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Photography on view at the Hudgens Center

The art of photography has been described as "painting with light," and that is an apt description for this form of visual expression. To celebrate the art form, the Hudgens Center for the Arts has amassed a building full of photography created by outstanding professionals and students.

"The Art of Photography" is a collection of work by seven professional photographers: Jay Arnold, Rigsby Barnes, Richard Calmes, Wilda Courney, Javier Diazgranados, Wallace Reid and Cayce Rockhill Tolbert. These photographers display work in the Fowler Gallery.

Visitors can also enjoy 900 photographs created by Gwinnett County students. Titled "Shutter Sense and Nonsense," this friendly competition had many winners and shows the great creativity that our young artists can attain. These images can be found in the Rotunda, Kistner Gallery, Promenade and Children's Galleries.

A third segment of this exhibition is a photo contest. Open to photographers over 18, this collection will go up in the Promenade Gallery the first week in April. Submissions can be made through Jan. 31.

The professional photographers' work comes from many points of view.

"I do a mixture of street photography of interesting characters and structures," Barnes said. "Also, I do a lot of nature shots. On my Web site, there is a section titled pre-dawn New Orleans. Two of the shots that are at Hudgens are shown there, one is the back side of St.Louis Cathedral where the shadow of Jesus is cast on the back wall, and the other is a sidewalk with an overhang on a misty morning. The Web site address is www.rigsbybarnes.com."

Richard Calmes presented 17 of his favorite photographs of dancers. Taken in locations from New York City's Times Square to the North Georgia Mountains to Atlanta's Kings Plow building, the images are dramatic and dynamic.

"I try to capture beauty that is fleeting," he said. "A photograph immortalizes all the hard work and devotion that is necessary in the dancer's quest for perfection."

See more of his work at www.richard

calmes.com.

"I have 10 pieces in this exhibit," Javier Diazgranados said. "Some of them deal with the human figure, a theme that I have been working for more than 15 years. The picture named "Brazil' won an award in the contest "The Best of Latin Photography' in the art category a few years ago." Visit www.javier

dzgphotography.com to enjoy more of his work.

"I have 21 pieces in the gallery," Tolbert said. "My work is unpredictable and spontaneous. I like surprises. Whether walking down a busy street in New York, having breakfast in an eclectic Cafe in Mexico, driving down an old country road or spending an afternoon with kids in the backyard, I love to make it interesting and appear unplanned, a photojournalistic style."

Reid is an outstanding area portraitist located just across from Duluth's Town Green. Reid was selected by Atlanta Magazine as Atlanta's Top Interior Decor Portrait Studio. He is exhibiting 15 works in this show, each one an engaging, beautifully captured portrait of families, little girls, a baby and even a family pet. See more of his work at www.WallaceReidPortraiture.com.

The exhibition will continue through March 21. Admission is free. For information about hours, visit www.artsgwinnett.org.

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