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Sawnee Artists Associations showcase under way
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Gwen Berger arranges ceramic pieces for the Sawnee Artists Associations March Art Madness show, which runs through April 5 at Parsons, 525 Lakeland Plaza in Cumming. - photo by Crystal Ledford

If you’re going

* What: Sawnee Artists Association March “Art” Madness

* When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through April 5

* Where: Parsons, 525 Lakeland Plaza

* Cost: Free; raffle tickets are $2 each

CUMMING — The Sawnee Artists Association is presenting its annual March “Art” Madness through April 5.

Each year the event showcases the talents of the association’s members.

“We have our members’ show every year, but it’s at different locations,” said president Kris Straukas. “Last year, it was only two days at Central Park, so we’re really excited that Parsons was so gracious to give us this space for two weeks.”

The show will be held inside the space that the gift and collectibles store, 525 Lakeland Plaza, uses during the holiday season for its Christmas shop.

The art show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Straukas said this year’s show will feature close to 160 pieces of art in all sorts of mediums.

“We have a record number of pieces between our two-dimensional art — which are paintings, drawings and photography — and then our 3-D pieces, like jewelry and pottery,” she said, noting that the work is top-notch.

“A lot of people don’t realize how much talent is right here in this county. We don’t have to go down to Roswell or Atlanta to find great artists. They’re right here.”

The association includes about 80 members from Forsyth and surrounding counties.

“Probably about 90 percent of the members are from here in Forsyth, but we do have a few that live in Alpharetta, Canton and Dawsonville, the surrounding counties,” Straukas said.

She said nearly all of the members will be showing work during the two-week event.

“Many of them will be showing two or three pieces,” she said.

Unless noted by the artist, all of the work is available for purchase with all of the sale going to the artist.

About 15 pieces of art have been donated for a raffle, from which all proceeds will be donated to two local charities — Age Well Forsyth, which helps families dealing with loved ones with dementia, and the MSG Foundation, which provides free meals to those in need in the community.

“Last year, we raised quite a bit of money for the MSG Foundation, so we’re hoping with the extended time period we’ll be able to raise a lot for both of these causes,” Straukas said.

She encouraged the community to come out in force to see the work of local artists.

“We had over 800 people come through last year in just two days, so we’re looking forward to this year,” she said. “We’re hoping to have record crowds since this is such a great way to promote our artists.”