EVENTS Sacred Heart Cultural Center offers special events for all ages and all interests -- from young children to seniors. A variety of entertaining and educational presentations are scheduled annually. Interested in sponsoring an event? If so, please contact us at 706.826.4700.

Opening Reception, Ann deLorge, Nancy Hoehn & Susan Johnston

Thursday, July 13, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through August 25, 2017

Ann Delorge was born in Savannah, GA, but her painting roots are in New Orleans, LA from 1971 where she began her painting career in watercolors, painting French Quarter scenes and people - especially musicians. As her work and interest in contemporary jazz evolved, Ann began experimenting with brighter colors and freer lines in acrylics in order to capture the intensity of the music. Her new interests in bright colors, lines and jazz melded into what I began calling my "Jazz Art". Hurricane Katrina prompted Ann to move to Augusta, GA where she continues to paint jazz with the influence of New Orleans pushing the colors and movement.

Susan Johnston was part of a military family, and therefore traveled quite a bit growing up. She was born in Santa Ana, California, and was fortunate enough to live in San Francisco and Pacific Grove, on the "seventeen mile drive". Her dad played the trumpet, earlier in his life professionally at the Hotel Monteleon in New Orleans. Her mom was a painter. Susan began painting seriously in her twenties, learning from her mother and earning a BFA from what was then called Augusta College.

Nancy Hoehn is a studio artist based in Augusta, Georgia. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions, including the Boulder Art (Colorado), the Red Clay Survey (Alabama), The Memphis Arts Festival, and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. She is included in the permanent collections of The Morris Museum of Art and the State of Georgia Collection, among others. She studied art for four years at the University of South Carolina, and has a Master’s degree in Nursing.

Opening Reception, Randy Akers

Thursday, September 7, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through October 27, 2017

Randy Akers is a visual artist working on Skidaway Island, Georgia. He has shown at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, University of New Mexico's Harwood Foundation, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Anchorage Art Museum, the University of Northern Colorado, Valdosta University Art Museum, the Masur Museum of Art, SUNY Genesseo, Florida A&M University, the Charleston Convention Center, Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the LaGrange Art Museum and the Foundry Art Centre among others. Akers received an Arts Residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in 2015. Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Florida, will have a show of his work in early 2017 and a one-person show will follow at Ellington-White Gallery in North Carolina. Sacred Heart Cultural Arts Center in Augusta, GA will have a one-person show Fall 2017. Akers is represented by Royal Contemporary Gallery in Colorado and has work for sale at Saatchi Art online. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Cazenovia College. He received his M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design; B.F.A, Chouinard Art Institute, California Institute of the Arts; additional academic work at Art Center College of Design, California State University Northridge and University of Oregon. He serves on the advisory council for ArtsGeorgia.


Silent Movie Night, The Merry Widow (1925) starring Mae Murray, John Gilbert & Roy D'Arcy with theatre organist, Ron Carter and Melanie Wade Larsen Soprano

Friday, September 22, 2017
7:15 PM Melanie Wade Larsen and Ron Carter present Songs from the Silent Era
7:30 PM Film Presentation

$20 general Seating
$60 Lounging La-Z-Boy & concessions

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The Merry Widow is a 1925 American silent romantic drama/black comedy film directed and written by Erich von Stroheim. The film stars Mae Murray as Sally O’Hara, John Gilbert as Prince Danilo Petrovich and Roy D'Arcy as Crown Prince Mirko. The film is based on the Franz Lehár's opera of the same name. Joan Crawford and Clark Gable also had uncredited roles. In the film, Prince Danilo falls in love with dancer Sally O'Hara. His uncle, King Nikita I of Monteblanco forbids the marriage because she is a commoner. Thinking the Prince has jilted her, Sally marries old, lecherous Baron Sadoja, whose wealth has kept the kingdom afloat. When he dies suddenly, Danilo must win over Sally again.

Georgia’s own acclaimed theatre organist Ron Carter will be at the helm of Sacred Heart’s instrument weaving themes from the original score and music from the era to bring The Merry Widow to life. Throughout the last forty years, Ron Carter has been perfecting the art of accompanying silent films. This is his 15th season with Sacred Heart.

It’s an evening not to be missed!

Best of Augusta Celebration

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Meet The Winners, Taste The Food, Listen To Their Music and Enjoy The Fun!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 706-823-3722 or visit All proceeds benefit the Greater Augusta Arts Council and Sacred Heart Cultural Center

Opening Reception, Melanie Stokes

Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through December 29, 2017

Melanie Miller Stokes is an artist, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a mother-in-law, a grandmother and a friend. She was born in Macon, Georgia, grew up in Statesboro, went to Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and later to Georgia Southern University where she earned an M.Ed. in Art Education. Retired from 26 years of teaching in Georgia public schools, twenty of those as an Art Teacher, she now pursues her passion in her backyard studio in Thomson, GA. She is a member of McDuffie Arts Council (MAC) and sells paintings in the MAC on Main Art Gallery of Thomson. She is also a member of Women Painters of the Southeast.

Gift Shop Holiday Open House

Thursday, November 16, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
FREE EVENT & Open to the Public


Join the fun and kick off the holiday season with a day of shopping, entertainment and refreshments at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop! Shop for the latest in holiday decorating items, home accessories, jewelry, regional books and artwork while confections from cookies and cakes to breads and pies tempt your appetite from the Guild Bake Sale. But wait there is more…


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Book Signing by Sid Mullis, Sid Sez - Grow it in Augusta

12:30 PM Complimentary Coffee Bar by Pat and John Curry of Buona Caffe

1:00 PM Cooking Demonstration by Peter Vossenberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC of Edgar's Grille & Helms College

So take time out from the flurry of the season, enjoy some holiday treats and get a jump start on all of your season’s “to-dos.”

