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Cultural arts center hosts unique exhibition
by Bill Baldowski
June 11, 2014 11:34 AM | 1334 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Davina Grace Hill, executive director of the Douglasville-Douglas County Cultural Arts Center, looks over a piece of artwork by Amy Hunkler of Marietta in the Georgia Artists with Disabilities Inc. art exhibition.
Staff / Samantha Shal Davina Grace Hill, executive director of the Douglasville-Douglas County Cultural Arts Center, looks over a piece of artwork by Amy Hunkler of Marietta in the Georgia Artists with Disabilities Inc. art exhibition.
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Known throughout west Georgia for displaying unique artistic exhibitions of different media, the Douglasville-Douglas County Cultural Arts Center currently is hosting one of its most unusual shows.

The Georgia Artists with Disabilities Inc. Art Exhibit will be on display at the center through July 11.

The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to arts center executive director Davina Hill, the works of more than 50 artists, using different media, are featured.

“These works of art, from paintings to photography, ceramics to jewelry and most any medium in between, are featured,” she said.

Asked the purpose of the exhibit, Hill said it shows that, even though someone may have a disability, “it doesn’t mean they cannot express their inner feelings in artistic works of art.

“This artwork shows that everyone has artistic skills and abilities through which they express their inner feelings and emotions.”

Marcelle Watkins, exhibit tour coordinator, said its purpose is to assist the typical disabled artists in displaying and selling their works.

Most pieces in the show are for sale, she said.

On display as part of this exhibition, she said, are winners of last September’s exhibit.

The center’s exhibition includes 10 pieces named best in show for the September exhibit as well as 15 selected for being with merit and 20 which were honorable mentions.

Many of the paintings are oil or water colors.

Watkins said these very special artistic works include one from Carrollton artist Mitpasa Sengmany, who is having his work displayed in this exhibit for the first time.

Sengmany is a brain tumor survivor who has been able to overcome disabilities caused by his physical condition and maximize his artistic talents, Watkins said.

The Pilots Club of Metro Atlanta founded the exhibit in 1985, Watkins said.

Another of the many highlights of the exhibit is a collection of artistic work by Georgia students with disabilities. Hill described the works as a unique display that highlights the abilities of the artists.

“These works represent the triumph of the human spirit over physical, mental or emotional challenges,” she said.

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