Here you will find artist members of the Greater Augusta Arts Council of all disciplines, backgrounds from emerging to established. For more information on each artist, click on their names or follow the links to their websites or social media.
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Upon my retirement I picked up a brush and watercolor for fun and stress relief. Self taught I paint what catches my eye around me. I enjoy the constant learning and delight in the effects of water and color. I am a self taught watercolorist.
There is nothing in the world that brings more joy than being surrounded by nature. The beauty and serenity speak to my heart and soul in ways I cannot verbally explain. Therefore, I use my camera to speak for me. When I go out for a shoot, I focus first on places that make me “stop the car”. Places with overall beauty. Once I take in the whole scene, I then refocus on what really draws my eye. Whether it be an animal grazing in an open field, a single tree that stands out because of its branch configuration, or a cluster of leaves on a rock redirecting the flow of a waterfall… The intimate detail that creates the overall beauty. There is so much more to an image than just what you first see. Take a deeper look. Let the piece speak to you. This will begin your relationship with it that will be worth “a thousand words”.
I’m a 40 year old woman who has tried to be many things such as a nurse and a therapist. However, the one consistent in my life since childhood is art. At an early age I was introduced to many media, and spent years under the tutelage of an accomplished watercolor artist. Unfortunately, for years I have struggled to consider myself ‘’good enough’ to be called an “artist.” Though I won awards with my art as a teen, I fell prey to the trap that is comparison to others and justified a halt in my professional pursuits. Where I am now in my life, I realize that my desire for belonging is only satiated in the presence of other artists as they are my people. Art is my salvation or as Nietzsche put it, “We have art so that we shall not die of reality.” I find solace in creating but also an insatiable drive to do so. So whether it’s a simple pet portrait on commission or a piece o my own imagination, I am happy. Recently I have found a new joy of sharing my knowledge with others as an instructor of the more advanced classes at Art Nook in Aiken, SC.
Experienced artist with over 10 years of public art experience, including murals, installation and metal sculpture. An active artist with a passion and expertise in teaching and creating artwork to educate others about environmental awareness.
Laylah is an artist who grew up in Augusta. Her artwork features vibrant colors and organic shapes that take heavy inspiration from the lush greenery of her upbringing. She regularly attended the Perfect Storm Art Center throughout her high school years and credits her mentor, Xavier Jones, for encouraging her growth. Laylah is an artist who although, she specializes in digital arts and media, has immense love for painting and regularly does so. She finds it important to depict people traditionally not seen in art within her work. You can reach her on social media @WhyLaylah on IG/Twitter.
Freelance studio artist Judy Avrett chooses water-based mediums in her paintings because of their soft fluid qualities. Judy believes her artistic talent is from God. She is inspired by nature, and her paintings are filled with vivid color and texture.“ With all the uncertainty in the world today, I paint to express the beauty with sometimes mess. I hope my paintings bring comfort and joy to others.”
She paints impressionistic landscapes and florals in addition to non-objective paintings using mark-making tools such as stenciling.
Olivia is a USA Today Best Selling, Emma Award, and multiple award-winning author who loves a good laugh coupled with some steam, mixed in with a man and woman finding their way past the words of “I love you.” An author of contemporary romances, she writes heartwarming stories of blossoming relationships filled with heart and humor. The Technicians, The Blakemore Files, and the Modern Mail Order Brides are one click for thousands of readers.When Olivia is not writing, she enjoys quilting, playing Scrabble online against other word lovers, and spending time with her family. She is an avid world traveler who writes many of the locations into her stories. Most of the time she can be found sitting quietly with pen and paper plotting more adventures in love. Olivia lives in Hephzibah, Georgia with her husband, son, grandson, and snotty evil cat, Katness Evermean.
Kristie Robin Johnson is an educator, essayist, and poet from Augusta, GA. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has received other awards and recognition. Kristie’s work has been published in numerous literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. Her first book, High Cotton, was released in 2020 by Raised Voice Press and was recognized as the finalist in the memoir category for 2021 Georgia Author of the Year.
