The Artside: Summer series includes workshop with artist Lambeth

Artist Randy Lambeth has been drawing and painting scenes in the Augusta area for more than 30 years, building practical experience that he will share in his Drawing the City workshop Saturday, May 17, at the Morris Museum of Art.


Largely self-taught, Lambeth is known for his watercolor portraits of corner grocery stores, peach orchards, vernacular houses with red tin roofs, and popular hangouts and landmarks.

The workshop, part of a spring-summer series Draw With the Morris, will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to all ages and skill levels. Class materials are included in the fee ($18 per session with pre-registration; $20 at the door or $48 for any three sessions).

The series continues June 21 with Brian Rust and mixed media; July 19 with cartooning by Augusta Chronicle editorial cartoonist Rick McKee, and Aug. 16 with pastels by Carolyn Bohn. Call (706) 828-3867 to register.

• The program for the Morris Museum’s May 16 Art at Lunch event will be Greetings from Syria: Photographing a Civil War. Thomas Hammond will discuss his recent photographic journey through the country and the haunting images he found there. The fee ($10 for members, $15 for others) includes a catered lunch. Registration is required. Call (706) 828-3867 to reserve a seat.


SEVERAL SPECIAL exhibits will be ending in the next couple of weeks, and are well worth a visit or revisit before they are gone. At the Morris, paintings by Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby highlighted this year’s gala, and they will be here until the end of May. Bartlett is a painter whose often large-scale works push the boundaries of the realist tradition with multilayered imagery.

Eby, his wife, uses the encaustic medium involving a complex process of layering and torching pigmented beeswax to produce abstracted works with a distinctive, lyrical touch.

• A smaller exhibit closes soon at the Morris. Soldier Artist: Conrad Wise Chapman ends May 25. On loan from the from the Museum of the Confederacy, the exhibit includes paintings of the defenses of Charleston, S.C., done in 1864 on commission from Brig. Gen. Thomas Jordan, chief of staff to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.

• At the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the Creel-Harison Biennial closes May 23. The exhibit spotlights works by artists who have exhibited in the institute’s Creel-Harison Community Gallery in the past two years: Ulrike Beck, Amelia Grace Brooks, Dick Dunlap, Ann Erickson, Katie Harris, Mahera Khaleque, Laura Neff, Staci Swider and Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman.

• GRU senior art students Blaise Ramsbotham, Heather McEnery and Melissa Sommer have the current show in the Creel-Harison Gallery through May 23.

• At the Aiken Center for the Arts, Converse College art faculty members Andrea Elliott, Bridget Kirkland, David Zacharias, Dianne Rash Bagnal, Geri Hurlbut, Glenda Guion, Kristina Falotico-Hoover, Ruth Beals, Suzanne Floyd Gunter, Teresa Prater and Vivianne Carey are exhibiting in the main galleries through June 7. Jeannette Shoemaker has a concurrent solo show in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery there.

• At Sacred Heart Cultural Center, paintings by Lenn Hopkins of Waynesboro, Ga., opened May 8 and will remain on view for several more weeks. The versatile artist’s work includes images of farm relics, antique barns and coastal scenes as well as quirky character portraits and abstracts.


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Entries will be accepted through May 23 for the Augusta Riverfront Arts Festival to be staged June 7-14 at the Arts and Heritage Center in North Augusta.

Work for the juried show may dropped off at OddFellows Art Gallery, 1036 Broad St. The festival is sponsored by Artists Row and the Augusta Market.

Artists may submit up to three works, and there is a $10 entry fee per work. Categories are pastel and drawing, oil and acrylic, watercolor, and photography. Each category has a cash first prize and there will be a best-of-show award as well. Prizes will be presented in a ceremony June 14.


CONGRATULATIONS: The top winners have been named in the annual Student Art Show at the Arts & Heritage Center in North Augusta. Elementary school division winners are Tommy Faro Carroll, Mossy Creek, first; Kourtnie Holmes, Belvedere, second; and Allie Gardiner, North Augusta, third.

Middle school winners are Kate Wells, Paul Knox, first; Zach Mooney, North Augusta, second; and Valeria Pineda, North Augusta, third.

High School division winners, all from North Augusta, are Kara Mitton, first; Bronwyn Bigger, second; and Emma Larabee, third. Mitton also took the best of show award. May 16 is the last day for the show.

Jeff Birchill’s marble sculpture titled Treasures Under the Sea has been selected for the 54th annual exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists.The exhibit will run Aug. 23-Oct. 26 at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colo.Birchill had a solo show of his sculpture recently at the Morris Museum of Art, and his work can be seen at Zimmerman Gallery on Broad Street.


NOTEWORTHY: Artist/writer Malaika Favorite has a book of poems, Dreaming at the Manor, being published by Finishing Line Press in Georgetown, Ky. The book is available for pre-order at and copies are scheduled to ship July 5.

Entries sought in third annual Applaud the Artist Contest


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