Volume 3, Issue 3 SUMMER 2011
Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta
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Inside this issue:
The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta is extremely excited to announce that the new
Current Exhibits 1
permanent history exhibits will open to the public on Saturday, July 16th. The exhibits were
President’s Letter 2
originally created for the Blackville Discovery Center, which was operated by the South Carolina
National Heritage Corridor (SCNHC). Because of federal and state budget cuts, the SCNHC
Gift Shop News 3 closed the Blackville Center in June, 2010. The exhibits then became available for a new home.
Sponsor Recognition 3 In December 2010, the Arts and Heritage Center was chosen to be the new site for these wonderful
exhibits. The relocation process started early this year. After months of preparation involving
Upcoming Exhibits 4 traveling between Blackville and North Augusta, breaking down the exhibit components, and
installation and tweaking them for our center, these exhibits are ready for their public debut!
These exhibits which will be named “Rivers, Rails
Points of interest: and Roads” feature the history of Aiken,
Tuesday Painters— Learn Bamberg, Barnwell, and Orangeburg counties.
to paint each Tuesday These exhibits celebrate the significance of each
from 10 am to 2 pm with of these subjects in our region. Over the next year,
local artists. The open the AHC will add more permanent North Augusta-
studio is free to AHCNA specific stories to the exhibit as well. Just imagine
what North Augusta (and the surrounding area)
First Saturdays—The would be without the Savannah River, the SC
North Augusta Artists Railroad Company,
Guild has expanded their and the many roads
Tuesday open art studio that crisscross our
to now include the first town!
Saturday of each month.
Come join the artists each The AHC will also begin a new cultural relationship with the SCNHC
first Saturday from 11 am by becoming a Welcome Center for the Corridor’s heritage sites.
to 2 pm. Art supplies are Guests will be able to explore wonderful interactive exhibits while
free to AHC members.
being educated about the fantastic heritage sites that they can visit by
The Westobou Festival traveling along the Heritage Corridor!
will take place from Sept.
29 to October 8, 2011.
Come help us celebrate as we begin this new chapter in our life as not
Take this opportunity to
only as a center for your arts and history, but also as a center for
celebrate art! discovering the many regional heritage sites in South Carolina. There
will be a sneak preview for AHCNA members only on Friday, July
15, from 5 to 7 pm. The grand opening to the public will be on Sat.,
Open Tuesday—Saturday July 16, from 10 am to 4 pm. Join us for this exciting celebration!
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (803) 441-4380 Special thanks are given to the North Augusta Historical Society, The Community Foundation of the
CSRA, and the North Augusta Sertoma Club for making Rivers, Rails and Roads possible. The
artsandheritagecenter.com AHCNA would also like to thank ADSI Moving Systems, McGee Home Builders, and Prof. Mark
Meyer and Christian Goff of Aiken Technical College for their incredible support on this project.
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Letter From the President / Charles Martin
When the City designed and constructed the new Municipal Center, over 8,000 square feet were included for the single
purpose of showcasing the artistic talents of local and regional artists and displaying the rich heritage of North Augusta and its
surrounding areas. The City provided this unique space at the specific requests of the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council and the
Heritage Council of North Augusta.
After the City committed to build the space, a third and separate organization, The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta
(AHC) was organized with its sole purpose being to manage this 8,000 plus square feet of arts and heritage space. The AHC has now
successfully operated the space since July 2009. Much of this success has been due to generous one time donations from individual
citizens and businesses.
The AHC was built to serve the cultural arts and heritage communities as well as the citizens of North Augusta. However, the
North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, the Heritage Council of North Augusta and the City do not fund the operation of the Arts and
Heritage Center. The AHC relies solely on separate memberships, donations, fundraisers and gift shop proceeds.
If you are an AHC member, we want to thank you for your membership over the past year. It was important to us, and we
hope you have taken advantage of the many benefits offered. When you receive your renewal notice, please renew your membership as
soon as possible to avoid a lapse in membership. We count on you and your fellow members to keep our doors open. If you are not a
member of the AHC, please support your local art and history by purchasing an annual membership today!
Upcoming Exhibits & Events North Augusta Cultural Arts Council’s
About Face—The AHC will host an exhibit that focuses on the
elegance of portraits across various media. Open July 21 to Music in the Park Series
August 27. Public reception on July 21 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The Art of Millinery—Explore the time-honored art of crafting July 14—Savannah River Brass Works
hats. This exhibit showcases the work of Augusta milliner July 21—Doug and the Henrys
Elizabeth Tudor. Open July 21 to October 29. Public reception July 28—Ft. Gordon Signal Corps Band (Concert to be
on July 21 from 6 pm to 8 pm. held at the GUMC’s Wesley Center)
Westobou Festival—A celebration of the arts throughout the
CSRA. September 29 to October 8. Check out Concerts are held at 7 pm at the Verandah at Maude
www.westoboufestival.com for a listing of events. Edenfield Park, Brookside Drive in North Augusta. Rain
An Afternoon with the Arts—Come enjoy an afternoon with site is the North Augusta Community Center. For more
your local artists and musicians! Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2 pm to 5 information, visit www.naartscouncil.org.
pm at the Arts and Heritage Center. Admission is $5/adult; $3/
student (K-12th grades); 5 and younger are free.
