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Johns Creek Arts Center prepares for shows, classes
by Nicole Dow
July 31, 2013 12:05 PM | 2310 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Johns Creek Arts Center instructor Susan Calderon will be participating in the upcoming Colored Pencil Society of America – Atlanta Chapter art show.
Staff / Erin Gray
Johns Creek Arts Center instructor Susan Calderon will be participating in the upcoming Colored Pencil Society of America – Atlanta Chapter art show.
With the end of summer art camp right around the corner, the Johns Creek Arts Center is gearing up for its fall offerings.

The center will host an autumn-themed exhibit by the Atlanta chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America Sept. 21 to Oct. 21. The show — which serves as the first collaboration between the Colored Pencil Society and the center — will kickoff with an opening exhibit Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It excites me because in addition to the student shows that we do at the arts center every year, I try and bring in different art venues to expose our public here — the Johns Creek community and the surrounding areas — to art that they may not have an opportunity to see if they didn’t get an opportunity to go down to one of the galleries or one of the museums downtown [in Atlanta],” said Gail Hisle, the center’s executive director.

The show will feature landscapes, figurative work, still lifes and abstracts. Local artists Susan Calderon, Joan Gelbalt and Debra Yaun are among those participating in the exhibit.

The center will also host an instructor show Aug. 26, in advance of the start of fall classes, to showcase the work of those that teach there.

“The real purpose of putting the show up is … trying to make people understand what they can do with the classes,” Hisle said. “If you’re going to take a certain instructor, you want to be assured that their quality of work is something you would want to learn about.”

Prospective students can sign up for fall classes now.

“We offer a plethora of classes.” she said. “We offer pottery classes. We offer drawing classes. We offer painting classes. We have a figure studio. We have jewelry workshops. We have oil and acrylic painting. We offer colored pencil. We offer pastel. We offer watercolor.”

New offerings for children include a video game making class and a class where students make stop-motion videos with characters made from polymer clay. The center also added a pottery class children and their parents can take together working side by side.

“We [add] a variety of programs and classes so that we keep it fresh and new, but then of course there’s always the consistent classes,” Hisle said. “I have people who have been taking watercolors from Kathryn Gentile ever since I started five years ago.”

To sign up for fall classes, visit

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