ART BEAT: Kudzu Arts Zone draws smiles with 'Tickling Your Fancy'

There is still plenty of time to “get happy” at Kudzu Art Zone. The “Tickling Your Fancy” exhibition that launched on Aug. 2 will continue through Sept. 7, inviting art lovers to experience what makes an artist smile.

Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. The exhibition is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

This exhibition includes the works of 29 artists and includes a wide variety of subjects and media.

“In this current exhibit, outstanding works are Joyce English’s compelling acrylic figure painting titled ‘Woman in a Sundress,’ the happy, colorful small painting by Kathy Robinson, ‘My Unkempt Garden’ and a peaceful scene of cows in pastel by Cyndi Marble called ‘Wading Home,’” Lucy Brady of Kudzu said. “A whimsical, colorful piece portrays a Thrasher Park that never was in Susie Schlar’s ‘Spring in Thrasher Park’ and Miriam Gaisner’s masterful figure painting is titled ‘Blue Robe.’”

There are also glass sculptures by Hung Nguyen, who is a new artist to the gallery.

“The judge for this exhibit, Elizabeth Stallings, an instructor of painting and drawing at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, said it was a difficult decision (whom to include in the show) because so much of the work was worthy of merit,” Brady said.

The other artists included in this exhibition are Brady, B. J. Barrett, Linda Brown, Mary Corbitt, Diana Dice, Mikki Root Dillon, Lynda Ellis, Terri Enfield, Susan Faircloth, Burt Grossman, Sara Grossman, Lorraine Kimsey, Anna Labaire, Margaret Lacy, Loretta D. Loconto, Betty Loud, D.B. Love, Carol Luttenberg, Lea Marshall, Maryann Rachelson, David M. Raderstorf, Shirley Shepherd and Wanda Walston.

Kudzu has another exciting venture on the horizon, one that has an element of outreach to those less fortunate. “The Karanzi Project” will be a partnership between Kudzu Art Zone and Perimeter Church. It will be a special fundraising event designed to bring hope, food, shelter and health services to the village of Karansi, Tanzania.

Kudzu is putting out a call to artists to create special works of art in response to this poverty-stricken village and its inhabitants and to help Perimeter Church continue its mission of transforming this village from the bottom up. The Karansi Project art exhibit will take place at the Kudzu Art Zone gallery Nov. 8 to 22. Half of all art sale proceeds will go to the artist, and the other half will be donated to relief efforts for the village of Karansi. Artists must be at least 18 years old, and the work must be 2- or 3-dimensional. A “People’s Choice” ribbon will be awarded (non-monetary) at the close of this exhibit. The winning art will be posted on the Kudzu Art Zone website.

For an artists’ prospectus for this special project, go to www.kudzuartzone.org/uploads/dbmisc/124.pdf.

For more information about Kudzu Art Zone and its activities, visit www.kudzuartzone.org/index2.shtml or call 770-840-9844.

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