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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Exhibits at Hudgens highlight black artists

The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth is celebrating Black History Month with three new and exciting exhibits, sponsored by The Primerica Foundation. The exhibits will remain on display through March 9.

“The Dream: Five Black Artists, Five Voices,” features five Atlanta-based artists, including Paul Stephen Benjamin, Jerushia Graham, Henry Leonard, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeir and Nnamdi Okonkwo. Works by the five artists in this exhibit range in media from prints and sculptures, to collage and fibers.

“We are thrilled to be able to present five such accomplished artists this spring,” states Angela Nichols, Programming and Education Director at the Hudgens. “Each artist has such a distinct visual ‘voice’ stemming from their own experiences, cultures and interests, and we think this exhibit exemplifies in a small way how very diverse contemporary black artists are in Georgia.”

In addition to “The Dream,” the Hudgens will present two complementary exhibits during the same time frame:

Nine Ben Shahn prints from the permanent collection are featured in “Reflections from 1965: The Civil Rights Movement,” in the Kistner Atrium. This exhibition highlights a portfolio of fine art prints created by Shahn for the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1965. Shahn (1898-1969) was a Lithuanian-born American artist best known for his works of social realism.

Another exhibition, entitled “The Atlanta Collage Society: SHARED VISIONS,” is featured in the Georgia Gallery. With a membership of approximately 75 collage artists, the Atlanta Collage Society roster includes assemblage artists and mixed media artists who incorporate collage into their work. This exhibit showcases members’ works created around the theme of diversity.

There will be a variety of programs at The Hudgens in February that relate to the exhibits, including “An Evening with the Artist, Larry Walker” on February 21, and a series of Artist Gallery Talks on February 23.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that presents fine art exhibits year round, and offers art classes for adults and children through its Fine Arts School. The Hudgens’ mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex. For more information about The Hudgens, please visit www.thehudgens.org or call 770-623-6002.