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Visual Artists Collective plans special exhibit

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

As part of its "Art in Unexpected Places" program, the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County will hold its second annual "Evening with Art" on Aug. 28.

The event will be hosted by Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home, 2580 Ga. Highway 42, in Stockbridge, from 4 p.m., to 9 p.m.

The location is an unusual spot to display artwork, said Carolyn Fuller, secretary for the arts group.

"You expect to see art in restaurants and libraries, and even some street venues," she said. But the funeral home approached the group about having the event there a year ago, and that first gathering was so successful, the group decided to return, according to Fuller. "We're hoping 200 to 300 people might come [this year]," she said.

The art exhibit was first held at the funeral home in August of 2009. "We made an impression, apparently, because the funeral home wants us back; they have given us free reign," added Mary Anne Maslanka, board member for the arts group, and chairperson of the committee organizing this year's event.

The exhibit will be free, and is open to the public. It will feature art in many mediums, including painting, sculpture, glass art, and photography.

The event is growing in popularity, said Maslanka. Last year's exhibit featured between 12 and 15 artists, and drew about 100 people, she said. This year, 22 exhibiting artists are expected, primarily from Henry County, she added.

Art in all forms is a significant part of society, continued Maslanka.

"It would be a cold world without art," she said. "Everything that touches our lives, all starts out as a drawing. If that [art] were lost, what a dreary, sad place it would be."