The Hardin Center’s two current art exhibitions end on September 14, but the public has a special opportunity to hear from the two artists during a gallery talk and reception on Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Washington, DC artist Anne Marchand and California artist Sharon Kagan will each address the crowd and give guided group tours of their work. The event is designed to be an informal forum for visitors to learn more about each artist, their processes, and their work. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome and encouraged to enjoy this free event. Abstractions by Anne Marchand features bold, colorful, large-scale abstract painting in a style can be described as blending abstraction with astronomical influences. String Theory: Mixed Media Work by Sharon Kagan includes paintings, drawings, and large sculptural knitted elements referencing DNA and string theory. “We hope the public takes advantage of this terrific opportunity to learn about both exhibitions directly from the artists,” said Hardin Center Deputy Director Tom Banks. “It is rather a treat for us to host them and we look forward to hearing their insights and experiences.” Both exhibitions are open daily through September 14. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery talk event is free to all. At all other times regular admission is free for Hardin Center members, $8 for non-members ages 2 and up, and free for children under 24 months. Admission includes Imagination Place Children’s Museum. Learn more at culturalarts.org or by calling (256) 543-ARTS.