The city of Norcross and Kudzu Art Zone are presenting an exhibit in a new venue for the Kudzu Art Zone's Juried Open Show, The Rectory, which is a restored building from the early 1900s and served as the rectory for the church that now houses the Lionheart Theater. The show was open to any Georgia artist and juror Paula Linder, the assistant director of Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, chose an excellent, eclectic group of works for the show.
As soon as the viewer enters the building he or she will meet an arresting, almost life-size portrait of a boy painted in oil by Saul Hernandez. The title is "Atheist" and it makes one want to know more of the story behind the painting, including what is the significance of the large letter f in the subject's hand. Maryann Rachelson's small painting, "Along the Beach" is a harmony of lovely colors depicting a perfect summer day at a seaside. Another colorful piece is Alan Stecker's "Power of Blue" a truly commanding, slightly unsettling, digital painting.
Well-known artist Anne Labaire does not disappoint with one of her vivid, colorful and well-designed abstracts, in strong red tones titled "Sacred Spaces". This title also intrigues; from what religion or culture did these sacred images arise? Judy Knight also shows an intense, very realistic painting of a predator plant, "The Honey Trap" that yet is not scary because of her pleasing color harmony.
Kathy Kitz, who with her committee brought the exhibit into being, shows one of her masterful abstracts titled "Walk Gently". The strong composition is rendered in mostly black and white with dynamic hints of color. Ms. Kitz has excelled in well-designed abstract works and is a popular instructor at Kudzu Art Zone. An outstanding pastel artist, Cyndi Marble, exhibits her mastery of that medium in her compelling portrait, "Contemplation" of a strong African American man deep in thought.
The exhibit runs from Friday, May 11 through Wednesday, May 30, with an opening reception at the Rectory on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 8 PM. The Rectory is located at 17 College Street in Norcross and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM. Monday through Thursday, a key can be obtained at the Norcross Welcome Center to gain admittance to the building to view the exhibit. For more information see the Kudzu Art Zone web site kudzuartzone.org or call 770-840-9844.