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Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga this September!

Witness for the Prosecution

September 14 & 15, 21 &22, 28 & 29

DCTheatreScene.com calls Witness for the Prosecution “a six-course meal of a play, a lip-smacking, eye-rolling, stomach-rumbling grand buffet of – wait for it – vintage fifties, English-style murder. It is… so full of twists and turns that it might have been dreamed up by – Agatha Christie. And it was!” See it at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. $40 per person gets you dinner and a show – you can’t beat that!

Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder

September 14

The Morris Museum of Art kicks off their 10th anniversary Southern Soul and Song series with bluegrass legends Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder. In a video we saw recently to promote the show, a woman says “That Ricky Scaggs, I love him more than my luggage.” See him live at the Imperial Theatre and we’re sure you’ll love him too.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

September 14 – 16

Three days packed with awesome food and beer, live performances and locally created art and crafts. You can eat, shop, wander around and see performances on three different stages and eat some more – all in the heart of downtown Augusta. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. { See video }

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers ( <– Click & watch them!)

September 22

Put on your bow tie and suspenders and head to Stillwater TapRoom for a night of throwback fun. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers bring back the 20s vibe with their brassy tunes and catchy lyrics. Luckily, you can enjoy a cold beer with your prohibition-era music. Now, get busy learning the Charleston.

Evening of Festivities

September 29

Symphony Orchestra Augusta begins an exciting season with Evening of Festivities. Join Music Director Shizuo Z Kuwahara and SOA as they explore Latin themes from the Old World to the New World featuring guitarist Jason Vieaux. If you’ve never heard a symphony live, you definitely don’t want to miss this.

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)

Artrageous Family Sunday

Last Sunday I decided to take my friend’s children to a Family Fun event at the Morris Museum of Art. Every first and third Sunday the Morris offers something special for the entire family to enjoy, and offers other fun events on particular Saturdays.  Last Sunday was Artrageous! Family Sunday: The Creative Extravaganza. It began at 2 p.m. when magician and storyteller Chad Crews took children and adults alike on an adventure about reading, dancing, animals, reading, art and of course, magic. He informed the audience that he learned to do magic by reading, and that they can learn how to do cool things too just by visiting their library, checking out a book they are interested in and reading it, either by themselves or with a parent.

Throughout the magic show Mr. Crews would tell the crowd that “Good readers can learn to do all types of things, meet all types of people and go on all types of adventures.” By the end of the show I think every child had this memorized. A large part of his show was about his snakes, Buttercup and Cornbread, which fascinated the younger audience, especially my friend’s four and five-year-old. Their eyes were transfixed every time the snakes were part of a magic trick. Some children were a little frightened until Mr. Crews explained that not all snakes are aggressive and that they can learn more about snakes by reading about them.
After the magic show the children were taken into the art room and given pictures of snakes, a canvas, paint and brushes and told to create their own version of the pictures. Because the children were of all different ages and art levels the pictures varied. There were some very detailed snakes and other “abstract” finger-painted snakes, but in the end everyone had a great time, especially my friend’s children who are already counting down the days until the next event, which is on November 7th and will feature a puppet show and more art time afterwards!

Morris Museum of Art
1 10th Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 724-7501

Social Canvas at the Morris

On Sunday, April 25th we headed downtown to check out the Social Canvas & Spring Artists Market, put on by the Morris Museum of Art.  I was a little concerned about the weather since we had rain all day on Saturday, but it cleared up and proved to be a perfect afternoon to spend outside.  Since we were at the Riverwalk there was a great breeze coming off the river.

There was plenty to see and do for people of all ages.  Kids could create screen prints to take home with them, or could make buttons from magazine clippings to pin on their shirts.  They also got to add their own flair to the big “Social Canvas” being painted by everyone, or make their mark with a sidewalk chalk drawing.

Professional artists were working on their original creations as well, painting right alongside the bands that were playing.  And there was some fantastic local art for sale – everything from wall art and photography, to handmade bags to pottery to jewelry. 

I got a beautiful vase and there were some pieces that would have been perfect gifts for Mother’s Day.  I’m going to plan ahead for next year so I can do my summer gift shopping there!

Photo at top provided by Morris Museum of Art.

Art at Lunch

During December Carrie and I went to ‘Art at Lunch’ at the Morris Museum of Art. I had never been before, but am always up to try something new.  The Morris Museum is located right on the Riverwalk in Augusta and features art about the South and by Southern artists. This month’s Art at Lunch featured the work of Ansel Adams, who is one of my favorite photographers. He was a pioneer of photography, helping people to see photographs as art instead of merely a picture.  Adams was also a conservationist and a lot of his work features Yosemite and other U.S. National Parks.   Lunch was catered by the French Market Grille, one of Carrie’s favorite local restaurants.  They specialize in Cajun-style cooking with Louisiana flair.  We were treated to a delicious shrimp gumbo with salad and bread.  Their gumbo is fantastic, too!  If you’re looking for unique cuisine in Augusta, you should try one of their two locations in town.  While we were enjoying our lunch we learned all about the life and work of Ansel Adams, as well as other programs the Morris Museum offers. And, as a part of Art at Lunch, we also received coupons to the museum gift shop!  If you are interested in trying something new, you should definitely try Art at Lunch at the Morris Museum. It’s new every month and  this spring upcoming topics include the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Historic Augusta in Photographs.  If you would like more information about Art at Lunch and upcoming events at the Morris Museum of Art, check out their calendar of events online. The Morris is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is only $3 to $5 to visit and free on Sundays!

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