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Studio to host Arts at Twilight

One of the most licensed inspirational artists in the nation will offer a rare showing of original work in Gwinnett on Saturday.

Duluth native Kathy Fincher, known for her pastel paintings of children, will participate in The Arts at Twilight, an event sponsored by the newly organized Duluth Arts League and the first in a series of upcoming arts-related engagements in Duluth. Fincher's work has been featured in calendars, on greeting cards, journals, mugs and more.

"I rarely exhibit," Fincher said, "and that is because I'm usually creating and working with corporations and developing new products."

Fincher's new products include figurines in her "Mama Says" line that are inspired by her paintings.

"As an artist, it's actually the sculpture line that has given me a voice," she said.

The figurines, which were created by DEMDACO Inc., represent the things mothers tell their children, such as "Mind your manners," and "Do your chores."

During Saturday's event at the Duluth Art Studio, Fincher will create an impressionistic landscape piece.

"I'm going to start a painting that evening, then finish it and auction it," Fincher said, adding she often holds speaking engagements while painting and will be able to chat with event attendees as she works.

Fincher will be exhibiting work along with her mother, Margaret Parsons Andrews, and one of the founders of the Gwinnett Fine Arts Center, later renamed the Hudgens Center for the Arts, in Duluth, and her aunt, Anne Parsons Odum. All three women are Duluth natives and call themselves the Parsons Painters. The Arts at Twilight will be the first exhibit in which all three have participated in at least 15 years.

"(Our last exhibit) may have been 20 years ago," Fincher said. "It's been a long time since we have all three exhibited together. This will be like a reunion for us."

Joining the Parsons Painters for her first exhibition with the trio is Fincher's cousin, Wynn Montgomery, a senior art education major at Georgia State University.

Saturday's event will also feature violinists strolling along the Town Green and a performance by Gwinnett musician Stephen Norwood.

"The goal (of this event series) is really to make Duluth an arts destination city by pulling together all the fine arts we have," said Terrie Adkins, a member of the Duluth Arts League.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: The Arts at Twilight

· When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Duluth Art Studio, 3530 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth

· Cost: $10

· For more information: Call 678-957-1942