Gwinnett Artists Make It Big in Southeast Show

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For 22 years, the American Craft Council Atlanta Show, (ACC) the Southeast”s largest juried craft show has showcased the nation”s finest craft artisans, and attracted regional collectors and craft enthusiasts to its three-day event at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

On March 10-13, four Gwinnett County artists will join ranks with 225 other master artists, many of whom have work on display in museums and in some of the nation”s top art and craft galleries.

Hudi Sandgren of Suwanee is among them. Raised near the Yakima Indian Reservation in Southeast Washington State, Sandgren has always loved and been inspired by the Native American Culture of the Pacific Northwest.# His design and artwork is inspired by the majesty and beauty of all Native American heritages and cultures. For the show, he combines pen and ink, with gourds, wood, glass and watercolor. In addition to his art, Sandgren is an accomplished violinist and composer.

Potter and wood artisan Mark Knott, of Suwanee, creates colorful pottery that evokes the sensations of the ocean: cool blues, soothing repetitive forms and natural beauty. Knott”s pieces incorporate both stoneware and porcelain and he strives to make pottery that is both beautiful and functional.

Originally from South Africa, Jane Burke, of Duluth, has been working in Marquetry (intricate inlaid wood artwork) for almost 17 years, initially learning the technique in Paraguay. Also a keen gardener, she quickly developed her own style by focusing on enchanting detail work involving objects of natural beauty: birds, insects, and flowers.# The intricacy of her work belies the painstaking process involved in the creation of artistic marquetry and is showcased in her framed picture collection, furniture and engagement ring boxes.

“Marquetry is my way of appreciating the beauty of wood and expressing my creativity.# I lean more toward nature scenes as I love the great outdoors and all the little critters found in it,”# said Burke. When Jane is not creating, she is teaching at woodworking shows, clubs and guilds, and loves getting others interested in taking up her art form.

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