The Artside: Experience art at Westobou’s Springboard Festival

With Westobou’s Springboard Festival this weekend, there will be several visual arts-related happenings among the festivities. Two nights of outdoor events including music and movies are part of the festival’s overall schedule on May 19 and 20.


Join artists Jay Jacobs, Anna Patrick, Macy Goodwin, Jacki Mayo, Mike Freeman and others at the Sweet Stick Big Kids Table at the Augusta Common during the two-day event. They will be creating works before your eyes for you to purchase and take home.

Jacobs’ art will also be featured in an exhibit at Wolf and Finch, 859 Broad St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20.


If you’re downtown between now and the week of May 22, take your last look at Wanta Davenport’s Artistic Perceptions. Her studio has been a mainstay in downtown Augusta for 27 years. Davenport is going to retire to spend her time doing what she loves – painting in oils.

However, until the doors close, her works will be on sale, reduced 50 to 75 percent.


The works of Christina Rice will be on display through May 23 at 4P Studios. Rice uses charcoal, graphite and pastels to create hyper-realist portraits.

She has recently begun working in mixed media collage. The figures usually reflect a fantasy or mythological theme, and feature standing figures in a doll-like pose with faces done in pastel and color pencil, hair made from alpaca fiber and human hair, clothes made from fabric and art papers, and props done with cosplay techniques, according to a news release.


Coming up at the Westobou Gallery in June is Black|White|Read by Esteban Patiño. Curated by Shannon Morris in collaboration with Augusta University’s Pamplin College, the exhibition will be June 2 through July 21 at the Gallery, 1129 Broad St. with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. June 2, and a curator’s talk at 6 p.m. July 14.

Patiño is an Atlanta-based artist and this exhibition brings together journalism and word play from the old joke “What’s black and white and read all over?” The pieces also reflect some satire.


In Aiken, the Aiken Artists Guild Show is running through June 16 at Aiken Center for the Arts.

The show is “the culmination of the membership year which includes exhibits at local businesses, workshops, monthly program speakers, and involvement in many of the city’s activities. AAG members are honored with awards from area shows including shows at McCormick, Anderson, North Augusta, the South Carolina Watermedia Society, and outside the state,” according to a news release.

The Aiken Artists Guild will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in September.


The Morris Museum of Art will be the site for the music of the Harmaleighs at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The duo plays indie pop and folk music.


Declan Konesky will teach a class called Textured Layers at 4P studios on May 28. Konesky “would like to share his extensive knowledge with layering, creating texture in your paintings, and glazing techniques. At the end of this three hour instructional experience, all students will have completed a 18-inch by 24-inch acrylic painting and have a better grasp on using a variety of materials to help your works and compositions achieve unique depth,” according to a news release.

The class costs $125 and is open to those 10-years-old and older. The deadline for registration is May 21.

Also on May 28 is 4P Studios and That Place Coffee’s Monthly Artisan Market from noon to 3 p.m.


Pull out your best white clothes and help the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta raise funds through its Diner En Blanc event on June 2.

The center’s terrace will provide the blank canvas for a picnic of your design. The tables and linens will be provided, but you bring the picnic and as much decoration to make your space beautiful. There will be a contest for best table decoration.

Tickets are $25 for AHC members and $30 for nonmembers. A single table seats six. Only 70 tickets will be sold. For more information, call (803) 441-4380.


Coming up at Wolf and Finch is Brian McGrath’s Givers and Takers exhibition on June 9.

Also coming soon is the popular Coffee Art Show at Buona Caffe. The third annual show is scheduled for June 11. Artists will create works about coffee, inspired by coffee and made with coffee.