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VALDOSTA – DrawProject is a chance to see many works of art from several artists in the region, an opportunity to own a work of art at a relatively low price and to financially support the education of art students.

The 15th Annual DrawProject Exhibition and Auction returns Monday evening January 10 at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. The annual scholarship fundraising auction is part of a series of new exhibitions that are opening. Others include Jacksonville, Fla., Artist Andrew Kozlowski, and a group show hosted by the First Coast Plein Air Painters.

Created by former curator of the arts center Jamie Harmon, the DrawProject has continued since its departure over a decade ago.

Organizers have collected donation designs in recent weeks for an auction to fund scholarships for art students at Valdosta State University.

The DrawProject is as simple as the name.

He asks artists to share drawings, all drawn on the same size paper; however, the term “design” can be used freely.

As Jamie Harmon has said in the past, “There were no rules or definition of what a ‘design’ … only their interpretation.”

Artists can define their interpretation of a drawing.

In the past, designs ranged from realism to cartoons, from scribbles to detailed pointillism, from stark black and white to shades of gray in color. One year, an artist even transposed a photograph on paper.

DrawProject is one of the new exhibits opening Monday at the arts center.

Kozlowski holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. His collective work of prints, works on paper, installations and sculptures has been included in more than 50 group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, according to a statement from the Turner Center.

“Let Me Take You There En Plain Air” is the group exhibition by First Coast Plein Air Painters. “Plein Air is about leaving the studio environment and working outside in natural light,” representatives of the center said in a statement.

The shows open with a free public reception, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 10, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St. The show is scheduled until February 23. More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit www.turnercenter.org.

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