North Side Atlanta’s Fall Arts Festivals

are scheduled around town nearly every weekend in October, as residents and visitors look for ways to enjoy the cooler weather. Many people are ready to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Here are some of the popular arts festivals on the north side of town.

The Norcross Art Fest is scheduled for October 6-7, 2012 in the historic downtown area. This two day festival is one of best juried arts festivals in the Southeast, featuring more than 180 artists. Attendees will also enjoy a variety of live musical entertainment as well as a Kids Korner with crafts, games, and inflatables. Festival admission is free, and hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Shuttle service is available from Jefferson Plaza at 3169 Holcomb Bridge Road and Norcross First United Methodist Church, located at 2500 Beaver Ruin Road.

The Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on October 20 from 9am-6pm. The annual festival is located on the historic square in downtown Marietta. Adults can shop at the arts and crafts booths while the kids enjoy Halloween Happenings. There will be carnival games, a children’s costume contest with prizes, and a pet costume contest. Local schools, businesses, and civic organizations will display scarecrows all around the square. Admission to the festival is free, and free parking is available at the Cobb County Parking Garage on Cherokee Street.

The Fall Jonquil Festival 2012 is scheduled for October 27-28 on the Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival will feature 175 artists in the Artist Market. Attendees can also enjoy a Fresh Harvest Market, musical entertainment, a kids’ zone, and shows by master puppeteer Peter Hart. Festival hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Johns Creek Arts Festival is scheduled for the same weekend, October 27-28. This exciting new festival is an expansion of Arts on the Creek. The arts festival will feature 100 artisans showcasing their work. Categories will include paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, metalwork, and more. The kids will enjoy a pet parade, children’s costume parade, and a kids’ zone with rides and inflatables. The Johns Creek Symphony will perform at 7pm Saturday night, followed by fireworks. Festival hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. The event will be held in the meadow across the street from Atlanta Athletic Club on Medlock Bridge Road.

Which is Your Type of Art Form

Art in Latin means “skill” or “craft” and it is generally accepted to be “the product or process of the effective application of a body of knowledge, most often using a set of skills, which from concept to creation adheres to the “creative impulse” of the maker.” As centuries of art study reveal, art has taken many forms and has touched upon many disciplines. From the creation of a painting to the design of a video game, art is now a much more generic term used to describe many of today’s human creations.

Whether or not you consider yourself to be an artist or have an artistic nature as people often claim, it is interesting to discover that your skills and abilities can help you develop products or processes that could be characterized as a type of art form. Have you ever taken a picture, created a film, painted an image, performed in front of an audience -your mirror does not count- or even found a new way to use that old pair of jeans you have kept inside your closet? If the answer to these or similar questions is yes, then you are “officially” informed that you can consider yourself as a creator or better even, an artist! Even if this statement is not one hundred percent true, you got the idea.

Due to the technological innovations used today, new art forms have been developed and thus new ways for artistic expression. The birthday card you decided to create from scratch for your friend, the picture frame you decided to “transform” so as to make it a bit more contemporary, the song you recorded while playing at your garage with the band, are all different types of art forms and should make you proud of yourself and your abilities. Moving from the “classic” forms of art, like painting, drawing, sculpture, music, literature, printmaking, and architecture, to the more “modern” types of art forms, like film, photography, digital art, installation art, performance art, land art, fashion, computer art, comics, and video games, the human ingenuity and creativity found new ways of expression. People are today thrilled to discover the gratification of being able to complete the art project of their choice while using a variety of available tools.

Since within each art form a wide range of genres exist, like for example painting includes still life, portrait, or landscape, a work of art can be anything, from a representational painting to the abstract wallpaper of your PC screen. Whether the art form you like belongs to the category of fine arts or applied arts, the big issue here is that you are a creator, a designer, a painter, a sculptor, a craftsman, an artisan in general. If your art will make you rich one day is a matter of talent and luck, but during your project’s creation and upon its completion, you will experience a life changing realization; you will feel capable of accomplishing almost anything. After all that amazing thing is your own creation!