Spring has arrived and is coming into full bloom in our lovely community. We can walk around the Greeneway, Brick Pond Park and Living History Park downtown and enjoy the many beautiful sites of the handiwork of our maker.
Waking to the sound of birds singing, all the flowers popping up, the trees budding out into full color is a sight to warm our hearts, and a joy to our ears and brings a smile to our faces each day.
With springtime comes the sixth annual Yellow Jessamine Festival, which will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 in downtown North Augusta. The festival is jointly sponsored by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council and the City of North Augusta and is free to the public. It will feature art, music, handmade crafts, children’s activities and a variety of food vendors, along with the chance to wander through the downtown businesses.
The Yellow Jessamine Art Competition will be held at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave., in the Municipal Building. Local and regional artists will be awarded cash prizes for Best in Show, Poster Award, first, second and third place. The art exhibit will be open to the public from through June 15. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for children and is free to members of the Arts and Heritage Center. Membership for the Arts and Heritage Center is $30 a year.
The center is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are offered for groups.
In addition to the art exhibit, you will have the chance to walk through the history exhibit, which is on permanent display. There are many interactive parts in this exhibit, from the first Indians living in Aiken County to present day as well as three other South Carolina counties.
The North Augusta Artists Guild will have artists on site painting during the day so the public can meet some of the local guild members.
While downtown, wander through the Living History Park and see what a lovely place it has become. There is also a nice playground for children to play in and let parents rest for a while.
Don’t forget to stop by the following local businesses to view the Artist of the Month: the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the Beveled Edge Art and Frame Gallery, the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, North Augusta Family Y, Quality Printing and Jim Bush Flowers. And check out the featured artist column in North Augusta Today.
The North Augusta Artists Guild meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the North Augusta Community Center and is open to the public. Stop in and see what we are all about if you are interested in the visual arts.
Enjoy spring-, keep smiling and remember, a world without art is just “eh.”
YVONNE KINNEY IS PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH AUGUSTA ARTISTS GUILD.