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FriYAY Friends: The Hudgens Center for the Arts

The Hudgens Center for the Arts-- located off of Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, GA next to the Infinite Energy Center

The Hudgens Center for the Arts-- located off of Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, GA next to the Infinite Energy Center

Happy Last FriYAY of 2016!

I hope y'all have had a special holiday week! Hubster worked a short week, we had friends over on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and the boys had a Zoo Atlanta Adventure with my parents on Wednesday, I had lots of quilting time, and the boys and I had a spontaneous adventure yesterday afternoon, so I'd say we had a fabulous week!

Speaking of that spontaneous adventure, SURPRISE, I have a FriYAY Friends for you after all! It's not an interview but a museum spotlight, much like my post about the Wiregrass Museum of Art back in September. 

Photos weren't allowed in the Rembrandt Exhibition, but they did have a fun Rembrandt Photo Booth! 

Photos weren't allowed in the Rembrandt Exhibition, but they did have a fun Rembrandt Photo Booth! 

The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts was founded in 1981. It "Brings art lovers, leaders, and learners together through quality programs and exhibits." The Hudgens is located in northern Duluth, GA, about 10 minutes from our house. I've been following them on Instagram for awhile now, so when Jem was up from his nap at an early 2:30pm today, I said to myself, "Well, he's awake; we might as well go on an adventure." 

Fuzzy Logic by Leigh Skowronski (Fiber Art, 2014), displayed as part of the Juried Members' Exhibition

Fuzzy Logic by Leigh Skowronski (Fiber Art, 2014), displayed as part of the Juried Members' Exhibition

While the Hudgens might be considered small compared to Atlanta's better known art museum, The High Museum of Art, their main exhibit right now is a collection of Rembrandt etchings called
"Sordid & Sacred," focusing on Rembrandt's studies of the poor and beggars of his day. In addition, the currently displayed pieces from their permanent collection included at least two Picasso's. In addition, their Georgia Gallery featured a Juried Members' Exhibition of work by Hudgens Members. The pieces were varied, beautiful, and skillfully rendered. Out of doors, the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden includes a fish pond, a collection of larger 3-D pieces, and tables for wedding receptions. Clearly the Hudgens focuses on using its space for meaningful and noteworthy pieces and exhibits. 

What surprised and delighted me about the Hudgens was that it not only welcomed children but had an entire studio activity area available for kids. This space included drawing tables, a puppet show stage, and several large musical instruments. Jem and I enjoyed coloring and exploring while Ian looked on from the stroller. What sounds even more exciting are their Toddler Friday events on the last Friday of each month. They include story time as well as several learning and activity stations and are geared toward ages 1-4. 

(Jemsy's work is all his own, and he chose all the colors for mine-- doesn't he have a great sense of color??)

Museum admission is $5 per adult and $3 for kids ages 2+. While this is very reasonable, I think we will probably get a membership this spring since the museum is so close to us and the Toddler Fridays (usually $7) are included if you are a member. Annual Individual Memberships are $40, and Family Memberships (2 adults plus their (grand)kids under 18) are $65. Other programs include classes (adult and kids) and summer camps-- and they look fabulous!

The pond in the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden

The pond in the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden

Many thanks to The Hudgens for welcoming us so warmly on this blustery afternoon! You can find them at thehudgens.org or follow them on Instagram. I know we have many more visits ahead of us, and I hope I'll be able to participate in their Members' Exhibition or other calls to artists in the future! 

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Happy Early New Year, my friends! See you in 2017!

HollyAnne

PS All images in this blog post are my own. 

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