Augusta area art patrons will encounter a logistical challenge on Thursday, Nov. 7, with several events crowding the calendar.
Edward Rice will open an exhibit of his Fort Frederica series in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery at Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus; Women on Paper will open a group exhibit at Sacred Heart Cultural Center; and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will open shows by Jeff Schmuki and Ulrike Beck during the annual Oysters on Telfair fundraiser.
For more than a year, Rice has been exploring multiple interpretive possibilities of a single architectural structure – the ruins of Fort Frederica at St. Simons Island, Ga. Since debuting the series last May at the Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga., he has continued to expand the project, presenting additional aspects of the structure in a wide range of color, scale and format. The exhibit will also include a display of his source materials and documentation.
Rice will present a talk about his work at 5 p.m. in Room 170 in University Hall at the campus, and a reception at the gallery will follow, beginning at 6 p.m.
• Sacred Heart Cultural Center’s opening reception runs concurrently, from 5 to 7 p.m. the same evening. Women on Paper is a longstanding group of professional women artists who work in a variety of media – oils, gouache, watercolor, pastel and collage – on paper. The group includes Karen Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Lauren Kerbelis, Lillie Morris, Nancy Schultz, Gail Smith and Caroline Swanson. Learn more online at womenonpaper.com.
• At the Gertrude Herbert, the fun begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 with the popular casual Oysters on Telfair party. In addition to the famous oyster bar, the evening includes “down-on-the-bayou” dining, music by the Crosstie Walkers and a silent auction of artwork created for the event. Tickets are $65 per person ($50 for members of the Contemporaries group) and reservations are due Nov. 1.
Patrons will also have a preview of two new exhibits. Arizona ceramics artist Jeff Schmuki will be featured in the GHIA main gallery while Ulrike Beck will be showing in the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery. Both artists will return for a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
• Nov. 7 is also the date for the gallery store party from 5-8 p.m. at Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street.
AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, early November events include the Symphony Petting Zoo from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Co-sponsored by Friends of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the event gives children the opportunity to learn about musical instruments, watch hands-on demonstrations and create musically-inspired crafts. The event is part of the Artrageous Family Sunday series and admission is free.
• Darryl DeBruhl will conduct an adult artist workshop at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. He will lead participants through a combined process of silkscreen and painting to create a unique. Paid registration is due by Nov. 4. Call (706) 828-3867.
• Also on the museum calendar are a Senn Designs trunk show Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. and the Southern Circuit Film Series, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The film, titled Out of Print, is narrated by Meryl Streep and takes the viewer on a journey with words from the book to the digital revolution. Producer and director Vivienne Roumani will be on hand for discussion after the film. The event is free.
IN THE MEANTIME, First Friday in downtown Augusta will include the opening of an exhibit of photography by Elena Rodriquez at Artistic Perceptions Gallery, 551 Broad St. Rodriguez will be on hand from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 for a reception and discussion of her work. Now living in Jacksonville, Fla., she works in conceptual self-portraiture using photography, text, installation and mixed media. See examples of her work at elenarodriguez
SEVERAL MEMBERS of the GRU art department are in the news.
• Brian Rust is a finalist for the 2014 EcoArt public art project in Lexington, Ky., and will travel to the city in November to scout potential sites for an installation.
• William Willis is exhibiting paintings and drawings at Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery through Nov. 8. He will present a lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Visual Arts Building, with a reception in the gallery to follow.
• Kristin Casaletto is now represented by Green Chalk Contemporary Gallery in Monterey, Calif., where she recently exhibited; and she has a show at Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History in Redmond, Wash., through Dec. 13.
COMPETITION CALL: Artfields, the Lake City, S.C., art festival offering a total of $100,000 in cash prizes, has issued a call for submissions for the 2014 event. The inaugural competition last spring drew more than 20,000 visitors to view 400 competition pieces created by artists from 11 Southeastern states.
The online submission period is Oct. 30 through Dec. 13. There is a $25 entry fee and only one entry per artist will be accepted. Last year, several Augusta-area artists were among the 400 accepted for the exhibit and competition. For entry details, visit artfieldssc.org and click on “how it works.”