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Hudgens Center to open 3 exhibits

On Sept. 24, the Hudgens Center for the Arts opens “Sal Brownfield: A Celebration of Healing,” which features 16 portrait paintings of breast cancer survivors. Shown is his “Celebration of Healing.” (Special Photo)

On Sept. 24, the Hudgens Center for the Arts opens “Sal Brownfield: A Celebration of Healing,” which features 16 portrait paintings of breast cancer survivors. Shown is his “Celebration of Healing.” (Special Photo)

DULUTH — As the weather changes, the exhibits at the Hudgens Center for the Arts will, too.

On Tuesday, the Duluth venue opens three new displays for the public. The latest exhibits are “Hispanoamericanos: Traveling Souls,” the Hudgens’ “Second Annual Juried Member’s Exhibition” and “Sal Brownfield: A Celebration of Healing.”

“Hispanoamericanos” is based on the Hispanic-American Visual Artists Project, which features more than 40 artists working in a wide variety of media and representing such varied countries. Some of the countries include Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.

“We are very excited to bring this exhibit to Gwinnett,” said Angela Nichols, director of programming and exhibitions at the Hudgens. It was very hard to choose which of the many artists participating in the Hispanic-American project would be represented in this exhibit, and which of their works. The artwork is beautiful, varied and represents a wide cross-section of contemporary Hispanic-American art.”

In another area, the “Second Annual Juried Member’s Exhibit” opens. The works in this exhibit were chosen by juror Linda Armstrong from a pool of more than 50 entries by 30 artists.

Armstrong will choose a Best in Show award of $100 and three honorable mention awards of $50 each, all to be announced at the opening reception on Sept. 26.

“It was very difficult to choose the works to be in this exhibit as the entries are all so varied and interesting,” the juror said. “The Hudgens should certainly be proud of the artistic abilities of its members.”

Also opening Tuesday is “Sal Brownfield: A Celebration of Healing,” which is presented in partnership with the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.

The “Sal Brownfield” exhibition features 16 portrait paintings by Brownfield, a Peachtree Corners resident. The art is accompanied by stories about the subjects, who are all breast cancer survivors.

To capture the women’s experiences, he asked help of writer Eve Hoffman. She wrote a book called “Celebration of Healing,” that will be available for purchase in the Hudgens’ gift shop.

There will be an opening reception for Brownfield’s exhibit Oct. 1.

All of the exhibits will be on display through Dec. 28. For more information, visit www.thehudgens.org.