Friday, January 30, 2009

“Through My Eyes” Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Paintings by local artist, Denise Hall, are featured in the Winter Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse through April 23. The oil and acrylic painting exhibit is entitled “Through My Eyes.”

“Art is a way to express the way I view the world around me. I paint subjects that are around me and move me to creative expression. Art has always been a part of my life regardless of whether a brush was in my hand or not“, said Hall.

Hall’s work has evolved throughout her life depicting subject matter from still life to portraiture. While her art expresses itself in realism and impressionism, it often takes on a whimsical quality of vibrant color, spontaneity and brush work, inviting the viewer to enter into the setting. Denise has and unbridled love of art and an eye for detail and can render the hair of a child or the suggestion of wind in the trees.

Denise has been interested in painting since early childhood and took every opportunity to participate in various art projects through high school, nursing school, and between children and a career. Since retirement in 1994, she has studied art at Kennesaw State University and under various art instructors, including Libby Dalan at KSU, Philomena O’Quinn Edwards, international artist, and portrait painters, Beverly Harding and Tommy Akins.

She is a member of the Atlanta Artists Center in Atlanta, and has exhibited paintings in juried Shows at the Grandview Gallery in Buckhead and the Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta.
The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St., in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-822-5450. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Commissioner Beaudreau Holds First Trash Meeting

Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau will hold the first meeting of his “blue ribbon” committee on sanitation on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Fifteen residents of Gwinnett County have been selected to serve on the committee.

One of the committee’s goals is to collect, discuss and recommend ideas for a new solid waste plan that complies with state and federal requirements. They will also make recommendations to resolve the County’s problems with the current trash and recycling program.

Although the committee is made up of residents who live in all parts of Gwinnett County, Beaudreau represents Gwinnett County’s Commission District 3. This district covers the eastern part of the county from the Highway 78 corridor north to I-85, and includes the cities of Snellville, Loganville, Grayson, Dacula and Auburn.

State of County Airs on TV, Web

Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister presented his annual State of the County speech to a gathering of community and business leaders on Thursday at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. The County has now put a video recording of the speech on both the County’s website and on its cable TV channel.

At www.gwinnettcounty.com, computer users can view the entire speech on demand at any time. It will also be shown frequently on television over the County’s government-access channel, TVgwinnett, which is channel 23 on all cable systems in Gwinnett.

“All over the world, this has been one of the toughest economic years most of us have ever lived through. But as I stand here today and say with the utmost confidence that¾considering the times¾the state of Gwinnett County is not only strong¾it’s remarkably strong,” he said.

He acknowledged that Gwinnett is feeling the effects of the current economic downturn. The interim budget adopted by commissioners earlier this month cut $26 million in spending, eliminated more than 100 full-time positions, postponed adding 88 new court and public safety positions and extended a hiring freeze. “While these decisions give us some real breathing room on our fund balance, more difficult decisions lie ahead,” said Bannister.

Not all was gloom and doom, however. Bannister also pointed out many of the County’s accomplishments from the past year, such as a reduction in violent and property crimes. Additionally, the National Association of Counties awarded Gwinnett County the National Gold Medal Award for the park system and two large corporations moved to Gwinnett creating several hundred new jobs.
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