Augusta: The Morris Museum of Art March-May 2010 Events
All museum galleries and the museum store will be closed March 1–5 in preparation for the gala Friday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. General admission to the museum is free now through March 14.
Friday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
The Seventeenth Annual Morris Museum of Art Gala. The 2010 gala cochairs, Mr. and Mrs. J. Dickey Boardman, Jr., promise a fabulous evening of dining, dancing, and good company. The gala will mark the grand opening of the reinstalled permanent collection galleries and the featured exhibition Regional Dialect: American Scene Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection. Please call 706-828-3825 to reserve tickets.
Saturday, March 6–13
Grand Reopening. Help us celebrate the grand reopening of the Morris Museum of Art! Explore the newly reinstalled galleries and the special exhibition Regional Dialect. Enjoy free admission March 6–13, and join in on docent-led gallery talks presented periodically on March 6 and 7.
Saturday, March 6, 5:00–7:00 p.m.; reception at 5:00 p.m.; lecture at 6:00 p.m.
Public Opening: Regional Dialect: American Scene Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection. Director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Kevin Sharp and collectors John and Susan Horseman discuss the exhibition. FREE.
Sunday, March 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.; performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
Artrageous! Family Sunday: The Morris Comes Alive! Join costumed docents as they make the paintings come alive, and create a variety of art projects based on our collection. Tara Scheyer from the Mudpuppy Band performs a lively variety of family favorites. FREE.
Thursday, March 11, 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Toddler Time: Ships Ahoy! Learn about the world of William O. Golding and his adventures at sea. Afterwards create tissue-paper collages. Museum family members and parents, free; nonmembers, $4 per participant. Registration required.
Friday, March 12, noon.
Films on Friday: The Green Pastures (1936) and St. Louis Blues (1929). After viewing the films, museum director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. FREE.
Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Soul & Song: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Award-winning country star Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives return to rock the Imperial Theatre. Tickets, starting at just $12.50, are available at the Imperial Theatre box office or by calling 706-722-8341 or going to imperialtheatre.com.
Saturday, March 13, noon–4:00 p.m.
Youth Art Workshop: Comic Drawing Techniques. Take your anime, manga, or comic-book drawing skills to the next level with inking, lettering, and layout techniques taught by artist Jason Craig. Appropriate for high and middle school students. Museum family members, $20; nonmembers, $25 per participant. Paid registration required by March 9.
Sunday, March 14, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Studio Tour: Lucy Weigle. Explore Lucy Weigle’s painting studio. Limited space available; register by March 19 by calling 706-828-3803. Morris Museum members only. FREE.
Friday, March 19, noon
Art at Lunch: Paintings in and of Georgia during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Spalding Nix, owner of Spalding Nix Fine Art & Antiques, discusses the history of painting in Georgia, focusing on several artists featured in the Morris Museum’s permanent collection. Members, $10; nonmembers, $14. Lunch by A Catered Affair. Paid reservations due March 17.
Sunday, March 21, noon–4:00 p.m.
Norris Boardman Nelson Jewelry Show. The museum store hosts a trunk show by Atlanta jewelry designer Norris Boardman Nelson. The jewelry show includes a wide array of handcrafted earrings, bracelets, and necklaces—for one day only. FREE.
Sunday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.
Music at the Morris: Christine Crookall and Martin David Jones. Augusta State University professors Christine Crookall, cello, and Martin David Jones, piano, perform favorites from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries. FREE.
Thursday, April 15, 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Toddler Time: Up Close to Nature. View the exhibition The Homeplace: Photographs by Kay DuVernet and learn about texture and detail. Afterwards decorate your own oversized plant. Museum family members and parents, free; nonmembers, $4 per participant. Registration required.
Friday, April 16, noon.
Films on Friday: Cabin in the Sky (1943). After viewing the film, museum director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. FREE.
Saturday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Adult Artist Workshop: Creating Interesting Digital Photos from Nature. Ed Belinski shares techniques for composing artful nature photographs, with time split between outdoor shooting, instruction, and critique. Appropriate for all levels. Participants are required to bring their own digital SLR camera and USB transfer cable. Museum members, $30; nonmembers, $35 per participant. Paid registration is required by April 9.
Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Music at the Morris: Music of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Augusta State University music faculty and colleagues present a concert of music that also is aligned with the university’s humanities courses. FREE.
Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Studio Tour: Tom Nakashima. Explore artist and Augusta State University professor Tom Nakashima’s painting studio. Limited space available; register by April 16 by calling 706-828-3803. Morris Museum members only. FREE.
Friday, April 23, noon.
Art at Lunch: Georgia Masterpieces. Susan Weiner, executive director of the Georgia Council for the Arts, discusses the development of the book Georgia Masterpieces: Selected Works from Georgia’s Museums, which highlights some of the state’s diverse and talented artists. Members, $10; nonmembers, $14. Lunch by McAlister’s Deli. Paid reservations due April 21.
Sunday, April 25, noon–4:00 p.m.
The Social Canvas. Local bands play outside the Morris Museum while Augusta artists, inspired by their music, create original work. Join the art-making at different creativity stations or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds. FREE.
Sunday, April 25, noon–4:00 p.m.
Spring Artist Market. Join us on the Riverwalk for the Morris Museum Store’s Spring Artist Market. We’ll have jewelry, pottery, photography, textiles, yard art, and more! FREE.
Sunday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.
Artrageous! Family Sunday: American Folktales with Storyteller Bob Linsenmayer
Join us for an afternoon of stories, musical adventures, and free kazoos followed by painting projects inspired by artworks in the Regional Dialect exhibition. FREE.
Thursday, May 6, 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Toddler Time: A Kid’s Life
Explore how painters depict children in the exhibition Regional Dialect and create an enormous paper person using mixed-media techniques. Museum family members and parents, free; nonmembers, $4 per participant. Registration required.
Thursday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.
The Art of Fine Living: Spring Make-and-Take with Greg Boulus of Charleston Street Fine Flowers. Enjoy a tour through the exhibit Regional Dialect and watch florist Greg Boulus design a spring arrangement, inspired by works in the show. Afterwards, create your own floral masterpiece. Fees apply.
Thursday, May 13, 5:00–7:00 p.m. Reception and book signing at 5:00 p.m.; lecture at 6:00 p.m.
Terra Cognita: Brian Rutenberg. During the second in a series of four lectures, artist Brian Rutenberg discusses his abstract paintings. FREE.
Friday, May 14, noon.
Films on Friday: Stormy Weather (1943)
After viewing the film, museum director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. FREE.
Saturday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 16, noon–4:30 p.m.
Adult Artist Workshop: Landscapes in Pastel
Learn how to turn your photographs into stunning realistic pastel drawings with artist Melanie Longshore. All materials provided. Museum members, $60; nonmembers, $70. Paid registration required by May 7.
Sunday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.
Music at the Morris: Demonstration and Discussion with Maestro Shizuo Kuwahara
A Symphony Orchestra Augusta ensemble performs a short magnum opus, and Maestro Kuwahara dissects and analyzes the work with the audience, determining why it is exemplary. FREE.
Friday, May 21, noon
Art at Lunch: Painters’ Reel: Contemporary Painting in Georgia Preview
Eric O’Dell, curator of exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia, and artist Corrine Colarusso discuss how the upcoming Painters’ Reel exhibition was developed and provide a preview of the show. Members, $10; nonmembers, $14. Lunch by French Market Grille. Paid reservations due May 19.
Sunday, May 23, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Studio Tour: Randy Lambeth. Explore Augusta artist Randy Lambeth’s painting studio. Limited space available; register by May 14 by calling 706-828-3803. Morris Museum members only. FREE.
Morris Museum of Art
Founded in 1985, the Morris Museum of Art is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of approximately five thousand paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, dating from the late eighteenth century to the present, is displayed in galleries dedicated to, among other things, antebellum portraiture, the Civil War, genre painting, still life, landscape, Southern impressionism, and modernism in the South. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit the museum’s web site at www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.
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