Portrait exhibit on display in Norcross

NORCROSS - The face was so striking that Khary Williams thought he must be looking at a photograph.

But instead, the portrait of a young girl is one of many paintings on display at the Pinckneyville Community Center in Norcross.

"It looks so realistic," Williams said of his favorite in the collection from the Portrait Society of Atlanta.

The juried art exhibit features 31 paintings from 22 artists. The majority are oil paintings, but a few were created from charcoal and one was a mix of charcoal, pencil and paste.

Bringing nationally known artists, the Portrait Society of Atlanta has put on workshops at the community center, and its past president is an instructor there.

The Pinckneyville Community Center, located on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, has displayed art exhibits since it opened in 2003, taking place of a former arts center on Holcomb Bridge Road.

The current exhibit, which runs until Jan. 23, contains paintings in a lobby that serves as a gallery and along a wall. Visitors can tour the exhibit for free.

Williams said art displays can also be found at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville and at George Pierce Community Center in Suwanee and Bethesda Senior Center in Lawrenceville.

When the portrait exhibit closes next month, the community center plans to open a student art show.