Well, what an exciting February this was for our area.
First, we had an evening of beauty when the rain started to freeze, adding sparkle to everything. It looked like a wonderland. Then transformers started to blow all around the city.
We stood and watched the skyline. The sky looked like what you would see in a movie about aliens as it turned green, yellow and other colors as transformers blew out. Then the limbs and trees started to come down. What a scary time for all of us.
Now we are into spring but the colder- than-usual weather has given us all time to find things to do that allow us to stay nice and warm. The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta had a wonderful Open Session Exhibit with the Juried artists through the end of February.
Here is March and the city’s SpringFest has started. The opening reception was March 7 for the Camellia Art and Poster Competition at the Arts and Heritage Center. The gallery was filled with many beautiful pieces of artwork for the judge to select from for the awards. Alan C. MacTaggart, chairman of the Georgia Regents University Department of Art, judged the event.
The winners were: poster contest - Bambi Jeanne Bond; Best in Show - Ginger Ferguson; first place - Ron Buttler; second place - Randy Pace; and third place - Jane Popiel. Honorable mentions were: Brittany King, Melissa Sommer, Pat Meyers, Doris Sofge and Yvonne Kinney. Be sure to stop in and see the SpringFest exhibit.
Mark your calendar for April for the second annual Swing into Art: The History and Art of Local Golf. The exhibit will open on April 3 with the Fort Gordon Signal Band entertaining visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery will be filled with golf memorabilia along with original art.
The exhibit will be open until April 25. You will see many unique items from local members of the greater North Augusta area and businesses.
Other upcoming events:
• The Morris Museum of Art will have a Girls’ Night with Rebecca Wood, Rinne Allen and Kristen Bach on Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Meet the authors of Beauty Everyday and shop for R. Wood pottery while sipping bubbly. The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. RSVP to Blake Leverett at (706) 828-3803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• On Saturday, the Morris Museum will have an Adult Artists Workshop: Photographs from the Drive-in Project from noon to 4 p.m. Artist Craig Deman discusses his photographs, including a series documenting drive-in theaters across the United States, which is on display in the Education Gallery through April 20. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Paid reservations are due by today. For more information about Morris Museum events, call (706) 828-3867.
• The Tuesday Painters meet from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Arts and Heritage Center each week. Thomas Needham’s painting classes are sponsored by the North Augusta Artist Guild and are held on Mondays from noon to 3 p.m. at the Arts and Heritage Center. Both are open for the public to stop in and view. Who knows, you just might become inspired to start painting!
• The first Saturday in April is a workshop making spring flowers for ages 8 to 12. Sign up by April 2 by calling (803) 441-4380.
• On May 3, the Arts and Heritage Center will offer a class by Eva Watkins on wreath making. Contact her at (803) 462-8298 to sign up. Space is limited.
Remember to keep art in your life and a smile on your face!