Visual and performing arts will be showcased at the fourth annual Arts in the Park celebration, which takes place 11:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. May 18 at Town Center Park in Suwanee. With artist demonstrations and live performances throughout the day, there will be plenty to see and do for everyone.
This year’s theme–Art Splash!–will lend a relaxed, fun-filled beach atmosphere to the festivities. Take a break from the sun beneath an umbrella, say hello to Captain Jack and the Little Mermaid as they walk around the park entertaining guests while listening to beach-themed musical performances.
As in previous years, booths will circle the park; thirty artists are currently set to participate, in addition to the live entertainment. A high school booth will feature artwork from young, talented artists, and there will be information about the North Gwinnett Arts Association’s Student Art Scholarship Award. If you’re feeling creative, there will be a community art project for the public to participate in as well.
Arts in the Park is organized by the North Gwinnett Arts Association and is co-sponsored with the City of Suwanee with the purpose of celebrating local artists.
“There’s nothing better than sharing the arts in a community that enjoys and appreciates what we do,” Vickie Johnson, president of the NGAA, said. “The fact that the City of Suwanee is so supportive of the arts plays a huge part in the growth and encouragement for all of the art forms in this community.”
The North Gwinnett Arts Association has more than one hundred active members and continues to grow. Membership Chair Brandy Posey also spoke about community.
“I have been with NGAA since July 2011 and have seen some amazing events and met some great artists,” Brandy Posey, membership chair for the organization said. “With every new member, I really try to stress the importance of arts in our community and how it’s important that we (NGAA members) interact with the community using our talents. An event like Arts in the Park is a great example.”
Among the types of visual arts represented will be painting, jewelry, elements-wood, metal, glass, pottery, and photography. Live performances will include music, magic, and acting. The Collins Hill Orchestra, James Erl Jones Band, Billy Jonas, and the Zephyr Brass Quartet are scheduled to perform. And don’t miss the Zumba flash mob!
There will also be several food and beverage vendors on hand, including Dunwoody Café, Taste Jamaica, Hobie Pop Kettle Korn, Jo Jo’s Gourmet Lemonade, The Healthy Nut Food Truck, Big Boys’ Smokin BBQ, Fatty’s of Atlanta and more.
BY: Amy Wilson