If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this would be a year's worth of columns.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about interesting things to do in and around Gwinnett County and asked readers if they had any favorites. I got lots of nice suggestions from major attractions to out-of-the-way ethnic restaurants. But what surprised me was that most people suggested various local art venues.
St. Edward's Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville continually features the work of local artists. The current exhibit of Jane Carroll's portraits in oil, pastel and charcoal runs through the end of August.
Master photographer Frank Sharp, known for creating video tours of all our county parks, is the first and so far only photographer to have his work displayed at the Lawrenceville library. His exhibit ended a few weeks ago, but Sharp has some works on display in other places in the county and I know there will be other displays in the future as Sharp continues to snap away.
Several people called to my attention the two photo exhibits currently running at George Pierce Park Community Center in Suwanee.
One, titled "Doors to the World" reflects the worldwide travels of award-winning photographer Charles Rogers. His depictions of other cultures run the gamut from people in exotic clothing to the universal cuteness of a cat.
The other is "Scenes from Gwinnett" by Hal Jones, who also traveled the world, especially while serving in the Army. However, for this exhibit, Jones chose to feature the beauty we have in our own backyard.
"Our small towns are all increasingly interesting, and pretty, to me... every one with its own personality," Jones said. "Even if there are no festivals, fairs, concerts or other events taking place, a leisurely driving and walking trip through a few of these towns is a great way to add a lot of flavor to a trip to Gwinnett County."
That flavor is reflected in 40 photographs, several of which are magically enhanced with some high-tech computer processing. (That's all I'm going to say about that. You just have to go see them yourself sometime before September 27 when the exhibit ends.)
Another suggestion, which was well worth the trip to Snellville, was the display of Dr. Javad Deganian's landscape photographs, including some spectacular views of the North Georgia mountains, in the lobby of the Eastside Physicians Building. And the best part of this exhibit is that you can take some of it home with you. Dr. Deganian, who founded Snellville Pediatrics in 1975, has converted the breathtaking beauty of his photographs into greeting cards, available for purchase in his office.
I hope y'all can get out to see at least one of these Gwinnett attractions. Not only because they will give you a view of your county from an artistic angle, but because I really don't believe these 490 words were able to do them justice.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at email@example.com.