If you’re looking for an outing that will easily allow social distancing as well as the comfort of air conditioning, consider a visit to one of the area’s art galleries. They’re open and ready to help you experience art from behind your mask. Of course, some restrictions apply.
At the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, the main gallery is showcasing Open Session, a juried artist exhibition with a mix of oil, acrylic, photography, fiber art and ceramics on display. Among the award recipients are Alex Foltz, who received Best in Show for “Contagion,” and Kathleen Chandler, who received the Director’s Choice award for “Dog Walk.” The Balcony gallery features the Young at Art Exhibit, with works by six young artists.
Visit the galleries at 100 Georgia Ave. from 1-3 p.m. on first Sundays and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Learn more at artsandheritagecenter.com.
Wear your mask for your visit to the Morris Museum of Art. The museum staff will be wearing theirs, too, and will provide one if needed so you can spend time viewing the exhibits.
Currently showing are Folk Art in the South, The Eugene Fleischer Collection of Studio Art Glass, Modernism in the South and Vast Scale — Intimate Space: Paintings by Cheryl Goldsleger.
The museum at 1 10th St. is open from noon-5 p.m. Sundays for free admission and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Weekday admission is $5, or $3 for seniors age 65 and older, youngsters ages 13-17 and military. Ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Payment is currently by credit card or debit card only. Learn more at themorris.org.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center will open its latest exhibit July 9 with works by Michael Reibel.
The artist is a native of Louisville, Ky., but now lives in Seabrook, S.C., where he paints year-round. His art is a showcase of the Southern landscape as well as still life and figurative work.
An opening reception from noon to 6 p.m. July 9 will allow visitors the chance to meet Reibel from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Sacred Heart website asks visitors to enter at the Ellis and 13th street gate and “knock for admittance, wear a mask indoors, sanitize hands upon entry, and refrain from entering if any symptoms of illness are present.”
The Reibel exhibit is showing through Aug. 28. Find more details at sacredheartaugusta.org.
The Aiken Center for the Arts has gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Patrons are asked to wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
Admission is free for a family-friendly exhibit that includes storyboards by Marius Valdes, the creator of the children’s story “Burd Brain”; geometrics by Noble Diller; stonewear pieces by John Gordon; and paintings by Celeste Malinowski and Ellen Valentino. All are on display through July 31.
The gallery at 122 Laurens St. SW in downtown Aiken. Learn more at aikencenterforthearts.org.