Four New Exhibits Opening at the Hudgens

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From Pressing Matters: Atlanta Printmakers Studio Annual Members Exhibition to the Book Arts Invitational Exhibition and from the Gwinnett County Public Library”s Love Your Library Week 3rd Annual Altered Book Exhibition to the companion Pulp Fashion: The Novel Art of the Paper Dress, the Hudgens will have a very wide variety of print and paper works on display starting June 9. All four exhibits will remain on display through the summer, closing on September 3.

The Atlanta Printmakers Studio was founded in 2005 to promote the fine art of printmaking by offering access to a well-equipped studio and diverse educational programs that foster the development of printmaking as a vibrant and progressive art form.# The studio provides capabilities for intaglio, monotype, woodcut, linocut, letterpress, screen print, papermaking, book arts and various mixed media techniques.

The Annual Members Exhibition was open to all current Atlanta Printmakers Studio members and accepted any type of original print.# A “Best in Show”# award and three “Honorable Mention”# awards will be announced on June 9.

The Hudgens has also brought in four established book artists to display their works in the Book Arts Invitational Exhibition, which features Brian Dettmer, Margot Ecke, Cynthia Thompson & Eileen Wallace.# Book Art, in its most basic definition, is to take an existing book and make it into art.# The long version of the definition, though, is much more complex.# There is an infinite number of things you can do with a book form to turn it into something else.# Book art encompasses everything from making “just” an embellished or decorated piece, to using the book”s form in a new way for a completely different purpose or function.# For example, cutting the “guts” of the book out and turning the empty covers into either another book or a purse or a frame.

The idea for the Book Arts Invitational Exhibition was brought about by the Gwinnett County Public Library”s annual Altered Book Competition, selected works from which will be on display at the same time.# GCPL”s guidelines state that competitors may use any creative technique on an old book that is ready for recycling, but that library books are not to be used for the contest.# The competition was open to any Gwinnett County resident and was divided into two categories: adults 18 and older, and students in grades 6 through 12.# First, second and third place awards will be handed out on June 9, with GCPL and Hudgens employees eligible for honorable mentions.

Growing out of the Altered Book Competition, this year GCPL employees held an internal competition of their own, which resulted in the Pulp Fashion: The Novel Art of the Paper Dress exhibit also on display this summer.# According to Branch Services Division Director Barbara Spruill, “library staff handle print material everyday as we add new books to the collection, direct customers to needed resources, and recycle titles no longer current or usable by the public.# As a former administrator prepared to retire, she proposed the idea of transforming discarded print materials into paper fashions.# Since each branch has a team of very creative staff members who enjoy developing those library displays that catch your eye when you enter, we weren”t surprised when the idea of making paper dresses caught their attention!”## Teams were formed across the branches to share ideas and come up with distinctly unique creations, some of which include jewelry, hairpieces and even shoes made out of paper.# The names of the dresses are equally creative, including Manga Fury, Butterfly and Library Phoenix, among others.

Anyone with an interest in prints and paper arts will have plenty to enjoy in these four exhibits, and members of APS were also invited to place works in the Gift Shop at the Hudgens, so there are signed works for sale in conjunction with the exhibits.# The Gift Shop has a very large amount of new goods and items

There will also be a free Family Day on Saturday, June 18, during which members of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio will lead a hands on art activity for children, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.# General admission, normally $5 adults, $3 children, students and seniors, will be free throughout the day.# The Hudgens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

About The Hudgens
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on supporting the arts in Georgia since its establishment in 1981.# The Hudgens presents fine art exhibits year round, and offers art classes for adults and children through its Fine Arts School.# It supports local community-based arts organizations through its programs, exhibits and partnerships.# The Hudgens” mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex.# For more information about art exhibits, events and classes at the Hudgens, please visit the website at or call 770-623-6002.