Olde Town Inn Peach Gala
Melinda Swift, owner of the Olde Town Inn, is hosting the upcoming Olde Town Inn Peach Gala to be held on Friday, July 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Olde Town Inn. Parking is located behind the Inn at 410 4th Street, Augusta, GA 30901.
This Gala is being held in celebration of Melinda's 7 years of Inn ownership in addition to the Inn’s 153rd anniversary. Each of the Inn's five rooms are being dedicated to one of five local women of Augusta history. Those women are Butterfly McQueen, Celia DeLaigle, Marion Hollins, Agnes Holliman, and Princess Augusta.
With sponsor support, Melinda will be raising funds to house breast cancer patients at her Inn while they receive treatment. Melinda is a recent breast cancer survivor, so this event is very special to her personally. In addition to this, she will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a student at Davidson Fine Arts.
I have been chosen to curate this art show and sale, and I can't express my gratitude and excitement at this opportunity! Dipping my toe in the sea of art show curating is scary but thrilling and I look forward to helping local artists find new collectors at this special art buying event.
Tickets for the Gala are $40 per person. Victorian dress is encouraged but not mandatory.
Click HERE to learn more and to purchase your tickets! Hope to see you at the Gala!
The Reception Was a Blast!
Photo courtesy of RedWolf Advertising
A reception was held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History for the Emerging Artists Exhibition. You can read my column here to learn more!
Emerging Artists Exhibition
I'm excited to announce that I've been accepted into yet another group exhibition, this time at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History! My painting of Sharon Jones and my mixed media drawing of Billy Preston will join the artwork of many new and established artists.
Below is the official press release. Hope to see you at this reception. It's going to be amazing, especially with the high school students whose work will be on display!
Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Emerging Artists Exhibition
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is excited to welcome a first-time exhibit entitled “Emerging Artists” on display through March. This new exhibit highlights a lot of the new artistic talent in the River Region. It also includes a selection of more recognized artists. The mixture of new and established will give the newer artists an opportunity to learn more about Augusta’s arts community.
A list of the artists that have artwork on display include:
“Emerging Artists” will be on display at the Laney Museum in February and much of March 2023. A reception will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Artists will discuss their paintings and offer insights about their artistic journeys.
Voices of Augusta Reception
On Friday, February 3, 2023, the Voices of Augusta reception was held at Augusta & Co., and wow did the CSRA turn out for the event! From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., nearly 100 people came through the doors to enjoy the sounds of BillKarpJazz as they sipped wine, nibbled on treats, and perused the 13 portraits I created to celebrate local-grown talent. It was an amazing night and one I will never forget! Huge thanks to all who attended and to those who bought art. My heart is overfull!
2023 WetPaint Party & Art Sale!
This year marks my 5th year of participating in the WetPaint Party & Art Sale! The party happens in its new venue, the Julian Smith Casino, on Saturday, March 4! To learn more, click here for the Facebook event! My submission for this year's art auction is Ziggy Stardust. Hope to see you there!
Above: Ziggy Stardust - acrylic on 16x20 gallery-wrapped canvas
GRL PWR - A Group Exhibition
I am so excited to announce that my portrait of Nina Simone (shown below) was accepted into GRL PWR, a group exhibition featuring artwork that highlights the courage, ingenuity, hard work and power of women for Women's History Month. To learn more, click here to see the Facebook event!
Above: Nina Simone - acrylic on 18x24 canvas
I Was on WRDW's The Morning Mix!
Pictured: Zayna Haliburton, Heather Rene Dunaway, me, and Cliff Bennett
On Monday, January 30, 2023, Heather Rene Dunaway, Gallery Director with the Greater Augusta Arts Council, and I were guests on The Morning Mix, WRDW's local lifestyle show, to discuss the Voices of Augusta exhibit on view through March 30 at Augusta & Co. downtown! The segment was brief but a great opportunity to get the word out about the show and reception which will be held on Friday, February 3 from 4-6 p.m. Huge thanks to Zayna Haliburton, Cliff Bennett, and the entire Morning Mix crew!
Click here to watch the segment!
Click here to view the Facebook event for Voices of Augusta!
I Made My First Short Silent Film!
In late December 2022, my husband Dean and I traveled to the Georgia coast for a little time away from home. I brought along my idea for a short silent film, and together we created my first-ever movie.
The music didn't come over to YouTube correctly, so it's very scratchy and yucky but sort of fits the mood. I will be working on this and hope to fix it soon.
In the meantime, feel free to mute or play your own music while viewing!
In "Oblivion," a man is haunted by his mortality. Dean did a fantastic job on this and I'm very proud of this piece.
You may watch "Oblivion" here.
Up on the walls at Augusta & Co., Voices of Augusta will be on view through March 30, 2023. Please stop by when you are downtown, and mark your calendar for the opening reception! The party happens on First Friday, February 3, 2023 from 4-6pm. Hope to see you there!
I am thrilled to have been chosen as the January 2023 "Featured Artist" for the Greater Augusta Arts Council! Heather Rene Dunaway interviewed me for the Arts Council's website. Please click the link below to read it and learn a little bit about me and my artistic process!
This is the space where I will keep you up to date on all of my arts news. Hope to see you out and about at local events!