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Art project brings Norcross neighbors together

Terri Frolich, left, and Linda McLoud paint doors as part of Norcross’ contribution to “Doors to Homes & Hope,” a public art project supporting for Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and ArtWorks! Gwinnett.

Terri Frolich, left, and Linda McLoud paint doors as part of Norcross’ contribution to “Doors to Homes & Hope,” a public art project supporting for Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and ArtWorks! Gwinnett.

NORCROSS —A Norcross art project supporting local nonprofits not only brought nieighbors together but united a diverse group of individuals.

The “Doors to Homes & Hope” project will see more than 150 artists exhibit adorned doors, installed throughout the city, including for the Norcross Art Fest next month.

But this month, it brought together people speaking four languages and practicing three religions at a door painting party held at the Summerour Cotton Gin in Norcross.

Over the weekend, Ruthy Lachman Paul brought her neighbors together, inviting them to paint doors. The native Israelite suggested a theme of “International Peace,” as young Muslim girls painted beside a British-born mom, a Hispanic woman and an African-American teacher, a press release said.

“We’re just having fun – it’s more about getting people to come together and share a positive experience, and the dream of peace inspires everyone,” Paul said about the public art project, which is aimed at increasing awareness of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, Gwinnett ReStore and ArtWorks! Gwinnett. “And it’s for Habitat which is a good cause – one that speaks to everyone, no matter what their language is.”

An Oct. 5 reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Heritage Park for the project, which will also be featured in exhibits in Suwanee, Duluth and several other public spaces around Gwinnett. An online gallery will be launched that day at www.gwinnettrestore.org, along with information about the contributing artist.

After the exhibit, the Doors of Art will be available for purchase online with proceeds supporting the Habitat mission and the arts in Gwinnett.