So here we go. The third Westobou Festival opens Sept. 29, launching a 10-day cultural feast that includes an exciting variety of visual arts exhibits and events.
Artist Sarah Hobbs stages photographs exploring phobias and compulsions, wherein she both constructs and analyzes illusions. She will talk about her work at 3:30 p.m. in University Hall 170 at Augusta State University. The program will be followed by a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery in Washington Hall, where her exhibit is on display.
In a concurrent exhibition, Hobbs has created a site-specific art installation in the south gallery at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and will discuss that one at the closing reception there Oct. 7.
THE ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTER in North Augusta will host a reception Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. celebrating Expect the Unexpected, an exhibit by members of Clay Artists of the Southeast. Each of the pieces incorporates a whimsical or unexpected element. The free event will include wine and light hors d’oeuvres.
A SHOW TITLED Carolina’s Got Art is also at the North Augusta center. The juried exhibition encompasses 100 works in a variety of media, created by artists in North and South Carolina. Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m., the center will offer an afternoon dedicated to Southern music and art. Doug and the Henrys will provide the musical part of the program. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children.
WESTOBOU’S 2011 signature artist Art Rosenbaum and his wife, photographer Margo Newmark Rosenbaum, will discuss their work Friday, Sept. 30 at noon in the Morris Museum of Art’s lunchtime lecture series. Paid reservations are due in advance. Call (706) 724-7501 for information.
ANCORA IMPARO, an exhibit staged by Augusta State University faculty artists, opens today at the Old Academy of Richmond County on Telfair Street. Translated as “Still I am learning,” Ancora Imparo is said to reflect the path of every artist driven to make something beautiful. There will be a reception Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.
OPENING FRIDAY, Sept. 30 at Zimmerman Gallery on Broad Street is the annual Whiskey Painters of America exhibit. Founded in the late 1950s by Joe Ferriot, a traveling salesman with a passion for art, the Whiskey Painters are an international organization that celebrates a specific style of miniature painting using small surfaces and exotic mediums. A genuine whiskey painting is a miniature piece of art no larger than 4 x 5 inches, done in watercolor with the brush dipped in some sort of alcoholic spirits.
FRIDAY, Sept. 30 ALSO MARKS the opening of a multi-day event, I Waltzed with God the Morning of Genesis, at Paine College. Friday’s event will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Lambuth Chapel, and there will be a reception Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Collins-Calloway Library on campus for an exhibition of thematically linked work by Augusta artist Nancy Wellington Bookhart. The program incorporates aspects of music, dance, spoken word, visual art and fashion.
SOCIAL CANVAS events have become popular among Augusta music fans, so Westobou has a two-day event planned at the parade grounds at Old Academy of Richmond County. Local visual artists will create new works to a soundtrack provided by live bands Oct. 4 and 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. both nights. There will also be a public canvas and Art Bar.
Tuesday’s lineup includes DJ Joycette at 6 p.m., Hope for Agoldensummer at 7 p.m. with artist Staci Swider; The Favors at 8 p.m. with art by Leonard Porkchop Zimmerman; and Eat Lightning at 9 p.m. with art by Jason Craig.
Wednesday night’s schedule again starts with DJ Joycette at 6 p.m. followed by the Shaun Piazza Band at 7 p.m. with art by Jay Jacobs; Night People at 8 p.m. with art by Ryan Davis; and The Cubists at 9 p.m. with art by Blaine Prescott.
HUMS & OMS: Performing Sculpture is collaboration between artist Priscilla Hollingsworth and musician/composer Carl Purdy, created to address two questions: What does art sound like? And what does music look like? It happens Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at ASU. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for ASU students and staff.
A TEMPORARY SCULPTURE, designed by the 2011 Artists Row scholarship winner, Sara Mays, will be constructed by community members and artists at the entrance of the Old Richmond Academy. The public art creation, ARTie-The Garden City’s Green Dragon, is being assembled with various recycled materials collected from the community. A smaller, permanent sculpture made by children and artists will be auctioned during the Art Bar Oct. 6, with proceeds to go toward the Artist’s Row Student Scholarship and Community Outreach Fund.
FOR A HIGH-END souvenir of this year’s festival, artist Baker Overstreet has created a limited edition print in his distinctive style. A signed edition of 100 prints will be sold at $100 each. See them at the Westobou headquarters, 965 Broad St.
ACROSS THE RIVER at Hammond’s Ferry, the Five Artist Exhibition will be open Sept.29 through Oct.2 at the Firehouse, 89 Crystal Lake Drive, North Augusta. Participating artists are Judy Gove Adamick, Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, Anne Rauton Smith, Doris M. Sofge and Jill Noel Stafford. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, after which the show will be open Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
ONGOING EXHIBITS OF NOTE:
• Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice continues at the Morris Museum of Art. A Sense of Place, the annual national juried exhibit, is at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, along with work by Ingrid Hofer and Sarah Hobbs. Drawings by Will Fahnoe continue at OddFellows Gallery, and Ginny Griffin and Judy Gillespie are showing works at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.
THE MORRIS MUSEUM has converted its west lobby area at the Riverwalk entrance into a gallery for three-dimensional works of art, and the first exhibit is cast paper and mixed media sculpture by Kath Girder Engler. Next up: Edgefield pottery. The plan is to change exhibits four times a year.
LAST HURRAH: Jim Gensheer’s gallery on Macartan Street will host a farewell show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, featuring works by his former students. Gensheer and his wife are leaving Augusta in October, and our community’s loss will certainly be Santa Fe’s gain.