The Artside: Photographer to explain wet-plate collodion process

Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley will be at the Morris Museum of Art this weekend to present a not-so-familiar photographic process that has drawn considerable interest around the country. She will talk about her work at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, as part of the museum’s Art Now contemporary artist series.


A fine art photographer and assistant professor of photography and digital media at the University of Houston in Texas, she works in the wet-plate collodion process, following the 19th-century method used to create tintype plates, mixing her own chemicals. The prepared plates are then loaded into a large-view camera equipped with antique lenses, and the images are exposed directly onto the surface of the plate. Each tintype is one of a kind.

After her talk, guests are invited to meet the artist during a reception featuring music by The Ramblin’ Fevers. There will be a selection of her works on exhibit in the education gallery adjacent to the auditorium.

Anderson-Staley will be doing ongoing free demonstrations of the wet-plate collodian tintype process from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the museum’s activity room on the second floor, using local models. Participants will receive digital copies of their completed portrait. Call (706) 828-3867 to see if session times are still available.

Her work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, Portland Museum of Art and Southeastern Museum of Photography among many others, and she has a long list of editorial and exhibition credits. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

• Also scheduled Feb. 8 at the Morris is a Black History Month celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with art, music and drama exploring the influences of African Americans on the arts. Performances by Dr. Rosalyn Floyd, Oral Moses, Karen Gordon, the James Brown Academy of Museum Pupils, and Blue Bistro Creative are planned, along with gallery tours and hands-on activities. Call (706) 724-7501 for details and times.


FEB. 8 IS ALSO the date for the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Wet Paint Party from 7 to 10 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. Designed to promote local artists and increase awareness and support for the arts council, the event is free to current GAAC members, and memberships can be purchased at the door. There will be art for sale, an art raffle, a vintage fashion and hair show, cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Contact for information or reservations.


THERE ARE SEVERAL new art shows in February in the Aiken area. An exhibit of landscapes by Micah Cash has opened at the Etherredge Center Gallery on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus. Cash graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2005 with a double major in painting and art history. In 2012, he was awarded a residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyo. He lives in Baltimore, Md., and is an M.F.A. degree candidate at the University of Connecticut.

Cash constructs his paintings from a combination of onsite photography and memory. Included in the exhibit are 16 paintings ranging from a series based on the eroded dirt roads around his Aiken hometown to a couple of large paintings inspired by his residency in Wyoming. There is also a new l0-foot painting examining the perspective and architecture of hydroelectric dams.

See more about the artist at The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 14.

• At the Aiken Center for the Arts, several new exhibits are opening this month, with a gallery reception scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Nanette Langner and Cassandra Gillens are featured in the main galleries, while Corinne Kenney has a solo exhibit in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery.

Langner was born in Chicago and attended the American Academy of Art, earning a degree in graphic art and illustration. Now living in Aiken, she is a past president of the Aiken Artist Guild and a member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society.

Gillens is a native of Boston, now living in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A self-taught artist, she draws on childhood memories to create vivid images in saturated color. Kenney is a retired veterinarian who describes herself as “a painter of all creatures – great and small.”

• The Aiken Artist Guild’s meeting Monday, Feb. 10, will feature Craig Schottenstein, a representative of ColArt Americas Inc., who will demonstrate the properties and uses of Winsor and Newton artist grade acrylics. The meeting, open to the public, begins with a 6:30 p.m. social gathering followed by the program at 7 p.m.

• The Columbia County Library has an exhibit of works by Women on Paper on display during February. WoP is a group of women who have met weekly for many years to paint en plein air and encourage each other in their work. Members include Nancy Schultz, Karen Banker, Caroline Swanson, Lauren Kerbelis, Ingrid Hofer, Lillie Morris, Gail Smith and Carolyn Bohn.

COMING UP Feb. 14 in the Morris Museum’s Art at Lunch series is a talk by writer and archeologist Mark Newell. He will discuss the Wanderer Project that explores the connection between Congolese Africans smuggled into South Carolina on the slave ship Wanderer in 1858 and the tradition of Southern face jug pottery. Lunch will be catered by New Moon Café and paid reservations are due by Feb. 12. Call (706) 828-3867 to reserve a place.


NOTABLES: Philip Morsberger is one of “Three Charmed Artists” recently featured in an exhibit at Harmon Meek Gallery in Naples, Fla. Morsberger, Anita Huffington and Herman Maril, are all natives of Baltimore, Md., sometimes known as The Charm City, a connection that inspired the exhibition title. The Naples exhibit closes Feb. 7, but we are fortunate to have Morsberger living and working in Augusta.

• Several area artists have been accepted in the 2014 Artfields Competition and Festival taking place April 25-May 4 in Lake City, S.C. Augustans Kath Girdler Engler and Susan Johnston are included in the competition along with Marc Mitchell from Statesboro, Ga.

On the South Carolina side, Susanna King of Aiken, Thomas Koole of Edgefield and Lila Shull of North Augusta are on the list. The 10-day event includes art exhibits in numerous venues, live music, Southern foods and cash prizes totaling $100,000. For more information, visit