Local gallery celebrates Valentine's Day with exhibit of paintings from the heart

Kudzu Art Zone is celebrating the month of February and Valentine's Day with an exhibit of work based on the theme "Reflections of the Heart."

The pieces on display present each artists' interpretation of the theme, from people and places dear to their hearts to reflective surfaces and areas that foster inner reflection.

• What: "Reflections of the Heart"

• When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

• Where: Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Call 770-840-9844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org

Diana Pratt Dice, a Lilburn resident who runs an open studio for artists at Kudzu couple days a week, has two pieces on display, one a colorful painting of three chickens titled "The Ditzy Chicks."

"I selected them because reflections of the heart meant to me just about anything that could come from your heart and soul," Dice said, "and these little chicks are just so precious to me."

Her second is another colorful piece that began as one image, the figure of a person, that she transformed into a backdrop for strong black lines that outline the frame of a house in Norcross.

"The Wall House, that is an old house with a lot of people who have lived there before who loved that house, took care of that house," Dice said. "It was something very special to them. On reflecting on who we are, a lot of it is from where we come from and a lot of those people who lived in that house, and who lived all the way around Norcross, worked here, lived here, loved here, had children here, died here."

Dice said guests who visit the exhibit will find a variety of media and experience.

"The wealth of information collected in this room is immense," she said. "Not only that, you see the variety between pastel, watercolor, acrylic, photographs, is just such a great variety."

Dice and other artists with work featured in the exhibit will be on hand during an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. The exhibit will be on display and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.