The Artside: Trio started painting later in life

It’s never too late to become an artist; so say a trio of painters set to open a show Thursday, July 11, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center’s hallway gallery.


Cathy Armstrong, Linda Hardy and Susan Porterfield all began working with art after years devoted to families and careers. Their exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Armstrong began exploring art after her children were in college. She has honed her skills in classes locally and in North Carolina, and enjoys working with a variety of styles and media.

Hardy began painting after retiring from her medical practice, and has studied with David Mascaro and in a variety of workshops and classes. Having worked in oils and other media, she now works exclusively in acrylics.

Porterfield also began concentrating on art after retiring from the medical field. She has studied with both local and national artists and is one of the original members of the Columbia County Artists Guild. People and animals are favorite subjects for her oil paintings.

THE ARTS & HERITAGE CENTER of North Augusta is hosting a Birthday Bash with bluegrass and blues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12. The first hour will include light refreshments and entertainment by the Savannah River String Band and the CSRA Shag Club on the first floor, where the main gallery features an exhibit on the entertainment history of North Augusta.

At 7 p.m., guests will go to the Palmetto Terrace on the fourth floor to sample and vote on birthday cakes and enjoy a show hosted by former television personalities Lee Sheridan, John Radeck (Bwana John) and Terry Sams (Trooper Terry) with music by Flo Carter, The Henrys and Ryan Abel.

Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance from the Arts & Heritage Center, Jim Bush Florist or Parks Pharmacy. For more information, visit or call (803) 441-4380.

• Saturday, July 13, is Arts and Heritage Day at the center, where there will be historical seminars and painting demonstrations by North Augusta artists. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

JULY 13 is also Second Saturday Artist Day hosted by nationally known artist Jim Harrison at his studio in Denmark, S.C.

Liz Ringus, who has been working in pottery for more than 40 years, will have the spotlight, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the event will include refreshments and a drawing for a piece of her work.

After graduating from college in New Hampshire in 1972, Ringus taught high school English and experimented with various art forms ranging from painting to textiles and glass. When she moved to the South in 1990, she became interested in historical indigenous crafts, and has become known for her work with face jugs. She and other artisans display their work at The Little Red Barn gallery in Barnwell, S.C.

• Another July 13 event will be the dedication of a mural designed by artist Lucy McTier in the Veterans Park in Wrens, Ga. The mural’s theme highlights the contributions of area men and women in service. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. with speakers to include the artist and Congressmen Paul Broun and John Barrow.


NEXT WEEK: Savannah historian and art antiquarian John Duncan will be the speaker for the Art at Lunch series July 19 at the Morris Museum of Art. His topic will be the work of Savannah artist Helen Hatch Inglesby (1914-1999), whose intricate silhouettes are on display this summer at the museum. Cost for the catered lunch and program is $10 for museum members and $14 for others. Paid reservations are due by July 17. Call (706) 828-3867.

A retired history professor, Duncan is the owner of V & J Duncan, a shop specializing in antique maps, prints and books, located in the ground level of his home on historic Monterey Square. Duncan and his wife, Ginger, met John Berendt when the author of the best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil first visited Savannah in the early 1990s, and they have remained friends over the years. Perhaps he can be persuaded to go off-topic and give us the insider’s scoop on plans for turning the real-life murder mystery into a Broadway musical.


FUNDRAISER: Robert “Flash” Gordon will be the local celebrity on the spot when the Augusta Mini Theatre presents its fourth annual Hot Roast and Toast fundraiser July 18 at the Deans Bridge Road theater. Proceeds benefit the Mariah McKie Butler Memorial college book scholarship. Call (706) 722-0598 or visit


A GROUP OF Augusta-area artists will open a show Saturday, July 13, in Belton, S.C. Works by Judy Adamick, Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, Anne Rauton Smith, Doris Sofge, Jill Stafford and Gail Wheeler will be featured at Belton Center for the Arts. A reception is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Call (864) 338-8556.


REMINDERS: July 19 is the deadline for writers to submit work to the 20th Porter Fleming Literary Competition. For entry forms, visit

• Artists are invited to enter designs for the cover of The Augusta Chronicle’s Applause section in the second annual Applaud the Artist Cover Design Contest. The winning entry will be the cover of the arts season preview edition in September. Find details at