Artists from around the country will be showcased in A Sense of Place, the 31st annual juried fine art competition opening this weekend at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art on Telfair Street. Each year, the institute opens its fall art season with the themed exhibition that recognizes outstanding work by contemporary artists.
Tom Hammond, noted printmaker and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, has served as juror for the 2011 competition, selecting works by artists representing 21 states. He will offer a gallery talk and reveal three merit award winners during the opening reception Friday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hammond has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and abroad, and his work is represented in many public and private collections including the Royal Museum of Art in Antwerp, Belgium; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Art; Mint Museum of Art and others.
The challenge for Hammond was to select 30 to 40 works from submissions by 150 artists and his choices had to be governed by the limited available space for the show. “I really wanted to pick more works,” he said, noting that the quality of submissions was high.
“My first tally was 63, then 50, and finally 40 – the limit,” he said in his juror’s statement. “I chose only one work from each accepted artist.” He also aimed for a variety of media. “The selection on view is the best of the best,” he commented.
In addition to A Sense of Place, two other shows will open Sept. 16 at the GHIA. In the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery on the third floor, a solo exhibit by South Carolina painter Ingrid Hofer includes mixed media journals of her travels through Europe. Hofer studied at the Meisterschule für Mode in Hamburg, Germany, and the Traphagen School of Design in New York.
In the GHIA South Gallery, Atlanta artist Sarah Hobbs will present an installation in conjunction with the Westobou Festival and her ongoing exhibit in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery at Augusta State University. Her work involves staging and photographing scenes that explore various human behaviors.
Hofer will talk about her work during Friday night’s opening reception. There will be a separate opening and reception for Hobbs Oct. 7.
THE ANNUAL ARTS IN THE HEART of Augusta festival, taking place in downtown Augusta, also starts Friday, Sept. 16. Expect to find a wide range of artistic offerings on display during the weekend festival on Broad Street. For a preview, see the festival’s Web site at www.artsintheheart.com/artists.htm.
IF YOU NEED a break from the weather over the weekend, visit the Morris Museum of Art, where in addition to the permanent collection of Southern art, you will find a retrospective exhibit of paintings by Edward Rice and paintings by Art Rosenbaum with photographs by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum. In the stairwell gallery is a selection of prints and paintings by early naturalists John Abbot, John James Audubon, Mark Catesby and Alexander Wilson.
Sunday afternoon, the Morris will present dramatic soprano Angela Renée Simpson in a free concert of arias, art songs and spirituals, beginning at 2 p.m. The museum also offers free admission to the galleries on Sundays.
ARTISTS ROW is inviting community participation in the creation of a collaborative sculpture: ARTie, the Garden City’s Green Dragon.
Sarah Mays, Artists Row’s 2011 art scholarship winner, designed the 72-foot dragon to be made of recycled materials and constructed by the community during the Westobou Festival.
To build the dragon, the committee needs lots of plastic soda and water bottles, any size, rinsed out; plastic grocery bags in all colors, and leftover cans of spray paint in various colors. Materials can be delivered to Artists Row galleries: Artistic Perceptions, Oddfellows, Elduets, Gallery on the Row or Zimmerman Gallery.
Construction dates will be Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 at the Old Richmond Academy, 504 Telfair St., with three shifts scheduled each day. Groups and individuals can register to help by calling (706) 826-8991, or visit http://artistsrowaugusta.com.
IF YOU MISSED the Morris Museum exhibit of works by Augusta native Philip Juras, based on the historic writings of naturalist William Bartram, or if you want to see more of these works, there are a couple of opportunities coming up. A show that includes 19 of his paintings opens today, Sept. 15, at the Georgia Museum of Natural History in Athens. Next month, 15 of his works will open at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences as part of the biennial Bartram Trail conference in Macon on Oct. 21-23. For details, visit http://philipjuras.com/exhibitions.htm.