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Visitors attend a previous Bellezza art show, held annually by the Sawnee Artists Association. This years event will be at Lakeland Plaza. - photo by File photo

If you go

Sawnee Artists Association’s “Bellezza” art show

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 11; 1 to 5 p.m. June 12

Where: 501 Lakeland Plaza (old Blockbuster building)


The Sawnee Artists Association plans to bring beauty to the community for the 10th year.

The annual art exhibition and sale,”Bellezza,” which means “beauty” in Italian, will show off the works of association members this weekend at Lakeland Plaza.

Bellezza is the association’s largest show each year, president Charlotte Gardner said. This year’s exhibition will follow the theme “spring into the arts.”

The club’s 89 members, many of whom make pieces just for this show, dabble in a variety of media, Gardner said.

Pieces on display will include acrylics, watercolors, blown glass, handmade jewelry, pottery and mixed media.

One aspect all pieces have in common is that they’ve been designed by local artists, said Gardner, adding that the group is “the guiding force for visual arts in the area.”

“We hope people will join and participate in our events,” she said.

New member Cora Miles said the show puts out the “best stuff” from the association.

“[My husband and I] are just so impressed with the hard work by all these folks who have brought the fine arts to this county,” she said.

The association no longer has a gallery of its own and has moved around for this show and others, including Bellezza’s move to neighboring Dawsonville for last year’s show.

The group did recently gain a permanent place in a small room to show within local artisan shop Market 334.

Members change out pieces monthly there, but it’s not large enough for all club activities or the Bellezza show.

The owner of the old Blockbuster building allowed the group to have the space for this year’s exhibition.

Gardner said it’s one of the largest spaces in which they’ve had to put their art on display.