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The Artside: Exhibits open in time for First Friday

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As Augusta gears up for Masters Week, several new art exhibits are on the calendar for April’s First Friday celebration.

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"Missing Pluto not Uranus" is among the works by Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman that will be showing at OddFellows Gallery beginning Friday, April 5.  SPECIAL
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"Missing Pluto not Uranus" is among the works by Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman that will be showing at OddFellows Gallery beginning Friday, April 5.

At the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St., Maryland artist Rebecca Clark will open an exhibit in the main galleries. Clark’s detailed graphite drawings offer glimpses into the natural world and the interconnectedness of all living things.

Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Swarthmore College and did further study at the Maryland College of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

She has worked in the Washington, D.C., fine arts community for many years, including posts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Phillips Collection and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

She will talk about her work during an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5.

• Two other shows are featured at the Gertrude Herbert. Mahera Khaleque’s work continues on display in the Creel Harison Gallery on the third floor, and the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School senior exhibit is on view in the first- and third-floor galleries.

BROAD STREET galleries have planned several openings for First Friday.

Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman’s latest show opens April 5 at OddFellows Gallery, 1036 Broad St. Titled I Am a Tourist or Today My Son Became an Astronaut, the show features the popular artist’s expressive robotic images.

• Across the street, Artists Local 1155 opens an exhibit of works by art students at Georgia Regents University.

Gallery on the Row, at 1016 Broad St., has a golf-theme exhibit featuring art collected through the years from around the world.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of the works will go to Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Zimmerman Gallery and Art on Broad also will be open late for First Friday to welcome visitors and early Masters arrivals.

ARTIST Mary McCullah has opened an exhibit titled Diversity in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street.

The multimedia exhibit reflects her experiences as artist in residence at the Cheraw and Poinsett
state parks in South Carolina.

She is showing acrylic and watercolor works featuring the plants, animals and scenery of the parks.

McCullah lived in a number of cities in the United States before retiring to North Augusta with her husband in 2006.

Her award-winning work has been exhibited widely in South Carolina. Works by Bonnie Goldberg, Rob Forbes and Mary Ann Brock continue on display in the main galleries at the ACA.

ALSO ON Friday’s calendar: the Morris Museum of Art will screen the second in a two-part film program on the life of President Woodrow Wilson.

The free program begins at noon in the museum auditorium. Lee Ann Caldwell, the director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History, will lead a discussion after the film.

Paintings by President Wilson’s first wife, Edith Axson Wilson, and works by her artist friends, are on exhibit at the museum.

FIRST FRIDAY

The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s First Friday takes on a new partner for April – Relay for Life – to raise awareness about cancer research. Wear purple from 5 to 9 p.m. April 5 when shops and galleries stay open late amid family activities, music, performances by Pyroteque and Eastern Star Dance Company; Schrodinger’s Cat “eXtreme Theatre Games” (for adults) at Le Chat Noir; ’80’s Night at Sky City; more. Visit augustaarts.com or call (706) 826-4702, ext. 13.


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