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Best work of local artists on display at Averitt
Exhibit opens Thursday

The Statesboro Regional Art Association’s Juried Exhibit opens to the public Thursday in the Averitt Center’s Main Gallery.

The Association’s annual exhibit features artwork by select participants in the group’s annual juried ­competition. The exhibition traditionally consists of local landscapes, figurative work and portraiture, narrative pieces, abstract paintings and still life in both traditional and non-traditional media.

Sheila Stewart-Leach, curator for the Averitt Center, said the SRAA exhibit is an excellent opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents.

“The exhibit includes diverse artwork from our talented area artists, including painting, watercolor, and mixed media pieces,” she said. “It’s also a great place for people to buy unique holiday gifts for their loved ones.”

Each year, Regional Art Association members are invited to submit their own original art for an opportunity to showcase their work in an Averitt Center Main Gallery exhibit. Additionally, outstanding works have the potential to win cash awards, including a top prize of $300 for the Roxie Remley Best in Show Award.

A different judge is appointed each year, and this year’s competition features Michelle Schulte, the Curator of Education at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta. Schulte received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design before continuing her education at John Hopkins University where she earned a master of arts degree in museum studies. In addition to museum work, Schulte teaches at Augusta University, where she co-created a minor’s program in museum studies.

According to Stewart-Leach, local Association members submit their best work, often making it difficult for judges to select the specific pieces for the upcoming exhibition.

“All of the SRAA members are very talented artists who are extremely dedicated to their work,” she said. “It’s hard being the person who has to decide which piece will be featured and which piece will be sent home, because they all deserve attention from the community.”

Award winners will be announced during the exhibition opening on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Averitt Center’s Main Gallery. The public is invited to attend the reception.

The Regional Art Association exhibit will be open through Dec. 17.

For more information about the competition, go to


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