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The Artside: Artist Activist exhibit explores art for social change

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Artist Activist, a group show exploring art as an agent for social change, is the first show of the season at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery on Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus. According to gallery director Liselott Johnsson, the exhibit brings noted activist artists and local and national artists together to address issues including war, animal rights, race, poverty, environmental change and other topical concerns.

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We Are All in the Same Boat, a woodcut by Sue Coe, is in the Artist Activist exhibit at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery.  SPECIAL
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We Are All in the Same Boat, a woodcut by Sue Coe, is in the Artist Activist exhibit at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery.

Featured artists are Francie Bishop Good, Sue Coe, Richard Cutrona, Deborah Davidson, the Guerilla Girls, Shea Justice, Rachel Mindrop, Carrie Moyer, Sheila Pepe, Jason Pramas, Erik Waterkotte, and GRU faculty members Kristin Casaletto, Alan McTaggart and Chadwick Tolley.

The exhibition, featuring a range of mediums from painting to sculpture to printmaking and installation, is on view during regular gallery hours through Sept. 5.

Activist artist Sue Coe will present a talk Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. in University Hall, Room 170. Her talk, sponsored by Morris Eminent Scholar Bill Willis, will be followed by a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. at the gallery in Washington Hall.

Both events are free. For more information, call (706) 667-4888 or visit the Mary S. Byrd Gallery’s Facebook page.

GRU faculty artist Casaletto is also featured in a concurrent solo exhibition at Green Chalk Contemporary in Monterey, Calif. Titled Kristin Casaletto: Made in America, the exhibit runs through Sept. 13. The gallery’s press release spotlights a work titled Too Big to Fail, a multimedia flag painting with locusts, noting that her art raises questions rather than pushing a specific agenda, and encourages a deeper level of discourse. See more at www.greenchalkcontemporary.com.

AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM of Art, images of downtown Augusta by Louisiana photographer William Greiner go on exhibit Aug. 23. Greiner will talk about the series of photographs Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. and a reception will follow. The event is free to museum members and $5 for others.

Greiner began his career as a sports photographer for the National Football League at age 19. After covering the 1981 and 1982 Tour de France events for Bicycling magazine, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, he left the field of sports journalism to earn a B.F.A. from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. He counts the work of William Eggleston, Clarence John Laughlin, Walker Evans and Robert Frank among the influences on his photographic career.

The exhibition, drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, represents a group of photographs he shot in Augusta in January of 2012. A fully illustrated catalog has been published to complement the exhibit. In addition to the Morris, Greiner’s work is represented in more than 60 museums around the country.

THE AIKEN CENTER for the Arts has scheduled Arts Alive! for Saturday, Aug. 23. The annual free day of art and fun for the community will include live entertainment, craft activities, student art exhibits and mini classes. The events run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the arts center on Laurens Street.

Children will participate in craft activities themed to countries, and teaching artists will offer short classes in pottery, watercolor and acrylics for adults. Classes will be at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Space is limited, and students 16 and older may register by calling (803) 641-9094.

This year, artists have been invited to staff a booth where they can demonstrate their skills and sell their art. Cary Dexter, Lin Sweeten, Ruth Herrera, Judy Adamick, Don Bozeman and Harold Crook will be among the participants. There will also be performances by the Mountain Dulcimer Group, Eli Montgomery, Southern Thunder Cloggers and Dustin Lucas. Representatives of Aiken’s cultural groups will be on hand to discuss their upcoming seasons.

SUNDAY, AUG. 24, is the date for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts’ benefit concert featuring Lawrence Brownlee, tenor; Leah Partridge, soprano; Damien Sneed, piano; and special emcee Jessye Norman. The performance begins at 5 p.m. in the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater on the Summerville campus of Georgia Regents University. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $20 for students under age 25 with ID. For more information, visit JessyeNormanSchool.org or call (706) 284-3021.

AUG. 22 IS the deadline for artists to submit proposals to display their work at Augusta Regional Airport in the General Aviation Terminal for private and business aircraft. Send examples via photographs on CD or Web site address to lsmith@augustaga.gov.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Aiken Artist Guild Gallery within the Aiken Center for the Arts will feature the work of two artists, Anne Rauton Smith and Judy Adamick, in September, with an opening reception planned for Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Featured in the main gallery will be Artists of Cedar Creek.

• Sept. 5 will be the initial First Friday event to be staged under the auspices of Artists Row, taking over from the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Artists Row president Syd Padgett of OddFellows Gallery said the event will be concentrated between Metro Coffee House and the Book Tavern, and will feature more energy, more volunteers and more people on the street for a festive atmosphere.


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