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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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