What an exciting month in our art world in January, starting with the open exhibit by the Juried Artists of the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta. This exhibit will run until Feb. 28, so you still have time to view this beautiful artwork.
January ended with the I love a Piano production presented by the North Augusta Cultural Council on Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The production of Irving Berlin’s music and lyrics was conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkley. It included great songs such as There’s No Business Like Show Business, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Cheek to Cheek and God Bless America. I, for one, am looking forward to next year’s production from NACAC.
Steve Folks, South Carolina ETV director, came to our area Feb. 3 to visit the Snocap Drive-in and the Arts and Heritage Center. Thomas Needham gave an art class during Folks’ visit, which was an exciting event for those of us who are working hard to get the Arts and Heritage Center known throughout South Carolina. It is always great having live artists in the center working. It was especially exciting having Needham there working with local artists. Remember to stop in and see the Tuesday Painters when you can.
The Arts and Heritage Center welcomed our new director, Andree Wallgren, to our fold. She comes to us with excellent leadership and financial management skills after 23 years of experience in facility and event management in St. Louis.
The Heritage Council of North Augusta has established a driving tour, A Glimpse of the Past, and brochure which features 36 historic sites in North Augusta. Be sure to pick up one and check out all the great places we have here in our community.
March will once again offer us the SpringFest Festival which will start March 8. The subject matter of the festival is once again camellias.
The first event of SpringFest will take place at the Arts and Heritage Center on March 1. Dr. John Bigger will give a talk about camellias from noon to 1 p.m. He will cover some of the varieties of the flower and their care. He will exhibit a number of photos during this afternoon event at the center. The Arts and Heritage Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 1 and the event is free.
Don’t forget to check out our local Artist of the Month at the Arts and Heritage Center, Jim Bush Flowers, in NA Today, the Beveled Edge Art & Frame Gallery, Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce office, North Augusta Family Y, Special Effects Hair Studio and the Men’s Refinery Barber Shop. The North Augusta Artists Guild guest speaker this month was Jill Stafford, who demonstrated working with Yupo Paper and scrapers.
I will be featuring my art work at the Good Books/Hire Ground coffee house at Furys Ferry and Washington in Augusta roads in March. Keep art in your life and a smile on your face!