Golf art exhibit to be featured in April

"Swing Into Art" is the theme of an April exhibit taking shape next month at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, timed to coincide with one of golf's biggest events.

The show is to run April 1-26, with a reception to be April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Masters Week is April 8-14, and admission to the exhibit will be free during that week, with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"It is entirely new. We've never done a golf-art theme before," said Lauren Virgo, the center's executive director.

The idea is particularly appropriate for North Augusta, she said, noting that North Augusta once had a golf course running directly through the downtown area, linked to the ill-fated Hampton Terrace resort.

"We're also partnering with The RECing crew, and they have painted golf balls," Virgo said. The plan, she noted, is "to highlight their artworks in a fun table-top display."

Margaret Estep, the show's curator, welcomed the contribution from The RECing Crew, an organization dedicated to providing social and entertainment opportunities for the disabled. She described it as a good chance "to show some out-of-town golfers ... that North Augusta is a caring community."

Plans are in place for the golf-ball painters to have a field trip (followed by a meal out) and then take their creations home once the exhibit ends, Estep said.The exhibit is also to include sculpture, paintings, antique golf balls and a 15-foot putting green, along with photos from several decades of Masters competition. Details are at 803-441-4380.