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The Artside: Morris Museum spotlights silhouettes, puppets and poetry

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As with most museums, the Morris Museum of Art has a large collection of works relegated to storage by lack of display space. While more than a dozen conventional galleries are devoted to showcasing Southern art, the Morris also takes advantage of every possible wall space.

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This undated silhouette on paper by Helen Hatch Inglesby, "Helping Grandma Sew," is on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art.  SPECIAL
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This undated silhouette on paper by Helen Hatch Inglesby, "Helping Grandma Sew," is on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art.

The stairwell gallery, for instance, has become more than a passageway between the first and second floor lobbies and is often used to spotlight works from the permanent collection that seldom see daylight. This summer, the stairwell space is devoted to a charming collection of silhouettes created by 20th century Savannah artist Helen Hatch Inglesby.

Although she enjoyed a long career as an exhibiting painter and art instructor, Inglesby (1914-1999) was best known for her intricate, complex and meticulously executed silhouette compositions that ranged from portraits of prominent Savannah citizens to clever visual narratives of children at play.

The silhouettes on exhibit for the first time at the Morris were acquired over the years by the late collector Robert Powell Coggins, and came to the museum in 1993 through the Coggins Art Trust.

• The Columbia Marionette Theatre will come to Augusta for a couple of appearances at the Morris. Artist and puppet maker Lyon Hill will be the speaker for the museum’s Art at Lunch series June 28, discussing the process of writing and directing a live production and the design and fabrication of marionettes. The lunch program costs $10 for museum members and $14 for others. Call (706) 828-3867 for reservations.

There will be a live performance by the Columbia Marionette Theatre during the museum’s Artrageous Family Sunday on July 7. And a display of marionettes, storyboards and puppet-making materials will be in the first floor education gallery through July 21.

• The Morris will turn to the literary arts June 29 to host a seminar cosponsored by the Poetry Society of South Carolina and the Authors Club of Augusta. William Wright, editor of the Southern Poetry Anthology Series, will speak on the topic of contemporary Southern poetry.

Wright is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Night Field Anecdote published by Louisiana Literature Press, and Bledsoe published by Texas Review Press. He has published work in Shenandoah, Indiana Review, AGNI, North American Review and many others. The seminar will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. with a reception and book-signing to follow. Admission is free.

It should be noted that Wright was a double winner (first and second place) in the poetry division of the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, administered by the Morris Museum of Art. This year’s competition is now open for entries in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and one-act plays, and the entry deadline is July 19. For details, visit http://themorris.org/porterfleming.html.

NUMEROUS ART exhibits continue into July throughout the area. At the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art on Telfair Street, GRU art professor Chad Tolley has an exhibit showcasing his command of various printmaking techniques including etching, relief and mixed media work. The Creel Harison Gallery on the art institute’s third floor features plein air paintings of Augusta woods and waterways by artist Dick Dunlap. Both exhibits continue through July 26.

• At the Aiken Center for the Arts, July will feature student and faculty shows, and summer camp shows as well as the Heart Board exhibit in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery there.

• In Louisville, Ga., there are only a couple of days left to see “Dangerous Beauty: Recent Work by Katherine Rhodes Fields” which closes Saturday at the Fire House Gallery.

COMING UP: An exhibit of paintings by Cathy Armstrong, Linda Hardy and Susan Porterfield opens July 11 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

• South Carolina artist Mary Graham-Grant will teach weaving techniques for creating traditional sweetgrass baskets in a workshop July 13 at the Morris Museum. Paid registration is due by July 5. Call (706) 828-3808.


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