Norcross arts festival to draw big crowd

A painting of a black dog jumping over the Norcross skyline to catch a Frisbee is the featured artwork for the Gwinnett city's 2009 art festival.

Based on her original painting that depicts a Chicago skyline, Anne Leuck Feldhaus created a custom piece featuring a whimsical view of the shops that line South Peachtree Street in downtown Norcross. More than 100 artists will showcase their work there Saturday and Sunday in an event expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

The invitation-only festival, which is the largest event held in the downtown Norcross area, will feature the work of local and national artists, including clay, fiber, glass, mixed media, wood and metal pieces, paintings, photography and jewelry.

"Norcross Art Fest is truly the show with personality," event manager Frances Schube said. "We have hand-picked the most fun and creative artists from around the country."

In addition to fine art, the Norcross Art Fest will feature live entertainment ranging from rock and jazz music to blues and bluegrass, and will offer children's activities, including an art pavilion where kids can make their own masterpieces.

"There's something for everyone," Schube said, "and the result is the best two-day art event in Gwinnett County."

Proceeds from the annual festival, which is presented by the Norcross Woman's Club and Norcross Lions Club, benefit local nonprofit organizations and community projects. This year, Cornerstone Christian Academy has decorated 18 chairs that will be displayed during the festival and will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

For more information on this event, visit www.norcrossartfest.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Norcross Art Fest

· When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

· Where: Downtown Norcross

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Visit www.norcrossartfest.com