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Art festival good start to spring

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Arielle Moseley, 6, reacts after looking at her face paint in the mirror by artist Nancy Peterson during the 2nd annual Art on the Chattahoochee festival along the Chattahoochee River in Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners Saturday. The festival featured 22 art vendors including a food court area and an interactive Kids Craft Corner.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Arielle Moseley, 6, reacts after looking at her face paint in the mirror by artist Nancy Peterson during the 2nd annual Art on the Chattahoochee festival along the Chattahoochee River in Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners Saturday. The festival featured 22 art vendors including a food court area and an interactive Kids Craft Corner.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Susan Jordan, left, and her great grand daughter Kambreeann Castro pick out a Hello Kitty bracelet from vendor Taniya Fleming of Twenty-Love custom jewelry during the 2nd annual Art on the Chattahoochee festival along the Chattahoochee River in Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners Saturday. The festival featured 22 art vendors including a food court area and an interactive Kids Craft Corner.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Wood burned gourds made in Peru are on display at the Global Treasure Market tent during the 2nd annual Art on the Chattahoochee festival along the Chattahoochee River in Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners Saturday. The festival featured 22 art vendors including a food court area and an interactive Kids Craft Corner.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Jaxson Freesemann, 6, and sister Ashlyn, 9, paint wooden rabbits during the 2nd annual Art on the Chattahoochee festival along the Chattahoochee River in Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners Saturday. The festival featured 22 art vendors including a food court area and an interactive Kids Craft Corner.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Ben Paletz browses the Beltane Stained Glass tent during the 2nd annual Art on the Chattahoochee festival along the Chattahoochee River in Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners Saturday. The festival featured 22 art vendors including a food court area and an interactive Kids Craft Corner.

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Kanda Feng decided to take her son to the park to enjoy the beautiful weather Saturday, and they found a festival.

"He thinks this is really cool," Feng said, as seventh-grader Matthew Xie watched a pottery demonstration.

While the youngster worked his own piece of clay, Feng said the Art on the Chattahoochee Festival was a pleasant surprise to enjoy the spring.

As dancers swayed in the breeze and children shrieked on the playground, Linda Bryans showed off her wares.

"Everything here is hand-made," Bryans said, talking about how her quilting hobby has expanded into retirement into a home business.

After spending her life making her own clothes, Bryans turned to other fun projects, including using recycled jeans to make dog blankets.

She showed off doll blankets, "bowl koozies" and coasters.

And while the crowd was light -- with many park-goers lounging in the grass, picnicking or playing or fishing in the river -- Bryans said she enjoyed the weather and meeting the patrons.

Susan Jordan drove across the county from her Hoschton home to shop from the crafters at Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners.

"I'm very happy to be out on a day like today," Jordan said, adding that she loves to find unique, festivals like these, which will become more frequent as spring continues.

And she enjoyed spoiling her 3-year-old great-granddaughter before taking her over to the playground.

"She has just decked herself out with bracelets," Jordan said. "We've spent a lot today."