The Artside: Markets, SpringFest celebrate local artists’ best works

The staff at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art took advantage of the spring weather March 11 with its 11th annual Spring Artists’ Market and Festival.


The courtyard behind the art institute held a variety of activities for children and the young at heart.

Christina Berkshire with the Greater Augusta Arts Council and hula hoop aficionado brought multiple hoops for people to try out, and she gave some tips on how to keep that hoop moving around your waist or arms or shoulders. And it wasn’t just children picking up her hoops. A lot of adults took them for a spin.

There was spin art and face painting, and Nico Gozal demonstrated silk painting. He will be teaching a workshop in May at the Gertrude Herbert.

The artist market, featuring dozens of works by area artists, will be available through March 17.

In North Augusta, it’s time for SpringFest, the North Augusta Cultural Art Council’s annual art competition. Lander University’s Linda Neely judged the event, and prizes will be awarded at the March 16 opening reception at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta.

In addition, Augusta artist Randy Lambeth, who has captured Augusta-area locales on canvas, will have his work featured at the AHC.

The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and the work will be on display through April 21.

Fifteen paintings by the late artist Bea Kuhlke (1941-2014) are on display at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia through mid-April. There will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the church, 2701 Heyward St.

Kuhlke’s work is well-known to Augustans. She taught painting at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for more than 25 years and held numerous painting workshops.

Social Canvas will be returning to the Morris Museum of Art on March 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Take part in a large group canvas painting, make a silk-screened poster or T-shirt, do sidewalk chalk drawings or just enjoy the sounds of performers including the Athens’ group, Grand Vapids, and Jianna Justice. The event is free.

Another art reception will be taking place at the Ann and Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. March 16.

No Longer Strangers brings together a group of artists who met through a workshop called the Business of Being an Artist, which was a collaboration between the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and the Greater Augusta Arts Council.

Among those participating in the exhibition are Michael Bryan, Ronda Bryce, Frieda Dean, Ann Delorge, Tina Goldsmith, Marty Kauer, Sarah Long, Laura Russo and Daphne Taylor.

There are three exhibitions up through March.

See the works of artists Margaret McCarthy Hunt, Andrew Murphy and Kathleen Dennis at 600 Broad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or call for an appointment at (706) 383-9505.

The works of Kathrine Padgett are on display at 4P Studios, while pieces by The Easel Enthusiasts are up at That Place Coffee.

Also the Monthly Artist and Artisan Market will be at 4P Studios and That Place Coffee from noon to 3 p.m. March 26.

Looking ahead, Sally Donovan will present a solo exhibit of her oil paintings in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery at the Aiken Center for the Arts in April. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

Donovan’s exhibition features paintings of New York City, where she studied at the Arts Students League.

David Swanagin’s Seasons exhibit will be on display at Sacred Heart Cultural Center through April 28.

Swanagin, a former Augusta resident who now lives in Nashville, is an oil painter specializing in mood-evoking landscapes.

And while this isn’t a visual arts-related event, it does sound fun. The Augusta Museum of History will present its fourth annual Night at the Museum when history comes to life on March 16. Actors will portray a few people who once called Augusta home including singer Amy Grant, the Rev. C.T. Walker and astronaut Susan Still.

There will be two presentations – one at 6 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10 for a children’s ticket to $100 for a VIP and backstage pass. Military discounts are available. For more information, call (706) 722-8454.