Festival offers a glimpse inside the GHIA

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Festival offers a glimpse inside the GHIA

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (GHIA) will present its eighth annual Spring Artists’ Market and Festival, March 14-21.

Located in downtown Augusta in the historic structure known as Ware’s Folly, for 75 years GHIA has served as an independent visual arts school in the Central Savannah River Area and offers studio art classes and workshops to students of all ages, from beginners to professionals.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for visual arts education and also to develop arts awareness and appreciation,” said Heather Williams, the executive director of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. “[The Spring Artist’s Market and Festival] is a way for us to thank and recognize our artists from around town and our members who are artists, and it’s also a way to bring art to a lot of younger audiences and to get them interested. It’s a way for us to showcase our classes and what we have to offer. So, I think it kind of benefits everyone.”

The week-long event kicks-off Friday with an artists’ reception from 6-8 p.m. The reception will honor the 2014 exhibiting artists, and guests will receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases made that evening. Approximately 30 emerging and established Augusta-area artists will display and sell their work in the main gallery of the institute. Works in the artists’ market exhibition will remain on view and will be available for purchase until the following Friday.

Works represented will include sculpture, photography, ceramics, paintings, drawings and prints. There will also be a gallery section featuring smaller works priced at $100 or less. Participants can meet the artists, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and there will be live jazz performed by Hobbs and Reid Jazz.

On Saturday, March 15, a family friendly festival will be held, offering a variety of events for children and parents alike. There will be face painting and hands-on art activities for children, as well as artist demonstrations and gallery browsing for grown-ups. Activities and demos will include papermaking, raku firing, photograms, weaving, God’s eyes, gelatin printmaking, drawing, wheel throwing (ceramics) demo, creature pinch pots and clay faces. There will also be live music by Tara Scheyer and Erin Jacobs. The festival will be held at the institute’s headquarters from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Saturday event is a way for us to introduce exactly what the Gertrude Herbert has to offer,” Williams explained. “Most of the demonstrations we’re going to have are going to be something that’s related to the actual classes that we offer. For instance, we have photography classes, so one of our teachers will create photograms with the kids and they can take those home with them. But it’s a way to introduce them to the darkroom in a simple way and then, if they’re still interested, they can always come back and take more classes.”

Everything is free, with the exception of the raku firing, and the cost of that is nominal, Williams said. The Saturday festival will also feature a food truck, as well as free food, and tours of Ware’s Folly.

For more information and the event schedule, visit: ghia.org/events/eighth-annual-spring-artists-market-and-festival.