The Artside: Sacred Heart to show paintings by artist-teacher Kuhlke

Sacred Heart Cultural Center will open a solo exhibit by Bea Kuhlke on Thursday, July 10, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. One of Augusta’s best-known artists, Kuhlke has influenced and inspired students and fellow artists for more than 25 years through her popular classes and workshops.


A native Augustan, she graduated from Georgia Southern College and studied with Hans J. Staude in Florence, Italy; with Chicago painter and sculptor Freeman Schoolcraft; and with acrylic painter Marjorie Dean Andruk. She now lives in Aiken, where she teaches and maintains an active studio.

The Sacred Heart show will include some 30 recent paintings, all done in acrylic on board or canvas and created specifically for the exhibit. Her subjects, she said, range from quick pieces done in her garden to her fox hound in various settings and a number of landscapes and beach scenes. Some of her works are done on gessoed hardboard, cut to size by hand to suit her composition.


THAT SAME evening, Bill Updegraff will open a solo show in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery at the Aiken Center for the Arts, while the annual ACA student and faculty show will be on view in the main galleries. There will be a reception from 6 to 10 p.m.

Updegraff began his painting career nearly three decades ago, and is a signature member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society, Indiana Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Alabama. He exhibits with the Brown County Artist Guild Gallery in Nashville, Ind. He has taught watercolor classes and workshops for over 15 years and currently teaches in Greenwood and McCormick, S.C.

He has exhibited and won awards in numerous juried shows in Indiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The Aiken exhibit will feature a variety of his recent works.

AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, exhibits of sculpture by Anita Huffington and drawings by Philip Morsberger have opened in the stairwell and west lobby galleries. Both artists are represented in the museum’s permanent collection and have had solo exhibitions there. Huffington’s exhibit features recent works, while Morsberger’s drawings reflect an earlier period in his career.

Huffington was born in Baltimore, Md., as was Morsberger. She first went to New York to study dance with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, and became closely identified with the abstract expressionists, including Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. In recent years, she has lived and worked in the woods of Arkansas.

Morsberger earned his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Tech and studied at the University of Oxford in the mid-1950s. He had a long and distinguished teaching career including a post as Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford, 1971-1984. He also taught at Harvard, Dartmouth and the University of California, Berkeley, before coming to Augusta as a Morris Eminent Scholar in the Visual Arts at Augusta State University.

The two artists will talk about their work July 18 in the museum’s Art at Lunch program. The fee of $10 for members and $15 for others includes a catered lunch and museum admission. They will also be at the museum for a private gallery talk and champagne reception July 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Reservations are required for both programs. Call (706) 828-3867.


JULY 18 IS THE date for a 5th anniversary celebration at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta. Birthday Bash! Heart & Soul begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature entertainment from The Henrys, Carey Murdock and Flo Carter in the Palmetto Terrace.

There will also be a birthday cake competition and exhibits on the historic sites of North Augusta and Sno-Cap’s 50th anniversary. Laura Warren of WRDW-TV will be host for the celebration. Tickets are $10 for ANC members and $15 for others from


AUGUSTA CHRONICLE cartoonist Rick McKee is next up in the Morris Museum’s Draw with the Morris series. His workshop on cartooning will be July 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. and is open to all skill levels. Call (706) 828-3867 for information.


THE AUGUSTA MINI Theatre’s Roast & Toast celebration will be July 17 at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1230 Laney Walker Blvd., beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s honoree is Clint Bryant, the director of athletics for Georgia Regents University, and guest roasters include Clay Boardman, Curtis Carter, and NCAA coaches Tubby Smith and Roy Williams. Ticket information is available at


JASPER JOHNS, one of the most famous artists with roots in Augusta, is among those whose works will be part of Art Everywhere US, a massive national outdoor art show to be staged in August.

Some 50,000 advertising spaces in airports, malls and movie theaters as well as billboards and buses will display American art selected by a panel from major museums and public vote.

Other Southern artists represented in the project are William H. Johnson, born in Florence, S.C. in 1901 and Archibald Motley, born in New Orleans in 1891. Johns was born in Augusta in 1930 and grew up in South Carolina. See a list of the portfolio at



Cathy Tiller is artist of the month at Gallery on the Row. A native Augustan, she has been a partner in the gallery since 2011 and leans toward colorful abstract paintings.

Humanitree House, an art gallery and juice bar, was recently opened by Denise and Baruti Tucker at Eighth and Ellis streets. See his work at In the art gallery, Growing Grey, works by Ron Turner, will be featured through the end of July.

• The Augusta Regional Collaboration is inviting proposals from artists, performers, nonprofit groups and others for use of space in the I.M. Pei-designed former home of the Chamber of Commerce. The building is the first project in what is envisioned as a culture and innovation district downtown. Learn more at


ENTRIES MUST be received by Aug. 14 in the third annual Applaud the Artist Cover Design Contest.

Designs must illustrate the arts in the Augusta community and the winning entry will be featured on the cover of The Chronicle’s Applause arts preview edition on Sept. 4. Previous winners are Trilogy Gunby and Margaret Ann Smith.

For the rules, visit