Visitors to the 8th annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest can be assured they'll find original artwork on display and that they'll get to meet the 87 juried artists. It's required at the event in downtown Alpharetta on April 14-15.
"We require that the artist has at least 80 percent original artwork with only 20 percent reproductions," said Kim Dodson, special events manager for Alpharetta.
Dodson said to expect a solid show with high quality artists. She said there's a good mix of new and returning artists, and more interactive art areas such as Scrap Exchange and Masterpiece Creations.
The 8th Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It's an outdoor art gallery on Milton Avenue between Main and Canton streets with diverse artistic mediums. Parents will find release for their kids in the free children’s art in action area. A new feature will be upcycling by creating art from junk, plus it will again offer live performing aritists on the main stage; interactive ceramic arts; and even food. Admission and parking are free.
Saturday will also be the first Alpharetta Farmers Market of the season.
Here's how Dodson described the features of the Arts Streetfest in her news release:
"Art In Action" and Art Exploration throughout the Show
Children can create free art projects in the interactive “Art in Action” area presented by Out of the Box Studio. They will provide a pottery wheel demonstration for children to enjoy. More opportunities for creative exploration throughout the festival include tie-dye bandana, tattoos, balloon art, ceramic art, wacky hair, face painting and Japanese bonsai trees.
Upcycling Art Exploration
The City of Alpharetta celebrates Earth Day with a NEW upcycling art exploration area. Come and explore how junk can be turned into art.
*The Scrap Exchange program "Events by the Truckload" is an eco-friendly, creative arts service that provices communities throughout the Southeast with the chance to creatively reuse clean industrial discards. The colorful and fun material come from local manufacturers and businesses, as well as individuals.
Enjoy a variety of festival cuisine from Smokejack: A Southern Grill, Pacific Rim Noodles, ZPizza, Jilly's Cupcakery, Hott Betty Coffee & Cookies, Scoop-itz, and other street fare treats such as Italian Ice, lemonade and roasted almonds.
Music and Cultural Arts Stage
Saturday, April 14
10:30am Rhythm n’ Shoes - Alpharetta Recreation and Park dance groups
11:30am Sydney Rhames - Acoustic Pop/Rock
1:00pm King O’ Sullivan - Traditional Irish Dance
2:00pm Tortoise and Hair - Acoustic Rock Duo
4:00pm Jazz Jones Legacy - Contemporary Jazz Group
Sunday, April 15
10:00am RISPA - Performing Arts/ Dance
12:00pm Jeff Spirko - Acoustic Guitar
2:00pm The Ballybeg Band - Traditional Irish and Celtic Songs and Melodies
4:00pm Cole Thannisch - Acoustic Guitar