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Lurking in the Orange

A few days ago, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a night out on the town. We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – The Bees Knees – which was FABULOUS, as always! Then we decided to go to the new art gallery downtown – Gaartdensity Gallery – because I’d heard that a new Halloween themed exhibit was opening.

When we got there, what we found “Lurking in the Orange” was a celebration of the spirit of Halloween. It pays tribute to the classic horror figures, but it also had new perspectives on scary, weird and creepy along with an element of fun that made the exhibit devilishly delightful.

It was our first time visiting the gallery, although I’ve heard that they have events and art shows quite frequently. If you’re in town before “Lurking in the Orange” closes, stop by and get into spirit of the season. And make sure you check back to see what kind of other fun events are happening!

Bees Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge

211 Tenth Street

706-828-3600

Gaartdensity Gallery

1155 Broad Street

Experience Art & Get Inspired!

When I was in college I needed a place to escape the daily grind of research, writing papers, reading textbooks, projects, and the list goes on…So I found a place. Where was my sanctuary? Where is it that I went for a refill of creative inspiration? It was the Morris Museum of Art.

The Morris Museum of Art is located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta. It is “The first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South.” Each and every item found in the museum was either created by an artist in the south, or the subject material is related to the South.

There is a permanent collection which holds paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and more. In the collection you can find works for the Antebellum and Civil War periods, all the way to Contemporary Works created in the South. It’s an extensive collection with around 5,000 pieces.

To walk around from room to room and take it all in is an excellent escape from the world outside. Someone actually created this– it is inspirational! This mental, visual break helps me regain the composure I need to finish my assignments.

The Morris Museum of Art also offers eight to ten temporary exhibits yearly. Currently museum visitors can find two astonishing exhibits. One is Preservation of Place by Edward Rice. The Morris commissioned 40 paintings, drawn from public and private holdings in the Augusta area and elsewhere. The collection portrays recognizable Augusta landmarks such as the Sibley Mill, Sacred Heart Cultural Center and more. He uses bright, vibrant colors to draw the eye in through various layers creating a remarkable three-dimensional effect. The exhibit is on display until November 20, 2011.

The second temporary exhibit is Down South: Paintings by Art Rosenbaum and Photographs by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum. Famed painter, muralist and illustrator Art Rosenbaum (also 2011 Westobou Festival Signature Artist) and his wife Margo, well-known photographer joined forces to create a Grammy award-winning box set of field recordings of roots musicians performing songs and hymns unique to the South. The exhibit is on display until November 6, 2011.

The museum is not just a place for adults to escape the world and become engulfed by creativity, but also for children. There are several family fun days! For example, the first Sunday of each month is Artrageous! Family Sunday – where kids of all ages can get crafty and create their own works of art. And remember, Sunday admission to the Morris is free! The next Artrageos! Family Sunday will be November 6 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the fun things for both adults and children visit the Morris Museum of Arts’ website http://themorris.org. Or stop by and visit the friendly staff.

The Morris Museum of Art
One Tenth Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
 706-724-7501

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. (Free admission on Sundays)

Weekend Whirl

“Whirl (N): a rapid round of events, affairs, etc”

We all need a little mini-vacation sometimes and a weekend whirl to freshen things up is always fun. October in Augusta, Ga ushers in cool fall weather and plenty of ways to enjoy it. Downtown is in full swing with exhibits, concerts, performing arts and festivals. So start planning your trip now for October 14th – 16th!

Friday Night

Cruise the Augusta Canal. Order dinner to go from Casa Blanca Cafe, grab a bottle of wine and a light blanket and put it all in a picnic basket before you head down to the Augusta Canal for a moonlight cruise with live music on board.

   

Saturday

Cruise around town. After strolling through the Saturday Market on the River, head over to the Augusta Museum of History and take a historic tour of Augusta aboard a trolley. You’ll learn about the legend of the Haunted Pillar, the bones in the basement of the Old Medical College building and lots of other cool facts about the history of Augusta.

Art Credit: Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman

 

Cruise through Gåårtdensity. Pronounced Garden City, Gåårtdensity Gallery offers an eclectic mix of urban art and jewelry from local artists. Make sure you check out one of my favorite artists – Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman – at the gallery. You’ll love his fun interpretation of pumpkins as part of the “Lurking in the Orange” exhibit, opening this weekend!

Cruise to 5 O’Clock. Head over to Kings Way and dine like a king for dinner at the 5 O’Clock Bistro. Make sure you try the Southern Fried Goat Cheese Pie with Georgia Peach Vinaigrette – it is absolutely delicious!

