Photo entitled “All Aboard” by Stan Susky

Photographs by local artist, Stan Susky, are featured in the Spring/Summer Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse through July 29. The photography exhibit is entitled “I Dream of Trains.”

“I have always been attracted to the ironies and simple beauty of manmade environments.  I try to create order out of chaos and capture hidden elements in objects and everyday places. “, said Susky.

The series of photographs, “I Dream of Trains” is an example of the artists’ sensory interpretation while walking around and through train cars at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia.  Each visit for him evoked different memories and sensory perceptions that he has captured in photographs.

Stan is an amateur photographer, but has been pursuing the craft of photography for almost 30 years.  Primarily he is self-taught, but has attended and continues to attend various workshops and classes to continually learn both technique and creative visualization.
“I Dream of Trains” will be having an opening with refreshments on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

For people interested in railroads, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is also celebrating the railroad for National Train Day at Vines Gardens in Loganville on Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy touring the beautiful gardens with boardwalks over the lake, gazebos, statuaries and oriental garden. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds.

Volunteer engineers will be holding information sessions on trains and the model train hobby as well as demonstrating the outdoor garden railroad on display at Vines Gardens. The Vines Garden Railroad features a “G” scale model railroad featuring over 1,000 feet of track, 25 foot suspension bridge, tunnels and viaduct, airport, towns and villages.

Vines Gardens is located at 3500 Oak Grove Rd. in Loganville. For more information on the event, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770-822-5150.  For additional information on the Vines Garden Railroad, visit www.vinesgardenrailroad.com.

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