ARTIST LIST FOR 2017 WET PAINT PARTY + SALE

ARTIST LIST FOR 2017 WET PAINT PARTY + SALE RELEASED BY GREATER AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is preparing for Wet Paint Party + Sale, being held this Saturday, February 18 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 7-10pm. Nearly 70 artists have submitted work for the art auction, which is unique to the Augusta area in that artists receive 100% of their asking price, should their work sell. This makes Wet Paint the LARGEST display of local art to be seen in Augusta. The names of the artists are listed below.

2017 WET PAINT ARTISTS

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ARTS COUNCIL TO HOST GALLERY RECEPTION FOR JNSA STUDENT ART SHOW

The Office of the Mayor and the Greater Augusta Arts Council will host a public reception on Friday, February 10, 3:30-5pm to celebrate the artists whose work is currently hanging in the Municipal Building Gallery, students from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. Students and their parents will be in attendance, beginning at 4:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Jessye Norman School of the Arts is an after school program designed to develop and nurture the artistic and creative talents of students. The School of the Arts serves the cultural and educational needs of these traditionally under-served youth by providing free fine arts instruction, academic tutoring, opportunities for advanced level study in dance, drama, music, art, and creative writing, exposure to professionals working within the arts fields, information on possible careers in the arts, and knowledge of technical aspects of presentation and performance.

The Municipal Building Gallery, currently exhibiting its 6th show, came about as a partnership between the City of Augusta and the Greater Augusta Arts Council in September 2015. The newly renovated building has space available for featuring local artwork, which the Greater Augusta Arts Council assists in programming as part of the Aspirations for Artists program. This program brings opportunities for exhibition and continuing education to local artists of all ages

The next art show scheduled for the Municipal Building will begin in March. Find out more about this opportunity on the “Calls for Artists” page of http://www.augustaarts.com.

ARTS COUNCIL TO HOST 2017 WET PAINT PARTY + SALE, ART AUCTION AND VINTAGE FASHION SHOW

The Greater Augusta Arts Council will host its annual members event, the Wet Paint Party + Sale, on Saturday, February 18 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 7-10pm. It is free for members of the Arts Council, and those interested in attending can join online at augustaarts.com. Memberships start at $35.

The Wet Paint Party + Sale is more than just a good time, it is an art auction with one of Augusta’s largest displays of local art, and vintage fashion show by Vintage Ooollee. The Wet Paint Party + Sale brings Augusta together to celebrate artists, fashion, and fun.

This year’s Wet Paint Party + Sale will be a blast back in time, to one hot era- 60’s & 70’s Soul & Funk. To really nail the music of the era and funk culture, we’ve called in a special guest to DJ – Coco Rubio, owner of the Soul Bar & Sky City. He’s sure to bring in some of his own favorite musicians of the era – James Brown, Sharon Jones, and more. We can’t wait to hear what he’ll spin up!

Last year, over 50 artists submitted work for sale in the silent auction, one of the largest showings of local art to be seen in one place here in Augusta, Georgia. Attendees can see art from a vast range of artists, all set in the stunning backdrop of Sacred Heart Cultural Center’s Great Hall. Painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and more are all represented each year at Wet Paint. It’s a perfect chance to meet artists and other art lovers. Join us February 18, 2017, 7pm-10pm at the Wet Paint Party + Sale, and find the first, best, newest piece of art for your collection!

The Wet Paint Party has a unique system as far as benefit art auctions go, which keeps both artists and buyers coming back year after year. Any artist who is a member of the Arts Council can submit a piece of work into the auction, and they all set their own base price for their piece of work. When a buyer makes a bid on a piece, that base price is the starting bid. At the end of the night, artists whose work has sold will receive 100% of that base price. The balance between the base price and the winning bid is the only portion of the proceeds that goes to the Arts Council, which goes right into our supporting our other events & programs.

JOIN THE GREATER AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL TO ATTEND WET PAINT PARTY + SALE FREE AT WWW.AUGUSTAARTS.COM. FEBRUARY 18, 2017, 7-10PM AT SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER, 1301 GREENE STREET.

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Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903

The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta and the CSRA by advancing a vibrant cultural arts agenda.

ARTS COUNCIL HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING TO CELEBRATE NEW BRAND IDENTITY

The Greater Augusta Arts Council will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate their new brand identity on Thursday, December 15, 2016, 11:00am-12pm. Recently released in November 2016, the brand identity was designed by Hansen Associates of Evans, GA. The new identity has been adopted by the Arts Council to update their look and increase brand awareness of the organization. The Arts Council invites community members to their offices to see their new identity and share their current projects, ongoing programs, and upcoming initiatives. These include:

  • Administration of Augusta’s Public Art Master Plan
  • Programming the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival
  • Administration of City Art Grant Funding
  • Providing educational and capacity-building opportunities for Augusta artists through the workshop series, Aspirations
  • Promoting local arts and cultural events on the Augusta Arts Calendar & Arts Weekly Podcast on http://www.augustaarts.com
  • Advocating for the arts by hosting events such as Legislative Luncheon and gathering data on the economic impact of the arts through survey projects like AEP5, a national project by Americans for the Arts.

