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ArtScape: Art is plentiful in downtown Augusta in June

(Featured photo: Aort Reed from a December 2022 show. Francie Klopotic/Augusta Good News)

Enjoy an art-filled weekend in downtown Augusta.

A free reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. June 2 at 600 Broad Gallery featuring the current works of Grovetown artist Jason Lutz.  

Also Friday at the Westobou Gallery is a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. with artist Aort Reed for his show, CON•TEXT, which offers an enigmatic description – “What is perplexed, will only show you the depth of your character. The depth of your character, one might not be aware of.. until.”

The show will be on display from June 2 through Aug. 5.

One of Staci Swider’s works from An Tobar: The Well. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Another show at the Westobou Gallery from June 2-24 is The Ducks are Back, a multi-media installation by Adrian Price and Jessica Bizer.

“The inspiration for the collaboration and installation comes from a more intimate personal narrative framed around a mother duck that returns each year to Lafayette Center in Downtown Augusta. The paintings, projections and sculptures are based on a space where nature, architectural elements and people meet,” according to the Westobou website.

An artist talk highlighting An Tobar: The Well will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at CANDL Fine Art.

 An Tobar: The Well is an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by Leslie Hamrick, Laura McRae Hitchcock, Susan Irish and Staci Swider. It “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.

Rhian Swain’s Breaking the Barriers -Women Who Impacted the Arts will be at the City Gallery. Courtesy photo

And if you missed Rhian Swain’s Breaking the Barriers — Women Who Impacted The Arts exhibition in March at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, now’s your chance to see her works dedicated to female artists.

 Her works will be on display at the City Gallery located in the lobby of the Augusta Richmond County Municipal Building at 535 Telfair St. through Aug. 22.

 Learn more about the show here.

June 2 at midnight is the deadline for women artists to enter the Olde Town Inn Peach Gala, a juried art show and sale, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 7.

The event celebrates the 153rd anniversary of the Olde Town Inn.

“If you are chosen to participate in the Gala, we ask that you create one piece of art in a Victorian style for the event. Melinda (Swift, owner of the inn) is dedicating each of her five rooms at the Inn to a specific Augusta woman of history. These women include Butterfly McQueen, Agnes Holliman, Marion Hollis, Celia DeLaigle, and Princess Augusta. The one piece of art you create should be Victorian in nature. Feel free to get creative!”

To apply, click here. Artists will be notified of their acceptance no later than June 5.

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One thought on “ArtScape: Art is plentiful in downtown Augusta in June

  1. Looking forward to Art’s show at Westobou tomorrow night.
    1100 block of Broad St. is gonna be jumping.
    Directly across the street from Westoboy, CANDL Fine Art is going to be open for First Friday. (as it is every Friday evening.) Come meet the artists behind this fascinating, heartful collection.
    Appreciate the nod Augusta Good News. Hope to see you over the weekend.

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