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.
I am a Mixed media artist utilizing recycled, found, nostalgic materials such as textiles, paper, and my own original artworks. I also often work with Polaroids 600. I take commissions, teach classes and do live painting.
I am based in Augusta, GA and see my works as a personal exploration into ancestry, the cosmos and the shared human experience. In recent works I am exploring the passing down of genetic predispositions and possessions as they relate to the great recycling seen in the universe. I have had works showcased throughout the CSRA in many solo and group exhibitions.
Recent projects and exhibitions include:
For years, I created hyperrealist portraits in traditional charcoal & graphite. But a craving for color & texture has led me to mixed media portraiture. My faces are done in pastel & color pencil with a graphite underpainting, & usually include hair made from alpaca fiber or human hair, clothes from fabric & art papers, & ornament in beads & repurposed materials, concentrating on one brilliant color per piece.
My work is based on mythological motifs that transcend any one culture, expressing universal stories & emotions that make us human, give us hope & beautify ordinary reality.
My influences include Klimt, Hiroshige, Henri Rousseau, Erte, pre-Raphaelites, 19th century illustrators like Edmund Dulac, Elenore Abbott & John Bauer. I’m attracted to their use of brilliant color, mythic themes, ability to turn ordinary reality into a romantic myth. Among artists who do hyperrealist charcoal portraits, I admire J.D. Hillberry, Emanuele Dascanio, & Armin Mersmann.
Lucy Weigle owns Lucy Weigle Contemporary Artworks and paints in oil, often combined with cold wax and in acrylic, as well as combined with collage. Subject matter varies. She can take commissions.
Zoey Green’s focus is mainly on painting and she loves doing any kind including Murals and Portraits of people, pets, and buildings. She will take commissions, do live painting, and do chalk board art.
Cassie Bayer specializes in Pet Photography and Photo Restoration. She is located in North Augusta, SC and serves the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). Cassie’s “brush” is her camera, and her goal is always to capture memorable images that move people. She will take commissions.
Art the Artist is a Digital Artist, Muralist, Comic book designer, clothing line designer, Artist Mentor, Art Teacher. Art will take commissions, teach classes, entertain at events and parties, do live painting and teach digital art classes.
Rhian Swain is a painter, photographer, designer, illustrator, writer, and former talk show host. She loves public art and painted one of Augusta’s painted pianos located on Broad Street outside of Augusta & Co. She also painted one of the Traffic Boxes, located at Broad and 5th St. She has participated in many local exhibits, including shows in the Community Gallery of Augusta, The Augusta Municipal Building, A Private View, and Annual WetPaint Party and Sale. Her past solo shows included exhibitions at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Augusta Cotton Exchange, D’Timms, and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art.
Rhian Swain is a symbolic artist who works in many mediums and loves to dig into the underbelly of the human journey by exploring cultural and social issues in a wide variety of mediums. Humor, satire, and bright colors are often found in her work. She is currently working on a series of large paintings that are tributes to famous female artists throughout history. She believes Creation is a continuous adventure of relearning how to see the world and speak the world… through art.
Social media art portfolio: https://www.facebook.com/RhianArtPortfolio
By day Kigwana “Kigg” Cherry is a construction engineer and project manager and in between those tasks he’s busy creating a beautiful Augusta. As a self-described Renaissance Man, Kigg has a hand in multiple endeavors throughout the community. With business partner and friend Karen Gordon, he has successfully launched a pop-up event company—aptly named Pop-Up Augusta—where his team dreams up impressive events and Kigg is the main project manager that organizes the details for each event.
I work in acrylic, collage, mixed-media and occasionally in oil w/ cold wax as well as encaustic. I’m predominantly a studio painter but do occasionally teach classes and I welcome private commissions.
Wesley L. Stewart, WLS, was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. Wesley L. Stewart’s current artwork explores biomes juxtaposed with abstract shapes, lines, and pattern. WLS’s also works under the moniker Regal Hyena and is engaged in cross-disciplinary collaboration with other artists. His artwork can be found at restaurants such as Pineapple Ink Tavern, Frog Hollow Tavern, and both Farmhaus Burgers. Public work seen on the University of North Georgia campus in Dahlonega, Georgia and entrance sculpture for Beacon Station Apartments in Augusta, Georgia.
“I believe in creating realistic art that is easily understood. I’m passionate about keeping art alive in communities. I choose to donate my time and talent to local charities and schools in the areas where my family and clients live.” – Richard Worth, in an interview with Michaela Martinez for Jagwire
headshot image ©Michaela Martinez, Jagwire 2020
“I’m grateful to be able to use the talent God has given me. I’ve been painting Murals since 1989. I went to SCAD & Several other Non-Art Colleges. I have worked at Graphic & Service Bureau companies from 1989-1996. A Service Bureaus (a company that provides a variety of desktop publishing services) has imagesetters that can produce high-resolution output on paper or film). I’ve also worked for Web Design Companies here in Augusta and (3) different Video Production companies before starting my own Production Business in 1999. Married to Ashley and have two wonderful kids.” -Cole Phail
“I am a professor of art and humanities at Augusta University in Ga as well as a working artist. I teach a variety of studio art classes (such as metal casting, figure modeling, and wood carving) as well as humanities-based art appreciation courses, I also continue to lead AY students on study abroad trips to Greece, Italy, and Paris. I am a sculptor working both with studio-based sculpture and pubic projects.” – Brian Rust