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Three Artists to Award Collaborative Painting at Exhibit”s End

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One special painting created by three award-winning artists# will be won by a single lucky guest.# Triple the creativity, triple the vibrancy, triple the fun. Three local artists come together for a special exhibit of original artwork:# “Three Women, Three Friends, Three Artists:# A Kaleidoscopic Approach” opening at Kudzu Art Zone on Saturday,# August 6.

This show is a departure from the artist organization”s# customary group member shows.# Three members — Kathy Kitz of Norcross, Anne Labaire of Duluth and Gwen McDonald of Lilburn — have come together in celebration of friendship and creativity to produce a memorable three-woman show.# While each of the three has produced a body of work especially for this exhibit, the three have also collaborated on a landscape painting which showcases the talents and preferred medium of each.# This unique collaborative painting titled “Nature”s Symphony” will be won by one lucky visitor to the exhibit.

Kathy A. Kitz# works in watercolor and acrylic and enjoys painting on Yupo (a synthetic non-absorbent art paper with an ultra-smooth surface). On Yupo the paint sits on the surface of the paper and allows for brilliant color and beautiful watery effects as well as more manipulation of water mediums. Kathy often includes stamping and pressing techniques as a way to create unusual design elements in her compositions.

Anne Labaire, along with husband Ron, owned and operated Labaire Pottery in Norcross for almost 15 years.# Anne currently has her art studio at Kudzu and is painting full time.# One of Anne”s acrylic paintings inspired the design for a mosaic that will be installed in Thrasher Park this summer.# Anne”s paintings in this show reflect the kaleidoscopic aspect of the show”s title:# bright, colorful hues forming a wide variety of impressionistic images.

Gwen McDonald creates contemporary, mixed media and collage pieces.# After decades in education, Gwen discovered an artistic variety of story-telling while painting with paper and fabric.## She is a member of Kudzu, the Atlanta Artists Center and the Atlanta Collage Society.# For this exhibit, Gwen has focused her artistic eye on all things uniquely southern.

The special exhibit opens August 6 with a summer-themed reception party open to all. Music will be provided by Mixed Genes.## The exhibit runs through August 27.# The winner of the collaborative painting will be announced at the end of the exhibit. Regular exhibit hours are Friday & Saturday 11-4; additional hours by appointment.