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Folk Fest to celebrate 20 years

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Approximately 100 artists gather for the annual Folk Fest held in Norcross. They will display and sell raw art, like Mamie Deschillie's "Black and White Cow" pictured. (Special Photo)

IF YOU GO

• What: Folk Fest

• When: 5 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

• Where: North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross

• Cost: $7 to $15

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

NORCROSS — Now in its 20th year, the annual Folk Fest returns to the North Atlanta Trade Center with close to 100 exhibitors presenting raw works of art.

This weekend, attendees can browse through thousands of pieces from self-taught art, outsider art, Southern folk pottery and anonymous works.

Artists come from across the Southeast, Texas, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Not every artist at the show would traditionally be defined as “folk,” but they have a certain playful rawness when creating each piece of work to include them as part of the celebration.

One returning artist is Andrei Palmer of Stone Mountain, who builds model cars out of materials around the house. He uses construction paper, pencils, aluminum foil and glue to craft relics of realistic automobiles.

Other popular pieces are the Southern pottery and jugs made from hand. When canning and jarring food became the norm, pottery was rendered obsolete. These pieces are especially of interest to collectors, because they are very rare to find.

Today’s admission is $15, which includes a T-shirt, re-admission and a meet and greet with some of the artists. Children 16 years old and younger are free.