Paintings of Georgia’s coastal isles by Ann Marie Dalis will open Thursday, March 8, in the lower level hallway gallery at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Dalis, a former Augustan, is a multi-talented artist whose career path has included teaching visual arts at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and serving as assistant editor of crafts for Southern Living magazine.
Since she and her husband, John, moved to St. Simons Island, she has become active with the Glynn Art Association, where she teaches classes and serves as director of program development. In 2011, she was artist-in-residence for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Reserve Research Center.
The art on display at Sacred Heart was created during trips to Sapelo and other areas of Georgia’s coastline, and includes architectural, botanical and landscape paintings. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.
THE GERTRUDE HERBERT Institute of Art will present its sixth annual Spring Artists’ Market and Festival March 9-16, offering a full week of art activities at historic Ware’s Folly, 506 Telfair St. The festival will open at 6 p.m. March 9, with a wine and cheese reception and an exhibition and sale of works by GHIA member artists. Guests will receive a discount on works purchased during the evening.
More than 30 established and emerging Augusta-area artists will display work including sculpture, photography, ceramics, paintings, drawings and prints in the main gallery through March 16. A returning component of this year’s market is the artists’ boutique, a gallery section featuring smaller works priced at $100 or less.
The festival will continue Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with family-friendly activities to include face painting and hands-on activities for children, as well as artists’ demonstrations and gallery browsing for grownups. The artists’ market will continue Monday through March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all events are open to the public free of charge.
There are other things to see at the Gertrude Herbert as well. The 32nd annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition and Exhibition is featured in the first and third floor galleries. Held in conjunction with Youth Art Month, the exhibit spotlights works by students in grades K-12, and is sponsored by the Markwalter Foundation. “Murmurations,” an exhibit of new work by Augusta artist Amelia Grace Brooks will open March 9 in the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery on the third floor. Her mixed media and collage works explore patterns of change. There will be a reception in April.
SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY, a group of female artists, will be exhibiting during March at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History on Phillips Street. Among the featured artists are Tatiana Klacsmann, Pamela D. Ferguson, Priscilla Hollingsworth and Malaika Favorite. See more of their work at www.southern
observatory.com. In honor of women’s history month, several of the artists will present a panel discussion for the museum’s senior luncheon March 14. The luncheon costs $10. Call (706) 724-3576 for reservations.
AT THE ZIMMERMAN GALLERY on Broad Street, an Artists’ Attic Sale runs throughout the month, offering paintings, pottery and prints by a variety of artists, including Carol Barnes, Marc Moon, Margaret Petterson, Ramon Kelly, Lala Streett, Patsy Evins and other Southeastern artists. The works have been drawn from artists’ private collections. The gallery is also hosting a sale to benefit the Art Factory. Several paintings and sketchbooks by the late James P. Lyle will be available, along with a portrait of Lyle done by Carol Kelly Dorn. For more information, call (706) 774-1006.
ARTISTS’ ROW, a coalition of downtown galleries, has announced plans to award two scholarships this spring. The awards will go to graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue a degree in art at an accredited institution. The deadline for application is March 30 and the awards will be announced May 4 at a special exhibition of submitted work. Rules and application forms are available at www.augustaartistsrow.com.
• Poet and literary critic Donna Aza Weir-Soley and novelist Jeffrey Stepakoff will be featured in the Spring Sandhills Writers event March 15 at Augusta State University’s Jaguar Student Activities Center. Weir-Soley will speak at 10 a.m. and Stepakoff at 1 p.m. Both presentations will be followed by an informal colloquium, book-signing and reception. Both readings are free to the public.
Weir-Soley is author of the poetry book First Rain and the critical text Eroticism, Spirituality and Resistance in Black Women’s Writing, and is co-editor of the anthology Caribbean Erotic. She is a professor of African and African Diaspora studies and women’s studies at Florida International University.
Stepakoff has published three novels and has written for 14 television series, including the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters and Dawson’s Creek, for which he was executive producer. Further information is available at www.sandhills.aug.edu.
• Pat Branning, former food and entertainment commentator on South Carolina ETV and author of Shrimp, Collards and Grits, will talk about her book featuring Lowcountry art, recipes and stories in the next Art at Lunch program March 16 at the Morris Museum of Art. Lunch will be catered by Fat Man’s Mill Café, and paid reservations are due March 13. The cost is $10 for museum members and $14 for others.
• Santa Fe poet Linda Whittenberg will read from her latest book, Somewhere in Ireland, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Fat Man’s Mill Café. The evening will include traditional Irish music and a cash bar. Augusta artist-musician Lillie Morris met the poet at a literary conference in Ireland in 2010, and the two collaborated on the book, which includes Whittenberg’s poems and Morris’s artwork. Call (706) 267-5416 for reservations or information.
• Artist Derek Hess will sign his new book, Black Line White Lie, during a reception March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at OddFellows Art Gallery, Eighth Street at Ellis. See his work at www.derekhess.com.
• Congratulations to artist Philip Juras, whose book, The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in the specialty category. Juras grew up in Augusta and now lives in Athens.