If You Go
What: Barefoot in the Park
When: Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, gala 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St., Duluth
Cost: Free for festival, $65 per person for gala
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DULUTH -- For two days, residents have a chance to browse through art tents, watch live entertainment and listen to music at the ninth annual Barefoot in the Park at the Duluth Town Green.
During Saturday and Sunday, more than 50 juried visual artists will have their pieces up in white tents throughout downtown Duluth. The art ranges from paintings and photography to wood art and sculpture to fiber art and jewelry.
To celebrate the art students, a special exhibition will be erected. The work has come from North Gwinnett, Duluth and Peachtree Ridge high schools. Students who win the top prizes will take home awards: $250 scholarship for first place, $50 certificate for second place and $25 certificate for third place. These students will also have their works hung at the Hudgens Center for the Arts.
Between two stages, several acts plan to perform international routines from Mexico, India, China, Ireland and Taiwan. Other acts include Gwinnett Community Band, Stone Mountain Chorus, pop singer Norwood, Southern Ballet Theatre and Gene Richards, "The Sax Man."
If your children become bored, there is a tent created especially for them. The selection covers a wide range of activities for toddlers through 12-year-olds -- all for free.
Per tradition, Barefoot in the Park holds a fundraiser gala with music, food and an artist preview. Attendees can look through the art while nibbling on food from Proof of the Pudding, Pure Taqueria and Park Cafe, listening to the group 38th Parallel.
At 7 p.m. during the gala, the Gwinnett Public Library presents "Pulp Portraits Fashion Show." This event features repurposed books and magazines collected by the libraries and turned into "portraits" of famous people and artwork. Following the fashion show is a live and silent auction.
Proceeds from Barefoot in the Park go to the Barefoot Arts Education Scholarship Fund, which fund scholarships given to local arts students. In 2012, the fund provided $7,500 in scholarships awards and $6,000 in artist awards.