The Artside: Shows will feature GRU art faculty, multimedia work

The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art on the GRU Summerville Campus opens its fall season Thursday, Aug. 22, with a series of events spotlighting the multiple talents of the Department of Art faculty.


The afternoon begins with artist talks at 3 p.m. in University Hall Room 170. Randy Pace will talk about “Truth in Photography” and Rosanne Stutts will speak on the topic of “Photography: An Overnight Success.”

Following the talks, faculty artists Janice Williams Whiting and Chadwick Tolley will host open studios on campus, beginning at 4 p.m.

Rounding out the day will be a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the opening of the 2013 faculty art exhibition in the gallery. Exhibiting artists will be Kristin Casaletto, Tom Crowther, Suzette Hollins, Alan MacTaggart, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes, Raoul Pacheco, Brian Rust, Joseph Tolbert, as well as Pace, Stutts, Whiting and Tolley.

The exhibit also marks the introduction of artist Liselott Johnson as the new Mary S. Byrd Gallery director. See the new Web site at


FOR SOMETHING a bit out of the ordinary (perhaps more than a bit) head to the Morris Museum of Art to experience Invisible, a multimedia collaboration between artists Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman. The two artists concoct elaborate performances with “artstruments,” unusual compositions, multichannel video and “found sounds.”

Presented as part of the museum’s Art Now artist talk series, the evening will begin with a 6 p.m. performance with Elsewhere’s Roof, a drum machine powered by water. At 7 p.m., the evening continues with food, drinks and music by EON. The program is open to the public free of charge.

In conjunction with the performance, an exhibit on view in the museum’s education gallery will include the Selectric Piano, an IBM typewriter the artists adapted to play piano keys; and several invisible video performances. So they say. You’ll have until Sept. 15 to check it out.

• An exhibit featuring works by one current and two former Morris Eminent Scholars in Art will open Aug. 29 in the Rex Property & Land Gallery at the JB White Building on Broad Street.

Philip Morsberger, Tom Nakashima and William Willis will be exhibiting there through Oct. 6, and the show will conclude with several events in conjunction with the 2013 Westobou Festival.


AUG. 24 is the annual Arts Alive day at Aiken Center for the Arts. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the center will have art demonstrations, children’s crafts, mural painting, “wacky photography” and face painting. Performers will include Abatsu, Gavin Winship, Southern Thunder Cloggers and others. A highlight of the day will be the reception for the ACA summer camp art shows.


THE MORRIS MUSEUM is accepting applications for new volunteers to join its docent program. Docents lead tours for more than 4,000 visitors each year. Weekly training meetings begin in September, and continue until the first week of December. Training prepares volunteers to serve as museum ambassadors and lead interpretive tours to visitors of all ages. No experience is required. There will be an open house/orientation meeting for prospective applicants Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. For more information, call (706) 828-3865.


ARTISTS ARE invited to submit a work representing an aspect of Columbia County and its heritage to the juried art competition of the 2013 Columbus Day Festival and Art Show to be held Oct. 19 at Evans TowneCenter Park. Fine art, 2-D and 3-D, photography and fine crafts will be considered for cash prizes. There will also be vendor booths available for selling handmade items.

Deadline for entries will be Sept. 20. For application forms and information, call (706) 312-7194 or contact vatkins@columbiacountyga.agov.


AUG. 31 is the deadline to respond to the call for speakers for the TEDx event to be held in Augusta in January. Fans of TED talks: this is your chance to submit an entry to be on the TEDx platform. All the information is available at


LOOKING AHEAD: After the Labor Day weekend, the September arts rush will get underway full force. Mark your calendars for a gallery opening Sept. 5 at Aiken Center for the Arts, to celebrate new exhibits by Bea Kuhlke, Dale Keene, Guy Milligan and Gloria Grizzle.

• First Friday in downtown Augusta will include the free art hunt, where artists create small works of art and hide them (usually not far from plain sight) around the downtown area. Finders, keepers! The artful instigators are planning a river theme for Sept. 6. See for more.


A COUPLE OF REMINDERS: There are only a few days left to catch a couple of interesting exhibits at the Morris Museum of Art. Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art closes Sept. 1, and North Carolina Pottery from the collection of Drs. Nancy Farmer and Everette James closes Sept. 4.

• Tickets are on sale now for the Westobou festival events in early Oct. 2-6. Check out the variety of offerings at