Event to showcase wine and art

The Center for African American History, Art and Culture will host its second Wines from the Motherland combination wine tasting and art showing Friday night.

The event will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum located at 433 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets will be sold at the door, cash or credit at $20 per person and $35 per couple. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and other beverages will be served as well. The event will be held rain or shine.

“This is the second one we have had, and we had such a good turnout we decided to this annually,” Jo-Anne Saunders, executive director of The Center for African American History, Art and Culture, said.

Aside from various wines imported from Africa brought by Elissa “Missie” Boisvert, owner of Palmetto Package and Fine Wines, three artists will showcase their works which will be sold during the event, and one even up for auction.

Artists include local Harvey Ramseur, who will showcase his copper and brass artwork during the event, and Ann deLorge from Augusta who will have her abstract and expressionistic art on display for for sale.

“Ann paints from a woman's perspective and has a specialty in jazz,” Saunders said. “It has a New Orleans flavor that's depicted in her work because she used to live there.”

Eric Bridges, from Atlanta but now works in the area, is an art teacher and according to Saunders, an up-and-coming artist.

“He's done a lot of work in his school and was actually contracted with Duke University,” Saunders said. “He has an art display with Duke and does that annually. He's more contemporary. It's three artists coming from three different genres.”

Bridges will also participate in a live painting which will be sold at auction during the event. If attendants are not able to purchase any art, the remaining unsold pieces will be featured for sale on the Center's website under a separate tab.

While the Center currently is an organization in operation, it is not housed. But once construction to the Immanuel Building is complete, the Center will call it home, featuring opportunities for educational and cultural programming. The Center will host regular art exhibits and workshops, as well as festivals celebrating the important aspects of Southern culture.

“Events like this are important because we want to showcase the African-American culture,” Saunders said. “Although we are not technically open, we are still functioning. These events in between are just teasers to give them a taste of what's to come with the Culture Center. We're in our fundraiser process, and it's a promotion. We just want people to come out and enjoy themselves.”

For more information, visit www.aikenculturalcenter.org.

Maayan Schechter is the City beat reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

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