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Sacred Heart 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.


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July 2013 – July 2014

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Art Exhibition, Cathy Armstrong, Linda Hardy & Susan Porterfield
Exhibit through August 30, 2013

Cathy Armstrong began exploring her creative side once her children left for college. Since then, she has taken classes locally and in North Carolina. Cathy enjoys painting in different styles and media.

Linda Hardy retired from her medical practice and began painting. She studies under David Mascaro and has taken a variety of workshops and classes. Though initially painting in oils, she has turned nearly exclusively to acrylics.

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 prefers to work in oil and her favorite topics are people and animals.


Thursday, September 12, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Art Exhibition / Opening Reception, John Edry & Tom Swift
Exhibit through October 25, 2013

Tom Swift was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940. Currently, he is a practicing neurologist in Augusta but has painted all his life. Tom’s interest lies is in the structure of things and how the structure conveys meaning and purpose of architectural objects, landscapes, people, animals and plants. His mediums include drawing, collage and watercolor. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Tom’s painting will support the American Brain Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research to cure brain diseases.

Friday, September 27, 2013
Film at 7:30 pm
Silent Movie Night, IT starring Clara Bow, with theatre organist Ron Carter

$18 general seating
For reservations contact Sacred Heart at 706-826-4700

Sacred Heart presents its 11th annual Silent Movie Night with Ron Carter again working his magic at the organ.

The 1920s was the decade of the female and her new freedom. Nowhere was this truer than in the movies. And Clara Bow was free to flaunt it. Clara embodied the new American working girl – saucy and independent – and she had “It.” Declared the “It Girl” by novelist Elinor Glyn, Clara took to her new role with a naturalness that inspired girls everywhere to bob their hair and roll their stockings! Clara shines in the 1927 film simply entitled IT where she works hard, plays hard and picks out her man. She was a tough cookie with a tender heart who charmed a generation with that mysterious quality – IT.
Join film enthusiasts for a glimpse into movie history in the atmospheric Great Hall of Sacred Heart!

Tuesday, Ocober 15, 2013BOA
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Best of Augusta Celebration
Meet The Winners, Taste The Food, Listen To Their Music and Enjoy The Fun!

Tickets on Sale Now!
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
Ticket Outlets: Sacred Heart Gift Shop, The Augusta Chronicle (Downtown), Columbia County -News Time (Evans) and Online at

Follow us on Facebook for chances to win tickets!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 706-823-3722 or visit

All proceeds benefit the Greater Augusta Arts Council and Sacred Heart Cultural Center

Thursday, November 7, 2013

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Art Exhibition / Opening Reception,
Women on Paper Celebrate 5200 Wednesday (25 Years)

Exhibit through December 27, 2013

This is a celebration of the individual creative spirit, encouraged by group support.
We are a group of professional women artists, known as Women on Paper, who nurture the creative urge in ourselves and each other. Our paintings are of people and places, of gardens and interiors, of landscapes and flowers, still lifes and imaginings, light and shadow. We all work on paper with watercolor, oil, gouache, pastel, collage or mixed media. Our work weaves solitary studio work with paintings resulting from group painting sessions.

Each one of us has her own visions and dreams, her own rhythm, her own song. Each contributes her own unique way of looking at the world and the support of the group encourages this special voice.
We are together as a group in purpose, but individual Women on Paper.

Women on Paper include: Karen Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Lauren Kerbelis, Lillie Morris, Nancy Schultz, Gail Smith and Caroline Swanson

Visit their website:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

7:00 pm
Augusta Children's Chorale Dessert Concert

Thursday, November 14, 2013a
Gift Shop Holiday Open House
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Open House & Guild Bake Sale
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Book Signings with Gena Knox,
                        Louise Shivers & David C. Tribby
1:00 pm Complimentary Coffee Bar by Buona Caffe
1:30 pm Cooking Demonstration with
            Jennifer Shuford
of Tastefully Yours

The holiday shopping destination for the latest in decorating & gift items, nativities, ornaments plus scrumptious cakes & more from the GUILD BAKE SALE! FREE gift wrapping and easy parking.

