Fine fabrics: Exhibit showcases color, texture

A leisurely stroll down the Rowe Promenade is a visual experience in color and texture.

Vibrant reds and fuschias, serene blues and grays, earthy greens and browns and deep burgundies and charcoals create a color cornucopia against the backdrop of the creamy white walls inside the Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Organized by the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild, which includes weavers and fiber artists from Georgia and surrounding states, the juried exhibition "Fiber Artistry - Journey of the Imagination" showcases the range of fiber artistry.

"We were thrilled to have entries from every state in the southeast, from students to experienced artists," said exhibit chair and Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild board member Lynn Lowance. "We were so excited with the variety of fiber arts that was represented."

The exhibit submissions were judged by internationally known artist Glen Kaufman, a retired University of Georgia professor.

"He's very well known and respected in this field so he was a big draw," said Angela Nichols, director of education at the Hudgens Center. "I think (the exhibit) got a lot of really great work probably because of his name and people wanting to get their work in front of him."

The call for entries from artists in Georgia and 10 nearby states garnered magnificent examples of handcrafted woven and fabric artwork, from functional to purely aesthetic pieces all in a variety of mediums and styles.

"You've got this very traditional, handwoven blanket made of alpaca wool juxtaposed next to this vinyl, stitched very contemporary feeling, modern, just different artwork," Nichols said. "It appeals to a wide audience."

Soft silks, coarse sea grass rope, smooth vinyl and fuzzy felt are just a few of the textured fabrics that make up the various pieces in the exhibit, which range from simple to embellished.

"It appeals to me and it's not my field of expertise," said Nichols, whose background is in printmaking. "I think it would appeal to people beyond just knitters and people who make quits and that sort of thing. It definitely is fine arts."

Portrait perspectives

People, particularly their facial expressions and profiles, are the subject of the Portrait Society of Atlanta's fall juried exhibition, which is on display in the Hudgens Center's Fowler Gallery this fall.

Portraits of children, adults and couples created with oils, pastels, charcoal, watercolors and colored pencils fill the gallery space. Just outside the Fowler Gallery, the Kistner Atrium is lined with portraits in the Hudgens Center's permanent collection, including a piece by Pablo Picasso titled "La Fille au Chapeau," a lithograph that was given to the Hudgens Center in 1990 by Richard and Marjorie Lowrance.

Also on view at the Hudgens Center this fall are "How I See Myself," an exhibit of artwork by Gwinnett County students, and artwork by the center's instructors.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts welcomes patrons to view its exhibits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: "Fiber Artistry - Journey of the Imagination"

· When: Through Oct. 24

· Where: Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth

· Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, students and children

· For more information: Call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org