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Arts in the Park: 'It’s the Creative Side of Suwanee'

With retro theme "Peace, Love & Arts in the Park," annual fest is set May 17.

Arts in the Park in Suwanee is May 17. Credit: Bill Mahan
Arts in the Park in Suwanee is May 17. Credit: Bill Mahan

Submitted by the City of Suwanee

This is one groovy arts festival, man! Arts in the Park returns to Town Center Park for the fourth year on Saturday, May 17, with a retro theme of Peace, Love & Arts in the Park.

The park will be filled from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with more than 75 exhibiting artists, tie-dyed T-shirts, look-alike performers from the 1970s, and a happy, energetic vibe.

Presented by the North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) and sponsored by Nalley Automotive, Arts in the Park celebrates art in all its wonderful forms. Exhibiting artists’ works, all of which have been juried, include jewelry, painting, pottery, woodworking, glass, photography, iron, multimedia, and more. Many artists will demonstrate their work onsite as well.

“I love all the creativity in the air,” says NGAA President Vickie Johnson of the annual festival. “It’s exciting for me to see how young people really get into this. There’s just such an energy. It’s really an extension of Suwanee’s play, live, and smile. It’s the creative side of Suwanee.”

In addition to artists and their artwork, the festival will offer performance art. The Imperial OPA group, who offered such energetic performances at the festival two years ago, will return with colorful high-wire and human pyramid stunts.

Others will perform music from the 1970s in a variety of genres, including country and bluegrass. A DJ will be on hand as will strolling performers and impersonators.

Once again this year, the festival will host a chalk walk competition for children and adults. The $10/person registration is available at suwaneeartsinthepark.com or at the festival. Area businesses also may sponsor a chalk re-creation of their logos for $50.

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