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North Georgia artists keep visitors guessing in 'Secrets' exhibit
Artwork by Gail Watson


Featuring watercolors by Gail Watson and oil paintings by Anita Elder

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 20
Where: Center Gallery and Gallery Too, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. Free.
How much: Free
More info: 706-878-3300

The North Georgia artists featured in “Secrets,” an exhibit on view through Sept. 20 at the Sautee Nacoochee Center’s art galleries, Center Gallery and Gallery Too, have a few.

Secrets, that is.

And some of them are being revealed in the galleries, in the form of paintings, pottery and other media.

“Sometimes there are things that are hidden. Some of the art has things that are hidden in it, and if you look at it closely you can find something,” said Kathy Blandin, executive director of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association.

But Blandin said some of the artists chose a more subtle route.

“Sometimes it’s the theme of secrets and what that can do between people, so it’s interpreted very broadly by different artists,” Blandin said.

Each show at the center has two featured artists. For “Secrets,” they are watercolorist Gail Watson and oil painter Anita Elder.
Blandin said “Secrets” has been a successful show.

“The show is very popular with visitors, because we’ve actually sold a great deal of art since it opened,” she said.

Coming up next in the Sautee galleries is “Music, Music, Music,” set for Sept. 25-Nov. 1.

Gourd drums by Priscilla Wilson, banjos by Tom Ryan and dance sculptures by Nicole Turner will be featured at the show along with other artists’ work.

“Some of the instrument makers will actually (make instruments) and turn wood to look like instruments,” Blandin said. “Others will paint the theme of music. Again, it’s a theme that (is) interpreted broadly by our artists depending on their media.”

The reception for “Music” will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the center.