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Loganville Artist Cynthia Bell Featured in 'Off the Hook' Exhibition

Work by Loganville Artist Cynthia Bell is featured in "Off the Hook," a exhibition of handmade antique, modern and contemporary hook rugs that explore the traditions and new directions of this art form.

The largest art exhibition ever presented by the state-of-the-art Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center features 52 artists through June 30, 2012. Cynthia Bell from Loganville is a featured artist.

According to a press release on the exhibition, this isn’t your 1970s latch hook pillow! The GEHC Foundation and the Atlanta Dogwood Chapter Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA) partnered to bring the story of this two-hundred-year-old hand craft to life.  Promotional assistance is provided by ArtWorks! Gwinnett.

Visitors to the exhibition can learn about the origins of the craft as a utilitarian object two centuries ago and its development into a mode of self-expression and even fine art. From delicate flowers to bold geometric designs, from curious self-portraits to beloved animals, you will never look at a rug the same way again!

“The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center is excited to host this unique exhibit,” said Jason West, director of programming and development.  “Throughout the exhibit’s time on campus, the GEHC will offer programming and activities focused on the craft.”

The display of hundreds of antique to contemporary hand-hooked rugs, along with hands-on activities and beginner to advanced workshops, launches with a special celebration on April 14, 2012 with national ATHA president Gail Dufresne speaking about the heritage of rug hooking.

Museum tickets (including the exhibition) are available at the door. For admission pricing and additional information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. Some education programs require advanced registration and additional fees.

(Editor's Note: This is from a press release from the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center)

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