Her work is best defined as literary creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry that centers on marginalized experiences and voices. She is available for public speaking engagements and readings.
I am a painter working in watercolor, oil, cold wax, acrylic, and mixed media. For more than 40 years I have worked as a professional artist. I am a Life Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, have served on the Board of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and was the owner of the Zimmerman Gallery for 18 years.
I prefer a loose interpretation of subjects that evolve during my process. My subjects dictate the materials I use.
As a BFA graduate from Augusta University, Ham developed a profound appreciation for abstract expressionism. Her fascination began when she encountered the works of Artist Aort Reed, a senior at the time, whose vibrant and expressive pieces captivated her. Inspired by Reed’s dynamic use of color, Ham aspired to create monumental artworks that would envelop viewers in a cocoon of vibrant hues.The artistic style of Rothko also left a lasting impression on Ham, serving as a significant source of inspiration. Additionally, the ephemeral installations of Anya Gallaccio resonated with her, further influencing her approach as an artist. However, Ham’s deepest wellspring of inspiration has always been the beauty of nature itself. She finds herself continuously humbled by the profound magnificence of the Earth’s natural wonders. With every installation, ceramic creation, sculpture, and painting she brings to life, Ham endeavors to capture the essence of nature’s grandeur. However, she recognizes the inherent challenge of truly encapsulating the closeness and intimacy she feels toward nature. Despite this artistic pursuit, Ham remains in awe of the ever-elusive beauty bestowed upon our world.
I have a secondary BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics. I mixed my love for sculptures by creating mixed media artworks using traditional and non-traditional materials. I love to explore different artistic styles. I love large scaled art, thus allowing me to create large-scale murals.
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Hi! My name is Jaylyn Alicea MorrisI have always had an interest and passion for art since I was little. My parents always used to keep a crayon and marker in front of me. I remember my favorite class being art in elementary and middle. I was always trying new things such as pottery, painting, chalk, and pastels. I was always entering into art projects at school and contests for art. My love for art has now been going on for 19 years and I am just now starting to put myself out there. I sold my first painting at the 2023 wet paint party and art sale. My art has mostly been about emotion. I’m the type of person who can’t paint best on command but rather when it’s just me and I can feel my emotions. I try to paint with emotions I feel connected with others. Paintings people will look at and immediately feel and understand. My main mediums are acrylic but I have been venturing out with oil and different textures.
Native Augustan with family roots to mid-1800s. Augusta college and UGA studies produced a business degree and a Journalism minor. Long time researcher, historian, and author speaking and writing on Civil War, WW-2, and Augusta history. Bowen covered the United Nations for a special issue of the college magazine, Augusta Chronicle columnist, 8th Air Force national magazine, novels, and published works featured at The Frankfurt International Book Fair in Germany. He makes his home on several Columbia County wooded acres, his work-study overlooking a pond, all producing extensive delightful wildlife distractions. He is blessed with extended family in the Augusta area including grand and great-grandchildren. Bowen is a speaker and author of multiple publications on the subjects mentioned in the bio above. His current project is a publication of a two-novel historical romance series. The first, Paladin, was released in June 2022, and the sequel, Thorns In The Garden City, was just released on June 6. 2023. Details can be seen at, www.charlesbowenbooks.com, and the publisher’s in-house store at store/bookbaby.
I am a self-taught artist, animal lover, and mother of 5. I want my art to create positive energy. Life can be full of negative experiences, I don’t want my art to be one of them. I love vibrant colors, bold outlines, and flowers. I paint ultra girly pictures and my medium of choice is acrylic paint.
I’m a self-taught artist inspired by the redemption experienced in my life as well as those I engaged with in my career serving those affected by homelessness, mental illness, and partner abuse. I work primarily in acrylic but love adding other elements of oil pastel and paper.
I’ve come to describe my process as “adding and taking away” color, shape, and texture. Much like life, the work of slowly and with fluidity in the application, the essence of creativity, and each painting develop without striving.
