ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Local art enthusiasts have a new gallery to explore. 

Arts Alpharetta will host the “Fiber & Folk Art” show through June 21 at the Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton Street. And from 5-7 p.m. on May 18, several of the featured artists will be on hand to talk and answer questions during the show’s reception.

“In this show, we have a wonderful representation of many different artists, subject matter and mediums — everything from a huge painting of the iconic Guinea hens from Cornbread to artistic quilts, felted sculpture, art quilts, paintings and even a few pieces of clothing,” said Wendi Schutt, director for the show. “This show represents the diversity of fiber and folk art, and it is just a fun, interesting, thought-provoking and colorful show to see.

Several pieces, for example, are art quilts, which can be considered both fiber and folk art, Schutt said. 

Some of the nationally known artists featured in the show include John “Cornbread” Anderson, Brenda Davis and Howard Finster. 

Cornbread, a self-taught artist, hails from Lumpkin County and typically paints animals with acrylic paint on plywood boards. 

Davis was born in Tuskegee, Ala., and paints her vivid dreams. Several of her pieces are part of a permanent collection at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Finster was a Georgia artist and Baptist minister who said he was inspired by God to design Paradise Garden, a folk art sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of art. Some of the pieces from Paradise Garden are now in a permanent collection at the High Museum. Finster also designed album covers for several bands, including R.E.M. and Talking Heads. 

Other regional artists at the “Fiber & Folk Art” show include Catherine Ash, Maureen Engle, Michael Buchanan, Ben and Kathleen Hollingsworth, Sam Ezell and Martha Meyers. Rising artists include Korri Iracondo and Marian Cunningham.   

“Several artists in the show have exhibited with Arts Alpharetta before, and we had many new artists that submitted this time, which we were thrilled about,” Schutts aid. “Some are seasoned artists who are famous in the world of folk art, and some are new talents. This was their first exhibit.”

The opening reception for the “Fiber & Folk Art” show is open to the public and includes catered light refreshments. A catalogue will be available featuring the works and more information about the artists. Several pieces of art will be available for purchase.

For more information about “Fiber & Folk Art” or to enter in the next show, visit artsalpharetta.org.

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