FREE and OPEN to the public. FREE gift wrapping and easy parking!

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7:30 PM
Tickets: $20

The Guild of Sacred Heart Cultural Center presents this annual Christmas event under the direction of Keith Shafer and based on the traditional English Christmas program that originated at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University, England. The night will feature readers and Augusta University Singers and Davidson Chorale.

Please call for admission tickets and information 706-826-4700

Opening Reception, Linda Hardy

Thursday, January 11, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through February 23, 2018

Linda Hardy began her artistic endeavors in 2010 following retirement from her medical practice. She studied under David Mascaro at Mascaro Studio and Gallery in Augusta (now Mascaro Art Group), and has also taken intermittent workshops and classes.

Dr. Hardy is represented by Art on Broad in Augusta, and has shown her work at the Aiken Center for the Arts, Mascaro Studio and Gallery, the KROC Center in Augusta, Aiken Center for the Arts, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and the McCormick Cultural Center in McCormick, SC. Her work has been accepted and awarded in juried shows in McCormick and Aiken and may be found in private homes and corporate offices in Aiken, Atlanta, Augusta, Birmingham, Seattle, and Indiana.

She is a member of the Aiken Artist Guild, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the Morris Museum of Art, and Aiken Center for the Arts. Dr. Hardy lives in Augusta with her husband, Dr. Arlie E. Fiveash.

Opening Reception, Walter Cumming

Thursday, March 8, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through March 29, 2018


Walter Cumming created award winning art for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 28 years. In 2008 he chose to leave the paper and become a full time, independent artist. In his final year at the AJC, Cumming received his highest national and international recognition, winning both the 2008 Best of Cox portfolio for illustration and first place for illustration in the 2008 international Society of Newspaper Design. The Atlanta native studied illustration for 2 years at Rhode Island School of Design and received a Bachelor degree in science from the University of Wyoming. In his first three years as an independent artist, he has had four solo exhibits including assignments on location in Spain, France and Germany for Alliance Française d’Atlanta and the Goethe Institute. Clients include Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Adventure Cycle Magazine, Runner’s World, Associated Press, Coca Cola Co., The National Park Service, He lives in Atlanta with his son and his Alaskan malemute.

Opening Reception, Katherine McCall

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through April 30, 2018


Katherine McCall has painted and done photography since elementary school in Newnan, Georgia. She attended Converse College where she majored in biology and minored in Art with a focus on photography and sculpture. While there she became known for her award winning depictions of the natural world. Her photographs and illustrations have been published by World Magazine, Newnan Coweta Magazine, and Augusta Magazine. She currently lives in Augusta and works primarily in watercolor exploring the cadence and complexity of the people, landscape and culture of the South. Many of her works are translated into cards and stationery for her fine paper goods.

Sacred Heart Garden Festival Preview Party

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 PM

Enjoy dinner and entertainment with a sneak preview ofthe Garden Festival at its best. Dine by candlelight in the garden, listen to the musical entertainment, shop in the Vendor Market and be inspired by the horticultural and floral exhibits.
Reservations Requested


Sacred Heart Garden Festival

Friday - Sunday, April 20-22, 2018
$10: Sacred Heart Cultural Center Daily Admission
$25: Garden Tour Ticket (includes admission to Sacred Heart Cultural Center)


At Sacred Heart... be inspired by lush landscape and floral exhibits, learn from well-known speakers, shop the extensive vendor market and tour spectacular private gardens. Events this year include Friday Night in the Garden, Garden Tea and MORE! A world of discoveries awaits you at the 2018 Sacred Heart Garden Festival.

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Sacred Heart Garden Festival Friday Night in the Garden

Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Tickets available

Unwind with great music and signature beverages in the Sacred Heart Courtyard Garden. In addition, enjoy visiting the exhibits and vendors in the vibrant atmosphere of a Spring night.

Sacred Heart Garden Festival Tea

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Gardens open at 4:00 PM, Tea seating at 5:00 PM

Held in the lush private country garden of Mr. and Mrs. R. Daniel Blanton, patrons will be treated to a seated tea and enjoy a talk by an acclaimed guest.

Limited Seating. Reservations Required

Opening Reception, Frank Carstarphen & Pat Warren

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through June 29, 2018

Through watercolor, acrylic, and oil Pat Warren reveals her interest in the beauty of representational painting. Her work in abstract impressionism focuses on how light falls on form, applying harmonious brushstrokes, engaging high hue while reserving respect for life and natural form. There is a spontaneous approach to her varied subjects and an obvious contemporary style resulting in a uniqueness of the ordinary.

Frank Carstarphen is a native of Augusta, Georgia. While studying Advertising Art at Augusta Tech he discovered the joys of watercolor painting. He studied oil and watercolor painting under the late J. Gray of Modoc, South Carolina. Frank finds the inspiration for his painting in the familiar surroundings of his hometown. His sense of place and fondness for local scenes are reflected in his paintings which are often rendered en plein air.

Augusta Choral Society Memorial Day Concert

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:30 PM

A concert to honor and recognize the sacrifices of American service men and women who have "paid the ultimate sacrifice."