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ART BEAT: Gallery in Lawrenceville to feature Gwinnett artist

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Mikki Dillon's "Vickery Shoals" is one of 19 works in pastel or photography on view at St. Edward's Gallery through Sept. 6. (Special Photo)

One of Gwinnett’s visual arts treasures and long time proponent of the arts is Mikki Dillon, who has been creating beauty in and around the Southeast for many years. She has an exhibition on view at the Gallery at St. Edwards, a fine visual arts venue she has helped curate and support.

The exhibition is titled “Eyes and Hands,” and it consists of 19 works covering Dillon’s travels from Maine to New Mexico and Japan to Charleston, S.C. The works are created in both pastels and photography.

The gallery is located in the chapel at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 737 Moon Road in Lawrenceville. The gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Fridays and Saturdays. There is no admission fee and the exhibition will be on view through Sept. 6.

Dillon has had a very active career in the local arts scene, being involved in many organizations and winning numerous awards for her work. Although she studied art at Ohio State University and printmaking at Columbus State University in Columbus she is also a former military wife and mother of three grown children. After returning to the art world, she continued studying art with numerous teachers such as Frank Webb, Katherine Chang Liu and Maxine Masterfield among others.

Dillon is well known for her work in pastels. She has won many awards in this medium and achieved signature status in seven national pastel societies. She has been a board member of the Southeastern Pastel Society since 1988. For 19 years, she was the editor of their newsletter, “DustBuster.”

She has also been a teacher. For eight years, Dillon shared her knowledge of the pastel medium and her love for color by teaching and lecturing. Her work is in many public and private collections throughout the United States. Best known for her vibrant figurative work, she has focused on the plein air landscape genre for the past 13 years. Most recently, she has been developing her skills in digital photography, which is reflected in her current exhibition at St. Edwards.

Dillon’s life never slows down.

“Best news for me is that, besides the solo show at St. Edwards, I had a solo exhibition at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence, Ala. in April and May,” she said. “Then I have a current solo exhibition in the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tenn. through September. It is a gorgeous museum and I am thrilled to be there.”

Dillon is also active helping other visual arts organizations around Gwinnett. She recently helped hang a show at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, and she is active in the newly created Lilburn Arts Alliance.

For more information about Dillon or about her solo exhibition at the St. Edwards Gallery, call 770-963-6128. Follow the artists on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mikki.dillon.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.