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Johns Creek paints picture of community
by Angela Spencer
October 10, 2012 04:26 PM | 2886 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 100 artists will brush their way into Johns Creek Oct. 27 and 28 for the Johns Creek Arts Festival, some from far away and other from the Johns Creek community.

Kathryn Gentile of Johns Creek is one local artist who will be participating this year both as a volunteer and in showing her work.

Gentile said she’s lived in Johns Creek for 19 years and has seen the art community thrive in that time.

“In the last several years I’ve found more and more people interested in art here,” she said.

Gentile participated last year and said she is looking forward to this year’s festival.

This year will be a change from years in the past with the city partnering with newly incorporated nonprofit Arts on the Creek.

“The city had worked with Arts on the Creek to support them but the partnership has brought it to the next level,” said Patty Hansen, chief of staff with the city. “It is really a great partnership.”

Johns Creek Community Relations and Communications Director Grant Hickey said the partnership has helped the festival flourish into something bigger and better, something the city and the nonprofit worked together to accomplish.

“It’s just a natural evolution,” he said.

Hansen said they’ve been working for seven to eight months on the festival and have attracted 120 artists from all over the country to participate this year.

“We try to craft an event for the entire family,” she said. “It’s really going to be an exciting weekend.”

The weekend will host a plethora of family-friendly activities including vendors’ booths, arts and crafts and a free concert presented by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday, which will be followed by fireworks.

The festival is in a new location at the Atlanta Athletic Club field across the street from the club itself at 1390 Bobby Jones Drive.

“The new venue at the Atlanta Athletic Club is a wonderful location,” Hansen said.

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to bring home prizes from two contests: a children’s costume parade and a pet parade.

The children’s costume parade will be 11 a.m. on Sunday and will allow children newborn to 5th grade compete for Best Costume, Most Original Costume and Scariest Costume.

The pet parade will happen at noon on Saturday for furry friends competing for Best Costume, Cutest Critter and Best of Show. Registration is free but required for both parades.

In addition to vendors, artists and attendees, nearly 300 volunteers have committed their time to make the festival a success.

“It’s going to be such a great event,” Hansen said.

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