First Impressions Exhibition

First Impressions, a member exhibition of artwork, opened on March 4th. The exhibition consisted of 48 artworks in various media including, oil, acrylic, watercolor painting, mixed media, photography and lithography.
 
The title of the exhibit, First Impressions, challenged member artists to examine their sources of inspiration. The exhibition was judged by Linda Lindaborg.
 
The judge awarded the first place prize to David Raderstorf of Lawrenceville, Georgia for his mixed media piece, Gig Saw. Mikki Root Dillon of Lilburn, Georgia received second place prize for her photograph, Night Light, St. Francisco de Assis. Third place was awarded to Shirley Shepherd of Lawrenceville, Georgia for her collage entitled Peace. Mohammed Haque of Lilburn Georgia received an honorable mention for his watercolor, Silence, and Melanie Sheldon of Berkeley Lake, Georgia won honorable mention for her watercolor October Walk.
 
Gig Saw by David Raderstorf

Gig Saw by David Raderstorf

First place winner David Raderstorf commented, “Gig Saw was designed around my favorite colors: teal, yellow and magenta. I made extensive use of paste, gel and heavy acrylics, creating three dimensional images and textures.”

 
Melanie Sheldon, said her work, October Walk, was inspired by the colors of her favorite month: October. “My husband and I spend a lot of time in North Georgia during the fall. I love the beautiful, rich colors.”
 
Ms. Lindaborg, the judge for the exhibition, received a degree in graphic design and illustration from the Art Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After an award winning career in design and illustration she turned to fine art in 1996. Ms. Lindaborg is represented by the Burton Gallery in northeast Georgia. Her work is part of the collections of the Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Georgia State Capitol Office Building in Atlanta and the McDonald’s Corporation in Atlanta.
 
First Impressions will run through April 14th. The Kudzu Art Zone gallery is open from 11am to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Kudzu Art Zone, a non-profit organization, located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. Kudzu Art Zone is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the artist community and expanding awareness of the visual arts through education, exhibitions and special programs. In late April Kudzu Art Zone will host a three-day workshop taught by the notable artist, Casey Klahn. Visit www.kudzuartzone.org for further information about membership, classes and workshops.
 
Kudzu Art Zone is also calling for all Georgia artists to participate in its Open Juried Exhibition. The first place winner of this exhibition will receive $1,000 cash prize. The deadline for entries is April 30th. The exhibition will run from June 17 through July 22. Visit www.kudzuartzone.org for further information and to enter the exhibition.
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