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Born to Paint | Local artist celebrates returning to his craft with new exhibit

After an 8 year hiatus, Arzell Thompson, Jr. is presenting a new collection at an East Point gallery show.

EAST POINT, Ga. — The City of East Point certainly has its eyes set on the arts lately. 

Between the upcoming downtown streetscape mural and all the fantastic art coming out of the ArtsXchange, creatives have been making their mark.

So, in case you haven’t noticed, The Vault- East Point has been stepping up in a big way lately as well. Located at the corner of Washington Road and East Point Street, the Vault was founded by Sonia Booker.

That’s not just a clever name, either. Booker’s mission statement with her ownership of the company is to purchase old bank buildings and convert them into multi-use creative spaces in order to put the wealth back into the community.

Credit: Samples of Arzell's work

Their latest exhibit is featuring local artist, Arzell Thompson, or just "Arzell’, a prolific artist whose primary discipline is painting. Inspired at the young age of 6, Arzell is originally from the North County Ferguson area, he even studied art at the Norman Rockwell’s art school in the 1960s.

At 75 years old, Arzell is skilled in portraits, landscapes, seascapes, watercolor, photography, sketch, illustration and art instruction. His current body of work is largely afrocentric.

His exhibition, The Artist Known as Arzell,' is a solo show of his newest work after an extensive hiatus of over 8 years. Just this year, he was honored with an award for Best Abstract Artist of the Year 2019.

The exhibition will be held at the Vault - East Point on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. For more information about the event, click on the link.

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