Arts News July 9

Arts News July 9

Augusta Actors in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Season 3!

If you binged Netflix’s “Stranger Things” season 3 over the holiday weekend like 40.7 million other watchers, you saw the talent of 3 local actors! Michael Silvio Fortino, Amy Peplinski, and Matthew Morse made appearances in different episodes. Morse was in scenes at the pool and the mall throughout the series, and Fortino, who grew up in Augusta but moved to Atlanta last year, appeared in episode 5 with 2 scenes as a gas station attendant named Ricky. Peplinski, who is currently based in Augusta, appeared in episode 8 as a scientist. All are heavily involved in local theater such as the Augusta Players, Storyland Theater and Le Chat Noir.

Fortino described the experience: “Working on Stranger Things was a dream come true. The cast and crew made me feel very welcome and we had so much fun. It was an honor to be in the same room with some of the best talent in the world. I’ll never forget it.

Congratulations to these talented actors and thank you for representing Augusta in such a major production!  Click here to read more about Fortino at


Artist Reception at Augusta & Co, July 17 5-7pm

Work from 5 local artists is currently on display at the newly-opened Augusta & Co store, and you’re invited to a reception to view and buy their work! Artists Michael Drake, Alex Foltz, Lillie Morris, Carmen Moses, and Sanjeev Singhal are featured, with their work spanning a variety of mediums.

Artist Reception, Augusta & Co,

1010 Broad Street

Wednesday, July 17, 5-7pm

About Augusta & Co: Augusta & Co is the newest downtown store featuring all locally-made goods. Programmed by the Augusta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, it is designed to share the best of Augusta with visitors and residents alike.


6×6 & a Mix – Save the Date for July 30

Intriguing topics from local speakers and an informal mixer – must be 6×6!

The Arts Council is looking forward to the first of a new event series, called 6×6 + A Mix, where 6 interesting community members give quick, 6 minute presentations about their passions, and the arts community gets a chance to socialize.

The first of the series will be held at SharedSpace, 901 Greene Street, July 30, 5:30-7:30pm. Entry is $6 for current members of the Arts Council, $9 for non-members, paid at the door (cash, check or card)

July 30 Speakers

Jason Craig, Graphic Designer

Lillie Morris, Visual Artist

Russell Joel Brown, Broadway Performer

Mike Sarge, Musician, Cre8

Commissioner Brandon Garrett, District 8

Cheryl Goldsleger, Visual Artist


The Augusta Players Need Volunteer Help Saturday, July 13,  moving to a new warehouse

From the Augusta Players: “WE’RE MOVING!! And we need YOUR HELP to do it.
The Augusta Players must move into a different storage and scenic construction space
THIS SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019 at 305 Hale Street, Augusta, GA 8AM to 8PM
 Want to help? Here are some things you can do:

1. Sign up to lend a hand moving things this weekend. This is THE most important thing we need. All shapes, sizes and strengths appreciated. We need 20-30 people every hour!!! Click HERE to sign up!
2. Donate to help cover moving costs, tools and materials needed. Click HERE to see what’s needed. And / or HERE to donate!
3. Spread the word! Share this email with everyone you know and that they know. Recruit your family, friends, colleagues, clubs, everyone!
4. Share this link on your social media pages :
Food and drink will be provided. For every four hours someone helps, they get tickets to the show of their choice! THANK YOU ahead of time for your support and assistance as we celebrate 75 years!”


Is there really a Ghost at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art?

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art may be home to more than an art gallery and classes… it turns out there may be ghosts! Recently, the GHIA board president Gould Hagler II invited the Middle Georgia Paranormal Investigations’ crew to study the main building of the GHIA, known as “Wares’ Folly,” which has numerous eyewitness stories that tell of hauntings throughout the years. Their results were very interesting! Read more about their findings on WRDW, click here for full story. 





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