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Local artists make an ‘impression’ at the Forsyth County Courthouse
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The Cumming Arts Center and Sawnee Association of the Arts held a courthouse artists’ reception on Thursday, July 21, inviting participating artists and community members to see a new rotation of impressionist paintings in the Forsyth County courthouse. - photo by Sabrina Kerns

The Cumming Arts Center and Sawnee Association of the Arts worked with District Attorney Penny Penn to help liven up the Forsyth County Courthouse with impressionist paintings.

The group held a courthouse artists’ reception on Thursday, July 21, inviting participating artists and community members to see the new works displayed in the courthouse’s grand jury room and the victims’ assistance office.

Bonita Salter, current president of the Sawnee Association of the Arts, said the new installation is the fifth rotation inside the courthouse where they have been displaying art since May 2017.

Each rotation challenges artists to create paintings of a different style or theme, and the display is meant not only to show off local talent but also to brighten the walls of the courthouse.

“People who are sitting here waiting, it gives them something to look at,” said Laurie Litke, a participating artist who has been with the SAA for about a year. “It’s probably not the most fun thing to be in the courthouse.”

This is the first time Litke has displayed her art in the courthouse and said she was proud to see her work displayed alongside other talented artists. She displayed a painting of a child standing in a field of sunflowers, titled “Sunflowers Forever.”

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Another artist, Arris Hodge, said she loved this rotation’s theme, impressionism.

This was her second attempt at an impressionism painting, and she said the challenge really brought out an undiscovered side of her art.

“I had a lot of fun with it,” Hodge said. “I realized, wow, I’m kind of impressionistic.”

The display also gives the artists a chance to sell their work. All the artwork displayed is for sale, and the courthouse has artists’ contact information for those interested.

Aside from this installation, the arts center has member artwork hanging in several locations throughout Forsyth County. Those interested in having local art displayed in their place of business can contact the arts center for more information by emailing sawneeart@gmail.com.