Event Details:

Greater Augusta Arts Council Brand Identity Ribbon Cutting

Sacred Heart Cultural Center,

1301 Greene St. Augusta, Georgia

11:00am-12:00pm

Free to Attend, Light Refreshments provided.

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Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903

The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta and the CSRA by advancing a vibrant cultural arts agenda.

PUBLIC ART MOU APPROVED BETWEEN CITY OF AUGUSTA AND GREATER AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL

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At the November 15 Commission meeting, commissioners approved the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Policy on Public Art as well as a Memorandum of Understanding for Professional Services related to Public Art with the Greater Augusta Arts Council. These approvals mark progress on the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Master Public Art Plan for Augusta, which will be released in early 2017.

The plan, being written by Convention, Sports & Leisure International, coincides with two other plans being written by the same company for the purpose of destination development in Augusta- the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the Augusta Master Plan commissioned by the Augusta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Once the Public Art Master Plan is finalized, the Greater Augusta Arts Council will start work on determining “neighborhood themes” that will guide the selection process for new art works around the city through community input meetings, neighborhood surveys, and researching historical features of the areas. When themes are established that reflect the communities of Augusta’s districts, then public art projects will commence.

Funding for these projects will depend on a variety of public and private partnerships, as well as strong community support such as the approval of SPLOST VII in November 2015. In it, the City of Augusta allocated nearly 1 Million dollars for Gateway Beautification, specifically, public art installments on the gateway entrances to Augusta. With the Public Art Master Plan complete, the Greater Augusta Arts Council will make recommendations to the city on how they may best utilize these funds, as well as any allocated for public art by the City of Augusta in the future.

The Arts Council will continue seeking such partnerships with city departments, private enterprise, and national arts organizations in order to fund additional projects around the city.

“Augusta, Georgia is on a rising tide,” said Brenda Durant, Executive Director of the Arts Council, “Recent hotel announcements, the roll out of the downtown TSPLOST Concepts, and the approval of the Public Art Policy create a vision for our future that will be second to none. It’s impressive to be engaged in so much creative collaboration and partnerships. For Augusta, the sky is the limit.”

 

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Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903

The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta and the CSRA by advancing a vibrant cultural arts agenda.

GREATER AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL TO CELEBRATE GEORGIA GIVES DAY THURS. NOVEMBER 17

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is proud to announce their participation in this year’s Georgia Gives Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Georgia Gives Day is an annual day of charitable giving that empowers non-profits to fundraise in a concentrated 24-hour period, and to gain new donors, volunteers and awareness of their organization. Information can be found at http://www.augustaarts.com.

Donations to the Arts Council during Georgia Gives Day will support the Council’s general programs and events. These include: Programming the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, administering the Public Art Master Plan on behalf of the City of Augusta, hosting the Business of Being an Artist workshop series, promoting arts and cultural events through the Augusta Arts Calendar and Arts Weekly and advocating for the arts on both a local and regional level.

In addition to the Arts Council, several Augusta organizations will be participating in this year’s Georgia Gives Day. The Arts-based organizations who are fundraising in this year’s events are listed below

Augusta Choral Society

Augusta Mini Theatre

Augusta Players

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Greater Augusta Arts Council

Imperial Theatre

The Morris Museum of Art

 

More information and links to donate to the listed organizations are available online at www.augustaarts.com.

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Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903

The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta and the CSRA by advancing a vibrant cultural arts agenda.

GREATER AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL HOSTS 2016 LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON

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The Greater Augusta Arts Council recently hosted their annual Legislative Luncheon on November 10, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Over 100 community members were in attendance to hear speakers on the topic of public art in Augusta.

 

Scott Thorp, Chair, Augusta University Department of Art, began the talks by discussing the ways that Augusta University has started the movement toward public art and shared creative experiences with their events, such as Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) and events planned in collaboration with community organizations such as the Morris Museum and their discussion with nationally recognized artist Kara Walker.

 

John Kaatz, Principal, Convention, Sports & Leisure, International, presented the results of surveys completed by Convention, Sports & Leisure International (CSLI) that explored the community’s thoughts on Public Art in Augusta. These survey results will inform the final draft of the Master Public Art Plan being written by CSLI, in collaboration with the Greater Augusta Arts Council and the City of Augusta, which will be released in December.

 

Dr. Lori Prince, on behalf of Representative Brian Prince, discussed the state of Georgia’s support of the arts through grant funding that has been awarded to local organizations by the Georgia Council for the Arts. These funds help our arts community thrive and Prince shared that the state is happy to continue supporting these organizations.

 

Before the luncheon came to a close, Congressman Rick Allen made remarks that reaffirmed his support for the arts in Augusta, and offered the assistance of his offices for initiatives to grow the arts community in our city.

 

Video of these presentations will be available in the next week on www.augustaarts.com The Greater Augusta Arts Council thanks our venerable speakers for offering their insights into Public Art in Augusta and their support of our creative community.

 

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Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903

The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta and the CSRA by advancing a vibrant cultural arts agenda.