Archive for December, 2010

PAINTINGS BY Women on Paper will hang at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken all month. Women on Paper is a plein air group consisting of seven artists: Nancy Schultz, Karen Banker, Lauren Kerbelis, Caroline Swanson, Ingrid Hofer, Gail Smith and Lillie Morris. The group, which has been around for 20 years, meets weekly to paint on location at sites in and around the Augusta area.

The Etherredge Center exhibit will consist of watercolors, pastels, mixed-media collage and other works on paper.

THE EXHIBIT Memories from Gascogne: Jim Gensheer’s Workshop Group from Mezin, France, will open in the Art Hall at Sacred Heart Cultural Center Jan. 6. A reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Gensheer, a well-known Augusta watercolor artist and teacher, takes a group of adult students to a small village in southwest France each year to study plein air watercolor painting. Artists featured in the Sacred Heart exhibit are John Brice, Jim and Mo Gensheer, Jamie Hardy, Mack Nickles, Virginia Nickles and Suzanne Thigpen . The show will be on display through February.

JAN. 6 IS First Thursday at the shops on Monte Sano, and Carroll Kelly has planned festivities starting at 5 p.m. at her new Knick Knack Paddy Whack gallery, where she will sign copies of her book, Is There a Nun in the House? The featured artist of the month will be Drew Cunningham , whose work is described as fun, funky, bold, and whimsical. Examples can be found at

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLECTORS EXHIBITION is featured for January at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Johnson, Kathy Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hughes and Christine Miller-Betts are among the collectors who are showing both modern and antique works of art. An opening reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in the museum’s conference room. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and military, and $2 for students.

The museum also has tickets on sale for the annual Heritage Gala dinner Feb. 5, where the keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard K. Dozier, the dean of the Robert Taylor School of Architecture and Building Construction Sciences at Tuskegee University. Call (706) 724-3576 for more information.

AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, a Children’s Book Reading Spectacular is planned for the Artrageous Sunday family event at 2 p.m. Jan. 9. Local celebrities Karen Gordon, Brad Means, Vera Stewart and Cowboy Mike Searles will read children’s stories and participants will be invited to make their own books. There is no admission charge.

From 2-4 p.m. Jan. 9, there will be a “meet and greet” at the Morris for artist and product designer Laura Fair McClure , an Augusta native who develops original concepts in decorative pattern and surface designs that translate into tabletop, gift, paper and home decor products. Her stylish and functional products can be seen in retail stores including Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, and the Morris Museum of Art Store.

ANNE JENKINS, artist & owner of Point of Art Gallery in Union Point, Ga., reports that she has sold a print from her New Orleans Second Line scenes to HBO to use in the series Treme . HBO is filming Series 2 in New Orleans.

AT THE AIKEN Center for the Arts , January exhibits include works by Mike Kimmerly and the Aiken Retrospective Juried Art Exhibition. The Clay in a Can exhibition, a traveling show featuring small works by ceramics artists, is also on display. There will be a gallery reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 13.



St Patrick’s races painting

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John Dynon with his piece 'longshot'

The long running tradition of community artists supplying the St Patricks race club with their promotional artwork sees thousands of fliers and posters printed each year with a local artistic touch.

This is the third time that John has received the honour in his career and has supplied the club with ‘Longshot’, a beautiful painting with a little bit of cheeky humour.

The painting depicts the race course with the jockey’s ‘longshot’ taking prominence and the deep browns, reds and oranges that make up the famous Broken Hill landscape filling the majority of the canvas.

John takes obvious pleasure in creating his work and was more than happy to help out this year when the race club asked for his contribution.

“This one took a bit longer than others because I did spend a bit of time talking to people and getting the colours right.

“I deliberately kept the sky cloud free and I’m pretty happy with the end result.”

The races will take place on Saturday the 19th of March 2011 and Secretary Manager of St Pats Race Club, Cheryl Krutli, said there is a lot to look forward to.

“We are introducing some new areas in 2011, including a fabulous marquee for the younger market as well as upgrading some existing facilities…”

Ms Krutli said that the people of Broken Hill and the surrounding area can help promote the races by picking up and distributing some of the posters and brochures from their Visitor Information Centre in Crystal Street.

“As in past years we encourage people to pick some up and help us spread the word.

“We will mail out most of the membership brochures to those on our database and some of the posters, but supportive locals who would like to pick up either a poster or brochure to distribute themselves are most welcome.”