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The Augusta Photography Festival will return this fall with more than 40 activities ranging from exhibits and gallery shows to workshops, field trips, photo walks and special events. The biennial celebration will open Oct. 24 and run for 10 days.

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April Screven's Ballerina at the Beach won Best in Show at the 2012 Augusta Photography Festival.  SPECIAL
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April Screven's Ballerina at the Beach won Best in Show at the 2012 Augusta Photography Festival.

One of the festival highlights, the non-pro photography competition, has an entry deadline of July 31. The competition offers cash prizes in various categories, and finalists are exhibited during the festival. For entry details or event information, visit augustaphotofestival.org.

This year’s lineup will include the International Images for Science photography exhibition from the UK Royal Photographic Society and a keynote presentation by noted Canon photographer Ken Sklute. Exhibit venues include the Morris Museum of Art, Artists’ Row, the Augusta-Richmond County Library downtown and 600 Broad (old Chamber of Commerce building).

TO COMPLEMENT its fall exhibit of Augusta photographs by Louisiana-based photographer William Greiner, the Morris Museum is inviting the public to submit snapshots of Augusta. Images can be taken with a smartphone or other device, and up to three images can be submitted to morrisphotoproject@gmail.com. Submissions are due by Aug. 15. Call (706) 828-3808 for rules and details.

GEORGIA ARTISTS With DisAbilities, a touring exhibit that will be presented in April through Walton Foundation for Independence, is accepting entries for its 30th annual exhibit.

All Georgia artists with disabilities may enter up to three original works including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, woodcarving, jewelry, needlework, fabric design and metalsmithing.

The entry form deadline is Aug. 11. For guidelines, contact Vicki Greene at (706) 823-8584 or send e-mail to vickig@waltonfoundation.net.

ENTRIES MUST be received by Aug. 14 in the third annual Applaud the Artist Cover Design Contest. Designs must illustrate the arts in the Augusta community and the winning entry will be featured on the cover of The Chronicle’s Applause arts preview edition on Sept. 4. For the rules, visit augustachronicle.com/do.

MULTI-FACETED artist Priscilla Hollingsworth has been creating a unique art project at Phinizy Swamp this summer. Perhaps best known for her innovative ceramics pieces, she also has trained as a Georgia Master Naturalist and is a Phinizy Center environmental education volunteer.

Hollingsworth has been making sketches in the park and posting them where visitors can see the drawings next to the natural elements that inspired them.

“I have designed the project to encourage people talking a walk out there to look around, wonder and enjoy,” she said.

“In the drawings I focus on a detail of something that interests me visually – then I link it to a question that I’ve wondered about. There’s a QR code on each drawing and a written link to my Web site, where I discuss the question in more detail.”

She said the project is an ongoing one in which visitors might be surprised by whatever drawings happen to be up at the moment. “The swamp is different every day, so the drawing project varies too,” she said.

Hollingsworth holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and the M.F.A. from Indiana University. Her work includes sculptures, installations and ceramic vessels. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and her work has been featured in seven recent books.

See her drawings and notes on the Phinizy Swamp project at http://www.priscillahollingsworth.com/news/archives/06-2014.

THE NORTH AUGUSTA Cultural Arts Council’s music in the park series wraps up Thursday, July 24, with an art show and concert by the 246th Army Jazz Band. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Wesley Center of Grace United Methodist Church on Georgia Avenue. For more information, visit www.naartscouncil.org.

ART COACH Thomas Needham is conducting a painters’ workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave. The cost is $27 per class and walk-ins are welcome. The workshop series continues through Aug. 26.

SILHOUETTE ARTIST Clay Rice will return to the Morris Museum of Art Sunday, Aug. 3. Rice is one of America’s most widely recognized paper-cutters, having learned the craft from his grandfather, noted Lowcountry artist Carew Rice.

He will be making silhouette portraits that morning, beginning at 10 a.m. To schedule a sitting, call (706) 828-3867. Fees will apply.Following the cuttings, he will present a performance of tales and songs at 2 p.m. That event, part of the museum’s Artrageous Family Sunday series, is free.

Rice’s original illustrations will be on exhibit in the museum’s education gallery through Aug. 24. The silhouettes and pastels are from his new children’s book, Mama, Let’s Make a Moon.

AT THE BOOK TAVERN, a couple of ongoing gatherings are of interest to artists.

The Graphic Novel Syndicate meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. to focus on story, art and theme in the graphic novel.

Every third Friday at 7 p.m. the Sketch Party is an informal meeting of artists who want to sketch, paint, do collage or network. Book Tavern is located on the ground floor of the JB White’s Building on Broad Street. See booktavern.com for other groups and events.

LOOKING AHEAD:

• First Thursday at Midtown Market on Kings Way returns to its artist-of-the-month format, with mosaic artist Tina Goldsmith taking the featured role Aug. 7.

• At the Aiken Center for the Arts, Colleen Morgan will open a solo show Aug. 7 in the Aiken Artists Guild Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.


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