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A personal touch: Kudzu Art Zone hosting new exhibit

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Strings on a guitar. The doorway of a small church in Lititz, Pa. A goldfish pond that was dug by hand. An old shrimp boat unloading its catch.

These are a few of the subjects artists have captured in the latest exhibit to fill the walls of Kudzu Art Zone's gallery in Norcross.

The selections on display, which include oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media paintings, were created by members of the Southern Colours Art Association who are also members of Kudzu Art Zone.

The Southern Colours Art Association, founded 15 years ago and based in Lilburn, is a group of 18 professional artists from all over the metro Atlanta area who come together once a week to paint.

Each piece on display reflects a person, place or object with a personal connection to or meaning for the individual artists under the theme "Up Close and Personal." With limited guidelines for submissions -- too many rules can inhibit creativity, said Sallie Atkins, the founder of SCAA -- the exhibit offers a variety of styles, media and techniques to catch the viewer's eye.

A brief narrative written by the artist accompanies each piece, offering viewers an enhanced experience in knowing a little of the stories behind each piece.

One of Cyndi Marble's paintings titled "A Special Treasure" is of a hummingbird nest she found on the ground in her yard.

"You see how small it is," she said, "and you figure, hummingbirds are small, the babies are even smaller. It just boggles your mind."

"When Cyndi was doing her bird nest, it was like, well, how much more up close and personal can you get?" Atkins added. "You're holding a hummingbird home in your hand."

Atkins' pieces on display include a painting titled "Orientals," which depicts oriental magnolia blooms she placed in Chinese lacquer bowls given to her many years ago by a friend.

"After the really cold winter this past year I was really afraid (my oriental magnolia) would not have blossoms, but there it was in February," Atkins said. "It bloomed more this year than it ever has. The oriental blossoms in the oriental bowls, the idea appealed to me so I put them there and I deliberately painted them up close and personal."

Both Marble's painting "A Special Treasure" and Atkins' work "Orientals" will be on display through Aug. 28. Other artists whose work is featured in the exhibit include Lucy Brady, Rena Cutler, Diana Dice, Sara Grossman, Judy Howard, Christopher Sherry, Catherine Susky and Sandra Tribukait.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 770-840-9844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org.