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Art in the Square Festival director steps down
Area artist replaces longtime event leader
Longtime Art in the Square festival director Anne Brodie Hill, right, is stepping down from her leadership position. Artist and business owner Fox Gradin will assume the director’s duties for the annual event in September.

After 10 years of leading the ever-expanding Art in the Square festival, director Anne Brodie Hill is handing over the reins to area artist and business owner, Fox Gradin.

“From the first festival with 35 artists on Oct. 2, 2004, Gainesville’s Art in the Square has grown to a two-day festival with over 100 artists on the downtown square,” Anne Brodie Hill. “Through a strong relationship with Main Street Gainesville, local sponsors and all the amazing artists, I have enjoyed watching the community benefit from our festival growing bigger every year.”

Hill said she is pleased Gradin, who has been involved from the beginning, has agreed to serve as the new director.

“I am so excited to move into a directorship role for 2014,” Gradin said. “We are implementing more convenient online registration this year, and looking forward to welcoming many new artists and entertainers as well as returning favorites.

“The festival keeps growing every year and we will keep pushing forward to continue making (Art in the Square) the premier fine art and fine craft festival in North Georgia.”

Art in the Square will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 in Gainesville’s historic downtown square. More than 120 artists and artisans from all across the Southeast will display fine art, original oil paintings, unique pottery, handmade jewelry and other fine crafts. The free family-friendly event is made possible through an interdisciplinary partnership between Main Street Gainesville, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids and regional artists and artisans.

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