Augusta State University’s art department will showcase its students Thursday, Feb. 23, beginning at 3 p.m. with an open house celebration featuring student artwork displayed salon-style in the hallways of Washington Hall on campus. That means you won’t see paintings hung in a single row with measured space between, but rather lots of art all over the walls, wherever space can be found.
There will also be printmaking and analog photo printing demonstrations and a chance to visit with the art students and faculty artists.
At 5 p.m., there will be a reception opening the annual Juried Student Art Show. Visiting artist Ted Saupe selected the best of the best student work for the show, which will remain on exhibit in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery at Washington Hall through mid-March. Call (706) 667-4888 for more information.
LITERARY NOTES: The first of several events of interest to readers and writers will take place Feb. 28 at the University of South Carolina Aiken when authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith appear on the main stage at 8 p.m. at the Etherredge Center. The program, part of the James and Mary Oswald Distinguished Writers Series, is free to the public.
Naifeh and Smith wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Jackson Pollock, and their newest collaboration is Van Gogh: The Life, a volume that took more than a decade to write and runs more than 900 pages, with an ever-expanding online footnotes section. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Mack in the USC Aiken Department of English.
AUGUSTA’S NEWEST author, former mayor Bob Young, will sign copies of his book, The Treasure Train, during First Thursday events March 1 at Midtown Market on Kings Way. There will also be a one-night trunk show of jewelry by Susan Senn-Davis and the introduction of March’s featured artists, Meredith W. McPherson and Yong Alford. Historic Augusta is the charity of the month. Various local artists will be displaying their work in the shops and restaurants in the Midtown area, and most will be open late for the 5 to 8 p.m. event.
Young will also be one of more than 50 local writers participating in the March 3 literary festival at the Augusta Library, 823 Telfair St. There will be book signings and discussions featuring some familiar names and some new ones. Call (706) 821-2600 for details.
THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART’S 19th annual Gala will take place Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. Co-chairmen Sutton Stracke and Dr. Alan Whitehouse and their committee, along with museum staff, have planned an evening of fine foods, live entertainment and dancing staged amid the museum’s collection of Southern art. The evening celebrates the art of master watercolorist Mary Whyte, who will be the honored guest. For ticket information, call (706) 828-3825.
Nobody gets a day off. After the party, the museum will open the next morning with an artist workshop, Golf Landscapes in Pastel with Lucy McTier, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. McTier is one of the featured artists in the exhibition, Fore! Images of Golf in Art, on display through mid-April at the museum. Members get a discount on the workshop fee, and paid registration is due by Feb. 29.
The following day, March 4, is Artrageous Family Sunday at the Morris, with the Super Fun Show on the schedule from 2 to 4 p.m. It promises songs, stories and interactive good times, after which participants will make a foam sculpture. There is no charge for the program, and the museum offers free admission on Sundays.
ZIMMERMAN GALLERY on Broad Street is holding an Artists’ Attic Sale during March, offering works from artists’ personal collections. Artwork by Marc Moon, Margaret Petterson, Patsy Evins, Judy Avrett, Carol Barnes, Ramon Kelly and others will be available at inventory-reduction prices. Call (706) 774-1006 for details.
AIKEN UPDATE: A solo exhibit by Lindy Crandell will open March 1 in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Crandell works in oils, colored pencils and pastels to produce paintings with an emphasis on detail. She and her husband spend winters in Aiken and summers in Michigan, where she has been featured in numerous shows and galleries.
After working as a commercial interior designer for more than 20 years, she studied art in Japan and, after returning home, studied at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Her work earned best of show in the 2012 Aiken retrospective, won best animal painting in the 2011 Aiken Artist Guild members’ show; and was included in the 2011 Carolina’s Got Art touring exhibit.
Continuing on exhibit in the main galleries at the ACA are works by Leo Twiggs, Mel Holston and Nancy Wyman Ray. Twiggs will join Aiken author Jeff Scott for talks and book signings March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Brown Pavilion in the arts center.
ARTIST RAYMOND KENT will be featured at the Hitchcock Health Center on Medical Center Drive in Aiken during March. The artist and his wife retired from New England in 1999 and moved to Florida, where he studied with Bertha Kirby in Port Orange. Since moving to Aiken in 2005, he has continued studies at the Aiken Center for the Arts. He works in acrylic, watercolor, and pastels, with subjects ranging from nature to local landmarks.
LOOKING AHEAD: An exhibit by Ann Marie Dalis will open March 8 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Patrons can attend the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and then head upstairs for BBQ and Jeans, a casual fundraising party. Also coming up: the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s week-long artists market and festival March 9-16.