Columbus Museum Calendar of Events as of August 6, 2015

Aug 6, 2015

August 6, 2015

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Columbus Museum Calendar of Events as of August 6, 2015

NOTE: Additional events may be added. For the most updated information on events and programs offered at the Columbus Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: or like us on our Facebook page.



Saturday, August 8 | 10 a.m.-Noon | FREE
Second Saturday
Join guest artist Tanieka Royster at the art cart as we explore how music can inspire art using examples from the Museum’s  permanent collection.  Using a selection of music as inspiration, use a variety of art materials to create your own musical masterpiece.  Then go on a musical-themed scavenger hunt in the galleries.  Join us at 11 a.m. for a special story time reading of The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow.

Friday,  August 14 | Noon-1 p.m. | FREE
Lunch & Lecture: Brewed to Perfection
Presenter: Café Campesino (Americus, GA)
What goes into making a fantastic cup of coffee?  In Americus, Georgia, Café Campesino is not only brewing a good cup of coffee for its customers, but roasting beans for distribution across the southeast.  During this session, learn about the company’s work with farm-owned cooperatives around the world, the roasting process, and participate in a coffee 101 tasting.
Optional $10 lunches are available for pre-order. Contact by Monday, August 10.

Sunday, August 16 | 1 p.m. | FREE
Once Collected, Always Cherished: Highlights from the George Greene and J. Kyle Spencer Collections exhibit opens
The Columbus Museum recently acquired several items from the collection of the late Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. Chief among these is an extensive archive related to the musician Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins.

The exhibition also features maps from the J. Kyle Spencer Map Collection at the Columbus State University Archives. Spencer collected maps documenting the emergence and evolution of the American colonies, specifically Georgia, for more than 30 years. The history of European settlement, American Indian communities and their forced removal, and the growth of Georgia counties can be traced through these unusual and colorful maps.

Thursday, August 20 | 6-8 p.m. | FREE
Third Thursday: A Taste of Dixieland
Featuring Snakebite Six
Get a taste of Dixieland Jazz music by Columbus’ own Snakebite Six.  During the musical break, enjoy a docent-led tour of the Museum’s Chattahoochee Cookin’ exhibition to learn more about the local flavors unique to the valley. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

Sunday, August 23 | 1 p.m. | FREE
Members’ Opening Reception: 2-4 p.m.
Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley: Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker exhibit opens
René Shoemaker will transform the Museum’s Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings. Shoemaker, a resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For this exhibition, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells. Shoemaker solicited responses through social media to decide which buildings and locations could be used in the paintings.

Shoemaker received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and a degree in library sciences (M.L.I.S.) from the University of South Carolina.


Tuesday, September 1 |6-8 p.m.
Perfect Pairs: Rum, Food, & Wine
Featuring Richland Rum Distillery and Chef Tom Jones, The Loft/Mabella’s Italian Steakhouse
Tickle your tastebuds and join us for a four course meal inspired by award-winning Richland Rum Distillery and imagined by Chef Tom Jones. Each course will be paired with a rum or wine varietal selected by Chef Jones. This program is held in conjunction with the Chattahoochee Cookin’ exhibit on view through September 20, 2015.

Register by August 25; Contact: the Education Department, or Mary Goff, 706.748.2562 ext. 210.
$45 Museum member/$55 future member

Wednesday, September 9 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Homeschool Workshop Series: Painting from the Heart (Ages 5-10)
Instructor: Cynthia Cepeda
In this workshop, children and their families will learn about batik art and related works. Participants in this workshop will use memories from recent trips and dreams to create their own works using watercolor on fabric. This program is in conjunction with the Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley: Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker exhibition.

Register by September 2; Contact: Christy Barlow,,
706.748.2562 ext. 653.
$10 member/$15 future member    

Thursday, September 10 | Noon-1 p.m. | FREE
Lunch & Lecture: Restoring Soil and Soul: How Koinonia Farm Demonstrates Creation Care
As part f the Museum’s Troublemakers & Trailblazers exhibition, this session will explore the history and mission of Koinonia farm. Since 1942, Koinonia has sought to be a space where all peoples are welcomed, regardless of race, class, gender identity, nationality, or politics. Koinonia is a religious community that seeks to embody peacemaking, sustainability, and radical sharing.

