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Colors of Fall opens Saturday at Sexton Hall
New seasonal show from artists group
Works of art, such as this color pencil drawing by Kris Straukas, will be on display during the Colors of Fall exhibit at Sexton Hall. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

If you go

* What: Colors of Fall at Sexton Hall

* When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3-7

* Where: Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road

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The Sawnee Artists Association will debut its new seasonal show on Saturday.

Works of fine art from local members will be on display for nearly a week in Colors of Fall at Sexton Hall.

Carole Kjellsen, publicity chair, said the free event is a collaboration of the local artists’ group and the Forsyth County senior services center off of Sharon Road.

“What they asked us to do originally was to put some of our artwork there because their walls were bare,” Kjellsen said. “It was very well received and so they asked us if we’d like to do a show there.”

Nearly 50 members had work selected for the juried show.

The media includes oils, acrylics, sculpture, photography, woodwork and jewelry, Kjellsen said.

Works done in colored pencil will be on display from Kris Straukas, the show’s director who also teaches art classes at Sexton Hall.

“Her work is unbelievable,” Kjellsen said. “When you look at it, you think you’re looking at a large photographic piece.”

All of the art in the show is “outstanding,” she said, adding that the members have been practicing for many years and several have art degrees.

Most of the work at the show will be for sale, but the pieces need to stay on display through the show’s final day on Sept. 7.

Sexton Hall won’t be open on Sept. 1 or 2 for Labor Day, she said, but the show will resume Sept. 3-7.

The show is expected to be one of the association’s major events, joining March Art Madness sand Christmas in Central Park.

“What we’re trying to do is work toward exposing people to the arts in Forsyth County,” Kjellsen said. “This is an excellent avenue for us to use to present the arts in Forsyth County.”