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, Betty Perry & Susan Porterfield

Thursday, May 12, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through June 24, 2016

Betty Perry worked as an art teacher before retiring and now has returned to painting. She has studied under the tutelage of Ed Rice, the late Bea Kuhlke, Frieda Dean and others. Her works represent a dichotomy between the realistic and the non-objective. Currently, her large paintings and drawings experiment with abstract expressionism using acrylic and mixed media.

Susan Porterfield retired from MCG in 2000, and began her pursuit of the visual arts. She has studied locally and nationwide and is one of the original members of the Columbia County Artists Guild. Susan’s work has received many awards and has been exhibited in Georgia, Arizona, Florida and South Carolina. Susan prefers to work in oil and her favorite topics are people and animals.

Augusta Choral Society, Memorial Day Concert

Saturday, May 28, 2016
7:30 PM

A performance of music, readings, in recognition of service men and women and a color guard.

Opening Reception, Vicki Greene & Joan Vanover

Thursday, July 7, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through August 26, 2016

Vicki Greene is a native of Augusta and graduate of Augusta College with a degree in Special Education. She currently serves as VP of Development for Walton Foundation for Independence and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 35 years. Vicki has always admired artistic endeavors and has painted as a hobby all her life. Her preferred media are watercolor and acrylics.

Joan Hurst Vanover first painted as a child along side her mother, an artist in Savannah, GA. She studied art in college and applied her knowledge to teaching first grade. Joan has studied with Freeman and Lynell Widener, as well as, Cathy Marbury, Billie Jean Powell and Charlene Montgomery. She works in various mediums and focuses on the S.C. Lowcountry, pastoral scenes and plant life.


Opening Reception, Mark Hodges

Thursday, September 8, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through October 28, 2016

Mark Hodges has a diverse artistic and creative background, including a lifelong passion for photography and mixed media artwork. His book deconstruction series has gained a lot of attention over the past two years, a unique technique where he glues pages of a book to a canvas and creates a painting based on a thematic element of the story.

Mark is currently the Creative Services Director for WRDW News 12, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, and he also writes a regular column on local music for Augusta Magazine. He is also a musician in his spare time, and plays guitar for the band Breaking News, a group made up of employees from local TV stations.

Silent Movie Night, The Man Who Laughs (1928) starring Mary Philbin & Conrad Veidt with musical accompaniment by Ron Carter

Friday, September 23, 2016
7:15 PM Program of songs from the silent era featuring soprano Melanie Wade Larsen with Ron Carter
7:30 PM Film Presentation



The masterful German actor Conrad Veidt portrays the pitiable but noble character Gwynplaine in this silent drama. Based on a story by Victor Hugo, who brought to life the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera, The Man Who Laughs (1928) is one of the last films in the German Expressionist style. While yet a child, aristocrat Gwynplaine’s mouth is carved into a grotesque grin in an act of revenge by the king on his father. The young man is forced into the life of a circus freak, enduring scorn and hardships, but finds Love’s redemption in the end. Horrific and compelling, film critic Roger Ebert says this film “creates an eerie netherworld fascination…”

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 time period to bring The Man Who Laughs to life. Throughout the last forty years Ron Carter has been perfecting the art of accompanying silent films. This is his 14th season with Sacred Heart.

This year Silent Movie Night will also feature soprano Melanie Wade Larsen. Ms. Larsen is currently finishing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Melanie has sung with the New York Lyric Opera, the Augusta Opera, the Augusta and Columbia County Choral Societies, and the Augusta Players. She is a vocal instructor for the Augusta University Conservatory and maintains a private studio. Melanie and Ron will present a program of theme songs from the Silent Era prior to the feature film.
It’s an evening not to be missed!

Best of Augusta Celebration

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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, The Mascaro Art Group

Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through December 30, 2016

The members of the Mascaro Art Group were students and friends of David Mascaro, who was a renowned medical illustrator and a highly regarded long-time member of the Medical College of Georgia faculty. As David's last group of students, the members of the Mascaro group resolved to honor his memory by incorporating his name into their group name, and they continue now to pursue their art in the studio they shared with David. They work in oil, acrylics, and watercolor. Most of their work is representational, with occasional forays into abstract and experimental art.

Exhibition Artists included in exhibition: Yong Ae Alford, Mary Ann Brock, Sharon Fausnight, Linda Hardy, Miriam Katz, Linda Lavigne, Bonnie Lowery & Terry Smith

Gift Shop Holiday Open House

Thursday, November 17, 2016
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…
Havird Usry from Fat Man’s Café will present a cooking demonstration for the holidays: much to the delight of Open House attendees.
Sid Mullis will hold a book signing of his new book, Sid Sez - Grow it in Augusta.
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 6, 2016
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 St. John United Methodist Church Choir and Creative Impressions.

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

Opening Reception, Mary Ann Baggs, Cissy Boyd, Jennifer Joseph & Katherine McCall

Thursday, January 12, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through February 24, 2017

Joint Exhibition of local and regional artists working in a variety of mediums and techinques

Richmond County All Elementary School Choral Festival

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00 PM

Elementary students from Richmond County Schools’ choral groups perform. Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception, David Swanagin

Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through April 28, 2017

David Swanagin is an oil painter specializing in mood evoking landscapes. His primary focus is to capture a strong sense of light and shadow found in the early or late part of the day. A Nashville resident, David was born in the South Carolina Low Country and grew up in Augusta, GA. He is also a professional drummer and finds many scenes on his travels for new works.


Sacred Heart Garden Festival Preview Party

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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 21-23, 2017
$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. Evetns this year include Friday Night in the Garden, Garden Tea and MORE! A world of discoveries awaits you at the 2017 Sacred Heart Garden Festival.

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Sacred Heart Garden Festival Friday Night in the Garden

Friday, April 21, 2017
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Tickets available

Unwind with great music and sgnature 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 23, 2017
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, Mary Kilgore Houston

Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM
Exhibit through June 23, 2017

Augusta Choral Society Memorial Day Concert

Saturday, May 27, 2017
7:30 PM