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Bellezza Art Exhibit returns
8th annual show set for weekend
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Wood turner Fred Warshofsky shows some of his work to Fran Magnusson at a past Bellezza Art Exhibit. - photo by Jim Dean

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The Bellezza Art Exhibit is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Brannon-Heard House, 111 Pilgrim Mill Road in downtown Cumming. For more information, go online at

The Bellezza Art Exhibit, a staple event for fine arts in Forsyth County, seems to be settling into its new home at the Brannon-Heard House.

Sponsored by the Sawnee Artists Association, the two-day event returns Oct. 17 and 18 with fine arts and crafts from nearly 40 artist members.

“There will be pottery, wood pieces, jewelry and there will be painting out on the porch if it’s nice,” said Connie Shriver, association president. “The fair will be going on, so we’re hoping to catch some people from the fair.”

Offering a variety of paintings and pottery, Kathy Wert has been selling her work since Bellezza, which is Italian for celebration of fine art, began.

While the exhibit has moved around over the years, Brannon-Heard is the best location to date, she said.

“I think people were so interested in getting to see the house that it helped us showcase our art and the house,” said Wert of last year’s event, the first there.

This year, the entrance to the house will feature a variety of artwork from all the artists, something event organizer Joanne Earley said will help showcase everyone equally.

Because of the struggling economy, Earley said artists have been mindful of disposable income.

“We are all thinking in terms of the economy and bringing in smaller works that will be a little more sellable and cost effective for our patrons,” she said.

Wert said she plans to include some lower-priced works, but expects most artists to “have some big ticket items also.”

“People are watching what they spend,” she said.

Wert said her paintings range from $200 to $400, but her pottery is priced between $25 and $100.

Even with the economy, Wert said people are still buying art. With the large collection at the upcoming show, she said the exhibit will be a one-stop shop.

“It just gets beter every year because the seasoned artists here have been there a number of years and really help to mentor the newer artists,” she said. “We’re going to continue to have a great show this year.”