One such artist is Sissy Saffell, a local artist who has been involved with the arts center for years. Saffell works in acrylics and has not decided if her entry to the art show would be impressionistic or abstract, but she is excited about the show and how it brings together art and local interests.
“I think it’ll draw more people into art and more people more involved in the community,” she said. “Anything we can do like that I think is a step in the right direction.”
Saffell said she enjoyed drawing as a child but didn’t embrace abstract art until she majored in art in college.
“I always wanted my drawings to look like a photograph,” she said.
Now her house is decorated in art varying from straightforward realistic drawings to abstract paintings with hidden meaning, both done by her and other artists.
“I still enjoy doing the face and figure, but I really like funkier stuff more than realism,” she said.
When it comes to drawing her inspiration from life in Johns Creek, Saffell still has not decided if she will take a literal approach to the city’s namesake or a more abstract piece incorporating elements of the city.
The arts center is an exciting place, Saffell said, and she is happy it is reaching out to get people excited about art.
“They are really trying to make our community aware of art,” she said.
The show is open to artists who live in Johns Creek or attend art classes at the arts center. Entry fees are $10 per piece. There will be a $500 purchase price for the first place winner.