The Cherokee Arts Center is hosting an exhibit and fundraiser next month entitled IMPULSE.

The exhibit kicks off with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 11. IMPULSE runs until Jan. 29.

IMPULSE is a group of artists who share their passion to create. The participants in the show are advocating their support for the Cherokee Arts Center.

IMPULSE is an invitational contemporary art show that is comprised of 16 artists: Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan — mixed media floor sculpture; Maxine Hess — fiber art; Susan Grill Joss — charcoal on paper; Lindy Wood — oil on canvas; Tracey Lane — acrylic/mixed media on wood panel; Kelin Perry — found material and wire; Brenda Rehrig — encaustic on panel; Tracy Murrell — resin on panel; Ana Guzman — oils, acrylics and mixed media; Patricia Wolf — acrylic on canvas and paper; Deborah W. Llewellyn — encaustic, oil and photography; Susan J. Blackman — mixed media on panel; Barbara Brenner — encaustic on panel; John Folsome — digital photography, mixed media, found materials; Karen Schwartz — mixed media on linen; and Stephanie Dalton — mixed media visual artist.

“The fundraiser that the artists of the ‘IMPULSE’ exhibit are offering, which will benefit the Cherokee Arts Center, is called 50 for 50,” Patsi Brady, office manager and marketing coordinator at the Cherokee Arts Center, said. “The exhibit will include a wall of the gallery that will have 50 original paintings, each for $50. This artwork is a cash and carry event so that anyone purchasing a piece will be able to take it with them.”

Brady also said that there will be abstract and other types of paintings, other types of sculptures and much more.

“This will be a truly must-see exhibit and the fundraiser makes it even more exciting,” Brady said.

The Cherokee Arts Center offers live performances in the theater, classes in more than 13 art media and a year-round gallery filled with art.

Some of the art classes and workshops that are available are oil and acrylic painting, ballroom dancing, film production, novel writing, drawing, pottery, leather working and more.

“We pride ourselves on the diversity of art education and the quality of instructors that inspire our community and surrounding communities,” Brady said.

The theater seats up to 268 guests and offers many performances including classical, bluegrass, gospel, comedy acts, as well as many community events such as Lions Club Star Student Program, Boy Scouts Honor Court and Cherokee Photography Club.

The year-round gallery is the host to art exhibits from both local and national artists. The Cherokee County Board of Education youth artwork is displayed every spring.

The exhibits are from many different media. Most of the artwork that is hosted is for sale. There are several walls in the gallery and in the IMPULSE exhibit that will feature contemporary art.

Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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