Across the universe
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A 72-foot mural and a dazzling display of contemporary abstract art by Canton native Thad Green will be on display through Aug. 29. An opening reception is set for tonight. <br>Special to the Tribune
A 72-foot mural and a dazzling display of contemporary abstract art by Canton native Thad Green will be on display through Aug. 29. An opening reception is set for tonight.
Special to the Tribune
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CANTON — Art lovers who stop in the gallery of the Cherokee Arts Center for an exhibit opening today are in for a unique experience.

Canton native Dr. Thad Green is returning for a late summer exhibit for the second time in as many years, but Arts Center Director Mary Akers said the show he is mounting this time is one of a kind and a must-see, and is titled “Once Across the Universe.”

“I am very excited. He has a whole new body of work — it is one of a kind, very dynamic, very creative,” Akers said. “It is the first exhibit of work of this type in the area, and it is a must-see.”

Akers said the center of the gallery is dominated by a 72-foot circular montage.

“The art patron “enters” this artwork and is surrounded by over 30 floating canvases,” a release about the exhibit said. “Each three-panel section is a far reaching compositional stretch bringing us an imaginary ‘landscape.’”

The art is contemporary abstracts done in acrylic and all pieces are for sale.

An opening reception is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues to Aug. 29.

Green, who wrote 14 books on motivation and performance in the workplace, was a management professor at a number of universities, including Emory in Atlanta and the University of Georgia, and a successful business owner before picking up a paintbrush 12 years ago.

“Green has been on a 12-year exploration that will now take you on a magical journey through the use of vivid colors and master level compositions,” the release said. “Spend an hour with Thad’s artworks and you will believe he has created new colors not previously known. Moving from canvas to canvas one’s eyes revel in the vastness of his imagination. These paintings crackle with energy.”

Green’s life took a sharp turn when he took a basic drawing class 13 years ago and realized he could be an artist, according to his online biography.

Since that time he has trained full time and completed more than 8,300 pieces of art work, focusing first on the face and figure, and recently moving into contemporary and abstract art.

Green has more than 70 private collectors, including 17 in New York City, and several internationally in Italy, Ireland and Amsterdam. He also has 20 corporate collectors to his credit, including AT&T, IBM, and Southern Company, his bio said.

Green was born to be an artist, his bio states. “He knew he wanted to be an artist by the age of 10, but it took years to realize he could be,” it said.

Green lived first in a world of sports, then academics, earning a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Florida, and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He was a management professor at the University of Georgia, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, and Emory University for a total of 11 years.

Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m.

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