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ArtScape: Downtown galleries and space are filled with art in February

(Featured photo is of Chris Vitiello also known as the Poetry Fox will be at the Westobou Gallery Feb. 2. Courtesy Westobou)

February is packed with art exhibitions and talks around town with a bulk of events the first weekend. Here’s a sampling of what’s available.

 At the Westobou Gallery, 1129 Broad St., two artists will be featured in the main and micro galleries.

Each year, the gallery collaborates with the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for a one-year artist in residence program, culminating in an exhibition at Westobou.

“Brittany A. Fields is our artist-in-residence for this past year. She’s a printmaker,” said Matthew Porter, Westobou’s executive director.

Her work is sometimes figural and abstract and focuses on themes such as world creation, identity creation and escapism.

In the micro gallery is Chris Vitiello.

“He’s done things at Westobou in past as Poetry Fox,” said Porter. “The exciting thing he will be doing for us on Feb. 2 is an interactive poetry installation…You will give him a prompt, and he will write a poem on the spot, and we will be decorating the space in micro gallery with them.”

Or you can take the poem with you.

A reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at the gallery; it will feature refreshments and music with The Mighty Dez.

“It should be really good,” he said.

Next to Westobou from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday will be an event tied to “The Road We Travel” contemporary art exhibition by John Glover and Janique Booker at the APMU Art Studio, 1127 Broad.

Across the street from Westobou will be a new exhibition at CANDL Fine Art, 1128 Broad St.

A reception for Thomas Crowther’s exhibition “2nd Act” will be from 6 to 8 p.m.    

“Crowther’s work is an accessible dive into the abstract, fusing human shapes and natural elements in unique and unpredictable ways. 2nd Act is a reflection on how life-altering events unavoidably shape our identities,” according to a news release from CANDL.


While on Broad Street, head to Augusta and Co.  at 1010 Broad for the “Soul of Augusta” show by members of Nu BAG, New Urban Black Artists’ Guild, featuring Destinee Love, Allan J. Lewis and Baruti Tucker. The exhibition will be available through March 28 with a reception on March 1.

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St., has two upcoming artist talks with artists whose work are featured in the gallery.

Leslie Hamrick’s “Heqet Finds Her Rhythm” Photo courtesy Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Leslie Hamrick will speak on her exhibition “Thoughtful Spontaneity” will be at noon, Feb. 2, and Linda McCune will speak at noon Feb. 9.

The annual Augusta Black History exhibition featuring the work of Devin Lovett and the Mayoral Collection of Augusta Black History will be at the City Gallery in the Municipal Building, 535 Telfair St.

Corey Rogers of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will lead a tour at 10 a.m. Feb. 2.

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site will offer a presentation of the site’s art collection featuring a temporary exhibit of art not usually on display.

The talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Registration is required by going here. The deadline is Jan. 30, and the cost is $15.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News and Inspiring: Women of Augusta, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here. 

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