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Artists association show opens Saturday
At Sexton Hall through Sept. 13
Through the Lens 2014, a photography exhibit, and Colors of Fall, featuring a range of mediums such as paintings, pottery, sculpture and woodworking, open Saturday at Sexton Hall. - photo by For the FCN

If you’re going

* What: Sawnee Artists Association’s Through the Lens and Colors of Fall Show

* When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Monday-Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 6-13

* Where: Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road

* Cost: Free admission; pieces can be purchased

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SOUTH FORSYTH — Local artists will show off their work during a weeklong event that begins Saturday at Sexton Hall Enrichment Center.

Sawnee Artists Association will present a dual show with Through the Lens 2014, a photography exhibit, and Colors of Fall, featuring a range of mediums such as paintings, pottery, sculpture and woodworking.

Kris Straukas, president of the organization, said the combined show will feature around 100 pieces of artwork from both Sawnee Artists Association members and the general public.

“About 75 percent of the pieces of the pieces will be from our members and the rest from the general community,” she said, noting that the association has about 120 members, primarily from Forsyth but a few from surrounding counties.

“We’re always open to new members. Guests are always welcome at our meetings, which are at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Sexton Hall.”

The show, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Sept. 13 at the center, 2115 Chloe Road.

All art pieces on display will also be available for purchase.

Straukas said the show will offer a wide range of prizes in a number of categories.

“We’ll be giving out a lot of monetary ribbon awards. We have one best in show, then we’ll also have three first place awards — one in photography, one in two-dimensional and one in three-dimensional.”

This year’s event will also feature a new offering, Straukas said, in which patrons can buy prints of artists’ juried two-dimensional works.

“So customers and visitors can come and if they like the original but it’s too expensive, they now have the option to purchase a print,” she said.

Straukas said she’s hoping for good turnouts throughout the show.

“The Sawnee Artists Association is the only [visual] arts organization in the county and we are dedicated to bringing fine art to the community,” she said. “We want the county to know that we’ve got fine art, and all local artists who are incredible, right here in the community and they don’t have to go to downtown Atlanta.

“We have fine art right here in our county.”