Around the Arts Council- Brenda Durant
The month of May has been crazy fun at the Arts Council office. As we emerge from the Pandemic we find ourselves hiring a new Calendar Coordinator, Faydia Ramnarine; you will meet her in this newsletter. Faydia is organizing our calendar, wow- it’s coming back to life- and working on our social media posts. You can send your events to email@example.com. We have a summer intern coming this month from the Augusta Chamber Students2work program. We are looking forward to meeting Sean Williams a recent Richmond Academy grad. He will be working with Pax on some special projects for the summer.
Last week I was dispatched to the Augusta & Co Gallery to swap out a label so, I decided to make it an art filled afternoon. I took time to browse the gallery and the gift shop. Rhian Swain has a photograph of the Sun Lion Sculpture from the Sculpture Trail; I hope she will be selling more of these- the Sculpture Trail Artists were extremely pleased that photos of the sculptures were being sold locally. The shop is filled with locally make products and gifts. They make great hostess gifts when you travel or Augusta memories for our guests to take back home. You can pick up your limited-edition James Brown button for completing the Sculpture Trail scavenger hunt at the front desk.
Of course, we are planning the ArtsCity Festival for September 17-19, 2021. The Mini-Arts in the Heart Festival is shaping up and I cannot wait to review the performer applications and get Global Stage scheduled. At the same time we are working on a brand new event; A Private View…an afternoon of Mimosa’s Art and Conversation at the River Island Clubhouse. This month we feature 4 artists coordinated by Lillie Morris, plus a conversation on collecting local art by Greg and Trina Smith. There is also charcuterie and mimosa’s created by our incredible events team lead by Kigg Cherry, Christy Beckham, Karen Gordon and Sheryl Jolly. The Henry’s will be playing music. Please RSVP when you receive the invitation, capacity is limited. We plan to host 3 more of these events around Augusta in the coming year, so if you have an idea for artists, musicians or venues please let us know. Of course … if you make a suggestion, you probably will end up on the Committee.
Next stop was the City Gallery in the Municipal Building. The Exhibit, a commemoration of the 1970 Augusta Riot is very, very interesting and thought provoking. It is set up in two shows; the Front wall is a wall of memories and paintings by Warren Richards. Warren gathered quotes from locals who were present during the Riots and created collages. They look like magazine covers, to preserve their memories. Warren also created art to compliment the memory wall. The next space is a series of time lines and quotes created by the Riot Committee. It was a very moving and thought-provoking exhibit to experience. When I finished reading every timeline and every quote, I took a few minutes to sit in the front room and process what I had just experienced. Bring your kids to see this… and be prepared to talk it over at the dinner table.