Hello, September. Welcome to rush season for the arts. For the next few weeks, there will be a wonderful variety of art exhibits and events to enjoy. Anyone who protests there’s nothing to do around here might want to consult a neurologist. There will be two of them at one of the September art openings.
But first, the month begins with a gallery reception Thursday, Sept. 5, at Aiken Center for the Arts. Bea Kuhlke will have a solo exhibit in the center’s Founder’s Gallery, while Dale Keene will be exhibiting in the Westinghouse Gallery, Guy Milligan in the Wyatt Gallery and Gloria Grizzle in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery. The opening celebration runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
IF YOU’RE IN downtown Augusta for First Friday events, keep an eye out for some river-themed artwork tucked away in unexpected places. If you find a piece of art, you get to keep it. The Free Art Friday folks encourage finders to snap pictures and post them at https://twitter.com/FAFAUG.
SACRED HEART Cultural Center’s first show of the fall season will open Thursday, Sept. 12, featuring works by Tom Swift and John Edry. There will be a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
An Augusta neurologist, Dr. Swift has had a lifelong interest in art. In his drawings, collages and watercolors, he explores the structure of things and how structure conveys meaning. A portion of proceeds from sales of his work will go to the American Brain Foundation for research on diseases of the brain.
Dr. Edry also has a love of both medicine and art. He studied drawing and painting as a fine arts major at Augusta State University and is now a third-year resident in the Department of Neurology at Georgia Regents University. His compositions typically include the human figure.
THE MORRIS MUSEUM of Art will hold a preview party Thursday, Sept. 12, for the special exhibition Starters: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection. The exhibit of some 50 photographs, works on paper and posters includes works by such well-known artists as Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott and Dorothea Lange.
The preview begins at 6 p.m. with opening remarks by Susan Hunnicutt, Wells Fargo market president in Augusta, and a talk by Shelley Hagen, the curator of the Wells Fargo collection. The event costs $10 for museum members and $15 for others, and includes drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Wells Fargo maintains a broad corporate collection of art, which has grown over the years through mergers incorporating existing collections. The exhibit at the Morris is presented with Wells Fargo sponsorship, and its customers may show a Wells Fargo debit or credit card for free admission to the show during regular museum hours. The exhibit will open to the public Saturday, Sept. 14.
THE GERTRUDE HERBERT Institute of Art will open its national juried fine art competition Friday, Sept. 13, with a reception and awards presentation scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Titled A Sense of Place, the competition is now in its 33rd year and includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture.
The juror for this year’s competition is Don Kimes, the artistic director in the visual arts for the Chautauqua Institution in New York and professor of art at American University in Washington, D.C.
• Augusta artist Jason Lutz will open a show in the Creel-Harison Gallery at the Gertrude Herbert that same evening. Lutz creates large-scale acrylic paintings that layer multiple images and references, from the historical to the contemporary.
In addition to his gallery talk at the Gertrude Herbert, Kimes will present a lecture on Creativity and Interruption at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in University Hall Room 170 on the GRU Summerville campus. The lecture is part of the Morris Eminent Scholar visiting artist series.
TWO MEMBERS of the Aiken Artist Guild, Marjorie Milne and Mary Alice Lockhart, will have paintings on exhibit during September at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
Milne is a native of New Jersey. Since moving to Aiken with her husband in 1999, she has studied art with Al Beyer at USC Aiken and in various workshops. She has won awards at the Aiken Center for the Arts, McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah, and the South Carolina State Fair. She works in both acrylics and oils, and does landscapes as well as still life and figural paintings.
Lockhart has exhibited widely on both sides of the river, and her work has been included in solo and group shows. She has been an active participant in the area arts communities as a member of the Aiken Artist Guild, the Aiken Center for the Arts, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and the Morris Museum of Art.
She has studied with Al Beyer at USC Aiken and with Philip Morsberger in Augusta, as well as in numerous workshops. Her work is included in public and private collections around the Southeast. See samples atmaryalicelockhart.com.
AROUND THE AREA: The Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga., will open an exhibit of prints by Virginia Rougon Chavis,with a reception Sept. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Chavis holds the M.F.A. degree from Savannah College of Art and Design and is an associate professor of art at the University of Mississippi.
• The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro has two new exhibits running through Sept. 27. Elisabeth Condon: The Seven Seas explores a teenager’s first encounter with the nightclub culture in Los Angeles in the 1970s and early ’80s. Rena Leinberger: Zero Panorama is a survey of mixed-media installations, photographs and videos.
Condon will present a lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, with Leinberger scheduled for a talk Sept. 16 at the same time. Both lectures will be followed by a reception. For more information, visit http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/art.