The Artists Directory

Welcome to the Artists Directory

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.

Heather René Dunaway

Visual Artist

I am a Mixed media artist utilizing recycled, found, nostalgic...

 

Heather René Dunaway

Position: Visual Artist
Email: heatherrdunaway@gmail.com
Categories: Commission, Jewelry, Painter, Textiles

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:

  • December 2021; was selected by juror Shai Perry to be featured in Westobou’s Seeds exhibition, Augusta, GA.
  • December 2021; was featured in the Moving Windows group exhibition at Jessye Norman School of Art in Augusta, GA
  • October 2021; Organized, curated and participated in The 5th Annual October Spooktacular arts showcase and market at New Moon Café in Augusta, GA
  • August 2021; Generations, a solo exhibition of new works at 4P Studios in Martinez, GA.
  • June 2021; Anime On My Mind, was featured and curated at anime fan art show at 600 Broad Gallery in Augusta, GA.
  • May 2021: May The Fourth Be With You, organized and was featured in Star Wars themed art group exhibition at 600 Broad Gallery in Augusta, GA
  • March 2021; Selected by curator, Jacob Boland, for JNSA Window Project. Created diptych works to be displayed as a temporary window mural as well as a group exhibition.
  • October 2020; Organized and participated in the Art Market Masquerade at 4P Studios, Martinez, GA

 

Irina Wnorowski

Visual Artist

Irina Wnorowski owns Irina W Artz. She is a painter...

 

Irina Wnorowski

Position: Visual Artist
Email: irina991@yahoo.com
Categories: Painter

Irina Wnorowski owns Irina W Artz. She is a painter that works primarily in Resin and mixed media art. She will take commissions and teach classes.

Christina Rice

Visual Artist

For years, I created hyperrealist portraits in traditional charcoal &...

 

Christina Rice

Position: Visual Artist
Email: crice234@aol.com
Categories: Painter

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

Visual Artist

Lucy Weigle owns Lucy Weigle Contemporary Artworks and paints in...

 

Lucy Weigle

Position: Visual Artist
Email: lweigleart@comcast.net
Categories: Painter

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.

Candice Henderson

Visual Artist

Candice Henderson creates vibrant Afro-Centric paintings and abstract art using...

 

Candice Henderson

Position: Visual Artist
Email: CandiceHendersonart@gmail.com
Categories: Painter

Candice Henderson creates vibrant Afro-Centric paintings and abstract art using acrylic paint on canvas.  She will take commissions, teach classes, entertain at events and parties, and do live painting. Fpr paint parties check out www.facebook.com/paintandsipaugustaga

Zoey Green

Visual Artist

Zoey Green’s focus is mainly on painting and she loves...

 

Zoey Green

Position: Visual Artist
Email: zoeygreenemail@gmail.com
Categories: Muralist, Painter

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

Photographer

Cassie Bayer specializes in Pet Photography and Photo Restoration. She...

 

Cassie Bayer

Position: Photographer
Email: cassandra.bayer5@gmail.com
Categories: Photographer

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.

Addison Niday

Visual Artist

Addison Niday does Murals & Graphic Design, and will take...

 

Addison Niday

Position: Visual Artist
Email: happyartco@icloud.com
Categories: Calligraphy, Muralist, Painter

Addison Niday does Murals & Graphic Design, and will take commissions, entertain at events and parties, do custom calligraphy, and chalk board art.

Michael Meissner

Visual Artist

Michael Meissner is a Landscape and portrait artist working in...

 

Michael Meissner

Position: Visual Artist
Email: mike@meissnerfineart.com
Categories: Painter

Michael Meissner is a Landscape and portrait artist working in wet-on-wet style on canvas. Michael will take commissions, teach classes, do live painting.

Art the Artist Abdon

Visual Artist

Art the Artist is a Digital Artist, Muralist, Comic book...

 

Art the Artist Abdon

Position: Visual Artist
Email: art.the.artist.studios@gmail.com
Categories: Book Illustration, Fabric, Graphic Design, Painter, Visual Artist

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.

Chashawna Wesby

Spoken Word Artist

Chashawna is a high school counselor, advocate and creative writer....

 

Chashawna Wesby

Position: Spoken Word Artist
Categories: Spoken Word Artist

Chashawna is a high school counselor, advocate and creative writer. She is an active spoken word artist with a passion for everything she does.

Rhian Swain

Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, Painter, Photographer, Writer

Rhian Swain is a painter, photographer, designer, illustrator, writer, and...

 

Rhian Swain

Position: Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, Painter, Photographer, Writer
Email: rhian@redwolfadvertising.com
Categories: Graphic Design, Muralist, Painter, Photographer, Visual Artist, Writer
Rhian Swain:

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.

 

Artist Statement:

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

 

Kigwana Cherry

Musician & Event Organizer

By day Kigwana “Kigg” Cherry is a construction engineer and...

 

Kigwana Cherry

Position: Musician & Event Organizer
Categories: Musician, Spoken Word Artist

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.

Karen Gordon

Musician

Karen is a woman on the go.  Karen Gordon, The Empress...

 

Karen Gordon

Position: Musician
Categories: Musician

Karen is a woman on the go.  Karen Gordon, The Empress of Cool, is a local musician, an event producer, a gig- manager, an Augusta Cheerleader, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife and a lover of gardens.

Read our Featured Artist article about Karen here.

Lillie Morris

Visual Artist

I work in acrylic, collage, mixed-media and occasionally in oil...

 

Lillie Morris

Position: Visual Artist
Email: lillie2morris@gmail.com
Categories: Painter, Visual Artist

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

Sculptor

Wesley L. Stewart, WLS, was born and raised in Augusta,...

 

Wesley L. Stewart

Position: Sculptor
Email: info@wesleylstewart.com
Categories: Muralist, Sculptor, Visual Artist

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.

Richard Worth

Muralist & Visual Artist

“I believe in creating realistic art that is easily understood....

 

Richard Worth

Position: Muralist & Visual Artist
Phone: (706) 832-7989
Email: worthrt@concast.net
Categories: Muralist, Painter

“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

Cole Phail

Master Productions

"I’m grateful to be able to use the talent God...

 

Cole Phail

Position: Master Productions
Phone: 706-339-3838
Email: masterproductions@mac.com
Categories: Muralist

“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

Brian Rust

Sculptor

"I am a professor of art and humanities at Augusta...

 

Brian Rust

Position: Sculptor
Categories: Sculptor

“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