Norcross to host art festival Saturday and Sunday


• What: Norcross Art Fest

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Downtown Historic Norcross, 65 Lawrenceville St., Norcross

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.norcrossartfe...

NORCROSS -- For the eighth consecutive year, Historic Norcross will sponsor the Norcross Art Fest, an eclectic array of local and national artists in downtown Norcross on Saturday and Sunday.

"What makes our show unique is we are the whimsical, colorful and fun show," said Frances Schube, co-owner of Splash Festivals which organizes the entire event. "The charm of Historic Norcross coupled with the hundreds of volunteers makes it magical."

More than 50,000 visitors have a chance to look through the pieces of 180 artists who were hand selected by Schube and her partner Cindy Flynn to give the attendees the most creative and entertaining artisans in painting, folk art, photography, pottery, jewelry and more.

"I like more fun and whimsical looks, which means you have to seek people out and dig behind stones to find the right ones," she said. "In the end, it gives the event a more enchanting look."

Along with visual art, there will be literary art in Heritage Park. Authors, editors and journalists are lined up to tell stories and read from their publications. Some of those to speak are Elliott Brack of "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," Norcross History-Talker Lynn Griffeth and "Barefoot Books" distributor Donna Blanton.

The little crafters have an area called the Kid Zone to create masterpieces for the fridge.

The Thrasher Park stage will hold musicians playing bluegrass, jazz and rock throughout both days and food vendors will be ready to serve grub to shoppers.

The Norcross Arts Fest is working together with the Norcross Arts Alliance to sponsor Chairs for Charity. Chairs are donated by residents to schools in the Norcross cluster. Students paint, decorate and design each one to auction it off at the event. For the first time this year, students also transformed metal mailboxes into works of art. All proceeds go to the Norcross Lions Club and distributed back into the school system.

"I think the children feel like they're doing their part in charity and also giving back to their schools," Schube said. "Even if I were a kid, I would think it was really neat."