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Swing Into Art

Posted: April 8, 2013 - 3:18pm
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Sally Van Peursem (background) speaks with Jerry Walker and Jackie Walker (right) during a reception for the Swing Into Art Exhibit at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta in the municipal building.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Sally Van Peursem (background) speaks with Jerry Walker and Jackie Walker (right) during a reception for the Swing Into Art Exhibit at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta in the municipal building.

The newest exhibit at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta features golf-themed artwork, artifacts and even a putting green.

Swing Into Art: Golf Art Exhibition opened last week and will be on display through April 27.

“We thought it would be a great time to have it, to coincide with one of the biggest events of the year – the Masters,” guest curator Margaret Estep said of the exhibit.

It features artwork from about 30 artists with the North Augusta Artists Guild.

“There’s a wide variety of art,” said Estep. “There’s contemporary, realistic, impressionistic, and there’s 3-D art. Really talented work.”

Estep also partnered with the RECing Crew’s ART-ability program, and its
participants painted golf balls, which are also on display.

The exhibit also includes golf-related artifacts that were loaned by local collectors, said the center’s executive director, Lauren Virgo.

Items include vintage golf clubs, photographs from past Masters Tournaments, a golf putter used at the Hampton Terrace Hotel, a trophy from a putting contest at the hotel, and the 12-foot putting green.

“People can take an old club and putt away, try their chances at it,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Seeing the exhibit is truly an experience and more than “just pictures on a wall,” said Estep.

“I think this exhibit has personality,” she said. “For golf lovers, this is a dream.”

The center hopes to draw visitors who are in town for the Masters as well as people from the community, Virgo said.

Through Saturday the center will provide guests with refreshments and information on restaurants and
cultural places they can visit.

“I think North Augusta is growing as a location that more and more Masters visitors are attracted to,” Virgo said.

“We’re hoping to show them that North Augusta is a place where they can spend the day, go to local restaurants and enjoy our cultural scene.”

Janice Livingston, also a guest curator, agreed.

“North Augusta is small and quaint, but it still has a lot to offer,” she said.

SWING INTO ART

WHERE: Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.

MASTERS WEEK HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday

COST DURING MASTERS WEEK: Free

REGULAR HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

REGULAR ADMISSION: $5 adults, $3 children

*NOTE: The center will be open April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with North Augusta’s Earth Day event. Admission will be free that day.

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