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Local art exhibit to benefit village in Africa

More than 75 pieces of art are on display in an exhibit at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross titled “The Karansi Project: Transforming a Village from the Bottom Up.” (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

More than 75 pieces of art are on display in an exhibit at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross titled “The Karansi Project: Transforming a Village from the Bottom Up.” (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Tanzania Global Team, a ministry of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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The exhibit runs through Nov. 22. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Necklaces by Anita Patil. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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A painting titled “African Soliloquy: Under the Acacia Tree” by Anne Lebaire. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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A piece titled “Young Man Child” made with raku clay by artist D. B. Love. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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An acrylic painting titled “Wajane Watatu,” or “The Three Widows,” by artist Rae Prall. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

NORCROSS — A Norcross art studio has partnered with an area church ministry to present an exhibit that will benefit a village in East Africa.

Kudzu Art Zone and the Tanzania Global Team, a ministry of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, held an opening reception Friday for “The Karansi Project: Transforming a Village from the Bottom Up,” a juried exhibit that will benefit the village of Karansi in Tanzania.

The original art in the exhibit will be sold and half of the proceeds will go toward providing assistance for the Karansi villagers. The other half will go to the individual artists.

“There’s a lot of really good art here,” said David Raderstorf, director of Kudzu Art Zone.

Rae Prall, an organizer of the exhibit, said patrons who view the artwork should walk away with a better idea of what life is like in Karansi.

“Our hope is that theywill take advantage of child sponsorship or want to maybe go on a missions trip there or just contribute funds for the ongoing ministry,” Prall said.

Open houses for the exhibit will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today and Nov. 17. at Kudzu Art Zone is at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. Special gallery hours for the exhibit are from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16, 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 22. For more information, call 770-840-9844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org.