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LOCAL EVENT: Artistic Georgians: Hudgens Center showcasing works from native artists

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Works of art by Herbert Creecy hang in one of the galleries at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Creecy's artwork is one of three new collections being displayed at the gallery.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Works of art by Herbert Creecy hang in one of the galleries at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Creecy's artwork is one of three new collections being displayed at the gallery.

Herbert Creecy brushed, poured, splattered and dribbled paints onto his canvasses, layering a visual explosion of shapes, colors and textures.

The layers of the late abstract painter's artwork have bled over into the layers of the latest installment of exhibits at the Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Creecy's work is the cornerstone of the trio of exhibits, all showcasing work by Georgia artists. His large canvas paintings fill the walls of the Fowler Gallery, where guests can take in his creativity and technique.

"I think the sheer love of painting, love of materials, comes across, the texture, the movement," Education Director Angela Nichols said of Creecy's work. "You can't deny just the presence of the pieces, and the love of art making comes across in his work. It's about the process and you can tell that."

Creecy grew up in Buckhead and graduated from the Atlanta School of Art in the mid-1960s. He later moved to Barnesville in 1979, where he established a home and studio in an old cotton warehouse. He remained there until his death in 2003.

The display of Creecy's work segues into an exhibit of pieces from the Hudgens' permanent collection, including one of Creecy's older pieces from 1964 and two of Benny Andrews' paintings. The display also features work by artists such as Regina Johnson and A.R. Wood, who helped start the flourishing arts community in Buford. 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.

"We felt like we couldn't expect support from our community if we didn't support our community," Nichols said. "This is the space for us to highlight artists from (the local area)."

The range of work includes metal , jewelry, pottery, paintings and mixed media.

"It's an amazing diversity of styles and techniques and experiences that people can have," said Teresa Osborn, interim director of the Hudgens Center. "This will be a fun one that people will enjoy."

All three of the Hudgens winter exhibits will be on display through May 15.

"This is what the Hudgens has to offer for this community, the experience of coming in and seeing art in person," Osborn said. "You don't have to go far to come have an experience where you're seeing nationally known artists and emerging artists in person."