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Art exhibit continues through Saturday

Colors of Fall at Sexton Hall

POSTED: September 4, 2013 12:28 a.m.
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Kay and Al Money, from left, and Lori Short admire artwork during Colors of Fall at Sexton Hall.

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It was an exciting day for Cathy Mozley.

The potter’s latest creations came in first and second place for three-dimensional works in the inaugural Sawnee Artists Association’s Colors of Fall show.

“It’s the first time I have ever entered a contest with my pottery,” she said at the grand opening. “I’m excited.”

The new association member said all the artwork at the show was well crafted, adding that it was “a great venue for showing off the talents of the people in the area.”

The juried show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Saturday at Sexton Hall, features fine art from about 50 members of the association. Included are creations in oils, woodwork, sculpture, jewelry and photography.

Colors of Fall was a collaboration between the association and Sexton, where association artwork has a regular home. Chris Luttrell, program coordinator at the senior enrichment center, said she attended the event’s opening in support of the arts.

“My main goal is senior services,” she said. “There are so many senior citizens that are artists ... a lot of our students have entered their artwork into the show.

“I’m supporting our students.”

Kris Strawkas, who organized the event with Mary Negron, was happy with how everything came together. And she said planning has begun for next year’s show.

“I think it went great,” she said of the grand opening. “Next year, we’ll expand it, double it.

“I think the talent in this county is incredible.”

Among the winners was Edith Hill Smith, who earned first place for her two-dimensional painting. Hill said she’s a professional artist who’s been displaying artwork since the late 1980s.

A longtime member of the association, Smith said she was pleased with the show’s display.

“It looks good,” she said. “I like the way it’s hung. I think they did a really good job.”

With just three months of planning, Strawkas said she was pleased with how everything turned out, “considering the time frame.”

Next year, there likely will be much more planning involved. She also said her goal is to increase the size of the association and its scope.

“When people think of serious art organizations and galleries, they think of Roswell, they think of Atlanta, Alpharetta,” she said. “We would really like to move the organization forward and hopefully expand on this.”

 

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