A collage of portraits taken by photographer Drake White. Photo courtesy Drake White
A collage of portraits taken by photographer Drake White. Photo courtesy Drake White

Exhibition turns lens on area artists

What started out as part of photographer Drake White’s character study culminates Friday in a unique art exhibition called Toi et Moi (you and me).

In September 2021, White began taking portraits of area artists as a type of trade. Artists, he said, often need headshots, so Drake took their photos with the understanding that they could use them as they wanted. And he had the chance for his character study.

As he continued to photograph them, people asked what he might do with the portraits as White’s own artwork became evident. The concept seemed to have the potential for more.

The “more” came through pairing the portraits with the works of the artists themselves.

“It all just fell into place,” said White.

Toi et Moi, a pop-up exhibition, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 1128 Broad St. and will bring about 35 artists together in one space.

“One thing that surprised me was how many of these artists didn’t know each other,” said White.

Artists whose works will be represented at the event include Lillie Hardy Morris, Elizabeth Moretz Britt, Staci Swider, Peter Stitt, Baruti Tucker, Lucy Weigle, Henry Wynn and Mark Albertin.

Other art happenings the first weekend of December include a reception at 600 Broad Building for Aort Reed’s “Vibe: An Aesthetic Visual Journey” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The show will be open the entire month of December. The reception was originally scheduled for First Friday, but it has been moved so as not to conflict with the other events on Dec. 2.

The exhibition is part of 4P Studios’ collaboration with the 600 Broad Gallery. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment, by contacting 4P Studios at (706) 267-6724.

The annual Under $200 art show at 4P Studios’ Martinez gallery on Roberts Road continues through the month of December.

A reception is planned for noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the gallery.

Participating artists include Alex Foltz, Amanda Flack, Angela Minter, Aubrey Ciechan, Christina Rice, Drew Brejda, Ema Kelly, Fox Si-Long Chen, Jack Roy, Jean Brejda and
Kacee Reed.

“The goal is to help our creative community during the holidays by putting a little extra cash in their pockets and to allow our supportive clients and patrons the chance to take home some local, original masterpieces to add to their personal collection or to give to family, friends, or loved ones as unique holiday gifts,” according to the 4P Studios’ Facebook page.

The City Gallery and Augusta & Co Gallery also have $200 and under art events as part of the annual Winter Art Showcase. A reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Augusta & Co.

More than 30 artists including Michael Meissner, Christina Rice, Jason Chambers, Heather Rene Dunaway, Ronda Bryce, John Stoney Cannon, Olivia Wahl, Cameron Young and Jacki Mayo Van Dyke are featured in the event.

For more information visit https://augustaarts.com/galleries.

Charmain Z. Brackett is the publisher of Augusta Good News. Subscribe to the Augusta Good News newsletter here.

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