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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!

Art at All Hours

I had guests in for a few days and decided to show them around Augusta. It is always fun to take people from other cities around my hometown. One thing that surprises most people about Augusta is the rich art community available here. We enjoyed a visit to the Morris Museum of Art, which is home to the largest collection of Southern art. One of our favorite pieces is the impressionist painting “The Start,” which was recently discovered to actually be “The Finish.” The Morris always has something different in their exhibits so I never get tired of going!

One of my favorite things about Augusta is our variety of unique restaurants. When I have guests in I like to go on a progressive dinner. We started at La Maison on Telfair which is located in a beautiful pink historic home. We ate in the Veritas (La Maison’s wine and tapas bar) section of the restaurant. We had some wonderful cheeses including fantastic brie! I would highly recommend it. After a while we made it down to Bee’s Knees for some more tapas. It is fun to eat tapas with a big group, just make sure you are with people who don’t mind sharing. The food is always fantastic at Bee’s Knees and this is also a great place to view some local art. A local potter supplies the restaurant with some pieces as well as art for sale on the walls. It really adds to the experience.

After dinner (even though it was late) we walked across the street because Tire City Potters was still open! Shishir Chokshi is the local potter who provides pieces to Bee’s Knees and he has a shop right across the street. My guests were so impressed with his work (and the fact that he was still open at 11:45 on a Tuesday night) that they bought a mug and a vase! Shishir has some great work and I would recommend you stopping by if the lights are on.

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