January is apparently a good time for group shows in Augusta’s art world.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center will open the year with an exhibit featuring artwork created by members of the Guild, its volunteer support group. The show will open Thursday, Jan. 9, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
Artists featured in the exhibit are Cathy Armstrong, Jane Cashin, Wendy Cunico, Beth Evans, Panny Force, Carol Fuller, Jill Gunn, Mary Madeline Harrison, Loretta Healy, Renee Howell, Julie Jennings, Beth H. Jones, Kat Kitchings, Julie Owings-Loftis, Julie Michalczyk, Carolyn Moon, Helen P. Smith, Nancy Story, Susan Trotter, Joan Vanover, Kaye Ward, Lucy Weigle and Linda Wier. The show remains on display through the end of February.
• Also Jan. 9, other group exhibits will open at the Aiken Center for the Arts. The Artists of Woodside will be featured in the main galleries, while Aiken High School AP art students will be showing in the Brooks Gallery. At the same time, Linda Hardy will be featured in a solo show in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery. A reception from 6 to 8 p.m. will celebrate all the artists.
AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, King Snake Press: A 15th Anniversary Overview goes on exhibit Jan. 11 featuring nearly three dozen monoprints by many of the artists who have worked with the Greenville, S.C., art press and its founder, Phil Garrett. A second exhibit of prints by Garrett himself will open Jan. 21, and he will be at the museum for a lecture and reception Jan. 23 leading up to the museum’s popular print fair scheduled that weekend.
START OFF THE third weekend of the month with a special exhibit Jan. 16 at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery on the GRU hill campus. Titled Painting in the Expanded Field, the exhibit features the work of 10 contemporary artists from New York, Chicago and Boston.
According to gallery director Liselott Johnsson, the show “aims to bring up a discussion about the limits of painting.”
Works in the exhibit will include such materials as foam, ceramics, X-rays, vinyl, silkscreen and spray paint. The artists are Inna Babaeva, Cora Cohen, Nicole Cherubini, Liz Deschenes, Suzanne Joelson, Annette Lemieux, Jessica Stockholder, Wendy White, Tamara Zahaykevich and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.
Inna Babaeva, a New York artist who was born in the Ukraine, will open the event with a talk at 4 p.m. in Room 107 of University Hall, followed by a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Gallery in Washington Hall. Both events are free.
• The next evening, on Jan. 17, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will open International lnsights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective in the main gallery and a group show by Georgia Southern alumni Roger Finch, Janine Reynolds, Travis Wiggins and Dorothy Fletcher Eckmann in the Creel-Harison Community Gallery.
Tichich is a North Carolina photographer whose portraits introduce viewers to life in a variety of countries. He was founding director of the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University, where he serves as professor of photography, and holds the title of professor emeritus at Georgia Southern University. He will present an informal gallery talk during the 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception.
• Also scheduled Jan. 17 is a Morris Museum Art at Lunch program featuring contemporary folk artist Eldridge Bagley. The event marks the closing of Hearth and Home, an exhibit of his rural Virginia images. Lunch will be catered and paid reservations are due by Jan. 15. Call (706) 828-3867 to reserve a place.
MORE ON THE CALENDAR: Author and illustrator Katherine Zecca will speak at the Aiken Artist Guild meeting Jan. 13 in the Brown Pavilion Room at the Aiken Center for the Arts.The evening is open to the public and begins with a 6:30 p.m. social gathering with the program at 7 p.m. Zecca has written and illustrated seven nonfiction books for children and was a scientific illustrator for NOAA. Born in Germany, she spent many years in the Pacific Northwest and has recently relocated to Aiken. Visit katherinezecca.net.
• At the Morris Museum, the fifth annual Children’s Book Reading Spectacular will be Jan. 12 during the monthly Artrageous family Sunday. Local personalities DJ Chill Ay Chillz, Jeff Rucker, Brad Means and Ed Turner will read from classic children’s stories and participants will make their own books. It’s a free event.
ALSO OF NOTE: Memorabilia from Bill Harper’s Straight Arrow collection is on display at the Main Branch of the East Central Georgia Regional Library. Straight Arrow was a radio western that aired 1948-1951. Harper is the recognized authority on the subject and is the author of a newsletter and two books on the program. The display includes original comic book art, daily strip art, a script and photographs.
• The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta is exploring art and spirituality in January with programs by artists Jen Larson, Natalia Taylor Bowdoin, Jay Jacobs, Bea Kuhlke and Staci Swider. Swider will present a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, and there will be an artists reception Jan. 26. For more information, visit uuaugusta.org.