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Hudgens Center for the Arts presents 'Art in the Garden'

The Hudgens Center for the Arts will be overflowing with artwork of all kinds Nov. 2. From noon until dusk, there will be artwork on display, and for sale, from the expanse of the sculpture garden, to the rotunda, the children's gallery, and, of course, the glass pyramid art shop. At press time, 16 artists were scheduled to be displayed.

"We plan to have 'Art in the Garden' twice a year, and we plan for it to grow in scope," Hudgens spokesperson Cindy Perryman said. "The emphasis will always be on quality rather than quantity, however. We have also made sure there is a wide range of pricing, starting at $14.50 for handcrafted earrings and ranging to quite a bit more for superb oil paintings. Since almost all artists love to talk about their work, it will be a perfect opportunity for guests to learn more about art."

Seven artists are slated for the sculpture garden. Bert Beirne paints in the style of the old masters. Donna Adams will bring enameled jewelry. Maxi Reedtz offers work primarily in silver and semi-precious stones. Vernon Smith, the head of Hudgen's pottery department, will bring elegant hand-thrown pieces. Melin Miller of Athens will have her unique, hand-made millinery for sale. Linda McMorris has stunning portraiture and plein air works. Norm Citron will present his acrylic paintings.

Moving into the gift shop, guests can admire the work of Beth Fallaize, a prolific potter often on display in the glass pyramid. Bob and Dora Strother, who both teach at Georgia Perimeter College, also offer bold and colorful pottery.

The children's gallery will be filled with work which compliments the current "Dreams of Africa" exhibition. Dale Ferguson, with whimsical but sophisticated sculptures of giraffes, is represented as well as Anita Stewart, who uses mixed media. Jessie Mackay has just returned from Africa where she taught art to children in Tanzania. Her travels have inspired her work here, which is primarily of Massai people going about their daily routines.

Also in the children's gallery will be two Tannery Row artists. Carly Clements-Hardy presents her large, exuberant pastels and oils. Judith Surowiec will show her colorful acrylic paintings.

In addition, sculptor Wilby Coleman will be on hand, an artist whose work has graced the Hudgens Center's exterior for many years. Wilby has produced a beautiful art book titled "Irony," filled with Julius Ariail's photography of Wilby's works. Wilby and his wife, Gloria, will greet visitors in the rotunda and autograph copies of "Irony." He is also bringing some of his sculpture, including a piece titled "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," constructed partly from an old steam heater.

The Hudgens is even supplying sangria and hot cider. There is no admission charge.

For more information, visit www.artsgwinnett.org or call 770-623-6002.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail hcalmes@mindspring.com.