By Pamela Morton

Spring has arrived and students and instructors of Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts plan on marking the coming of the new season with an art exhibition.

“The Rites of Spring” show opens March 31 and runs through May 12. It will feature a wide variety of art in all mediums, including painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media. Most of the work shown will be available for purchase.

“The theme will be widely interpreted — from the metaphor of new birth and growth to the obvious images one associates with the season — gardens, flowers — that sort of thing,” said Sandra Bennett, an instructor and special events coordinator for the center. “My inspiration for the title came from Igor Stravinsky’s symphonic work, the ‘Rite of Spring.’ ”

Exhibitors at the Spruill will range in ability from beginner to advanced, including many who are gallery-represented professional artists, Bennett said.

“I try to include at least one piece from each student and instructor. Each participant is invited to enter up to three pieces,” she said.

“The work runs the gamut from the competent, beautiful, exciting and experimental to the just plain enjoyable to look at.”

The Spruill Center for the Arts, a private, non-profit organization established in 1975, maintains gallery and studio space in the North DeKalb Cultural Center on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.

The center strives to foster an understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts by offering an annual slate of diverse art classes, a professional artist exhibition series (at the Spruill Gallery on Ashford-Dunwoody Road), special workshops for all ages and abilities, and outreach programs for children and adults who have the interest and desire to explore and enrich their creative side, but have either physical or financial challenges.

“Something magical happens at the Spruill Center when our students, many of whom have day jobs, change their suits and business attire for jeans and tees and get their hands into clay and paint, fuse glass, or create unique designs in jewelry and precious metals,” she said.

“They experiment with their digital cameras creating work in a brand new art form. Answering to no one but their inner voice – they are fulfilled. The arts do that.”