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Out in the Crowd: Community recreation center hosts art exhibit

The Buford Artists Group offers up pieces ranging from subdued watercolor nature scenes to lovely silks bursting with colored dyes in its exhibit "Color and Contrast: Conversations in Art" at the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee.

Ann Gordon, one of the artists whose work is on display, began painting as a child with watercolors. It wasn't until 2001 that the now 63-year-old attended a six-hour workshop on painting on silk at a friend's suggestion.

"I was smitten," Gordon said. "I was totally taken with painting on silk. In fact, I came home that day and I told my husband I wasn't going to be painting in acrylics and watercolor anymore (and) I've been doing it ever since."

The Sugar Hill resident has six silks on display in the Buford Artists Group's exhibit. "Summer Magnolia," "Hibiscus," "Poinsettia," "Irises" and "Cactus Fever" represent Gordon's work with flowers, capturing incredible color variations within each petal or bloom. "Bold!" is also one of Gordon's silks at the center.

"The 'Bold!' one actually turned into a surprise," she said. "It started out to actually be completely different and it ended up being, actually, bold, that was the only thing I could come up with after I completed it."

Gordon also creates southwestern landscapes on silk and scarves bearing various scenes.

"I just think painting on silk is such a beautiful way to express oneself," she said. "The thing that I find about painting with French dyes on silk, is the minute you touch your brush or the tool you're using to the silk, the dye just leads itself and finishes the design for you."

"Color and Contrast: Conversation in Art" is a free exhibit and will be on display at the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center during regular hours through Feb. 18. For more information on the exhibit, call 770-831-4173.