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Suwanee Festival to Make Artistic Splash

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Arts in the ParkSuwanee will celebrate art in all its wonderful forms Saturday, May 18, when the Arts in the Park festival returns to Town Center Park. “Art Splash”# is the theme for this year”s festival, which is organized by the North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) and co-sponsored by the City of Suwanee.

Throughout the festival, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., about 60 artists will exhibit, sell, and demonstrate their art; an array of performance artists will entertain; the 2013-15 SculpTour exhibit will be officially unveiled; and attendees will be invited to create their own art through a chalk art competition and community art program. In addition, attendees can take advantage of the festival to see the Berlin Wall temporary exhibit in front of City Hall.

“We started this festival as a way to share the arts with the community,”# says NGAA President Vickie Johnson. “Art enriches our lives, and this festival is all about sharing the fun, energy, and creativity that the arts can offer.”#

Oil painter David Phillips will exhibit his nature and landscape creations at Arts in the Park as well as work on a painting on site.

“Festivals like this are a way to satisfy the artist”s passion for creating art,”# says Phillips. “Artists get feedback from attendees about what they like, what they”re interested in, and the public gets a chance to view – and purchase – a variety of original artwork available at multiple price points.”#

In addition to fine artists, the festival features a full line-up of performance artists, which will include Capt. Jack (a Jack Sparrow look-alike) and Little Mermaid. Also, as part of the chalk art competition, a professional chalk artist will create a drawing that is designed to last 9-12 months. A variety of vendors also will be serving up creative food choices. For more information about the Arts in the Park festival, visit www.suwaneeartsinthepark.com.