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Annual Members Exhibition offers local and regional artists the chance to show their works
Paula Lindner, assistant to the director at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, hangs artwork for the 61st annual Members' Exhibition.

61st annual Members' Exhibition

Members of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center show two- and three-dimensional pieces

When: Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; exhibition runs through Nov. 30

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

More info: 770-536-2575

No matter what your taste in art, there is something for you at the 61st annual Members' Exhibition starting today at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

The art show, made up of artists who are members of the Quinlan, draws a diverse crowd of landscape artists, sculptors, portrait artists and anyone in between.

One aspect Amanda Kroll, assistant director at the Quinlan, said she enjoys about having the annual members' exhibiton is the range of styles and subjects the artists cover. Members of the Quinlan are from Hall County, but many are also from Atlanta, other parts of North Georgia or even out of state. And that adds to the variety of pieces in the exhibition each year.

Plus, because Georgia's landscape is diverse in itself - there's seascapes, marshes, mountains and lakes - the show is a unique opportunity to see all different sides of the state.

Lawrenceville artist Shirley Shepherd has two paintings in this year's show - one is "Moonlit Swamp," a watercolor and acrylic with orange tree trunks and lavender foliage, and the second is "Little Suwanee Creek," a watercolor painted on yupo in soft autumn browns and golds. Yupo is a plastic that, Shepherd said, is tricky to paint on but gives a unique result.

"I enjoy showing at the Quinlan because it's such a really nice venue," she said. "When you walk into the Quinlan, it's a warm feeling ... it feels very warm when you walk in there."

Earlier this week, Kroll was busy organizing paintings for Tuesday's judging. Her goal was to group artworks by subject matter, putting landscapes, cityscapes and waterscapes in one gallery, portraits and figures in a second gallery and abstract pieces in a third.

"Because it's so diverse (what) everyone has, when you're looking at pieces that are completed by completely different artists, and watercolor and all types of different media," Kroll said. "And we also have all types of different framing mechanisms as well, so it just, in order to keep it from looking too jumbled, we group it by subject matter and color and size.

"It's kind of like a big puzzle."

And then there's the gallery with the abstract paintings - which offer their own unique view of the world.

"With the abstracts it's always like a wild card. We never know precisely what we're going to get until we get it," Kroll said. "And there are some really interesting textures and colors and forms in the abstract room this year. I'm real excited about it. It's going to show really well, by itself."

The show is judged by Bill Eiland, director at the Georgia Museum of Art. He will be awarding first, second, third and 10 honorable mention prizes.