I consider myself to be a multimedia artist blending my love for music and pop culture as well as nostalgic history into mostly acrylic pieces. Currently my preferred materials are acrylic-based paints on canvas, but I have been also known to create in pastel chalk with dabs of acrylic black marker on everything from paper to wood. After putting aside hand created art for over thirty years to concentrate on graphic art, I have found that when returning to more natural creation, my graphic arts methods at times come into play as I often paint in layers much like one would screen or plate print. At the same time I also look back to simple techniques of my childhood for inspiration in odd ways such as through lead transfer early influences such as sixties and seventies pop art. The experiences creating a bridge between my history as not only a visual artist, but as a creator of album cover, book and magazine art not to mention as a music journalist featured in publications around the world but as far as visual art itself, I accept commissions and usually prefer to create new pieces for art shows especially in series form.
Having lived in various locations abroad and in the United States as a US Army dependent before settling down in my hometown of Augusta, Georgia, I currently reside and work out of Aiken, South Carolina. While most of my works are inspired largely by pop culture people, places and things, I tend to mostly attempt to put an odd twist on them whether color-wise, setting or both. My “Writer’s Block” series – an ongoing group of large up-close facial depictions of book, song, film writers on 14”x14” square canvas has been well-received worldwide and recently I have found great pleasure putting local faces in well-known area haunts. The inspirations have led to pieces displayed across the southeast in various group and solo art exhibitions.
Since returning to art during the pandemic my visual art experiences have included:
May 2021 – Co-writing and releasing pop music book, Hooked Onna Feelin’
October 2021 – Co-Curating first art show, Dark Arts Show in Augusta, Georgia
December 2021 – Taking a position as Gallery Assistant at Art n Soul of Aiken
December 2021 – Placing pieces in both Winter Art Sales – City Gallery / Augusta & Co. both in Augusta, Georgia
January 2022 – Participated in my first Wet Paint Party event at Sacred Heart Augusta, Georgia
May 2022 – Presented group show “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” at Art & Soul Aiken
September 2022 – Guest Speaker at Aiken Artists Guild, Aiken, South Carolina
October 2022 – Selected “Best in Show” for painting “Delilah” at the North Augusta Artists Guild “Fall Into Art” Show at Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta.
January 2023 – Took part in the “Iconic Augusta” art event Sacred Heart Augusta, Georgia
February 2023 – NAAG Artist of the Month exhibit at Arts & Heritage Center North Augusta, South Carolina.
February 2023 – Accepted for the Emerging Artist show at the Lucy C. Laney Museum Augusta, Georgia.
March 2023 – Chosen again to participate in the annual Wet Paint Party Julian Smith Casino Augusta, Georgia
March 2023 – Entered eight pieces into the GRL PWR exhibit City Gallery Augusta, Georgia.
April 2023 – Guest speaker at North Augusta Artists Guild North Augusta, South Carolina
April 2023 – Six pieces in th “All About Augusta” show at 4P Gallery at 600 Broad in Augusta, Georgia.
Symphoni is from Augusta, Georgia where she attended the Academy of Richmond County High School and graduated in 2007. Upon Graduation she attended Hollins University in Roanoke VA on a full dance scholarship and obtained her BA in Dance with a minor in Communications. Symphoni trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Tap, African, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Majorette and has over 25 years of dance experience. She has been a scholarship recipient at American Dance Festival at Duke University and the New Orleans Jazz Dance Festival at Tulane University multiple times. Symphoni has performed extensively, locally, regionally and nationally as well as abroad during her dance career. She began teaching at age 14 and never looked back. Symphoni is a gifted performer; however, her real passion is teaching. It is a God given gift which she holds dear to her heart. She loves to teach dance as she feels that this is one way she can inspire young people through her art by sharing with them as a healthy way to express themselves. A Creative Symphoni Dance Studio is in the 9th Season.
