Well, the holiday season has come and many will be celebrating until Jan. 6, which ends the 12 days of Christmas but for the Orthodox Church is Christmas Day. During this same time members of the community have celebrated Hanukkah and, soon, Kwanzaa. It will have been a busy time for everyone.
Local museums were open for the first weekend of the month to allow people to visit them at their leisure. The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta had its annual Holiday Open House and Artisan Fair on Dec. 6-8, which also included the rest stop for the people who attended the North Augusta Christmas Tour of homes this year.
The center was full of wonderful art and crafts and the gift shop had many new and exciting items to fill a Christmas wish list.
The gift Shop is always filled with really neat items you will not find any other place throughout the year.
THE WINNERS of the North Augusta Artists Guild People’s Choice awards are Ron Boner for works in wood, Beth Williams in photography and Andrea Spano in fine art. Congratulations to all three for their superior works.
It is always great to know the public enjoys your work and appreciates the effort and time you have spent creating this pieces of art.
THE MORRIS MUSEUM of Art has new exhibits for you to enjoy starting with Images of Hearth and Home by Eldridge Bagley, which closes Jan. 19. He is self-taught and began painting in 1973. Many of his works recall the rural Virginia of his youth; he uses memory, personal experiences and imagination in equal parts to chronicle a lifestyle that once sustained many.
There are also Jeff Birchill’s “Released from Stone” animal sculptures. Jeff set up a workspace in his backyard after his retirement and returned to Augusta after 30 years in graphic design, in which he win several international awards for excellence.
He chiefly carves animals out of stone and created by hand- that is, he carves only with a hammer and various chisels. He is represented by Zimmerman Gallery.
This is his first museum exhibition, which will close March 2.
The Morris celebrates the 15-year history of King Snake Press with a special exhibition that features nearly three dozen prints by many important artist who have worked with the press and its founder, Phil Garrett. The exhibit will run from Jan. 11 to March 9.
Blue Haiku and New Monotypes by Phil Garrett will run from Jan. 21 to March 30.
He is the founder of Snake Press which has enabled him to work with other artists, many of them painters and new printmaking.
His own paintings and works on paper are included in numerous corporate, private and public collections, including the South Carolina State Museum, the state of Hawaii, and the Greenville County Museum of Art. He is a renowned teacher and has conducted workshops on acrylics and printmaking all over the U.S. and in Japan and Belgium. Blues Haiku represents something of a departure for him.
The seven linocuts in the series refer to and honor Piedmont blues artists and their songs.
WORKS BY Kelly Anderson-Staley, a photographer who has worked in the wet-plate process for more than six years, will be on view in the Education Gallery Jan. 21 to March 3.Each tintype captures the diversity of people across the United States.
Celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a day of art, music and drama at the Morris.
The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta will feature a series for photos and history of local Black churches in our community during the month of February as well.
Get out there and enjoy the world of art our community has to offer. Remember keep art in your life and a smile on your face.