The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold the seventh Aiken Arts Alive event themed, “Art Rocks” on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature entertainment and fun with children’s crafts, mural painting, wacky photography and face painting. Live entertainment throughout the Center will be performed by ­­­­Columbia Marionette Theatre, Southern Thunder Cloggers, Gavin Winship, Sly Lewis and BLuJayz.

The reception for the Aiken Center for the Arts’ summer camps ­­­­will take place during Aiken Arts Alive. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Other Aiken organizations that will be there include the ABBE Regional Library System, the Aiken County Playhouse Youth Wing, Aiken SPCA, Aiken Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department.

The 34nd Annual Watermedia Exhibition is also on display at the ACA through Aug. 24.

The S.C. State Museum, in conjunction with the S.C. Watermedia Society, present the Annual Traveling Exhibition. Thirty paintings by 30 artists were selected to tour the state. Local artists who have been selected for the show in the past are Al Beyer and Trish Arnold.

Aiken artists and members of the Aiken Artist Guild, Dot and Bob Holladay, will be featured in an exhibit at the Aiken Center for the Arts AAG gallery for the month of August. The Holladays had previously spent summers in the state of Washington, where their work was inspired by panoramic views of Puget Sound, mountain vistas and nature’s beauty.

Aiken, as well as the surrounding South Carolina countryside, is now their source of joy and it shows in the subject matter of many of their pieces. They also enjoy the camaraderie of the friendly, creative community of artists in Aiken.

Dot’s media of choice include pastel, oil and watercolor. She has participated in numerous workshops at the ACA including those presented by Mary Whyte and Amy Dobbs.

Bob Holladay is a photographer who has found his niche on the digital side of the art, having switched from film five years ago. He enjoys shooting nature scenes, flora and fauna, and wild animals in their native habitats, which he finds all around the Carolinas as well as in his own backyard. Bob loves to travel the road less taken for subject matter, which catches his artistic eye.

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