also sponsoring a trip to Atlanta on March 16 for a tour of historical and cultural sites. Register by March 8. Call (706) 724-3576 for information.


THE GERTRUDE HERBERT Institute of Art will hold its annual Spring Artists’ Market and Festival March 15-22. Works in a variety of media by member artists will be for sale, with a special discount during the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 15. The festival will continue March 16 offering children’s activities, artist demonstrations and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The artists’ market will continue March 18-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


THE CITY OF NORTH AUGUSTA will celebrate Springfest, a multi-week festival of arts, horticulture and sports March 8-23 in partnership with the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.

Opening the festival will be a reception for the art show and artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Arts and Heritage Center.

That will be followed by a camellia show and horticulture workshop Saturday, March 9, and art exhibits March 16 at Rosemary Hall, Lookaway Hall, the Arts and Heritage Center and La Petite Gallerie. Learn more at


PHOTOGRAPHER COLLEEN MORGAN is the exhibiting artist for March at Hitchcock Health Center in Aiken. The daughter of artists Danny and Mundina O’Driscoll, she grew up near Lexington, S.C., surrounded by art, and worked with various media before concentrating on photography. Her work is included in the book, Signs of Life, published by the International Library of Photography, and she has exhibited in various South Carolina shows.


ARTIST JENNIFER ONOFRIO FORNES will discuss the exercise of judging artwork at the Aiken Artists Guild meeting March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Aiken Center for the Arts where her work is currently on display.


FREE ART. Augusta is the latest city to join the Free Art Friday movement. Artists are invited to make a piece of art, place it somewhere in the Augusta/North Augusta area, take a photo of its hiding place and post the photo and/or location clues to Facebook or a Twitter feed. Whoever finds it gets a free piece of art. While some cities limit the art hunts to First Fridays, Augusta artists are apparently going to create, place and share at random. Look for FAF AUG on Facebook to join the fun.


LITERARY NOTES: The Sandhills Writers Series has scheduled presentations by Jessica Greenbaum and Marcia Douglas on March 12 on the Summerville Campus of Georgia Regents University Augusta.

Greenbaum, a poet who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., is the author of Inventing Difficulty and The Two Yvonnes. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Harvard Review and Southwest Review, and she is the editor of the annual magazine upstreet. She will present a reading and informal colloquium at 10 a.m. in the Student Activities Center Coffee House.

Douglas is the author of novels Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells and a poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Art of Friction, Mojo, Conjure Stories and Sisters of Caliban. Her presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

• Next, there will be a Writers’ Weekend at the GRU Summerville campus March 22-23 with poet Jericho Brown, winner of a 2009 American Book Award; Michel Stone, 2012 Bronze IPPY Award winner; poet and fiction writer Deno Trakas; Christine Hurley Deriso, author of children’s books and young adult novels; Wendy J. Turner, author of nonfiction and fictional historical works; fiction writer Jared Hegwood, Simon Grant, co-founder of the literary journal Collective Exile, and his fellow GRU writing teachers Paul Sladky and Anna Caroline Harris.

There will be emerging-writers workshops for high school students and critique sessions for those who register.

For information, visit or call (706) 729-2508.