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Walls of wonder: Library hosting works from disabled artists

Staff Photo: Jay Jones
 Gary Frizzell positions artwork in preparation for the Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibition at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library. The traveling exhibition presents more than 50 pieces of artwork including oil paintings, ink and pencil drawings, sculptures and other works for display through March 3. 

Staff Photo: Jay Jones Gary Frizzell positions artwork in preparation for the Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibition at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library. The traveling exhibition presents more than 50 pieces of artwork including oil paintings, ink and pencil drawings, sculptures and other works for display through March 3. 

CONYERS — There will be no limit to the creativity found at today's opening of the 26th annual Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibition at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library.

Conyers is one of eight stops for the art exhibition sponsored by the Pilot Clubs of Metro Atlanta. The exhibition will include 50 award-winning pieces of art from disabled artists throughout Georgia.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the library, located at 864 Green St. in Olde Town Conyers. Refreshments will be provided and served by the Pilot Club of Conyers.

The artwork will be displayed at the library through Thursday, March 3.

Barbara Sanders with the Conyers-Rockdale Library System said the library is delighted to be selected as a host for the traveling exhibition this year, one of only three public libraries chosen. The exhibit is returning to Conyers after an absence of several years.

"We're especially proud of Emily Johnson and Amy Lockett, two artists from Conyers, who will have their work on display for the exhibition," Sanders said. "Their work should be a great interest to those who visit the exhibition."

Johnson is deaf in one ear and aided by a hearing aid in the other. Her work, an oil piece titled "Some Fine Elements," received honorable mention in the art competition this year. Johnson had set aside her artwork while caring for her husband, who suffered from Parkinson's disease. After his death, she returned to art and found some solace in painting, according to a statement released by the library.

Lockett also received an honorable mention in the art competition for her ink and water color piece, "Notre Dame." Lockett was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 13 and was unable to play sports in high school. She turned to art for enjoyment.

The annual art competition and exhibition are sponsored by Georgia Arts with Disabilities with the mission to provide avenues through which Georgia artists with disabilities can display their work and create public awareness of the artists who developed their skill by overcoming the obstacles of their disabilities.

The group's mission falls within the goals of the Pilot International Foundation to have "full citizenship for people who are disabled."

The art pieces at the exhibition are available for purchase. The exhibition can be viewed during regular operating hours at the library from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call Gary Frizzell or Sanders at the library at 770-388-5040. Information on the exhibition is available at www.georgiaartistswd.org.