Free art exhibits open in Gwinnett

"We are painters first, artists always, and as such not bound by anything but our innate desire to create," American artist Mary Todd Beam said.

This could be why many artists enjoy showing off their works for no cost to the viewer.

Through the month of April, the public can check out works of art for free at two landmarks in Gwinnett County.

Today until Feb. 27, the Buford Artists' Group has several pieces on display at the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. The members of the group are showcasing "their finest art works, challenging one another to further express their creativity," according to Gwinnett County's website.

The group participates in this complimentary exhibit regularly in the county, including at local libraries and parks.

George Pierce Park is located at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee.

For a spring arts show, Christopher Sherry has works up at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse today through April 12. His array of art includes self-portraits, landscapes and still-life in mixed media, pastels, oils and water colors.

Sherry is an art teacher at the Johns Creek Art Center, specializing in oil and acrylic paints. Before becoming a painter, he was an architech, who graduated from both Georgia Tech and the University of Miami.

The courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

Admission to both exhibits is free to the public. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.