While most Augusta art patrons are familiar with Jonathan Green’s vibrant paintings of Gullah life and culture in the Lowcountry, what’s not so well known is the artist’s extensive collection of works by other artists. For more than three decades, he and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, have acquired paintings, sculptures and works on paper by black, Caribbean, Latin American and American artists.
More than 40 works from their collection will go on exhibit June 14 at the Morris Museum of Art, with a reception and celebration planned for 6 p.m. June 19 featuring Creole fare and live music. The event will cost $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers, and reservations may be made by calling (706) 828-3825.
The Green-Weedman collection reflects the cultural diversity that has been vital to the development of American art, and while many works were created under the auspices of the WPA of the 1930s and 1940s, there are also examples from a wide variety of styles, cultures and sensibilities, including works by such well-known artists as William H. Johnson and Sam Gilliam.
There will also be a private gallery talk and champagne reception with Green and Weedman at 4 p.m. Friday, June 20. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Space is limited and reservations are required.
THE AIKEN ARTIST GUILD will open its annual Member Show at the Aiken Center for the Arts with a reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12. The celebration, with music by Jeff Scott and wine and hors d’oeuvres, is open to the public free of charge. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m.
Founded 47 years ago, the Aiken Artist Guild has 170 members who were eligible to submit works. Juror for this year’s show is Alan MacTaggart, chairman of the art department at Georgia Regents University. He will present awards in various categories, and guests attending the reception will vote on the People’s Choice Award.
• In other Guild news, members Mary Ann Brock, Al Beyer and Doris Sofge were juried into the South Carolina Watermedia Society exhibit opening in Anderson, S.C., in August; and AAG member Dave Owens recently took best in show at the Santee State Park photography contest. For more information about the art organization, visit aikenartistguild.org.
TWO NEW EXHIBITS open Friday, June 13, at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.
Slow Looking: Recent Works by Don Kimes will be on display in the main galleries, while Jim Brownlow will have works on exhibit in the Creel-Harison Community Gallery. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free to members and $5 general admission.
Kimes is professor of art at American University in Washington, D.C., and visual arts director at the Chautauqua Institution since 1986. He was previously program director and faculty member at the Studio School in New York City. Kimes has exhibited in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions, and was juror for the Gertrude Herbert’s 2013 national competition, A Sense of Place.
His GHIA exhibit will showcase works inspired by a life-changing flood that destroyed his home and studio. The artist chose to reinvent his destroyed images into resurrected studies of nature, loss, memory and passage of time, so that his current style presents images of the past in layers of color, grit and light.
Brownlow is a native of Ohio who spent his high school years in California and returned east to earn degrees from Penn State and later from the University of South Carolina. Except for an introductory watercolor class in college and several recent workshops, he is primarily a self-taught artist. Watercolor is his favorite medium, and his subjects are landscapes, cityscapes and scenes from his travels.
CARR MCCUISTON of the Signature Gallery in Atlanta will be the speaker for the Art at Lunch program Friday, June 13, at the Morris Museum. The topic will be the Fine Craft Movement in the United States, with emphasis on the work of the Moulthrop Family. An exhibit of Moulthrop bowls will be on view in the museum’s west lobby through June 22.
SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY, a small group of artists drawn together by a shared passion for the visual arts, will be featured in an exhibit at the Columbia County Library this month. The group includes artists Pamela D. Ferguson, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Natalia Bowdoin, Martha Buck, Mahera Khaleque, Lillie Morris, Janann Reynolds and Malaika Favorite.
The show offers works in a variety of media including printmaking, ceramics and mixed media. Favorite also has works in the Civil Rights exhibit at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.
THE RIVERFRONT ARTS FESTIVAL continues this week with several events including a drawing workshop Friday, June 13, with Martha Deller at Oddfellows Gallery and a whiskey painting session with Lou Ann Zimmerman. The festival will conclude Saturday, June 14, at the Center for Arts and Heritage in North Augusta, where there will be a “What’s in your Attic” appraisal session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a reception and announcement of winners at 1 p.m.
on the balcony gallery. The festival is sponsored by Artists Row and the Augusta Market.
COMING UP: The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s annual meeting and awards presentation will be held at 6 p.m. June 19 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The evening will include dinner and cash bar, and tickets cost $30 per person or $220 for a table seating eight. For reservations, call (706) 826-4702, ext. 2; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Mayor Deke Copenhaver, president’s award; Philip Morsberger, artist award; Ferneasa Cutno, arts professional award; Mark Hodges, WRDW, media award; Georgia Bank & Trust, sponsor award; and Frances “Panny” Force, volunteer award.
• Drawings by Philip Morsberger and sculpture by Anita Huffington will be on exhibit this summer at the Morris Museum of Art, beginning June 17 in the stairwell gallery and June 28 in the west lobby gallery. The two artists will discuss their work in an Art at Lunch program July 18.
• June 21 is the date for the next installment of the Draw With the Morris series at the museum. The mixed media workshop for all skill levels will be led by Brian Rust. Call (706) 828-3867 to register.