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LOCAL EVENT: Tannery Row Artist Colony celebrates 6th anniversary with exhibition

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Six black crows set against a night sky. A six of hearts playing card. Half a dozen bumblebees buzzing around bright blooms of sunflowers. A No. 6 paintbrush held by a caricature of Alice from "Alice in Wonderland." Six splotches of pink set atop a colorful background.

Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford is celebrating its sixth anniversary with "The Joy of 6," an exhibit of artwork in which each piece incorporates or represents the number 6.

Resident artists of Tannery Row, along with invited guest artists from throughout Georgia, have contributed in all about 80 pieces -- paintings, mixed media and three-dimensional artwork -- in celebration of the anniversary.

Each piece will include the artist's explanation of what he or she did to represent the number.

"Every piece of art is eclectic and different," said Tannery artist Sabrina Bland, whose teenage and young adult children asked her to paint the six black crows set against a turquoise-infused evening sky. "I just like the fact that everybody is able to interpret and then represent something inside of themselves that is unique."

The work on display in the show will be judged by Dorothy Newman, Gail Whitworth and Morris Herzberg, docents, or tour guides, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

"The docents at the High Museum are amazing. They are so educated," Bland said. "They're going to come in with their background in classical art and all that goes into that, line and form and light, and they're going to also have a lot of background in local art because the High Museum does represent a lot of the local folk artists, so they're going to be able to judge based on all that, on the creativity as well as the artistic value."

The judges will evaluate the work before Saturday's opening reception, which is free and open to the public, and awards will be presented about 8:30 that evening. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will include live music, poetry readings, food and drinks.

For more information on "The Joy of 6" and Tannery Row Artist Colony, call 770-904-0572 or visit www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com.