May the Force be with you at the Book Tavern on May 4.
A special Art the Box presentation will happen on that day in honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars’ release in theaters. Area artists have painted their takes on the iconic film.
More than 50 paintings will be part of the show, which kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. May 4. All of the pieces will be priced less than $100 and will be exhibited through May 25.
The first Thursday of May is a busy night with several events taking place. At the Legends Club is the 11th annual Undercover Artists show to benefit Camp TBI.
More than 100 local artists have donated their time and talent to create paintings for the event. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will help children who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Also taking place is the monthly First Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Midtown Market, 2113 Kings Way.
Former Augusta resident Dana Putnam Burkhart will present her first art show in nearly 15 years. The theme is ’70s/’80s TV – a voyage back to a laid back fun place in time.
The works of Christina Rice will be on display at 4P Studios on Pleasant Home Road through May 23. The exhibition opened on May 3.
Rice uses charcoal, graphite and pastels to create fantasy and mythological figures. She has also created standing figures, clothes and props for cosplay. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12.
At 600 Broad, see the Face and Place exhibition of Cathrine Montgomery Rausch and Carolyn Simonds, teachers at Lakeside High School. The exhibit features paintings of memorable places and people in their lives. The show opens with a reception gtom 5-8 p.m. May 5 and runs through May 31.
At That Place Coffee, Kathrine Padgett’s works will be on display in May. Her paintings are available through May 31. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 12.
The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council will presents its annual Student Art Show through May 19. Participating schools include North Augusta, Hammond Hills, Belvedere and Mossy Creek Elementary Schools, Paul Knox and North Augusta middle schools and North Augusta High School.
The works of several area artists will be on display outside Augusta as well. Graduating studio art majors from Kristin Casaletto’s Capstone Class at Augusta University will have works on display at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead, Ga.
Twenty artists are featured, and their works come in a variety of media including paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics and range from representational still life to portraiture, to surrealist and abstract interpretations of various subjects. The exhibition will run through May 27.
Casaletto has an exhibition of her own coming up at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia beginning May 6.
Casaletto is primarily a printmaker who likes to experiment with unusual objects like printing an etching of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, on a grilled cheese sandwich.
Her exhibition is called The Past is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto and will be at the museum through July 30.
Former William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University, Philip Morsberger will have his work on display in Taylors, S.C., through June 10 at the Hampton III Gallery.
The exhibition will feature some of his recent abstract works.
“Sometimes characterized as memory paintings, these works are, to some extent, subconscious explorations of the artist’s youth. The center point of the exhibition will be Arena, which at nearly 12 feet in length, is the largest painting that Morsberger has produced,” according to a news release.
The Aiken Youth Orchestra’s annual spring concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Aiken Center for the Arts.
The concert will feature selections from Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, IV, In the Hall of the Mountain King; Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “New World” II. Largo; and Johannes Brahms (arr. Parlow): Hungarian Dance No. 5 for the full orchestra. The concert will be final one for graduating seniors Allen Gilbert from Silver Bluff High School, William Raine from North Augusta High School and Tyler Schroeder from South Aiken High School.
Also at the Aiken Center for the Arts is the 49th annual Aiken Artist Guild member show. The works will be on display May 8-June 16, and patrons will be able to vote for the people’s choice award May 9-11. The award being presented at a reception from 6-8 p.m. May 11.
Aiken artist Betsy Wilson-Mahoney recently moved her art studio from 309 Hayne Ave. to the Aiken Antique Mall on Laurens Street. She’d been in her Hayne Avenue spot for 15 years.
Cruisin’ with the arts. I just recently got off a Carnival cruise, where my son, Jeremy is finishing up his first contract as a dancer who sings. His cast of eight was named the top group of performers in the entire fleet in April after a few months in the top five.
Another area performer taking to the high seas is Nathan Lubeck, who has appeared in numerous productions around town with groups such as his mother’s Musical Theatre Workshops as well as The Augusta Players, Fort Gordon Dinner Theater and Columbia County Ballet. He’s been working in Atlanta of late and will be traveling to Europe and performing with Norwegian Cruise Line. He started rehearsals on April 21.