Fall Into The Arts with Gwinnett County Public Library

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Gwinnett County Public Library and its partners invite citizens to Fall Into The Arts (FITA), an annual celebration of the literary, performing and visual arts, on September 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Four local library branches (Buford, Dacula, Lilburn and Grayson) will be hosting this event for the artists to showcase their work. This library event is free and open to the public. Details on featured artists below.

FITA”s mission is to foster a sense of community in Gwinnett County through jointly sponsored arts programs and to encourage a lifelong love of the arts. Thanks to the availability of free or reduced event tickets, the program will expand the availability of the county”s cultural life to those citizens for whom access to the arts may be limited.

Buford Branch
Jim Mengason is a watercolor artist who has designed opera sets for the Wilmington Opera Society and is active in several local arts groups. Rosemary Williams is an award-winning watercolor artist originally from the South Shore of Boston who presently teaches watercolor classes at Sugar Hill Community Center and exhibits her work at various galleries.

Dacula Branch
Lois Colborn is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and a popular exhibitor in many juried shows. Jean Richardson received awards from local shows as well as an Honorable Mention and a Second Place for Pastels from the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Her work includes landscapes, floras and still lifes.

Grayson Branch
Ralph Beach is a member of Northeastern University”s African American Master Artist-in-Residence Program and a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society. Liz Borkhuis is a largely self-taught artist and member of the Art Station in Stone Mountain Georgia who exhibits locally at arts and crafts shows and gallery exhibitions. Dorette Smith found that “a new world of color began to spill from the tips of her pencils onto the canvases”# since she retired from her teaching career.

Lilburn Branch
Latifah Shakir is a Native New Orleanian who has exhibited her work in both in the United States and abroad. Presently, her work includes themes such as family, women, geometry and biomorphic silhouettes. Judith Surowiec paints with a colorful energy, sometimes folding or crumpling a canvas for the challenge and surprise – a unique “signature”# for her work.

For branch addresses and more information,# visit or call 770-978-5154.