The Aiken Center for the Arts will be hosting the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at the USC Aiken’s inaugural “Through the Eyes of a Child” student photography exhibit in their Brooks Gallery, located at 122 Laurens St., July 29 thorugh Sept. 3.

“Through the Eyes of a Child” is a comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program that provides children an opportunity to investigate and document the nature they see around them. The program aims to inspire youth to get outside more, discover their natural world and take digital photos of their discoveries using a cellphone, tablet or camera.

“Today, competition for a child’s attention is fierce, and they are spending less time outdoors than ever before,” noted John Hutchens, director of special programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken. “Many people blame this disconnect from nature on addiction to screens and gadgets. Digital

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Corrie Zacharias, “A Mighty Fortress,” infrared photograph, 16×20 2018 Submitted photo

“The Permanent Photography Collection: Recent Acquisitions in the Stephen K. Halpert Photography Collection at UNE” exhibit opening will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at the UNE Art Gallery on the Portland Campus. This omnibus exhibit will feature approximately 70 recently collected photographic works selected by Stephen Halpert, Curator of Photography, and steward of the Stephen K. Halpert Photography Collection at the college.

Visitors are welcome. Please mask if unvaccinated (or cautious) and social distancing is required for all.

The UNE Art Gallery on the Portland Campus will subsequently be open to all on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with expanded hours to be announced. The gallery is located toward the back of the UNE campus at 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. For more information, contact Hilary at [email protected] or go online to library.une.edu/art-galleries.

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Festival of Arts organizers were unsure if the summer festivals would be able to return this year until a matter of months ago.

Without question, those involved are ecstatic to be back, even if it meant that the work that usually takes place over the course of a year had to be completed in significantly less time.

“There is such a celebratory spirit,” said Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and public relations for the Festival of Arts. “It feels like a giant family reunion of the arts, and we are so grateful and pleased that our doors are open and that we get to reconnect with the arts, reconnect with our artists, and actually, one another. I think Laguna Beach and all the art shows are the perfect place to do just that.”

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, established in 1932, reopened to the public on Monday, when

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“Education Should Be Free” is a new exhibit at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis.

Manetti Shrem Museum

On March 16, 2020, three days after former President Trump declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art closed its doors.

For the first time in more than a year, the fine art museum recently reopened on both the physical and virtual stages. In collaboration with UC Davis, the museum presents a series of exhibitions and installations available both in-person and online.

The move reduces crowd capacity, per COVID-19 protocol, and increases access to the museum’s galleries and collections for patrons inside and outside the greater Sacramento region.

Each collection celebrates a section of UC Davis’s history or identity, a mix of photography, painting, sculpture, print, and text. Artists and presenters provide description, analysis and critique through videos on the museum’s online

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