Gena Knox presents her latest cookbook Southern My Way, Food & Family
Louise Shivers presents her latest novel, My Shining Hour
David C. Tribby, DVM, presents his collection of poems in Gifts In Time
***All books available in the Gift Shop***
Jennifer Shuford of Tastefully Yours presents cooking techniques for fresh, southern cuisine with a twist. Casseroles by Jennifer available for purchase.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
7:30 pm
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Tickets: $20, Reservations Required
For Tickets: 706-826-4700

This annual Christmas event, featuring the Augusta Collegium Musicum, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, the Augusta Children's Chorale, Martinez United Methodist Church Handbell Choir and readers is a highlight of the Christmas season. A traditional English Christmas program, which originated at King's College Chapel, Cambridge University, England, was first presented at Sacred Heart in 1987, under the direction of William Toole. Highlighting the program are the readings of the prayers and lessons from both the Old and New Testaments.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Art Exhibition / Opening Reception, Guild of Sacred Heart
Exhibit through February 28, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Garden Valentine Tea

Held in the lush private country garden of Mr. and Mrs. R. Daniel Blanton, this year's tea will be Valentine's inspired and will feature Kathryn Greeley speaking about her book "The Collected Tabletop."

Limited Seating, Reservations required- Call 706-826-4700

Tuesday, February 25, 2014Richmond County Chorus
7:00 pm
Richmond County All Elementary School Choral Festival

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



Thursday, March 13, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Art Exhibition / Opening Reception, Mary Houston
Exhibit through April 30, 2014

Mary Houston received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from UGA. She studied art under Lamar Dodd and has studied with Bea Kuhlke.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:30 PM
PIGJAM in the Garden at Sacred Heart

Good food by BBQ Barn, Good Music by Douglas Brothers Band, Good "Spirits" and the Famous Raffle will make for a night of Good Times in the Garden of Sacred Heart with all of your friends. Event benefits Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

$35 per person, Reservations Required


Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 PM

Sacred Heart Garden Festival Preview Party
Reservations requested

The party of the Spring! The evening premiere of the Sacred Heart Garden Festival is sure to delight party-goers with amazing designs by landscape and floral designers which transform Sacred Heart and its grounds into a lush oasis of horticultural excitement. Garden vendors, delicious cuisine, music and a silent auction complete the opening night.

Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sacred Heart Garden Festival

Historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center will be the focus for classic southern gardening during its 20th annual Garden Festival. See the finest examples of garden and floral displays. Buy unique plants, shop at the marketplace, learn from garden experts and tour extraordinary private gardens. Entertainment and food round out the fun-filled three days for the garden enthusiasts and friends. See website for tickets and more information.


Thursday, May 1, 2014
7:00 PM
National Day of Prayer Service


Thursday, May 8, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Art Exhibition / Opening Reception, Lenn Hopkins
Exhibit through June 27, 2014

A native Georgian, Ms. Hopkins graduated from Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has studied art at various institutions, including University of Georgia, Augusta State, and Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as workshops and retreats. She is married to Henry Hopkins of Waynesboro, and they live on the family farm.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
7:30 PM
Hymns for the Fallen, Augusta Choral Society, Memorial Day Concert

A performance of music, readings, in recognition of service men and women and a color guard.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Art Exhibition / Opening Reception, Bea Kuhlke
Exhibit through August 29, 2014

Bea Kuhlke is a full-time studio painter in Aiken, South Carolina. Her subject matters include still life, landscapes people, dogs and interiors with dogs. Teachers who have influenced Kuhlke’s work were the late Hans J. Staude of Florence, Italy, Marjorie Dean Andruk of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the late Freeman Schoolcraft of Augusta.

Ms. Kuhlke has taught classes at The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for over 25 years and privately for several years. She now gives occasional workshops, most recently at the Aiken Center for The Arts and The Morris Museum of Art.



Sacred Heart Cultural Center
1301 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901

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Hours of Operation

9:00am - 5:00pm

Weekends open by appointment

Guided tours are available.
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Virtual Tour and some images provided by Steve Bracci Photography


Sandra Fenstermacher
Executive Director

Rachel Gregory
Rental Coordinator

Judy Evans
Gift Shop / Art Hall Manager

Kim Overstreet
Program Director