Optional $10 lunches are available for pre-order. Contact by Friday, September 5.

Saturday, September 12 | 9 a.m.-10 p.m. onsite
Saturday, September 12- Thursday, September 17 | 24 hours online at
The Columbus Museum Bookfair
Barnes & Noble, Columbus Park Crossing| 5555 Whittlesey Blvd #1800, Columbus, GA 31909
You can support the Museum's educational programs by purchasing books, toys, games, café items, and more. Ask a bookseller for information about our wish list and help us build our collection of art reference books. Support us all day in store Saturday and online at through Thursday, September 17. Mention the Museum book fair to your cashier or enter our voucher number, 1165590, at Instructions for online shopping can be found at
Contact: the Education Department,, for more information.
Saturday, September 12 | 10 a.m.-Noon | FREE
Second Saturday
Drop by the art cart and join guest artist Yadira Padilla as we enjoy an exploration of our community inspired by the Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley exhibit. Learn how to create tapestries, participate in a scavenger hunt, and join us for story time at 11 a.m. featuring Look Where We Live! by Scot Ritchie.

Tuesday, September 15 | 12:20-12:40 p.m. | FREE
NEW PROGRAM! | Meet me @ the Museum
Presenter: Rebecca Bush, Curator of History, The Columbus Museum
Have you ever wanted to learn more information about individual artworks and historical objects in the Museum’s collection?  This program will provide a 20-minute, in-depth discovery of the permanent collection led by Museum staff and docents on select Tuesdays each month.  This program is free and no reservation is required. This month, join us as we explore a historical object: Confederate canteen made by the Nuckolls family in Russell County.  
Contact: the Education Department,, for more information.

Thursday, September 17 | 6-8 p.m. | FREE
Third Thursday: Love Affair with the Classics
Featuring: Fountain City Brass
Enjoy an evening celebration of the classics and jazz standards with performances by Fountain City Brass. During the musical break, join us on a docent-led gallery walk to explore the neoclassical influences in works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.
Contact: the Education Department,, for more information.

Sunday, September 20 | 2-4 p.m. | FREE
NEW PROGRAM! | Teen Third Sundays
Hosted by the Museum’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG-Team)
Join special guest artist Sally Bradley, who will speak with teens about her work in the Poetry of Earth exhibit. Participants will enjoy an art-making activity led by Bradley in this session.
Contact: the Education Department,, for more information.


Chattahoochee Cookin’
On view through September 20, 2015
This exhibition spotlights local foodways from the perspective of both food producers and consumers, ranging from historic Muscogee (Creek) sofke to contemporary Dinglewood scrambled dogs.
Pecans, peanuts, corn, and other crops will be discussed, as well as more sugary delights. The exhibition also spotlights local beverages, with cola drinks featured alongside locally distilled liquor. Technological innovations and agricultural implements designed by local residents are examined, as well as the role of local restaurateurs who produce Columbus culinary specialties. Murals painted for the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in 1956 depict the changing nature of agriculture and how we think about the producers who feed us.

Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks
On view through October 11, 2015
This exhibition highlights the work of two local artists whose works intersect with art and nature. Sally Bradley paints landscape views of the Chattahoochee Valley, and Stephen Hawks produces ceramic works using Georgia clay.  The title of the exhibition is inspired by John Keats’ On the Grasshopper and Cricket; the first line says “The poetry of earth is never dead.”  In this poem he expresses his appreciation for the continuous cycle of change in the natural world and celebrates the harmony found in both poetry and nature.  The works included in Poetry of Earth serve as inspiration for poems that accompany the work on display in the exhibition.

Troublemakers and Trailblazers
On view through February 7, 2016
Legacy Gallery

This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures.  Race, class, gender, and sexuality will be topics of discussion, as well as what it means to “do the right thing”.  And overarching theme includes how we perceive trouble and now these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, Civil Rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War will also be highlighted.



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