Southern Summer Exhibit

Alpharetta Art Center’s new exhibit “Southern Summer” features works by local and regional artists.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — To celebrate the summer, the Alpharetta Arts Center has created a new exhibit for the public to enjoy.

From July 6 through Sept. 27, the public is invited to visit the juried show “Southern Summer” with works from local and regional artists at the Arts Center on 238 Canton St. The opening reception will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 6. Several of the featured artists will be on hand to talk and answer questions during the show’s reception.

“Each artist has created their own interpretation of a summer in the South, a time filled with lightning bugs, sweet tea and picnics at the lake,” said Alpharetta artist and screenwriter Mike Buchanan. “Visitors will be inspired to reflect upon their own memories of an ideal ‘Southern Summer.’”

The show will contain both two- and three-dimensional artworks, including traditional paintings and quilts as well as wood and glass sculptures. 

“We want the community to be inspired to create high quality, beautiful, inspired art; sign their children and themselves up to take art classes at the Arts Center; and to purchase a piece of art if they are inspired to,” said Wendi Schutt, Arts Alpharetta Gallery co-chair. “We also want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, which art, by nature, does.”

Some of the artists featured in “Southern Summer” include Ben Hollingsworth, Sue Miller, and Nancy Murphy as well as Buchanan and Schutt. 

Works from nationally renowned artist John “Cornbread” Anderson will return to this show. Cornbread, a self-taught artist, hails from Lumpkin County and typically paints animals with acrylic paint on plywood boards. He is known for his iconic Guinea hens.

“There are both well-known artists and up-and-coming artists [in the exhibit],” Schutt said. “This was a juried show, and we had some impressive submissions this time.”

The July 6 reception will include plein air painting as well as live music from local bands. A model will also dress in a Southern-themed costume to complement the gallery’s theme, Schutt said. 

Food and drinks will be available during the reception from Paddywagon food truck and the King of Pops.

Some art at the exhibit will be for sale. A percentage of each sale will go directly to support the arts in Alpharetta through the nonprofit Arts Alpharetta. 

For more information about “Southern Summer” and the Alpharetta Arts Center, visit

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