Major Sound LLC is a group of young talented musicians with old souls from Augusta,Ga. We bring good vibes and great music with our vast library of R&B, Funk, Soul and what we’re known for…our Original music! Seeing Major Sound is not just a show,but also an experience that you must see Live. Hear our Concert Tier Live Arrangements of your favorite songs and more! Book Major Sound for your next event!
My name is James Dean McBrayer but I perform under the stage name Blue Lava. I perform regularly as a solo artist (singer, guitarist) and I also have a band that performs regularly as the Blue Lava Trio (or Blue Lava Quatro if performing as a 4 piece) . I specialize in 70’s classic rock.
Hi, my name is Jaxx Beck!
I have had a passion for art for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite memories as a kid were getting awards for my Kindergarten masterpieces! My passion turned to professional interest about 7 years ago, and for the past 5 years I’ve had an experienced mentor help me with my skills. Currently, I am in college pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Art.
My inspiration for art has always been emotion. Art has allowed me to truly show my emotions in a way that others can relate and connect with. My aspiration with art has been just that. To help form connections within my own community as well as others’.
The main mediums I work with include acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, and graphite pencil. My style of art is my own take on abstract with a mix of expressionism. I also dabble in absurdism, and am well experienced in realism.
My art has been on display at the local high school I graduated from due to team working on murals. I have also had my work shown at local Augusta gallery shows such as the Annual Winter Gallery Show and GRL Power. My artwork was also accepted for the 2023 WetPaint Party!
Nicole Novak Fluid Art
I am a designer and self-taught artist. I began painting as a creative wanting to explore something new, and it quickly became something I enjoyed, then something therapeutic, and now it is something that is a part of my day-to-day life, having evolved into a passion that has slowly taken over my home (I’m running out of space to put paintings!).I love all things design. Though I am largely self-taught as stated above, many of the principles and skills I use were acquired while earning my BFA in Interior Design (2014). Through this combination of formal education and love of continued learning, I have created custom designed wedding invitations and stationery, as well as several commissioned calligraphy pieces. I also happen to sing, as well as play and teach violin to beginners, which I absolutely love.
Baruti Tucker is a dynamic visual artist that creates stunning art with his fingers alone. He is the co-owner of Humanitree House Juice Joint and Gallery, which also houses his Art and several murals. Baruti’s is a versatile artist and most of his work is centered around the African experience in the Diaspora.
June Klement was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and currently resides in Augusta, Georgia. Her work focuses on translating the love that she feels while exploring urban and natural environments into painting. Her impressionistic style of lively, vibrant, and bold brushstrokes highlights the ephemeral interactions between color and light. By experimenting with pigment and texture on canvas, Klement hopes to evoke the emotional aura of her surroundings through paint. She enjoys painting in her studio, as well as en plein air because it allows her to communicate the jubilant nuances of scenes that exist beyond her studio’s confines. By painting, Klement has realized that attention is the only true materialization of love. And after working and raising a family, she felt called to wield her paintbrush to translate the beauty, joy, and love that she experiences into brushstrokes.
I am a fine artist from the Southeast. I call my distinctive style “ethereal” which is a blend of Impressionism, Figurative, and Intuitive Abstraction. The first thing people usually comment on are the colors in my work. I have audio-to-visual synesthesia, so my colors are enhanced through the music I listen to.
Painting, for me, is a part of my spiritual process. I paint to record my visions. The purpose of my art is to “know thyself” and to inspire others.
Albertin Film Photography
Since my teen years, I have been shooting photographs. I’ve always loved working with film. There is something to be said for spending time in the darkroom and adjusting light on paper to get the desired result.With decades of experience working with film and the analog process, I began seriously taking fine art photographs in 2016. Working with multiple camera formats ranging from medium format to 4×5, 5×7, and 8×10, I create large negatives which give extreme resolution, tonal range, and clarity.
Art the Artist Studios. Art is a Muralist, Comicbook Illustrator, Artrepreneur, BizMentor Art Teacher, Graffitist and Writer. He is profficient in ProCreate, Digital Artist and STEAM instructor as well as digital laser cutting.
