Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Spring is a time for renewal, a time to revel in nature’s art: flowers bursting into bloom, fauna emerging after a chilly winter, the sunlight stretching for longer through the day. Everything begins to come to life this time of year. If you’ve been longing to absorb some of the revitalizing properties this spring season has to offer, awesome Alpharetta, Georgia, has just the event to help you truly wash away the dust of everyday life from your soul!
See what Mr. Picasso meant for yourself by spending Memorial Day weekend in Alpharetta, Georgia, for the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, May 27-29, 2017. Downtown Alpharetta transforms into a bustling hub for various expressions of creativity. Now in its thirteenth year, the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will flood Milton Avenue between Main Street and Old Roswell-Old Canton Streets with painted wonders begging to hang on your walls, photography that transports you to places you’ve never been, authentic jewelry pieces that tell stories with their shimmery surfaces, and many more. You’ll find hand-crafted creations in advance of Father’s Day, treasures to enhance your personal décor, and even experience the opportunity to talk art with the very folks who create the crafts you’re certain to fall in love with.
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will boast more than 90 artisans from all over the country. Mediums like glass, wood, textiles, metal, and so many more compose the works you’ll witness at the festival. One longtime vendor you’ll catch at the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is Alan Martin, a digital painting artist based in Decatur, Georgia.
Of the festival’s massive draw, Martin says, “The event appeals to a wide range of festival goers because of the variety of price points, styles, and mediums that serve to satisfy an array of patrons. And with an extra day to explore all of the incredible art forms now that the festival is happening over Memorial Day weekend, attendees have even more time to experience all that the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest has to offer.” To view samples of Martin’s stunning digital renderings before the festival weekend, check out pixlcreations.com.
Another of the must-sees of the Alpharetta Arts and Street Fest is St. Petersburg-based Artoons For You. Artoons for You is from mixed media artist Sherri Smith, a self-described “crusader for color” out to impose her vivid palette on the world one brush stroke at a time. Smith will be on site all festival weekend with whimsical works including lighthearted dimensional storyboards, home accessories, kitchen and barware, pet products, and Judaica and faith-based art.
“I love doing the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest because the buyers in and visiting Alpharetta are so receptive to the work. The area is dynamic with a trendy crowd consistently open to new ideas and new styles for home décor and gifts ideas,” said Smith.
Aside from the splashes of color and fascinating creations for purchase at the festival, live music will fill Old Roswell Street. From the raucous sounds of the Wild Eyed Southern Boys to rock-and-blues infused classics courtesy of UnderCurrent and nearly every note in between, you’re sure to find a melody to suit you as you take a break from shopping for the next stunning masterpiece to hang on your wall!
When the festival wraps each evening, you’re conveniently situated in the heart of Downtown Alpharetta—just the right area to take advantage of Alpharetta’s other awesome offerings. For craft beer so good you’ll consider it liquid art, check out the house-brewed selections at Hop Alley on South Main Street. Hop Alley’s Space Frogs, a funky Berliner-Weiss-meets-IPA, has a grapefruit bite that feels right for ringing in summertime. If you’re looking for something with a bit higher gravity, their Delirious Bishop packs a wallop of fig fruit flavor in the form of a dark Quadrupel style. If you’re craving Mexican (and you absolutely should because who doesn’t love tacos?!), be sure to hit up Pure Taqueria on Roswell Street. Their enchilada of the day is always a true work of art. They even have Sunday brunch offerings perfect for pressing pause on your art adventure. After all, you’ll want to get your protein up with the expertly spiced Huevos Rancheros to continue with your artsy escapades.
Free to the public and featuring free hands-on art workshops for children of all ages in addition to a host of delicious festival food for purchase, the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is a can’t-miss Memorial Day weekend happening. Meander through Downtown Alpharetta this May 27-May 29, 2017, for a convergence of festival fun and creative magic.