While golf is the obvious focus for Augusta this week, there is much to see and do outside the gates of the Augusta National Golf Club. For instance, Augusta offers a wealth of opportunities for those interested in the visual arts.
Start with the Morris Museum of Art, located on 10th Street at the Riverwalk. Here, visitors will find an extensive collection showcasing the art of the American South. There are several special exhibits of note this month. Romantic Spirits: 19th Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection brings to Augusta a splendid selection of important paintings devoted to a specific period in the region’s cultural history.
You’ll also see Images of Community, with works from the Norrell Collection, an important part of the Morris Museum’s permanent collection.
Another special exhibit features works by Ellen Axson Wilson, the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson, together with works by several of her colleagues and teachers, including Chancey Ryder, Childe Hassam and Bessie Potter Vonnoh.
The Morris Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays (free admission Sunday afternoons).
AT THE GERTRUDE Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St., Maryland artist Rebecca Clark is exhibiting detailed graphite drawings that offer glimpses into the natural world. Also on view, works by Mahera Khaleque and Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School seniors. The institute is open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
THERE ARE quite a few art galleries and shops on Broad Street in downtown Augusta.
• Check out Oddfellows Gallery at 1036 Broad, where Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman is showing his whimsical and expressive robot images. The gallery will also play host to Tiny Worlds, Big Problem, a World Voice Day exhibit April 12-30, with images representing the artistic exploration of the voice and airway.
• Artists Local 1155 at yes, 1155 Broad St., is showing works by art students at Georgia Regents University Augusta, and there are special exhibits at Gallery on the Row, 1016 Broad, Art on Broad at 1028 Broad, and Zimmerman Gallery, 1006 Broad.
AT SACRED HEART Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., paintings by Millie Gosch are on exhibit in the Art Hallway. And the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is featuring an exhibit of paintings by Nancy Wellington Bookhart. The show is titled Fashioning a Black Identity.
COMING UP: Jennifer Onofrio Fornes will show some of her ethereal photographs at the Morris Museum of Art, April 16-June 23. There will be a reception and talk at 6 p.m. April 23. Also note that April 18 is the date for the popular Undercover Artists show benefitting Walton Rehabilitation Hospital and Camp TBI for patients with traumatic brain injuries. The event will be held at Julian Smith Casino and will offer more than 100 small paintings done by talented artists, community leaders and local celebrities. Here’s the hook: Bidders don’t know who painted what until later in the evening.
FINALISTS: Several Augusta-area artists have been selected as finalists in a couple of big-prize competitions. ArtFields, the largest arts competition of its kind in the Southeast, will take place April 19-28 in Lake City, S.C. Artists who have been selected as finalists will be in the running for $100,000 in cash prizes, and festival attendees will vote for a people’s choice award, with the winner receiving $25,000.
Included in the finalists are artists Edward Rice, Kath Girdler Engler, Jay Jacobs, Jody Smith and Paula Huffman Brown. The event will also include a lecture by noted batik artist Leo Twiggs, a conversation with artists Jonathan Green and Mary Whyte, both known for their figural Lowcountry images, artist talks with Installation Artists of the Carolinas, and public art projects.
See a full calendar at www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events.
• Also, congratulations to Statesboro, Ga., artist Derek Larson, one of the four finalists for the $50,000 Hudgens Prize. The competition, which includes a solo show at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Ga., is open only to artists residing in Georgia. The other finalists, all Atlanta residents, are Christopher Chambers, Robbie Land and Pam Longobardi. See more
about the finalists at http://thehudgens.org.