ART BEAT: Gwinnett galleries offer visual arts for Christmas

Two exhibits are open through the new year


Artists relive experiences in the exhibition “Déjà vu” on view at the Kuzu Gallery in Norcross through Jan. 4., including this painting by Debra Barnhart Smith. (Special Photo)

Two Gwinnett art galleries have interesting exhibitions available for holiday viewing. After the shopping is done and the baking is finished, a visit to these beautiful shows can recharge your mental batteries and refresh the soul.

Kudzu Art Zone has a uniquely-themed exhibition titled “Déjà Vu” which runs through Jan. 4. Fourty-eight works of art are on view, each one created by a Kudzu member artist.

“Kudzu member artists are looking back — at times, places and events that have shaped their perspective and fueled their creativity,” Kudzu representative Lucy Brady said. “This new exhibit is the artists’ interpretation of something experienced before in their lives. Is it joyful, nostalgic or sad — the viewer is invited to decide for himself.”

Kudzu is located at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. There is no admission. The galleries are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more details call 770-840-9844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org.

The Gallery at St. Edwards Episcopal Church is also offering an interesting exhibition featuring two artists, Liz Borkhuis and Dave Raderstorf. The exhibition is titled “Yours, Mine and Ours” and will be on view through Jan. 3. The show features 27 works in watercolor, ink and mixed media.

The exhibition is unique in that sometimes, the two artists collaborate on one piece.

“It’s really interesting to see their individual styles and what happens when they work together on compositions,” said Mikki Dillon, curator of St. Edward’s Gallery. “Two individual styles merge into one … come see.”

Borkhuis discovered painting after she retired. “I discovered painting and loved it,” she said. “I’ve also enjoyed the dramatics of pen and ink drawings and the versatility of colored pencils. However, watercolor remains my favorite media because of the wealth of colors and effects one can create, and the gorgeous blends and colors that can be produced. I particularly enjoy creating paintings of wild and domestic animals that capture the spirit of our bird and animal companions.”

Raderstorf also followed his love for art upon retirement. “Most of my career involved design and art in the textile business,” he said. “My interest in art was enlightened by my travels to many parts of the world. My art and use of color are heavily influenced by the cultures and countries that I have visited.”

Raderstorf has won several juried exhibits in the past year.

The Gallery at St. Edwards is free and open to the public. It is located in the chapel at 737 Moon Road in Lawrenceville. Hours for viewing the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the church at 770-963-6128.

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