The Artside: Coffee art exhibit draws a crowd

One anniversary celebration deserves another, right?

 

On June 11, I marked the second anniversary of my first ArtSide column in Applause by attending the annual coffee art show at Buona Caffe Artisan Coffee on Central Avenue.

Owners Pat and John Curry have been in business for four years, and they did a rare Sunday afternoon opening to celebrate with hors d’oeuvres, music by Karen Gordon, coffee and some art.

Erica Pastecki, an artist who I don’t think I’ve ever seen around Augusta without a coffee drink in her hand, headed up the event, which featured seven artists and eight art works. And when I talked to her, she did have a plastic cup with some type of caffeinated drink.

Pastecki told me about the art show. The first year they did it it had stringent requirements. Artists received a box to paint on and could only use coffee to create their pieces. This year, the theme was a little different. The pieces had to be inspired by coffee in some way, she said.

Pastecki painted two pieces – one was from her apron themed series featuring her 1950s-esque subject serving up a pot of coffee and the other was a piece painted on silk. Other artists joined in with unique takes such as Jan Bourdo’s Coffea, which she created using coffee filters, acrylics and Sharpie markers, and Marion Ivey’s mixed media creation which featured a miniature hand thrown pot atop a cube.

Other artists featured included Trilogy Gunby, who used coffee to paint her piece, Ethan Brock, Kathrine Carr-Padgett and F. Simon Grant.

Pat Curry said the celebration would continue on Tuesday when the shop sold cupcakes to benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Although the shop was only open for two hours on Sunday, word had gotten out about the event, and lots of people joined the Currys for their event.

“It’s been slam-packed the entire time,” Pastecki said.

As far as other art around town, there’s a unique collaboration taking place in North Augusta.

Members of the Order of Saint Helena and the North Augusta Artists Guild are working together to have quarterly exhibits at the convent at 414 Savannah Barony Drive.

The Episcopalian order has been located in North Augusta for two years moving from Augusta where it had been located since 1965.

An array of pieces will be on display including watercolor, oil, pastel and colored pencil as well as photography and three-dimensional works. A portion from the artwork sold will benefit the convent.

The opening reception for the debut exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15.

The art will be on display through the end of the month. For more information, visit osh.org and naartistsguild.org

An opening reception celebrating several new exhibits at the Aiken Center for the Arts is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. June 22.

The artwork of Dr. Linda Hardy, Donna Postma, Debbie Black, Joy in the Journey and Summer Art Camp will be on display from June 19 to July 28.

Hardy began painting after retiring from her medical practice in 2010 and has studied under David Mascaro.

Donna Postma, a contemporary abstract artist, is a long-time Aiken resident who is inspired by the city’s equestrian roots.

Coming next month, Ruby Culpepper will have an exhibition at 600 Broad. The show is called Nasukashii and will showcase recent work as well as some of her older pieces. There will be a reception on July 7.

The Westobou Gallery is gearing up for its annual SEEDS exhibition and accepting applications for the event, which will be Dec. 1 through Feb. 2. The deadline for application is Aug. 1. For more information about the exhibition and the requirements, visit westoboufestival.com. The exhibition is limited to 14 artists.

 

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