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ArtScape: New Year, new art offerings

(Featured art is from Leslie Hamrick’s exhibit at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Photo courtesy the Gertrude Herbert)

The New Year’s art calendar has a few events scheduled beginning with First Friday.

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will celebrate the first Friday of 2024 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 5 for two exhibitions.

In the main gallery will be Linda McCune’s “Innermost Barriers” featuring “sculptures and drawings relate[d] to a strong sense of place, reconstitution of memories, the intricacies of moral virtue and the relentless passage of time causing disquietude, illness and death,” according to a news release from the Gertrude Herbert.

In its Creel-Harison Gallery, Leslie Hamrick’s “Thoughtful Spontaneity” will be featured.

Hamrick, a regular instructor at the Gertrude Herbert, takes an “intuitive, yet contemplative” approach to art, which is “exemplified by complex collages and simple line drawings,” the release said.

The Friday reception is free.

Winter art classes will begin soon, and members receive class discounts. Visit here to learn more about the offerings.

A collage from the CANDL exhibition of Franklin Delgado. Photo courtesy CANDL.

Also on First Friday, Franklin Delgado will be at Candl Fine Art until 7 p.m. during the final days of his “To Give Value to Time” exhibition.

Delgado’s graphite and charcoal drawings have been hanging in the gallery since early December. Original works are available for sale along with signed artist giclee prints.

The exhibition runs until Jan. 12.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9 an artists’ reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

The works of Ronda Bryce, Vicki Greene and Joni Vanover will be at Sacred Heart from Jan. 10 through March 8.

Bryce works in watercolor, pen-and-ink, and graphite.

Greene is a painter who first started with acrylics before an art class at Augusta University under Tom Crowther caused her to fall in love “with the fluidity of oils,” according to a news release from Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

Vanover is a lifelong artist.

“Her mother was an artist in Savannah, and Joni developed the love of art, painting beside her mother,” the release continued.

Also on Jan. 9 is 4P Studio’s art pop at Metro Coffeehouse. Scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., it will feature Jean Brejda, Amanda Flack and Lynn Reyes. The event is open to every age until 7 p.m., when it turns to a 21-and-older crowd.

The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta will host its Artist of Color Exhibit in the main gallery from Jan. 18 through March 1 with a free, opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

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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