The Artside: Aiken gallery to showcase local, Georgia artists' work

Aiken Center for the Arts will host a gallery reception honoring several exhibiting artists Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Georgia artist Amanda Carder Lovett will be exhibiting her works in the Founders Gallery, with Anita Elder showing in the Westinghouse Gallery and D.S. Owens in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery. In addition, the annual ’Tis the Season show is on display in the Wyatt gallery.


Lovett lives in North Georgia where she maintains her studio in Gainesville. An artist from childhood, she won awards as early as high school, including a place in the Governor’s Honors Program and an art education program at Valdosta State University. After studying art graphic design, photography and illustration at the Atlanta Portfolio Center, she worked with high-profile clients at an Atlanta advertising firm before turning to fine art full time. She has won numerous awards and has exhibited extensively. See examples of her work at

Elder, another North Georgia artist, owns the Art Loft in Dahlonega, and paints in a contemporary realist style, focusing on such subjects as lakes, mountain ranges, meadows and single flowers. Visit for more information.

Owens, an Aiken resident, calls himself “an aspiring senior citizen artist with a camera and a passion for photography.” His photographs have won three executive director’s awards in Aiken Center for the Arts exhibits, and he has been an artist in residence at the South Carolina Artisan Center.

• Also on the calendar for Nov. 14 is the annual open house at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall. Special events will include a coffee bar by Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee owners Pat and John Curry at 1 p.m., a cooking demonstration with Jennifer Shuford at 1:30, and a book-signing with authors David Tribby, Louise Shivers and Gena Knox, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the lower level, the 25th anniversary exhibit by Women on Paper is featured in the art hallway.


FRIDAY, NOV. 15 is the date for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s opening reception and gallery talk. Jeff Schmuki is exhibiting in the main gallery, and Ulrike Beck has work on display in the Creel-Harison Gallery on the third floor. Schmuki is a ceramicist who uses art to connect nature to everyday life in inventive ways, linking ecological issues to creative installations. Beck is a native of Germany and a master weaver who creates unique, colorful fiber art. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

• At the Morris Museum of Art, filmmaker Noel Brown will be the featured speaker for Art at Lunch on Nov. 15. He will talk about his award-winning documentary, Guidestones, which explores a mysterious granite monument in Elbert County, Ga., inscribed in 12 languages. He will show the film in its entirety at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the museum. Friday’s lunch program costs $10 for members and $14 for others, and includes lunch by A Catered Affair. Reservations are required. The Saturday film is free. Call (706) 828-3867 for reservations.


ART AFTER DARK, the Columbia County Artists’ Guild’s annual evening of art, wine and entertainment will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. There will be paintings, photographs, fiber arts, sculpture, pottery and jewelry on display and for sale, as well as live art demonstrations, a silent auction and jazz by Fred Williams and the Columbia County Orchestra’s jazz ensemble. The event is open free to the public.


THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN is observing the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with an exhibit of Abraham Lincoln art by Wendy Allen of Gettysburg, Pa. The exhibit, on display in the lower lobby at the Etherredge Center, will be the backdrop for a lecture and book-signing by Lincoln scholar Barry Schwartz, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.


COMING UP Nov. 21 at the Morris is an Art Now Contemporary Artist Talk on The Art Bomb. Diane Kilgore Condon, founder of the Art Bomb, will give an overview of the nonprofit cooperative studio in Greenville, S.C. All 16 of the studio artists will have work on display in the museum’s education gallery near the auditorium.

Joining her will be Alan Ethridge, the executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville, to talk about how government and community support of the arts have made dramatic changes in the city. A reception with music by DJ King Harold will follow the talk. Admission is free.

• The museum is also offering a Saturday Special on Nov. 23, called Printmaking 101. Representatives of Georgia Regents University’s print club will discuss the difference between etchings and engravings and do hands-on demonstrations. The program begins at 2 p.m. and is free for museum members and $5 for others.


CONGRATULATIONS to Stacy Sikes, the first place winner in the Miller Theater smartphone photo contest sponsored by the Morris Museum and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Some 63 photos were submitted, and all were displayed in the museum’s education gallery where the public was able to vote on favorites. Stephen Smith was recognized for second place, with Trey Keenan and Debby Ellis in a tie for third.


NEW LOCATION. Tim Conway Photography and Summerville Art and Custom Framing will open in a new location at 2120 Central Ave., with a gallery displaying the works of local artists including Jeannine Mills, Judy Avrett, Jack Roy, Tammy Ray, Michael Grenz, Joan Vanover, Jennifer Hinson, Jo Whited, Barbara Whetstone, Rob Forbes, David Swanagin, Loretta Delandes, Bernard Roberts, Michelle May, Frank Lustig and Ruth Pearl. A grand opening is planned from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.


OTHER NOVEMBER EXHIBITS: The Arts Guild of Jefferson County will open a group show Nov. 23 at Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga.

Mary McCullah is exhibiting her work during November at the Aiken Family Y.

• At the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center, the North Augusta Artists Guild is presenting a show titled Fall into Art, through Dec. 23.

• The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is showing its annual quilt exhibit featuring quilts crafted by Atlanta’s Brown Sugar Stitchers, a group of African American quilters in the metro Atlanta area.

Philip Morsberger’s paintings are on exhibit at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery at the Scales Fine Arts Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., through Dec. 8, and former Augustan Luke Allsbrook has a show at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta through the end of December.