The North Augusta Artists Guild has reached 70 members and they appreciate the support for our members at the AHC with programs
such as the Tuesday Painters, the First Saturday Painters and of course the Artist of the Month program. The North Augusta Artists Guild
invites any AHCNA member or guest to come join them each Tuesday or on the First Saturday and try their hand at art.
Thank you to our Business Partners! Annual memberships to the
AHC enable continued
visitation throughout the year
for you and your family.
Exhibits will change
periodically and you won’t want
to miss a single display of the
art and artifacts at the AHC.
Individual = $30/year
Family = $60/year
Friend = $125/year
Volume 3, Issue 3
Gift Shop News
The Gift Shop welcomes…
Painter Jesse Nance
Craftsman Ron Hartshorn
Naturalist Okefenokee Joe
Photographer Casey Szocinski
Metal artist Brad Baker
Fresh from the farm jams,
jellies and preserves are here
Casey Szocinski Brad Baker Jesse Nance at the Center’s Gift Shop!
Foundation Donors ($20,000+) Supporters ($1,000+) Charles and Ann Martin
North Augusta 2000 Foundation Aiken County Council Milledge Murray
South Carolina Arts Commission Marvis Baynham in memory Parks Pharmacy/Steve McElmurray
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor of Byron Baynham Posey Funeral Directors
John and Carolyn Bigger Chip and Peggy Burnett Potash Corp
Eddie and Kim Butler Powerserve
Patrons ($10,000+) Randy and Donah Cooper The River Golf Club
The Community Foundation for the CSRA Allen and Robin Dunn Jody Rowland
North Augusta Historical Society Gordon and Martha Claire Farmer SRP Federal Credit Union
Angels ($5,000+) Warren Hair Southern Bank and Trust
Brett and Kelly Brannon Heritage Council of North Augusta Billy and Beverly Thurmond
Bill and Angela Burkhalter Claudia Kearns Hillis Mim Woodring
The Cotillion of North Augusta The Humanities CouncilSC Donald and Karolyn Zippler
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Sertoma Club of North Augusta
The Wells Fargo Foundation
The AHCNA is
About Face & The Art of Millinery brick pavers that will
be permanently installed
just outside the Center.
You can tell a lot about a person from the way they are captured in a
Order forms are online
painting. This exhibit will feature works by over twenty artists and the or at the AHC’s front
characters that caught their eye in various media. desk. Cost is $75.
You may wonder—what is “millinery?” Millinery is the art of making
hats and fascinators. If you watched the British Royal wedding this
past April, then you know how creative and fun hats can be. This
exhibit will showcase the works of local milliner Elizabeth Tudor.
Both of these exhibits will be celebrated with a public reception on
Thursday, July 21 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Lily Pad Fascinator by
milliner Elizabeth Tudor
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OUR MILITARY HERITAGE APR 21—JULY 16
ABOUT FACE JULY 21—AUG 27
THE ART OF MILLINERY JULY 21—OCT 29
CASE POTTERY SEPT 6—OCT 15
CAROLINA’S GOT ART SEPT 6—OCT 29
NAAG WESTOBOU ART SEPT 6—OCT 29
*Dates are subject to change.
Carolina’s Got Art!
The Arts and Heritage
Center is pleased to host
the traveling exhibition
Carolina’s Got Art!
Carolina’s Got Art!
is proud to support
sprang forth in 2009 to
reinvigorate local artisans North Augusta’s Arts & Heritage
by offering opportunities
to compete for cash and Johnny L. Rowland
prizes and to have their Aiken Carriage Parade (803) 278-2525
work included in an “all-star” exhibition. By Lindy Crandell 637 W. Martintown Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
For the 2010 competition, approximately 1,800 artworks were
submitted to Carolina’s Got Art! and were juried by New York art
critic, writer, teacher and artist, Mario Naves.
Entries consisted of paintings, sculptures,
photographs, glass, collages, fiber and other
Of those 1,800 works, 136 pieces were selected
to be on display at the historic Atherton Mill in
Charlotte, North Carolina during the month of
October, 2010. This traveling exhibition is a
subset of the original Atherton Mill exhibit and
showcases 42 winning pieces from the 2010
Vessel No. 320 competition.
By Lee Sipe