Day of art comes to Suwanee


Special Photo More than 60 visual artists plan to join performers, food vendors and other activities at Suwanee's Arts in the Park Festival Saturday.


• What: Suwanee’s Arts in the Park

• When: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Suwanee Town Green, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee

• Cost: Free admission

• For more information: Visit suwaneeartsinthepark.com

SUWANEE -- There is one day of all things arts coming to Gwinnett: Suwanee's fourth annual Arts in the Park Festival.

The event incorporates many avenues of the arts, like visual, performance and musical pieces.

"We started this festival as a way to share the arts with the community," said North Gwinnett Arts Association President Vickie Johnson. "Art enriches our lives, and this festival is all about sharing the fun, energy and creativity that the arts can offer."

Sponsored by the city and the NGAA, the festival features 60 visual artists displaying and selling their work, plus a few live demonstrations.

During the day, there are several performers planning to hit the stage, including the Zephyr Brass Quartet, magician Merritt Ambrose, Billy Jonas, Captain Jack and the Little Mermaid with the Collins Hill Orchestra, and James Erl Jones Band.

Another artistic aspect of Arts in the Park event is a chalk art competition. As a part of this event, a professional chalk artist will create a drawing that is designed to last nine to 12 months.

The competition is open to adults and children with separate winning categories for adults and young artists. The city provides a bucket of chalk to those who have registered, and no other materials can be used in creating the artwork. Winners are announced at 4 p.m. from the festival stage.

At this festival, the 2013-15 SculpTour exhibit, which consists of 15 pieces of sculpture, is unveiled. The pieces were created by artists from all over the country, including sculptors from New York City, Chicago, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

If that wasn't enough art, the newly erected piece of Berlin Wall is on display in front of Suwanee's City Hall.