Posts Tagged ‘Plein air painting kicks off new year’s art exhibits’

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.