Springfest features Camelia show, art exhibit

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

photo by Kevin Wilson Citizens, art lovers, and artists gathered at the Arts and Heritage Center last Friday night for the opening reception and presentation of the art awards for the second North Augusta SpringFest.


SpringFest has returned to North Augusta with an art exhibit and camellia show.

The event, which runs through March 22, opened at the Arts & Heritage Center with a reception and awards for the art exhibit.

“We had 36 artists and over 40 pieces of art entered in the competition,” Andree Wallgren, executive director of the Arts & Heritage Center, said. “Awards were given for Best in Show, the 2015 SpringFest poster, first through third (place) and five honorable mentions. The competition was judged by Alan MacTaggart, chairman of the art department at GRU.”

Along with the art exhibit, the Arts & Heritage Center played host to the ninth Annual Camellia Show.

“We’re putting on our annual camellia show with mostly local blooms,” John Bigger, treasurer of the Arts & Heritage Center, said. “We have some that are greenhouse grown and, at this point in time, they have pretty much bloomed out. We have an amazingly large number of outdoor grown flowers that have survived snow, ice and cold weather. For the weather we’ve had, having 418 blooms is a tremendous turnout.”

While the Camellia Show was located in North Augusta, camellia growers and enthusiasts came from around the CSRA.

“We have a lot of folks in this area who bring stuff out of their yard,” Bigger said. “We help people identify things in their yard. It’s amazing how many people in North Augusta grow camellias, whether they know it or not. There are a number of people who have bought houses with camellias in the yard. This is a mix of people from Martinez, Aiken and North Augusta. What makes camellias so popular is they bloom in the winter time. Everybody likes to see that little pop of color and camellias offer that.”

SpringFest continues on Sunday with a Tea and Tour at Lookaway Inn.

The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children younger the age of 12, with reservations required for attendance. All proceeds will benefit the Edith Jackson Alexander Scholarship. Those interested in attending may register by calling the Arts and Heritage Center at 803-441-4380.

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