Jason Chambers Art, LLC
Jason Chambers was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1979. From a very early age Jason showed interest and promise in art. He has explored various forms of art from illustration to portraiture, but his true passion has always been abstraction.In early 2019 Jason transitioned fully into abstract art. His unique blend of shapes and lines create a realistic world of chaos as well as a sophisticated visual language. His art is a way for him to sort through the craziness in this world. Jason’s individual style is influenced by cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. Jason has participated in several group exhibitions in the United States as well as having his first solo exhibition, “Calming the Chaos” in Augusta, GA in July of 2020. He also had another solo exhibition in Augusta, GA in April of 2022. His art is in many private collections in the United States as well as France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, and Japan. Jason Currently lives in Aiken, South Carolina, with his wife, daughter and four rambunctious dogs. Artist Statement I create art not just as a need to express myself, but also as a way for me to deal with life. The great Picasso said, “The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” I feel this deeply and believe it comes through in my art. Each piece I create is a way for me to sort through the chaos of life and try to make sense of it by making connections on a subconscious level. My art is best categorized as cubism. Each piece of art that I create appears as random images, shapes, and marks that may not make sense at first. Anyone who reflects on my art makes their own connections just as I do when I create it. This allows each viewer to see something entirely different, making each piece entirely unique to the individual. I begin each new piece of art with no preplanned design or sketch. I let it flow and unfold organically as I try to connect shapes or patterns that interest me. As I make these connections, I begin to get a feel for what the piece is about. I primarily work with pen and ink on paper, using monochrome schemes or a limited color palette. Using only black and white or limited colors allows the viewer to focus more on the shapes and imagery, offering a simplicity to each piece. I want my art to evoke questions. If a person stops to contemplate a piece of art that I have created, then I have succeeded in my work. -Jason L. Chambers
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Thou Art Ju D
Closing the chapter on a season of family illnesses and loss, Judi T. Dudley is now channeling all of the accompanying emotions, feelings, and thoughts into abstract works of art in order to express the reality of being alive and well!A California native having recently struck out across the country, the self-taught artist has landed for a stint in Augusta, GA, armed with acrylic paints and imagination. Judi’s interests have always been artistic, as she has previously been involved in activities and careers ranging from cosmetology to fashion design, styling, and editorials. This current shift of interests seems to come as the natural progression of someone who believes in the beauty of all things being the most important aspect of what she consumes and creates. Having participated in the Raw Artist National Arts Drive in 2020 and then in Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 ExpoMetro Mobile billboard display, Judi is excited and well engaged in spreading her wings to fly through the new life she is building for herself. To view more artworks by Judi, please visit her website: www.ThouArtJuD.com
Visual Art:Often coupling it with wood, glass or semi-precious beads, I use acrylic paint as a means to glorify the beauty that I see in the world around me. While my main focus is abstract art, I am currently exploring through a new series that is being created to express the deep emotional experience of being human. Literary Art: Through the use of Haiku poetry, an ancient Japanese art form that uses a 5-7-5 syllable per line pattern to create poetry, I have published two books that are currently available on Amazon.com: “575 Street: Haikus Are Hard” “When I Call On His Name: Haikus For Worship”
FoxSiLong Studio owner Si-Long Chen, nicknamed Fox, was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. As a child, Si-Long had been traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Taiwan; it wasn’t until 2006 that she decided to stay in the U.S. to advance her education permanently.After graduating from high school in 2009, she matriculated at Augusta State University (Now Augusta University) to study Communications and Fine Arts, and she graduated in May of 2013. During her senior year in 2012, she was naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Since she graduated, she has been working in the digital marketing and communications field. When Si-Long is not in the office of her daytime job, she goes around the community to take photos as a freelance artist. In 2018, she returned to work at Augusta University and decided to pursue an MPA there as well in 2019. She graduated in the fall of 2021, all while working a full-time job and taking photos as a side hobby.
My art services include traditional media (oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, sketches, pastel, charcoal) and digital media (graphic design and photography with Adobe Photoshop). My website & portfolio are http://www.foxsilong.com.