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9 Viewpoint from the Riverkeeper 13 Waldek Dynerman 16 From Bean to Cup: Local Java Saving the Savannah Makes Dollars and Sense
New exhibit at ASU’s Mary S. Byrd Gallery
Aiken’s Moonbeams Coffee Roasters keep it fresh
17 The Blue Horse 19 The Aluminum Show
New tapas style restaurant moves into the D.Timm’s building
Be prepared to be dazzled during this unique stage experience
21 Adler’s Appetite: An Intimate Interview 26 Art on the Wall Rock Bottom Music continues its Arena Rock Series
Our favorite views from the Art Factory’s public art project
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Printed Matter: Susan P. Mucha Music: The Augusta Symphony Art: Women on Paper Film: The Film Reel Music: The Profiler’s Top Local ‘10 Albums
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Get This: Art For Your Body All Around Town Buzz on Biz Explore More with These Events Fresh Food Bites The Monuments of Greene Street Ask Dr. Karp Sound Bites: Lokal Music Musings The Last Word Parting Shot: Whiskey Gentry
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ON THE COVER GINGKOS III by LILLIE MORRIS
“Throughout my life the desire to express myself artistically has been unrelenting. My serious pursuit of art began at Augusta College in the early ‘70’s with Nathan Bindler, Freeman Schoolcraft and Richard Frank. Out of a sense of practicality, however, I turned my academic energies towards a degree in nursing. But, the passion for the arts never abated. Over the years it seems that art has continued to pursue me; it is something I feel I have to do! I see creativity as a God-given gift which we have a responsibility to cultivate.” Lillie Morris’ works can be seen in two exhibits this month: Women on Paper at the Etherredge Center, USC-Aiken (see page 21) and In her solo exhibition: Aimsíodh (Found) Series at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (see page 16). LILLIEMORRISFINEART.COM.
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