The Artside: April is blooming with art opportunities

While Augusta is enjoying the green associated with spring and the Masters Tournament, two of our residents are enjoying the green of the Emerald Isle. Artists Lillie Morris and Staci Swider are spending the month of April in County Kerry, Ireland, where they are artists-in-residence at the Olive Stack Gallery in the town of Listowel.


Morris has made several trips to Ireland and done artist-in-residence programs in 2006 and 2009.

Enjoy the month, ladies!


Back at home, there are opportunities to take in art in several locations.

Opening on First Friday, April 7, will be an exhibit of the work of Alicia Cully, Nico Gozal and Kathrine Padgett at 600 Broad in downtown Augusta. The reception will be from 6-8 p.m.

Cully also has work on display at 4P Studios in Le Pavilion at the corner of Washington and Pleasant Home roads. Her reception will be from 6-9 p.m. April 14.

At That Place Coffee, also in Le Pavilion, Garalynn Hauser’s works will be on display in April. The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14.

The works of artists M.K. Rufo and Emily Moore will be shown at Hire Grounds in Goodwill. There will be a reception from 6-8:30 p.m. April 13.

In North Augusta, the works of Randy Lambeth will be available for viewing at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta until April 21.

Twenty Augusta University art majors will have their works on display at locations around town during the month as part of their capstone projects. The Westobou Gallery, Augusta University’s Mary Byrd Gallery, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and the J.B. White Building are among the sites where the student work will be displayed.


Artist talks are scheduled through the end of the month as well.

The first few talks will be at 3:30 p.m. at Augusta University’s University Hall Room 170. On April 13, Lani Frost, Kayla Lyle, Olivia Robinson, Kelsey Hornback, Charles Kee and Sarah St. Adams will speak, and on April 18, Emily Wilkerson, Stephanie Willingham, Caitlynn Newsome, Carey Mogianesi and Leah Schaffer will be presenters.

Quintavious Brown, Arthur Youngblood, Brooke Mays, Donovin Toleafoa and Cezann Cawthon will give talks on April 20. and Elizabeth Kenyon, Kiersten Rockwell, Yana Bondar, and Baillie Conway will be featured on April 25.


The Mascaro Group will have its fifth annual art show at the River Island Club House in Evans on April 14.

Bonnie Lowery, Linda Lavigne, Sharon Fausnight, Terry Smith, Sue Porterfield, Gwen Urbanik, Linda Hardy, Emily Eubanks, Ken Blue, Nancy Tussey, Yong Ae Alford and Miriam Katz are members of the group that meets every Tuesday to paint.

The event will be from 6-8 p.m. Bill Karp will provide the entertainment and Hunan Cafe will cater the refreshments. There will also be a selection of wines. The show is free.


Coming up on April 23 will be a show of the work of Carol Ayer, who works in stained glass and art mosaics, and Cole Smith, who does ink on paper and acrylics. The two will be in Waynesboro from noon to 6 p.m. April 23.

Also coming up are two new exhibitions at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Liselott Johnsson’s Immersive Reflections will be in the main gallery. Her exhibition statement is a poem, according to the Gertrude Herbert website.

“It aims to reflect the nature of the exhibition which deals with the poetic space of the sea and the horizon. The material used is very thin and strong spinnaker sail cloth which is painted by immersion (stained) resulting in abstract atmospheric dreamscapes that are shaped and folded.”

Also, Troy Campbell’s works will be exhibited at the Gertrude Herbert.

The reception will be from 6-9 p.m. April 21.


For any of you artists looking for a space to hang your work or an exhibition to be part of, you’re in luck.

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is looking for artists to hang work at the Municipal Building Gallery this summer. The deadline is May 12.


The Book Tavern is preparing for its next art show. This one will mark the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope being shown in theaters.

The show will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. May 4. Star Wars fans will understand the pun associated with the date. All of the works in the exhibit will be the same size – a 6-inch by 6-inch box. The deadline for the exhibit is May 1.

For more information, call the Book Tavern at (706) 826-1940 or visit the store’s website,


Do you have a favorite artist or know someone who has impacted the Augusta arts scene in a positive way? If so, why not consider nominating them for the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s 2017 Arts Awards.

Awards are given in five categories – volunteer, arts professional, individual artist, media and sponsor or a business that has given significant financial support to the arts. Nomination forms can be found at

And speaking of the arts council, its signature event, Arts in the Heart of Augusta, is right around the corner (Sept. 15-17) and applications are available for performers (apply by June 1) as well as those interested in the fine arts and crafts market (apply by May 12).



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