  

Zombies are cruisin’ for a bruisin’. Learn how to spot and slay zombies in Augusta’s first interactive haunted attraction – Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp. Le Chat Noir combines off-Broadway style theatre with haunted house scares and audience participation for an awesome Halloween season experience that you definitely should try.

Sunday

Cruise through the sky. Boshears Skyfest is a local favorite each year. Take a ride on a helicopter or airplane, watch air shows and parachute teams perform, ride the carnival rides and eat fair food for lunch before heading home.

Weekend Whirl

“Whirl (N): a rapid round of events, affairs, etc”

We all need a little mini-vacation sometimes and a weekend whirl to freshen things up is always fun. October in Augusta, Ga ushers in cool fall weather and plenty of ways to enjoy it. Downtown is in full swing with exhibits, concerts, performing arts and cultural festivals. So start planning your trip now for October 7th – 9th!

Friday Night

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What are you obsessed about? When you arrive on Friday evening, head over to the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for the reception of contemporary artist, Sarah Hobbs. Hobbs’ work explores phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors through large scale installations which she constructs and photographs.

 After you’ve studied and contemplated Hobbs’ work…

 

Obsess over Botanica. Internationally acclaimed ballet company MOMIX has performed in cultural meccas around the world. Now they bring an exciting contemporary ballet to the historic Imperial Theatre. Botanica brings to life the small miracles that occur every day around us in nature using magnificent choreography and stunning dance effects.

 Obsess over food. End the evening with a late dinner at Frog Hollow. You’ll be able to talk about the night over a glass of wine and perfectly crafted meal made with fresh regional ingredients!

Saturday

Sleep in a little and grab breakfast before heading to the historic Summerville neighborhood for the Tour of Homes.

Frankly, my dear, you’ll really love these houses. Spend the afternoon touring Augusta’s most historic and eclectic neighborhood and you’ll start to feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from “Gone with the Wind.” The Summerville Tour of Homes offers a glimpse into some of the grandest homes and buildings in the neighborhood.

Follow the Crums. Grab an early dinner at the trendy Crums on Central. Make sure you try the Bacon wrapped Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms or a fire grilled pizza!

May the force be with you. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws – John Williams’ iconic musical compositions have punctuated the film industry for decades.  Now watch as the Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings each piece to life during the John Williams Spectacular.

Sunday

Hola amigos! Treat your taste buds to authentic Hispanic food and enjoy live music and performances at the annual Augusta Hispanic Festival in downtown at the Commons.

Our big fat Greek festival. Indulge your sweet tooth with homemade Baklava, shop at the bazaar and learn traditional Greek dances at the Augusta Greek Festival in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

The A List

Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga during October!

September 29 – October 8

Music and art and dance…oh my! The Westobou Festival goes into full swing this month – transforming Augusta into the coolest place on Earth. Not convinced? Check out these awesome events that are just oozing “cool factor”: 1. A Film Comedy Evening with Peter Teschner. Who’s Peter Teschner? Only one of the most well know movie editors of our time with comedy classics like The Little Rascals, Borat, Dodgeball, Semi-Pro and Horrible Bosses under his belt.  2. Botanica by MOMIX. You might have seen the world class ballet troupe MOMIX on a Target commercial or on T.V performing on stages in some of the biggest and best cities in the world.   3. John Williams Spectacular. John Williams is the man. If you’ve seen any Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Jurassic Park or Home Alone movies then you’ve heard his work. The Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings all that to life…complete with Star Troopers.

 

October 7 – 9

Hola! Antio! Hello! Goodbye! The annual Greek Festival and Hispanic Festival offers the chance to eat as much food as possible in three days – all in the name of a cultural experience! See live performances, hear live music and devour everything in sight without feeling guilty.

 

October 7 – 9

If walls could talk… Get a glimpse into Augusta’s most beautiful, eclectic and historic homes in the Summerville community during the Summerville Tour of Homes. The walls may not be able to tell you their story, but you can still hear it from the spirits of the past! Historic Augusta’s annual Walk with the Spirits event features the ghosts of previous owners of the very houses you’ll see during the Tour of Homes!

photo courtesy of http://gregconnellairshows.com/2011/07/boshears-skyfest/

October 15 – 16

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s SkyFest! Boshears Skyfest brings planes, parachutes, helicopters and more to one place for a weekend full of family fun! I plan to take a helicopter ride. Afraid of heights? Then live vicariously through the parachute tricksters during one of their shows or ride one of the carnival rides.

October 13 – 30

Trick or Treat! Give me something fun to watch. Learn how to kill identify and kill Zombies (you know, just in case we ever have an outbreak) during Le Chat Noir’s haunted interactive attraction, Zombie Apocalypse Training Camp. Gun shy? Then sit safely in your seat and experience the classic story of Young Frankenstein. October’s ALIVE!

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