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Suwanee Festival Celebrates “The Art of Making Art”

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Attendees at the May 21 Arts in the Park Festival in Suwanee”s Town Center Park will have an opportunity to appreciate, view, listen to, touch and purchase art in a wide variety of forms. They”ll also be able to watch art being created and even have a chance to create their own “masterpieces.”#

The annual Arts in the Park festival, organized by the North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA), will feature more than 40 juried artists who will exhibit their work and demonstrate their craft as well as a full entertainment line-up. Art forms represented include pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, writing and elemental art.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Entertainers – including a drum troupe, all-female barbershop quartet and poets – will perform on stage as well as stroll and perform throughout Town Center Park. The headline performer, ZydeFunk featuring Charlie Wooton, will take the Town Center stage at about 5 p.m., with the festival ending around 6 p.m. ZydeFunk”s New Orleans-based groove sound and New Orleans-styled parade is sure to have audience members on their feet.

“If “the art of making art” is the theme of our festival,”# says NGAA President Vickie Johnson, “then interactivity is the thread that ties it all together. Our artists and performers will be interacting with festival-goers throughout the day and we”ll be offering opportunities for attendees to create their own art through our award-winning ChalkWalk Art Competition and community art projects. Through both the artist demonstrations and art creation activities, our audience will have a real hands-on experience with art.”#

The ChalkWalk competition is open to self-styled artists of all ages and is separated into four divisions: elementary (pre-K-5th grade), middle school, high school, and advanced (18 years and older). Registration is $20 and is available online at www.suwaneeartsinthepark.com or at the festival (until spaces run out).

Attendees also can help create public art pieces to be given to festival sponsors, who include Dish Network, Binder”s, Comprehensive Wellness Center, and Suwanee Network.

Admission to Arts in the Park is free, but bring money to purchase a piece of local art for your wall, table, or yard. Food vendors also will be on site. No alcohol will be available for purchase at this event nor may it be brought into Town Center Park.

Parking will be available at Town Center and along nearby Main Street, which is connected to Town Center via a pedestrian tunnel.