By Charmain Z. BrackettColumnist

A new exhibition in Columbia will give a glimpse into the mind of a master.

Van Gogh and His Inspirations opens at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 4 and uses the work of Steven Naifeh and the late Gregory White Smith, who renovated Aiken’s Joye Cottage, as a construct.

The duo spent nearly a decade researching Vincent Van Gogh and studied the artists who’d influenced the painter for their “New York Times” bestselling biography “Van Gogh: The Life.”

While researching, they created a collection of more than 30 works by artists who’d influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking, according to a news release from the Columbia Museum of Art.

Those inspirational works plus 12 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh are part of the exhibition. The Van Gogh works include a painting of poppy fields, his world famous self-portrait from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and a painting of a peasant woman as she weaves.

The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 12.

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Lillie Morris’s “Water Works” will be on display from Oct. 1-31 at the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK) in McCormick, S.C.

Her works were inspired by the Savannah River, its tributaries and Clarks Hill Lake.

The series features acrylic works on canvas as well as collage and small clay sculptures.

There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 with music by The Henrys.

The work of Staci Swider will be featured as part of Field Botanicals’ Field Art Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4. Field Botanicals is located at 215A 12th St.

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History’s “Stitching The Stories: Annual Quilt Exhibition” will be from Oct.1-Jan. 2.

The quilts in the exhibition were created by members of Atlanta’s Brown Sugar Stitches, a group of African-American quilters from several cities including Atlanta and Augusta.

There will be an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6.

The annual exhibition is quite popular, according to Christine Miller-Betts, the museum’s executive director.

Many of the quilts in the exhibition tell their own story.

Augusta artist Jay Jacobs will present “Confluence” at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center through Oct. 18. The exhibition opened Sept. 30. There will be a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Oct. 7.

4P Studios and The Augusta Regional Collaboration Project at the 600 Broad Gallery will feature Augusta’s talented tattoo artists in October with an exhibition of their works on canvas, paper, glass and more. A public reception will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4. The show will be Oct. 4-25.

The seventh annual Star Wars Reads Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Augusta-Richmond County Public Library on Telfair Street.

The event will feature “Star Wars” book giveaways while supplies last, a story time, prizes, a costume parade, fan art and a trivia contest.

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