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Town returns to 1970s art era
Suwanee hosts fourth artistic event
Residents walk around Town Center Park in Suwanee to look at the vendor’s wares during last year’s Arts in the Park event. This year’s theme is ‘Peace, Love & Arts in the Park.’

Sporting the retro theme of “Peace, Love & Arts in the Park,” the fourth annual event will transform Town Center Park into a flashback of the 1970s.

More than 75 exhibiting artists, tie-dyed T-shirts, look-alike performers from the 1970s will show off their creative sides from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

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

“I love all the creativity in the air,” NGAA President Vickie Johnson said 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, the festival will showcase performance art. The Imperial OPA group, who offered such 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, the festival will host a chalk walk competition for children and adults. The $10 per person registration is available at or at the festival. Area businesses also may sponsor a chalk re-creation of their logo for $50.

The Suwanee Public Arts Commission is sponsoring a sidewalk painting by Florida street artist Michael V. LasCasas, to be unveiled between the Town Center stage and Buford Highway during the festival.

NGAA member Chris DeJaegher said this artwork is to be “an ethereal, very colorful, 70s-ish type drawing” incorporating the bubbles of Suwanee’s new logo and appear to be 3-D when viewed through a camera lens. The acrylic sidewalk painting is designed to last about one year.

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