Artists and dealers from in and out of South Carolina will soon be coming to the Aiken Center for the Arts to exhibit and sell their works, in addition to teaching locals on how to create work of their own.
Upcoming exhibitions are by Jennifer Onofrio, Kathleen Friedenberg and Booth Malone, as well as one called “Aiken Horse Through the Lens,” which will all run from Feb. 13 to March 15. The Suzan Sallstrom and ACA Student Show will run throughout February.
Sherry Pues is an artist with an appreciation and a background working with horses. From North Dakota, she moved to Aiken a couple years ago and will be teaching an equine painting workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No experience is required, although it is recommended. The cost is $125, and students are asked to bring their own food and pictures of the horses they want to paint.
Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show & Sale has, for 13 years, been “one of the South’s finest antique experiences and one of Aiken’s most well-known events.” This year – its 14th – it will return the first weekend of February with more events, as well as with new and returning national dealers, according to a news release from the center.
Fine English, American and French silver and furniture, Black Forest cravings, rare books, oil paintings, clocks and English and French porcelain are some of the items the 23 dealers will bring.
A preview, catered party for the show will take place on Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. That night, attendants will be able to see and purchase merchandise before the show’s main running. Tickets are on sale for $70 and include a weekend show pass.
The show will be Feb. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8.
Two lectures will take place early February. Tea’s influence on the economics, politics and society and silver’s significance in today’s world will be addressed at the “A Cup of Tea and a Silver Spoon” lecture on Feb. 1.
Harry Robertson of Atlanta’s HG Robertson Fine Silver will be the speaker. Tea and scones will be served. The event will be from 9 to 10 a.m., with tickets on sale for $20. The next morning, Feb. 2, arranging the perfect tabletop for any occasion will highlight “The Collected Tabletop & Conversation” lecture. “The Collected Tabletop” author Kathryn Greely will lecture from 9 to 10 a.m. and hold a book signing afterward.
Gretchen Hash-Heffner, the arts center teacher, is bringing what is, according to her, “a lost art” back to life for a while in February with her silverpoint classes. Monks in the 12th century started this craft of drawing with metal, and the art style carried through to the Renaissance Era.
The classes are on Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each costs $70, and prior experience is recommended. Hash-Heffner is from Pennsylvania but has lived in Aiken and worked with the arts center for years.
Susanne Baxter will come from Augusta by way of Memphis to teach interested individuals a glass fusing class. The class is $130 and will be on Feb. 7, 14 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For all classes, pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available, though limited, and arts center members receive 10 percent off all classes and workshops.
The Aiken Center for the Arts is located at 122 Laurens St.
Editor's note: This version of this story has been updated to reflect that The “Impressionism from Monet to Matisse” exhibit will only be held at the Columbia Museum. The Aiken Standard regrets this error.