Two-year-old Annabella Santa Cruz of Flowery Branch skipped around a car in downtown Gainesville on Saturday, dousing it with bright-colored paint.
“We hadn’t planned on doing this today, but she’s having fun,” said mom, Liz Santa Cruz.
The automobile exhibition piece was part of the fun at the 12th annual Art in the Square, an event that continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Downtown Gainesville square.
As a juried festival, the event features all kinds of art: sculptures, woodworking, painting and more.
The new element this year was a sticky note art project overseen by festival director Fox Gradin.
Festival organizers enlisted the help of local artists to create art on sticky notes, which were then framed and sold to benefit the annual event.
Event volunteer Anne Brodie Hill, who was stationed at a central information booth giving out maps, said there had been a great turnout as of midday.
“I’m almost out of maps, so there must be a lot of people here,” she said, laughing.
Artist Bob McGill, who exhibited his paintings Saturday, said it’s no secret what makes the festival a hit.
“The people here are so friendly,” said McGill, who uses a razor blade tip to paint on his canvases. “It’s more of an intimate festival than most festivals.”
McGill has been coming to Art in the Square going on four years.
The festival wasn’t limited to visual art. Those who showed up Saturday also got to check out drumming, belly dancing, bluegrass, flute and string ensembles, Mexican folk dancing and bagpipe players.
Children looking to display their artwork could visit the Youth Artists Market, sponsored by Interactive Neighborhood for Kids.
“We want to teach them marketing skills and talents that work to sell in the real world, and how they may need to change a couple of things to market their products,” said Sherri Hooper, founder and owner of INK.
Since its inception in 2004, Arts in the Square has showcased local and national talent with the help of its sponsors.