What a month of July we had. First came the opening of the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta’s new exhibit on the history of entertainment in North Augusta. Then we got an evening of music at the Wesley Center hosted by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council featuring the Army Band. It was just superb along with an exhibit by local artists. Thank you to the NACAC.
Then we had heavy rains, which brought our already beautiful city to a rich, lush beauty that we have not seen before; however, many of us (include Thomas and I) suffered property damage from the rising water.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to others who are dealing with these problems. The water table is no longer low and with the end of the rain came the usual hot dog days of summer.
Now is the time for you and your family and friends to visit our local Art and Heritage Center and see all it offers and the many lovely pieces of art donated by the NAAG members. While there, stop in and view the beautiful items in the gift shop.
Then you can drive across the Savannah River and tour the Morris Museum of Art and see the new exhibits including The Gladness of Nature paintings by Honor Marks through Oct. 6. Honor grew up in Charleston, S.C., and vividly remembers slogging through the marshes with her family searching for rare wildflowers. Honor transforms meticulous field study into bold, yet sensitive, paintings of beautiful and rare botanical specimens.
On display you will see bluestones, witch hazel, hackberry butterfly, a cicada and crown of thorns.
She makes poison ivy look beautiful. We know the plant is poisonous to humans but woodpeckers, pheasants and quail all enjoy the fruit. She works in oil on canvas.
Then there are the glass works of Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush called The Art of Glass. The intensely colored works of the acclaimed husband and wife duo are strikingly beautiful. Tommie created the vases while Richard works are much larger, about 7 feet tall.
The Flowering #2 is a woman in blue glass with three dimensional flowers surrounding her. Then there is View from Here #2, solid and blown glass all in black with men and a tree that is about 4 feet tall. This is a must-see exhibit.
Next, there is the Helen Hatch Inglesby silhouette pieces, which were gifted to the Morris in 1993. There is a wall of pieces depicting two young boys boxing, a group of garden scenes with children, and children decorating a Christmas tree are just a few of those you will view.
Let me tell you these are not your grandmother’s silhouettes. Each of these took hours, if not days, to create.
There is also The Selectric Piano exhibit ,which runs until Sept. 15 with the Selectric Piano, an IBM typewriter adapted to play the keys of the piano, along with a selected Invisible video performance.
Invisible is a multimedia collaboration between artist Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman. Their elaborate performance feature ‘‘artstruments,” unusual compositions, multichannel video and found sounds in the Education Gallery.
So take time to view all of the above as well as the Artists of the Month at our local businesses. Be cool while enjoying these wonderful pieces of art.