Impressionist chosen for summer art exhibit in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- This summer residents can get a new impression of Snellville, with the Art on the Wall at City Hall.

Mayor Kelly Kautz and members of the Snellville Art Jurors chose Raphael Sagage as the artist to exhibit his work during the months of June and July.

"Raphael Sagage's source of inspiration has always been the objects of everyday life and the natural world that surrounds him, fascinated by their colors, patterns, shapes and textures. Rather than paint exactly what he sees, Raphael prefers to let his response to his surroundings be guided by his paintbrush," a press release said about Sagage's impressionist paintings.

Sagage's pieces, which have been featured in many group and solo exhibitions in the United States and the United Kingdom, include experimental techniques combined with more traditional application of media, a press release said. Considered a forerunner in abstract realism, Sagage often includes cubist characteristics into his expressionistic style, the release adds.

The original works can be viewed in the community room at City Hall during normal business hours.

More information about the Art on the Wall program, including an application and selection criteria, can be found on the city website at www.snellville.org as well as at the Snellville Art Commission's website at www.snellvillearts.com.