William Entrekin, a Georgia realist painter whose works have drawn comparison to those of Andrew Wyeth, will be featured in a solo exhibit opening Friday, May 30, at the Morris Museum of Art. The exhibit, titled This Happy Land, will include landscapes, figural and still life paintings done in a variety of media: watercolor, oil, and egg tempera.
A native of Rome, Ga., Entrekin grew up in northwest Georgia, moving from town to town as his parents sought work in textile mills. From an early age, he found that making drawings gave him a consistent way to occupy the often-lonely hours. With a bit of mentoring from an older artist, who taught him about materials and told him to paint what he saw, Entrekin nurtured his own talent into a career.
In the 1970s and 1980s, his work was featured in numerous exhibitions including a show at the Columbia Museum of Art. It was during those years that a number of his works were acquired by Dr. Robert Coggins, a Marietta, Ga., physician whose Southern art collection later became a central component of the Morris Museum of Art when it opened in 1992.
With an invitation to exhibit at an Atlanta gallery in 2006, Entrekin rediscovered his earlier passion for art, and today his works are widely recognized and represented in numerous public and private collections. He lives and works in Acworth, Ga., where he draws inspiration from the sights and sounds of the area. Visit his Web site at williamentrekinartist.com to see examples of his work.
The Morris exhibit will include works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, private collections and the artist’s own holdings. Entrekin will be at the museum Friday, May 30, for a 6 p.m. talk, and a reception will follow. The event is free to museum members and $5 for nonmembers. RSVP to (706) 724-7501.
ANOTHER WEEKEND opening will take place Sunday, June 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. The exhibit features a new interactive map of African-American heritage landmarks in Augusta as well as a series of videos created by the museum in partnership with the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau to explore the history of the civil rights movement in Augusta.
Featured in the display are works of art by Malaika Favorite and Nancy Bookhart as well as historical photos and documents. The museum will hold several related events during the summer, including a June 18 luncheon with Judge Robert Benham and a July 9 Civil Rights Forum and discussion. For more information, call (706) 724-3576 or visit lucycraftlaneymuseum.com.
CLAY ARTISTS of the Southeast will be featured in a special exhibit opening First Friday, June 6, at Gallery on the Row, 1016 Broad St. Titled I’m a Little Teapot, the exhibit includes teapots in a wide range of styles created by the ceramics organization’s member artists. Exhibitors are Betsy Borgatti, Elizabeth Reynolds, David Stuart, Patrick Hatch, Sarah Fletcher, Elizabeth Barnes and Tom Supensky.
The evening will also include a book-signing for Supensky, an Aiken resident who is professor emeritus at Towson University in Maryland. He describes his book, Looking at Art, as a series of philosophical ideas on art and creativity. In addition to the Teapot exhibit, he will have a solo show opening in the Aiken Artists Guild Gallery at the Aiken Center for the Arts on June 12.
THE FIRST WEEKEND will continue with the Augusta Riverfront Arts Festival opening June 7 and running through June 14. There will be a juried exhibit at the Arts and Heritage Center in North Augusta, arts activities during the Saturday Market June 7 and 14 on Eighth Street at the Riverwalk, and workshops and classes all week on Broad Street’s Artists Row. Classes will range from photography and figure drawing to Manga and weaving.
In conjunction with the festival, Lou Ann Zimmerman will do a Whiskey Painting workshop for a limited number of people at 6 p.m. June 12. A portion of all fees from the festival will go to the Artists Row Scholarship Fund. Call OddFellows Gallery at (706) 513-0916 to register for workshops or for details.
DEADLINE: May 30 is the deadline for submissions to the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s 34th annual juried art competition, A Sense of Place.
Open to American artists age 18 and older, the competition accepts entries in painting, drawing, mixed media printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Complete rules and application forms may be found at www.ghia.org.
Juror for this year’s competition is Wim Roefs, independent curator, art consultant, exhibit designer and owner of ifART Gallery in Columbia. He is chairman of the board of Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art and has taught contemporary art and African-American art at the University of South Carolina.
CONGRATULATIONS to several members of the Augusta Authors Club on recent publications. Linda Lee Harper and Jo Ann Hoffman are included in the inaugural issue of Fall Lines, a literary journal based in Columbia. Jane Blanchard has a poem published in River Poets Journal.
ART WORKSHOPS. One of the many interesting aspects of summertime in our area is the abundance of camps and workshops for both children and adults.
For those interested in various art forms, check out offerings at Tire City Potters, Aiken Center for the Arts, Morris Museum of Art, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the Kroc Center and many others. Click here for an extensive list published in The Augusta Chronicle’s Applause section.
COMING UP: June 11 is the deadline to make reservations for the June 13 Art at Lunch program at the Morris Museum of Art featuring Carr McCuiston from Signature Gallery in Atlanta talking about the fine craft movement in the United States and the Moulthrop family of wood turners.
• June 12 is the gallery reception date for the annual Aiken Artist Guild member show at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
• There will be a reception June 13 to open a solo exhibit by Don Kimes in the main gallery at the Gertrude Herbert, with Jim Brownlee showing in the Creel-Harison Community Gallery there.