Staff Photo: Keith Farner
Photographs including “The Hollies,” left, a picture of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville by Lawrenceville resident Hal Jones is on display at George Pierce Park in Suwanee.
SUWANEE -- Two art exhibits at George Pierce Park, on display through September, offer pieces of photographs from around Gwinnett County and the world.
"Scenes From Gwinnett" by Hal Jones, showcases photographs throughout the county, according to a Gwinnett County news release, while "Doors to the World," by Charles Rogers, documents his travels.
Jones enjoyed decades of snapshot photography in Europe, the United States and Asia. He retired to Gwinnett in 1976 after serving 22 years in the Army. In 2005, processed his photography digitally, according to the news release.
Rogers, an award-winning photographer, was honored in in 2006 for Outstanding Achievement in Amateur Photography by the International Society of Photographers.
Art exhibits have become commonplace at George Pierce in such mediums as pastel, acrylic, oil, water, colored pencils, inks and mixed media.
Olga Sidash, a recreation leader at the park's community center, said the first exhibit was in 2008 by Frank Sharp, which displayed how China coordinated for the Olympics in 2008. Sharp has continued to display artwork at the center following trips with his wife, Pearl, to places like the Mediterranean in 2009 and Egypt last year, Sidash said.
A Buford Artists Group, presented by 15 artists, have been regular exhibitors, Sidash said.
Each exhibit lasts for about three months, and most artists are seniors, Sidash said.
The exhibits have become so popular, Sidash said the center is booked through February 2014.
The exhibit is free and open through Sept. 27. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.