The 600 block opened it’s doors for the Augusta University graduate show, which provided a very diverse and interesting show. Some artist you’ve probably seen before, such as Eric Pastecki and possibly Rachel Love, but also some newer artist such as Theresa Christie (who’s painting used actual US currency), Jency George’s (using wood and etching prints), Margaret Hunt, Wesley Stewart (producer of fantastical geometric sculptures), and
Declan Konesky’s wild paintings on unusual mediums. Many more were decorating the walls of 600, a wonderful place to visit simply because the architecture derives inspiration on it’s own. This being a graduate display, I was able to learn of many artist that I had not found before, all from this area and all together for an excellent show.
During the Art’s in the Hearts, while the booths line the street, you can find Augusta artist gathered outside the Book Tavern to continue the tradition of Artzilla. This live art event carries on each year, allowing the public to view the group in the process of creation for the entirety of the weekend.
This year had a couple of new faces creating great art, including Anna Patrick (who just had a gallery show for her exhibit “Hair”), but also favorites like Chris Murray, Jason Craig, Blaine Prescott, and Rich Menger. Next year, be sure to visit this little booth and say hello, or maybe just hang around sipping on bubble tea while you enjoy the visions.
It was a hidden wonder for sure, with a wonderful collection of local artist, a great deal of whom have been featured in this zine, from Jason Walter, Jackie Mayo, and RuCu to name a few. Also included in this show was Dr Von H with his Picasso like green martian creations, Ron Vaz with photography showing off an artistic eye with his depth sense of color and structural integrity, Chris Murray (same Artzilla artist) with his low-brow wonders, as well as an artist that has begun to show more frequently, Kenneth Benson, showing off his love of books and the wonder you find in them.
We may not have the name that other towns have, such as Savannah and Greenville, but what we have is heart. From what I’ve always seen, it’s heart that wins out in the end. Pay attention dear reader, you’re surrounded by it. Now stop walking with your eyes shut and open them. Go to an art show, go up to that artist and tell them that you appreciate what they do. Because believe me, in the years to come what is going to matter more from what you invest in will be that art and the love that you’ve obtained from it.