It will start Thursday at The Frame Source Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m., where local artists Lynn Tolleson and Suzanne Engel will be painting on site. Wine and appetizers will be served. Then, there will be a Meet the Artists reception Friday at A Royal Affair Café showcasing five local artists, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sandy Springs Artsapalooza will take place for the second year, which is perhaps the biggest change to ArtSSpring. Patrick Dennis, president of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, which is hosting Artsapalooza, said last year’s public response was extremely positive.
He said he thought starting the 30 days of ArtSSpring with Artsapalooza would help both events “get more traction.”
“In this case, when we decided to launch Artsapalooza to introduce ArtSSpring, it allowed us to do heavy promotion,” Dennis said, “and let people know not just that Artsapalooza is exciting.” The venue changed from last year’s location on Johnson Ferry to Lake Forrest Drive between Mount Vernon Highway and Hammond Drive in the Century Springs East office complex, he said, because the city wanted it to be somewhere else because of possible construction at the City Hall site.
Although the space is smaller, this year’s Artsapalooza will boast 125 artists, half of which are from Georgia and the rest from all over the country. Dennis said all kinds of art will be featured, including fine art, abstract, mosaic, pen and ink, ceramic, glass, fiber and jewelry.
“There will be painters of every imaginable size and stripe,” Dennis said. “It looks very traditional. But when you get up close and personal, the artwork is very lively.”
Plus there will be gourmet food trucks, a children’s play area, and acoustic music performed by independent singer-songwriters. Dennis said they anticipate a large crowd of about 20,000 people. He said Artsapalooza holds a “different profile” from other events around Atlanta.
“The Chastain Park Festival is all fine art. It’s taken much more seriously,” he said. “The whole focus [of Artsapalooza] is fun, fun, fun.”
Another addition to ArtSSpring is Foodie Fridays, a collaboration between Art Sandy Springs, Kudzu Antique Market, the Atlanta Food Truck Coalition and Steve’s Live Music. The events run four Fridays in a row starting April 26.
“There will be a rotating series of food trucks from the Atlanta Food Truck Coalition in our parking area,” said Kudzu owner George Lawes. “At the same time, there will be live music from a different group every night.” Kudzu will stay open late and there will be eight Sandy Springs and Buckhead artists featured inside.
“We love to collaborate on events that involve us in community,” Lawes said. “We’re looking forward to having art, music, food and antiques all at the same time. It’s an interesting and unique event for the city of Sandy Springs and the whole area.”
Showstoppers, a children and young adult talent show, will also be a part of ArtSSpring.
“Showstoppers is a youth talent competition featuring elementary, middle and high school students from all around the metro-Atlanta area,” said Maggie Taylor,” said Maggie Taylor, Act3 Productions youth artistic director and community liaison. “This year the competition is divided into three shows and will take place at Act3 Playhouse May 4 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.”
For a full list of ArtSSpring events and information on each one, visit www.artsandysprings.org.