19 Jan Arts Adventures: Augusta & Co New Painted Piano, Fresh Exhibit & Exciting Public Art
Arts Adventures: Augusta & Co New Painted Piano, Fresh Exhibit & Exciting Public Art
By Jamie Jackson
There is no better place than Augusta & Co right now for art lovers in our fair city.
This building is abuzz with activity with several new, exciting things happening in and around its space. Max and I came to visit on a beautiful afternoon and were thrilled to have our choice of interesting things to see.
First we stopped to admire the newest painted piano near the entrance of Augusta & Co. This piece was recently completed by Rhian Swain and has the portraits of several famous local artists splashed across the front of the piano. It’s a bevvy of gorgeous colors and it’s lots of fun to plunk on the keys. Practice an etude or perform a whole mini-concert on the sidewalk. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to have this new, lovely piano in Augusta.
We decided then to head inside to warm up our cold noses. There are so many beautiful locally crafted goods and yummy treats at the front of the store, but the back was our destination. We toured the newest exhibit “Growth & Color” that was installed earlier in the week. The show is a mix of new and beloved artists from around the CSRA who brought out the joy, color and life of spring an summer through their imaginative and warm photography and their creative color palettes across many different paintings. It’s a great show to see when you’re missing warm summer rays and longer days.
We toured through the show and then popped back out into the chill to personally inspect the first sculpture installed across the street from Augusta & Co. Impractical Hardware is a sculpture made to look like a screw, bolt and other tools that are about 7 feet tall! Talk about an eye catcher! This creative and fun piece was the first of 10 sculptures to be installed and we love it. To find it, you walk out the Augusta & Co doors and Impractical Hardware is just in the median across from the building. It’s a fun pit stop before going on to have a snack at a local restaurant or perusing one of the businesses on Broad Street.