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Summer exhibitions to open at Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville
Gallery to feature array of artists and groups through Aug. 12; opening reception June 8
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The Quinlan Visual Arts Center's Summer Exhibitions will be on display until Aug. 12 at 514 Green St. in downtown Gainesville.

Summer Exhibitions

When: June 8 through Aug. 12; opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. June 8

Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: www.quinlanartscenter.org or 770-536-2575

Hyper-realistic food portraits to works in watercolor will be among the various pieces at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center Summer Exhibitions.

Amanda McClure, executive director of the Quinlan, explained the show will be especially appealing to kids with around 150 pieces.

“A lot of the times when I plan the shows for the summer, I’m looking for things that are going to be really visually stimulating for the kids, because we have our summer art camp program that comes through here,” she said. “It’s nice for them to see a professional gallery setting in addition to the studio space where they are making work.”

One of the artists she chose is Denise Stewart-Sanabria. The Knoxville, Tenn., woman paints both hyper-realist portraits of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts, according to a news release from the Quinlan.

“That’s going to be fun that we’re getting an artist from sort of outside of our community,” McClure said. “Very, very interesting stuff.”

Works will be on display from other local artists, including Tannery Row Artist Colony.

“We have a really nice relationship with Tannery Row,” McClure said, indicating it is a neighboring artist community from Buford. “A lot of their artists are members here (at the Quinlan). We support one another.”

In addition, Scott Achankeng will debut his works during the summer exhibitions. The native of  Cameroon, West Africa, just moved to Gainesville.

“Scott is new. He’s brand-new,” McClure said. “This is his first show. So he’s an up-and-coming artist to watch. He’s supremely talented for being so young.”

She explained his pieces include “amazing watercolor and portraiture.”

Lastly, the Blackberry Creek Artists group from Blue Ridge will also be on display.

“Again, it goes back to having good relationships with our surrounding artist communities, both large and small artist communities, so that we can showcase really what’s going on throughout the state with groups of artists and what they’re doing,” McClure said.

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