Saturday, July 11, 2009

Gwinnett: Bright Color Splash and Mediterranean: Two Free Art Exhibits in Suwanee

Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation’s George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center is sponsoring an exhibit of paintings and photography featuring artist Builquis Samadi and photographer Frank Sharp.

Bilquis Samadi’s “Bright Color Splash” features bright, vibrant colorful impressionistic paintings. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, she traveled as a child with her parents to Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Through these travels, Samadi became enriched through the scenery and at the age of 12 attended her first art class and fell in love with painting. Her family moved to the U.S. and she attended Georgia State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Fine Arts. She now puts her images on canvas through oil, acrylic, pastel and charcoal in order to share with the rest of the world her experiences. “Every time I use a different media, the result is a surprise,” said Samadi. “Whatever crosses my path in daily life somehow ends finding its way to the canvas.” Her paintings are representational with impressionistic uses of color and texture.

Frank Sharp’s “Mediterranean” is comprised of photographs taken during his travels worldwide with his wife Pearl. Sharp was born in East Tennessee near Knoxville and became interested in photography at an early age, using a twin-lens reflective camera. Later, when he graduated from the University of Tennessee, he bought his first 35mm camera. As the years passed his hobby grew, and on a trip to Michigan Frank did a full-page freelance color photo story that was published on the back page of the Detroit Free Press. Frank went on to work on IBM mainframe computers for several Fortune 500 companies. Now, through his travels, he gets to enjoy more freely the passion he has had since childhood.

Both exhibits are currently on display through Aug. 31. Exhibit hours are Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is free.

George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center is located at 55 Buford Hwy. in Suwanee. For more information call 770-831-4173 or visit
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