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National Open Visual Arts Show begins Sunday at Cultural Arts Center
by Bill Baldowski
November 01, 2013 10:50 AM | 1682 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County presents the second annual National Visual Arts Show beginning Sunday and continuing through Nov. 29.

More than 60 artworks selected by the Cultural Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will be on display.

There will be a reception for the art exhibition this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. with pianist Ilja Moston performing during the reception.

The event is free and open to the public.

Laura Lieberman, executive director of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, said that although the National Open Visual Arts Show features wonderful artistic creations from artists throughout the country, at least half of the artwork on display is from local artists.

Combine that with the fact that the exhibit is housed in a structure which is included in the National Registry of Historic Places, the National Open Visual Arts Show would have something for just about everyone, she said.

“In addition, if you are one who enjoys purchasing original art, you won’t be able to get a better price for original artistic creations than here at the art show,” Lieberman said.

“Knowing you purchased a beautiful artistic piece at a bargain price will make it even more enjoyable,” she said.

After 25 years of great success with its annual National Juried Art Exhibition, the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County decided to change course last year and present its first national non-juried exhibition.

As the National Juried Art Exhibition has done since it was established, the NOVAS exhibit continues to promote and appreciate the visual arts, enable artists to exhibit their works and allow local citizens to enjoy a wide variety of high quality art from around the country.

Since 1986, the Cultural Arts Center has presented hundreds of exhibitions of works by more than 2,500 artists.

Of the 126 pieces of art submitted by 45 artists living and working in eight states, the 2013 Gallery Committee selected 63 pieces for the current exhibition.

Those selected included many artists who have participated in the National Juried Exhibition as well as newcomers to the Douglasville venue.

As had often been the case with the National Juried Exhibition over the years, paintings and photographs are the strength of the exhibit.

This year’s exhibition features photography that is advanced both technically and artistically.

Photographer Diane Yancey’s artistic creation entitled, “San Gimignano, Italy” features a stone wall that stretches across the page and is adorned with a cascade of purple flowering vines creating a landscape of texture from the centuries old stone wall and the blossoms.

As if inviting one in and playing upon one’s curiosity to see what is on the other side, an open weathered medal door greets the viewer and slightly reveals the wondrous landscape beyond the wall.

Barbara Stevenson’s exhibit entitled, “Apalachicola Barber Shop,” a documentary-style photograph which perfectly encapsulates the aesthetics and ambiance of the location while providing a window into the past.

Another photographer, Nicolette Dunn who has often exhibited works at the Cultural Arts Center, presents, “Wicked Wonderland, Z” which artfully uses color and nonlinear black lines to establish a dark and, as the title implies, a “wicked’ atmosphere.

The image, with its chaotic misty scene, helps transport the viewer to an otherworldly, eerie place of their imagination.

For more information on the National Open Visual Arts Show, call the Cultural Arts Council at (770) 949-2787.

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