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‘Iconic Augusta’ among the exhibitions opening the first week of January

It’s a glimpse of Augusta through the eyes of area artist at the annual Iconic Augusta art exhibition which opens Jan. 5 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

Twenty-nine area artists have taken the topic and created pieces in a variety of mediums all with their unique vision of what the Garden City — its people and places — means to them.

Unlike other art exhibitions that last for a month or more, Iconic Augusta will only be on display for a little over two weeks.

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An artists’ reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. in the Great Hall and works will be on display through Jan. 20.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

First Friday art openings

First Friday often means the first look at a new exhibition in galleries downtown.

Two new exhibitions are opening at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St.

In the main gallery will be Human/Nature, highlighting new works by four artists from the Columbia area. Curated by Virginia Scotchie, area head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina, the Human/Nature features works by Scotchie, Victoria Lent, Patrick Burke and Sean Clute.

Moments with Modigliani, recent works by Melissa Cearley, will be in the Creel-Harison Gallery.

A free opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

Also on Jan. 6 will be the opening for the newest installation at the 600 Broad Gallery, curated by 4P Studios.

Distorted Vision, which features the works of John Lause and Parker Grantski, will be on display from Jan. 6-27.

A free reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the 600 Broad Gallery, which is open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment.

Augusta Good News columnist Francie Klopotic’s solo exhibition is up at Augusta & Co., 1010 Broad St., through March 30. She’s captured Augusta musicians and performers.

Her reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3

Calls for Art

The drop-off date for the Art and Heritage Center of North Augusta’s Hit The Bricks Photography Competition is Monday, Jan. 9.       

People can enter with Brick Ponds of North Augusta photos in either the youth division for 8-15 year-olds or the adult category for those 16 years old and older. Prizes will be awarded in both age divisions.

A reception will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan 19, and the photographs will be on display from Jan. 12-Feb. 2.

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The deadline for the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History “new and emerging artists” exhibition is Jan. 13.

“The application is open to all artists 18 years and older (including Senior Citizens) who reside in the CSRA and are looking to showcase recent artwork. Artists may submit up to 2 works of art in any medium such as painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography,” the museum’s website said.

 For additional details, go here.

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