Though he might be best known for his outdoor installations and sculptural work, Rust has always accompanied those creations with drawings and multimedia collages. We’ll get a chance to see a selection of his smaller works in a more intimate setting when Sacred Heart Cultural Center opens an exhibit Thursday, Jan. 10, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will spotlight recent digital image collages and drawings inspired by nests and other natural objects.
A native of Washington State, Rust earned degrees from the University of Washington and the University of California Berkeley. He is a professor of art at Augusta State University, where he teaches courses in sculpture, drawing and the humanities. His work has been exhibited in venues around the country, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, the Henry Lay Sculpture Park in Missouri, the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
• Also on the calendar for Jan. 10 is a reception at the Morris Museum of Art for Shadows of History, an exhibit of photography from the Civil War era. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a lecture and book signing with photographic historian William Stapp. The works on display are from the collection of Julia J. Norrell of Washington, D.C. Additional works from the Norrell collections will go on exhibit later in January.
• A third event Jan. 10 is a gallery reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street. Featured shows include the Aiken Retro Exhibition and the Aiken High School AP art exhibit. Works by Carolyn Bohn are on exhibit in the Aiken Artists Guild Gallery at the ACA. At the Hitchcock Center in Aiken, Ann Parker is the featured artist for January.
• Event No. 4: Open Season, an exhibit showcasing works by local artists, opens Jan. 10 at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta. There will be a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12, is the date for the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Wet Paint Party, beginning at 7 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. There will be two art auctions during the evening. The first is a silent auction, from which artists will receive full price for their work, and the arts council will receive any proceeds above the designated price. The second auction will be live, with local painters auctioning their “wet paint” works created during the party.
The evening will also include food and drink, in addition to a fashion and hair show by Vintage Ooollee and Modish Salon. There is no admission cost for GAAC members, and nonmembers may join at the door. Individual memberships begin at $35. See www.augustaarts.com for more information.
AN EXHIBIT of sculpture and drawings by Ed Smith will open Jan. 18 in the main galleries at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Smith’s works are inspired by the gods and heroes of ancient Greece. He is professor of art at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the director of the Marist-Lorenzo de Medici Venice Biennale Program, a Guggenheim fellow in sculpture and drawing and an associate fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He will be showing drawings and smaller bronze sculptures.
• Also opening Jan. 18 will be photographs and sculpture by Katie Harris in the Creel Harison Community Gallery at the GHIA. Harris is a resident of Appling, Ga., and a recent graduate of Augusta State University. The art institute, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, will play host to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for both shows. The reception is free to members and $5 for others.
• Also on Jan. 18, Reflections on the River will be the topic for the Art at Lunch program at the Morris Museum. Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus and artist Philip Juras will discuss the relationship between Augusta and the river, touching on ways the waterway has inspired many, from artists to environmentalists. Lunch will be provided by Cloverleaf Catering, and the cost is $10 for museum members and $14 for others. Paid reservations are due by Jan. 16.
FROM HERE TO THERE: Women on Paper, a group of Augusta artists, will open an exhibit Jan. 13 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. The artists – Nancy Schultz, Caroline Swanson, Lauren Kerbelis, Karen Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Gail Smith and Lillie Morris – have been meeting weekly since 1988 to paint en plein air using a variety of media on paper. As a group, they have exhibited throughout Georgia and South Carolina. The show will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 and will be on display through March 3.