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Suwanee gets serious about art with weekend festival
2012-sculptour winged-glory
"Winged Glory" is among the unique pieces visitors can see on the SculpTour walking exhibit in Suwanee's Town Center Park.

Arts in the Park

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Where: Suwanee’s Town Center Park

Cost: Free to attend

Entertainment schedule

• 10 a.m.: Atlanta Harmony Celebration, Women’s a capella barbershop-style group

 10:30 a.m.: Imperial OPA Circus, including jugglers, unicyclists, fire eater, tumbler, stilt walker, ballet dancer

• 10:45 a.m.: Guitarist/songwriter Sonny Cheatham

• 11 a.m.: Zephyr Music, 15-piece orchestra

• 12:15 p.m.: Imperial OPA Circus performers

• 1-2 p.m.: Peach State Opera’s “operatizers”

• 2:15 p.m.: Zumba Flashmob

• 2:20 p.m.: Imperial OPA Circus performers

• 3:15 p.m. Imperial OPA Circus aerial rig performers

• All day: Atlanta 2011 Magician of the Year Merritt Ambrose

Art in a variety of forms will be celebrated, demonstrated, exhibited, performed and savored Saturday at the Arts in the Park festival at Suwanee’s Town Center Park.

The annual arts festival will feature more than 50 fine artists, an upscale circus-themed entertainment line-up, and the official unveiling of the city of Suwanee’s 2012 SculpTour exhibit.

The festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is free.

Hosted by the North Gwinnett Arts Association, Arts in the Park aims to be a “serious” arts festival.

“We don’t want to replicate Suwanee Day, and we don’t want to be a craft festival,” says NGAA President Vickie Johnson. “We want to be a serious arts festival like the ones at Piedmont Park, something that is really all about the arts.”

Many of the exhibiting artists will be demonstrating and creating their art on site, and the eclectic entertainment line-up includes a roving magician, women’s a capella barbershop-style group, contemporary circus performers and performances of “operatizers.”

In addition, attendees will have a chance to participate in artistic endeavors — having their photo taken as the face of Edvard Munch’s “Scream,” and trying their hand at the Pollock Painting Canvas, a group art project.

“There’s a lot of focus with this event on education. So this is a great opportunity to bring your children and let them learn about the arts,” Johnson said.

Suwanee SculpTour is a walking exhibit of 15 outdoor sculptures. The 2012 exhibit is being installed in and around Town Center Park. The exhibit includes sculptures made from a variety of materials and features artists from Georgia and five other states.

Town Center Park is located at Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Limited parking is available at Town Center and along Main Street; look for the yellow and black “Event Parking” signs.