The Artside: Morsberger works featured at Augusta University

The works of renowned artist Philip Morsberger are on display at Augusta University’s Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art.


“Some are figures; some are colorful; some are less so. It’s a mixture of recent and earlier works,” said Morsberger of his exhibition called Philip S. Morsberger: An Augusta Treasure, which opened on Sept. 14 and will run through Oct. 13, and there’s a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

Born in 1933, Morsberger studied at the University of Oxford in the mid-1950s and from 1971 to 1984 was its Ruskin Master of Drawing. He has taught at Harvard University, Dartmouth University, the University of California, Berkeley, the California College of Arts and Crafts and Miami University. He’s a professor emeritus and the former William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University.

Art has always played a vital role in his life.

“I’ve never done anything else since I was a child,” he said. “I think there’s an element of prayer in painting. There are spiritual needs that painting meets.”

The Morsberger reception is part of a full first week of art-related events.


Midtown Market is presenting an estate sale at Daniel Village for two weeks. The sale began on Oct. 3. Artists included in the sale are Carl Douglas, Dick Dunlap, Dan Dyches, Carol Fuller, Panny Force, Susan Johnston, Doug Larson, Pat Tante, Valerie Tante, Dee Dee Seales, Lucy Weigle and Donna Whaley.


More than 30 artists are part of an exhibit at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.

“Drawing and Its Peripheries is an exploration of the notion of ‘contemporary drawing,’ ” according to a news release. “The show presents a means for thinking about what the fundamental art of ‘drawing’ can be/mean/do, and how it is integrated into contemporary art practices.”

Also on Oct. 6, there will be a reception for Anna Patrick’s solo exhibition, Blue Hair, at Wolf and Finch.

“This particular body of work is changing the way I am interacting with the viewing space,” said Patrick in a news release. “I am exploring new ways to display sculpture, specifically soft material, in a more traditional way. I always strive to create a sense of play and nostalgia through shape, material, and color.”

This is Patrick’s third solo exhibition in the area and is a continuation of ideas and process cultivated over the past few years, the news release said.

The reception will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and the works will be on display through Oct. 27.

Both exhibits are among the art offerings during the 10th annual Westobou Festival, which is Oct. 3-14.


In celebration of fall, Tire City Potters, owned by Shishir Chokshi has a fun activity for its customers. Called Forever Pumpkin, it allows people to create their own custom clay pumpkin. They can design, sculpt and paint it before taking it home. This is one pumpkin that won’t end up rotting outside on the doorstep.

Prices start at $35 depending on the size of the pumpkin. To find out more and reserve a time to create a pumpkin, call (706) 294-3871.


The Augusta Mini Theatre, Inc. celebrated Augusta Mini Theatre Day at Williams Memorial CME Church on Sept. 24. The organization is celebrating 42 years on Oct. 8.

Tyrone Butler and the mini theatre staff have worked to teach the arts as well as life skills to children. In addition to classes, they stage multiple performances each year.


Artist Lillie Morris has been busy with shows outside the Augusta area. Her painting, Maigh Seola (The Level Plain), an acrylic and collage on canvas has been accepted into a juried show with the South Carolina Watermedia Society.

The show opens in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 7, and the piece will be displayed at the Charleston International Airport.

Another work, Cherish the Ladies, which is a collage created with hand-prepared papers, is part of the National Collage Society 2017 Juried Show. It opened Sept. 29 at The Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Ill.


A shout out to Mark Swanson. A Scythe of Time, which Swanson wrote along with Alan Harris, was an award winner at last year’s New York Music Festival. A special concert version of the show will be presented on Oct. 26 at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a Broadway supper club, which presents an array of Broadway performers.

Original cast members Leslie Margherita and P.J. Griffith will be joined by Augusta’s Brandon Brune, who was also in the New York Music Festival cast.


Congratulations also go to Mary H. Harris, whose artwork was chosen for the sixth annual Applaud the Artist Cover Design Contest in The Augusta Chronicle. Her design was on the cover of the Sept. 7 Applause Arts Preview edition. This is the second time Harris, of Martinez, has won the contest. Honorable mention went to Ronda Walker Bryce, of North Augusta, and William Dunn Wansley, of Thomson.


A public art symposium with Patricia Walsh of the Americans for the Arts is coming soon.

Sponsored by the Porter Fleming Foundation and the Greater Augusta Arts Council, the symposium will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at The Coffee House Conference Room, the second floor of the JSAC Building, at the Summerville Campus of Augusta University.

Registration is free, but space is limited.