Hudgens Center offers Family Day

DULUTH -- For Angela Nichols, Herbert Creecy's abstract artwork is very much about the process of creating.

"I think the sheer love of painting, love of materials, comes across, the texture, the movement," said Nichols, director of education for the Hudgens Center for the Arts, which is hosting an exhibit of Creecy's paintings. "You can't deny just the presence of the pieces, and the love of art making comes across in his work."

During the Hudgens' upcoming Family Day event, set for 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 13, families can experience the process of creating their own abstract expressionist art through "make and take" art projects.

The free event also includes admission to each of the three exhibits on display at the Hudgens. The main display of Creecy's work segues into an exhibit of pieces from the Hudgens' permanent collection created by Georgia artists. A focus on local artists continues with a stroll down the Rowe Promenade, where select works by resident artists of Tannery Row Artist Colony are displayed. Visitors the arts center on Family Day will have the opportunity to observe some of the Tannery Row artists at work.

One-day workshops

Too busy to enroll in one of the ongoing, weekly art classes offered by the Hudgens Center? Still want to try something new or hone a technique?

Throughout the month of February, the Hudgens Center will host one-day workshops that will allow Gwinnett residents to immerse themselves in an art medium in the convenient timeframe of just a couple hours.

Six one-day workshops are planned on topics ranging from the basics of using watercolors to making hand lotions and toiletries. For a workshop schedule and costs and to sign up, visit www.thehudgens.org.