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Arts events abound in downtown Alpharetta April 26 and 27
by Nicole Dow
April 02, 2014 10:03 AM | 2310 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It's only a few weeks before more than 80 artists from across the country will showcase their work at the 10th annual Alpharetta Arts StreetFest.

“We’re really trying to grow the arts in Alpharetta and our awareness of the arts,” said Alpharetta Councilman Donald Mitchell, a juror for the arts show. “I think [the festival] brings artistic and cultural value to the city.”

The Alpharetta Arts StreetFest will take place downtown, across from city hall, April 26 and 27. Outdoor galleries will be set up for artists to display and sell their work.

The type of art will range from painting, mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, metal and paper art.

“I think it’s always great when you can see the art, but unlike a gallery you can actually meet the artists and speak with them and it gives you a deeper understanding of their work and how they came about creating it,” Mitchell said. More than 15,000 attendees are expected to come to the festival throughout the weekend.

In addition to the displays by the juried artists, there will be an art exploration area where patrons can create eco-friendly recycled art projects made from repurposed items. Alpharetta-based Out of the Box Art Studio will return to the festival with an interactive “Art in Action” area where children can create free art projects. “We always have a clay project,” said owner Julie McGill.

This year’s project will focus on using color with clay bowls that will feature children’s handprints, she said.

“We also will have a potter’s wheel demonstration, which always draws a big crowd,” McGill said. The festival will also include live music from local and regional performers and a variety of food vendors.

Also during the weekend, artists from the Alpha Arts Guild will showcase their work at the Artful Alpharetta Art Show April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alpharetta Welcome Center. A handful of downtown art galleries and shops will be open encouraging festival patrons to stop in and shop there as well.

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