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ArtScape: ‘An Tobar – The Well,’ Augusta Poster Show, Aiken Center for Arts wins Governor’s Award

(Featured photo is of one of Staci Swider’s pieces that is part of the An Tobar – The Well exhibition at CANDL Fine Art. Charrmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News)

The Augusta area’s art calendar is continually full, and this week is no exception.

The newest show opens at CANDL Fine Art with a reception Friday, May 19; the artists for the Augusta Poster Show have been announced; and there are exhibition receptions in Aiken and North Augusta this week.

CANDL Fine Art presents an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by Leslie Hamrick, Laura McRae Hitchcock, Susan Irish and Staci Swider. Titled An Tobar: The Well, the exhibition reflects their artistic journey to Listowel, Ireland earlier this year during a residency “where they worked in a local gallery part time, roamed the countryside and immersed themselves in the culture of a rural township,” according to a news release.

An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 and the work will be on display through June 30.

After An Tobar: The Well is completed, Jason Craig’s second Augusta Poster Show will be highlighted in the CANDL Fine Arts’ space.

The Augusta Poster Show returns in July.

On May 16, Craig announced the 30 artists who will be participating. Most of them are from the Augusta area, but there are entrants from other cities including Jacksonville, Fla., Columbia, Atlanta, St. Louis and Raleigh, N.C.

Rachel Baker,  Kenneth James Benson, Carrie Brooks, Brian Brownlee, Dawn M. Cardona, Degan Cheek, Jason Craig, Matt Dawson, Mikaela Fuchs, Roberta Hall, Lila Jimenez, Leanne Munro Johnson, Tiraj Johnson-Garay, Andrew Lawandus, Jeremy Mace, Cait Maloney Gabe Marshall, Brett Mosher, Addison Niday, Jon Paschal, Matt Schaade, Colleen Beyer Stewart, Peter C. Stitt, Brad Stoneking, Chad Tolley, Jacki Van Dyke, Autumn Von Plinsky, Drake White, Josh Whiting and Leonard Porkchop Zimmerman will be creating posters for the show

The awards will be presented at a VIP reception on July 14. Tickets are $10. The exhibition will be free and open to the public on July 15.

A shoutout to the Aiken Center for the Arts for receiving the South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts’ Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. The award ceremony was held May 14.

The Aiken Artist Guild member show opened at the Aiken Center for the Arts May 18 with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. It will run through June 22.

In North Augusta, the Upcountry Fiber Artists’ exhibition closes out May 19 at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

Charmain Z. Brackett is the publisher of Augusta Good News. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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